The highlight of my recent trip to St. Louis wasn’t the food (although I’ll get to that tomorrow) or the Uni Watch party (ditto) or the croquet (ditto-ditto). It was the visit that Marty Hick, Robert Marshall, and I took to the very wonderful City Museum, a place I’d been meaning to check out for over a decade. And it was totally worth the wait, in no small part because of the incredible circa-1870 shoelace braiding machine they have. It was completely mesmerizing — seriously, I could’ve stared at it all day.
And get this: I always thought aglets (the little plastic tips at the ends of the shoelace) were made out of crimped plastic. But it turns out that each one actually starts out as a little squirt of liquid that gets heat-hardened. Check it out:
Cool, right? And here’s another great thing about the City Museum: They have a print of Stan the Man swinging a corn dog.
I’ll have the rest of my St. Looey report tomorrow. As for today, there’s a new ESPN column, and I don’t mind saying it’s a doozy. Enjoy.
Now THAT was fun: My thanks to the several readers who said hi and last night’s Pop-Up Magazine event, and especially to Scott Gleeson Blue, who made the trip up from Philly and sat next to me as my plus-one after winning last week’s ticket raffle. Really enjoyed meeting him, and seeing everyone else.
The event itself was awesome — much better than I’d expected (and my expectations were pretty high). Everyone seemed to think my segment, which was about the pervasive spread of baseball caps into every nook and cranny of modern life, went pretty well, but really, everyone’s segment went well.
The little head shot of me was drawn by the event’s on-site illustrator, who was doing sketches of the performers and audience members all night. I didn’t realize until later that he’s also the Every Person in New York guy.
New sponsor shout-out: As you may have noticed in the right sidebar, we have a new advertiser: Photo File is now offering a product called Uniframes, which is sort of like a giant Uni Watch membership card based on your favorite player’s jersey. They sent me a sample Uniframe (I had them base it on Jose Reyes’s jersey — “Do it quick, while he’s still a Met,” I said), and I’m impressed by the quality of the graphics and the framing. And at $60, they’re reasonably priced. If you’re looking for a good Father’s Day gift, this should fit the bill.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Turns out there was a typo in the Wizards’ unveiling after all! Check out the highlighted line in their press release. “In other words, they’re suggesting that the team used to be the Washington Buiiets,” says A.J. Frey. “If it were any other letter on the keyboard — o, k, p, etc. — I could see it just being a typo. But I have a feeling that someone looked at the old logo and really thought the arms were the letters ii.” … The net is closing on Charlie Samuels. … Current cover of SI shows a really great close-up of someone doubling up on NBA socks (with thanks to Gabriel Luis Manga). … Wisconsin is my favorite state, but I may have to re-think that in light of this news. … New fifth-anniversary set for the Green Bay Bullfrogs. “Can’t say I’m impressed, but I’ve never been a fan of the name,” says Ray Barrington. … Someone has gotten the idea of repurposing old sports trophy figurines into a coat rack (thanks, Kirsten). … A Pennsylvania sheriff candidate has ripped off the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup script for his campaign advertising, and the folks at Hershey are not amused (with thanks to Jeremy Richardson). … Ian Carr has designed a series of MLB team posters. … Here’s a disturbing but really effective animation showing how Wal-Mart has spread like a rash across America (Kirsten again). … More G.I. Joe dress-up on tap, this time at Texas A&M (with thanks to William Banowsky). … “New uniforms this fall for Texas Tech,” says Ryan Vidrine. “No one can find anything official from the school, but we anticipate the announcement in late summer.” … Here’s something unique: an L.A. Angels “lap robe” (good find by Larry Brunt). … New uniforms for the Lancaster Barnstormers (with thanks to Lee Wilds). … In a development that will probably not be part of Roger McDowell’s sensitivity training, it turns out that Jonathan Sanchez of the Giants has “Dirty 57” on his glove — in other words, “Dirty Sanchez.” As Dan Wohl points out, “Assuming one knows what ‘Dirty Sanchez’ refers to, it makes Billy Ripken’s ‘Fuck Face’ bat seem like nothing.” … Webmaster John Ekdahl is attending the TPC golf tourney. “This should sufficiently annoy you,” he wrote to me yesterday. “At the merchandise tent, you can buy your very own Tiger Woods golf shirt — and it will be the same one he wears on the course each day!”