There’s no getting around it: The pink Mother’s Day accessories look a lot better when you’re already wearing a pastel tone to begin with. At the other end of the spectrum, the pink gear looks particularly bad if you’re playing dress-up soldier.
So how many pink accoutrements did you count yesterday? I spotted jersey ribbons, wristbands (also worn by some of the umpires), bats, compression sleeves, eye “black,” shoes (apparently described in the Mets’ broadcast booth as “Hello Kitty shoes”), Tooth Fairy necklaces, catching gear, and batting gloves. I’m sure there’s more that I missed, right?
Of course, it’s possible to mark Mother’s Day without any pink. But that doesn’t raise cancer awareness, right? Oh wait, I forgot, all the pink crap doesn’t raise cancer awareness either.
That’s it for today’s lede — sorry for the abbreviated entry, but I didn’t get back from St. Looey until yesterday afternoon and am still catching up. We’ll return to full-length content tomorrow, plus I’ll have an ESPN column on Thursday that I think will qualify as a minor bombshell, so you have that to look forward to. Cool? Cool. — Paul
IMPORTANT! The St. Louis Uni Watch party was great, but I appear to have lost the little sheet where I wrote down all the attendees’ names and what they were wearing. So if you were there, please shoot me a note and remind me what you were wearing, so I can prepare a proper party report. Thanks.
Raffle results: The winner of the free Pop-Up Magazine ticket is longtime reader Scott Gleeson Blue. See you on Wednesday, Scott! For those of you who didn’t win but still want to attend, a few tickets are still available.
Membership update: Only two new designs have been added to the membership card gallery since our last update. But one of those is Vincent Braron’s card, shown at right, which of course is based on Jorge Campos’s infamous goaltender attire. Have I mentioned more than a few dozen times that the ugliest uniforms make for the best Uni Watch membership cards?
As always, you can put that maxim to the test by signing up for the membership program here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: I have a piece on baseball hosiery in the new issue of Vintage magazine. Most of what I wrote about will be familiar terrain to Uni Watch readers, but Vintage is a special magazine — amazing production values, fascinating content (aside from the piece I wrote, I mean). Recommended. … In Friday’s entry I mentioned that I no longer had the photos for the Dodgers’ spring training “X” jersey. Fortunately, JD Denison saved them from when they originally ran a few years ago. … An old Bruins jacket, found on eBay, has become the team’s latest good-luck charm (with thanks to Jim Flynn). … Speaking of the Bruins, Joseph Newman notes that Tim Thomas wears Vaughn leg pads but has a Reebok blocker — an unusual case of inconsistent gear brands. … Dave Eskenazi reports that Ebbets Field Flannels honch Jerry Cohen has appropriated Dave’s old SF Seals Stadium sign for the EFF window. … The Seattle Sounders debuted their dark-gray road kits over the weekend (with thanks to Kenn Tomasch). … Jeff Ash sent along this shot of his son Evan. “They don’t do stirrups at Green Bay East High School, but they are into black socks,” says Jeff. “Some kids do the pajama pants, but not Evan. Proof that Uni Watch makes a difference.” … A few college baseball teams played solider dress-up over the weekend, including Ole Miss, Alabama (with thanks to Tim Burke). … In happier news, Arkansas wore Northwestern-striped stirrups on Friday night (as noted by Jimmy Shaddock). … Nice stirrups — and new tri-colored caps — for Auburn, too (with thanks to Jeff McClendon). … Here’s a new one, at least for me: special uniforms to raise awareness of organ donation (with thanks to Terry Mark). … Wedding band alert! The guy in the center there is Lloy Ball (an American), who’s playing in the championship of the Russian League (good spot by Chris Reininger). … It was KC A’s Appreciation at Kauffman Stadium the other day, so Robert Marshall and Kate Perryman enjoyed a photo-op with Charlie O. … Phillies minor leaguers are required to go high-cuffed, and that includes Chase Utley while he’s on rehab (with thanks to Michael Lapinski. … Here’s a really great story from Matthew Cann: “Everyone on the driving range did a double take this morningwhen these guys pulled up and hit some balls. They play in a charity tournament every year, honoring a friend of theirs who died, and they always come ‘in costume.’ This year they dressed as the Phillies’ four aces — authentic jerseys, pretty authentic-looking pants with red belts, and the guy dressed as Oswalt even showed his socks like Roy does. I also like that the tallest guy appropriately wore Halladay’s jersey, and ‘Cliff Lee’ was a lefty.” … “I work at the Portland airport,” says Greg Riffenburgh. “Recently I noticed all the Alaska Airlines customer service employees wearing Portland Timbers all day, but didn’t understand why until I saw this.” More photos here, and the story behind the design is here. … Trevor Williams found an old article indicating that the NFL wanted the Browns to adopt a helmet logo in 1998, plus an additional article about the Browns’ secondary logos. … Trevor has also been trying — in vain, so far — to solve the 1962 Broncos helmet logo color mystery. Although he hasn’t hit paydirt yet on that, he’s come up with some interesting articles about the Broncos’ jersey change from orange to navy in 1997. Look here, here, and here. … Researcher Peter Nash’s latest opus is about an old Lou Gehrig jersey. … Has PNC Park always used such a goofy typeface for its outfield distance markers? … While looking for something else, I came across an article about the company that prints “Motorola” on the NFL headsets. … Is it just me, or are more ballplayers than ever being caught with their tongues sticking out?