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¿Cinco de mayo...en el 20 de julio?

Kyle McClellan in Cardenales jersey

By Phil Hecken

What if your opponents canceled a “Latin Heritage” night and no one told you? Well, you might feel a little like Kyle McClellan, starting pitcher for the … er Los Cardenales … last evening at Shea the ballpark in Flushing.

Except that the Mets didn’t cancel a “Latin Heritage” night against the Cards last evening, but still, there was McClellan, sporting his “Cardenales” jersey.

How did this happen?

This is a most interesting situation, although far from unique. In the past several years, we’ve seen the Mets, who used to have two black alternate jerseys have players who accidentally wear the home jersey on the road. The Brewers, who also have two navy alternate jerseys, also had a home jersey worn on the road. The player who wore that? Chris Capuano, who currently pitches for…the Mets.

I’m sensing a bit of a pattern here.

While it’s understandable (but not excusable) to have home jerseys packed for a road trip, ESPECIALLY IF YOUR TEAM IS STUPID ENOUGH TO HAVE TWO SOFTBALL JERSEYS, how did McClellan end up with a spanish jersey in his bag? None of the other players on the Cardinals had the wrong jersey.

Now, Los Cardenales did wear their “Latin Heritage” jerseys before, earlier this year (June 11 in fact), in a game against the Cerveceros in Milwaukee. I wrote a bit about that (scroll way down) earlier this year. But that’s a long time ago (relatively speaking) and the Cards have played on the road since that game, without incident.

My first question of course is how in the hell did that jersey get packed for a road trip? One would think the equipment guy would have been able to spot the differences in the jerseys, but maybe not. Both have “Car” on the right placket, so perhaps the jersey was folded over? Or perhaps the jersey was hanging on a hanger with only the “Car” visible? This is certainly a less egregious mistake than wearing “NEW YORK” when a script “Mets” is clearly a different look, or “Brewers” when “Milwaukee” is in your rotation (although at least the Brewers home and road alternates are both in a script font).

While I had this game on, I must admit I wasn’t watching that closely, but by the third inning McClellan had a proper jersey, and it definitely had “McCLELLAN” on the back, so there were obviously two separate jerseys packed for him for this trip. That got me to thinking — who do the Cardinals play on this road trip? Well, they started out of the break in Cincinnati, traveled to New York, where they conclude this afternoon, and then they travel to Pittsburgh. And what do we find on the Pirates calendar? Yup. July 23, Heritage Day. But wait, it’s African-American Heritage Day, not Latino Heritage Day — could the Cardinals possibly be planning to wear the “Cardenales” jerseys then? One wouldn’t think so. But why then would a “Cardenales” jersey be packed for this road trip? Hopefully, we’ll be able to get an answer soon enough.

[Thanks to Ryan Pastrovich and Paul Lukas for the screen grabs.]

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BM14778The All Rup & Sock Team

A little over a week ago, I based a column around a suggestion from Sivan Silver-Swartz, who was interested in knowing if anyone had (or wanted to) come up with an “all-stirrup” wearing list for MLBers. A few people listed some sock and stirrup-wearing players in the comments, but I kind of thought the suggestion would not come to fruition. Silly me for ever doubting the resourcefulness of UW readers. I was first contacted by Jon Fricker, who wrote me back with this:

Phil—

I just saw your letter from Reader Sivan Silver-Swartz about stirrup sox.

By coincidence, a few days ago, I started assembling my All-Stirrup Team.
Players who show their stirrups, or a reasonable facsimile.

Here is my “roster” so far.

All-Stirrup Team

2B Cubs Jeff Baker #28 (sometimes)
2B TEX Ian Kinsler #5
SS Seattle Brendan Ryan #26
3B Det Brandon Inge #15
3B NYY Alex Rodriguez #13
LF ChiW Juan Pierre #1
LF NYY Brett Gardner #11
LF Rays Sam Fuld (sometimes) #5
CF Mke Nyger Morgan #2
CF FLA Chris Coghlan #8
CF NYY Curtis Granderson #14
RF Seattle Ichiro Suzuki #51
RF Hou Hunter Pence #9
CF Toronto Rajai Davis #11
CF Cubs Tony Campana #41
CF SFG Cody Ross #13
RF Cubs Reed Johnson #5
DH Twins Jim Thome #25
LHSP Oakland Josh Outman #88
LHSP Phil Jamie Moyer #50
LHSP SFG Barry Zito #75
RHSP SFG Matt Cain #18 (sometimes)
RHSP Colo Ubaldo Jimenez #38
RHSP Cleve Justin Masterson #63
RHSP Wash Stephen Strasburg #37
RHSP Mets R.A. Dickey #43
RHSP Toronto Casey Janssen #44
LHRP Mets D.J. Carrasco #77
LHRP StL Trever Miller? #43
RHRP Det Jose Valverde #46
RHRP Tor Octavio Dotel #29

