The increasingly indispensable Mike Hersh spotted quite a few items of interest in the latest Leland’s auction catalog. In the words of a Bud Light ad agency copywriter, here we go:
Made to be broken: During the bottom of the 8th of last night’s Mets/Brewers broadcast, SNY play-by-play man Gary Cohen noted that the Brewers didn’t have anyone in the on-deck circle (the pitcher’s spot was due, and they apparently hadn’t decided yet whether they were going to pinch-hit, or else they hadn’t settled on who that pinch-hitter would be). “Technically, that’s not allowed,” noted Cohen, because the rulebook specifies that a team must always have someone on deck. “But of course it’s never enforced.”
That got me thinking. Which other rules are never enforced? The one about the base coaches staying in their coaching boxes comes to mind, and maybe the one about the catcher not leaving the catcher’s box until the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand during an intentional walk. Interestingly, those two, plus the on deck rule, all concern players being positioned in particular spots.
I’m sure there are plenty more, and lots of additional examples in other sports. Just to be clear here, I’m not talking about something like, say, the traveling rule in basketball, which has certainly been watered down but is still called now and then. I’m talking about rules that are never enforced, even though they’re routinely flouted. If you have some of those, send them here.
ESPN reminder: In case you missed it yesterday afternoon, my latest ESPN column, about a woman who provides closed captioning for hearing-impaired fans at several MLB ballparks (more interesting than it probably sounds like), can be found here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Weird scene last night in Cleveland, as Francisco Lariano inexplicably wore red undersleeves. “Might be a first in Twins history,” says Ricko. … When Ryan Zimmerman was recently rehabbing with the Hagerstown Suns, his jersey didn’t have the American flag sleeve patch (as noted by William Yurasko). … Some changes afoot for the Jack Daniel’s label design. … “NPB just released the practice uniforms for the All-Star game,” writes Jeremy Brahm. “They are the same color for both the Central and Pacific Leagues, even the hats, so it’s a little weird, but it’s supposed to reflect how people are uniting as one under the ‘Gambaro Japan’ campaign that has swept the nation since the tsunami.” … Want your lawn to have a stripe pattern, like a big league outfield? Look here (thanks, Kirsten). … Michigan football’s Facebook page has been featuring lots of old Wolverines photos (with thanks to Gary Streeting). … Planning on altering your logo? Careful — people often don’t like that (with thanks to Christian Eidt). … This is pretty cool: Chad Todd sent along a chart of NBA championship rings broken down by team. I could be mistaken, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen any championship rings depicted in schematic form (as opposed to photographs) before. … Adrian Acosta spotted this Michael Jordan Space Jam cookie jar in an antique shop. … Want your team to perform more explosively? Maybe they should dress in red (with thanks to Tom Mulgrew). … Starting next year, the Tour de France’s yellow jersey will no longer be sponsored by Nike (with thanks to Steve King). … The New Yorker runs a “Come up with the caption for this cartoon” contest every week, and this week’s installment is right up Uni Watch’s alley. … Nate Kurant recently saw a high school baseball game where the visiting team brought white uniforms for some reason, creating a rare white-on-white match-up. … Brad Eckensberger spotted a Ravens bus parked in Manhattan on Sunday. … Dave Eskenazi’s latest article about Seattle-area sports history focuses on a basketball team that wore tartan shorts. Full details here. … Also from Dave: Check out the, uh, tasteful chest emblem worn by the Fort Smith (Arkansas) Twins. Yeesh. … New soccer kit for South Africa. … Colorado football supposedly has big changes in the works for 2012 (with thanks to Matthew Robins). … A member of the New Zealand Parliament was kicked out of the chamber the other day for wearing a rugby jersey. … Robert Marshall has just completed another batch of bobbleheads: Sparky (photos, video), Wiffle (photos, video), and BlueJax (photos, video). … Jerry Reuss has compiled a nice selection of scans from old Cardinals programs. … As messed up as the Mets’ mix-and-match uni program has been, at least they’ve never worn their blue cap with their black jersey — until now. Okay, so it was only at Terry Collins’s postgame presser a few nights ago, but still (ace screen shot by Terence Kearns). … If the sight of really plain jerseys oh-so-dramatically emerging from a cardboard box is the kind of thing that gives you a blood rush, then you’ll really love this video of the arrival of the new Penn State jerseys (with thanks to Chris Flinn). … I think we may have run this before, but just in case: The Canucks’ web site has a page devoted to how to spot a counterfeit jersey (with thanks to Daren Landers).