—jdf

Shortly thereafter, Rob Holecko (who came to Tim Brulia & Bill Schaefer’s rescue to start up the awesome Gridiron Uniform Database), contacted me with this:

Hi Phil

Well, I’ve done it again. A week ago you had a reader e-mail where you were asked about having a comprehensive list of current major leaguers who regularly/semi-regularly wear stirrups somewhere on Uni Watch, possibly as a summer research project. Well, here it is, from the makers of The Throwback Report, it’s…(drum roll please)….The High Cuffed Report. So far I have listed 26 players who have gone high-cuffed recently in normal non-throwback MLB games, when others on their team have gone “pajama-pantsed.” Uni Watch readers, feel free to submit others (preferably with links to pictures), and I’ll add them accordingly.

–Rob

Awesome, both of you guys. I particularly like how you can go on Rob’s board and search for guys who wear only stirrups (or who have worn stirrups along with socks at some point). Great stuff, and a fantastic start in getting a comprehensive list together.

Readers, if you can think of any other players who wear either socks, or preferably stirrups, please either E-mail me, post down in the comments, or contact Rob via his website.

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Benchies Beginning logoBenchies from the Beginning
By Rick Pearson

For nearly three years, “Benchies” has been appearing most weekends at Uni Watch. While Bench Coach Phil fills in for Paul Monday through Friday during August, we present a retrospective. New strips will continue to appear on weekends. For further background, here’s the “Benchies” backstory and bios on the regular Boys of “Benchies.” Enjoy.

7-21-11 d-pitcher 1

And here is the full-size version.

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ticker 2Uni Watch News Ticker (compiled by John Ekdahl):”The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are teaming up to launch “Heads Up to Parents,” a new educational initiative designed specifically to provide parents with the facts about how to protect, prevent and respond to youth and high school athlete concussions.” Full press release is here. (Rebecca Rausch) … The NHL is teaming up with Disney to co-brand merchandise based on the animated series “Phineas and Ferb” in an effort to attract younger fans. … Here’s a great photo of a pinstripe versus pinstripe game between the Pirates and Cubs in 1977 (Jerry Wolper). … The Blue Jays are set to retire Roberto Alomar’s number (Paul). … Don’t expect of flurry of record breaking times at this year’s World Swimming Championships as they won’t be allowing the so-called “techincal suits” in the pool (Paul, again). … TMZ can’t even get the NFL logo right (Mark Kaplowitz). … “England will wear a change strip against Wales on August 6 and against Argentina on September 10 in their Rugby World Cup group match. They will wear their white home shirt in their other RWC pool matches.” Full article here (Andy Buck). … The Richmond Flying Squirrels will be switching their name to the Richmond Rhinos for a one-time promotional event on July 22 (Dan Cichalski). … Colorado’s gold helmet will finally match their gold pants (Matthew Robins). … Ariel Shoshan noticed something that the rest of us all missed: The All-Star Game patch that the Diamondbacks have been wearing all season has the D-backs logo at the top, but the patch worn by the players in the ASG itself — including by the two Arizona players — had “MLB” instead of the team logo. … Nike press release yesterday: “Nike Equips Elite College Football Teams with Combination of Creativity and Advanced Technology – Select Schools To Show Off Newly Designed, Fully Integrated Nike Pro Combat System Of Dress Uniforms During Key Games On 2011 Football Season Schedule“. Again, it’s a good thing Paul is on vacation (Jacques Berry). … And here’s what Army’s take on the combat uniforms says. If there is ONE team who should wear combat uniforms, it’s Army. Unfortunately this is the image most people think of, not this one. … I wonder what the San Francisco Giants think about the critical baseball-related issue of medical marjiuana (Paul).

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“To say that players are ‘selling out their integrity’ by wearing ribbons supporting battling various diseases is ludicrous.” — Jason Shane

 

130 comments to ¿Cinco de Mayo…en el 20 de julio?

  • Diz Guy | July 21, 2011 at 8:05 am |

    Anything Phineas and Ferb touch turns to gold in my book.

    ºOº

    • Mike Hersh | July 21, 2011 at 8:41 am |

      So now the NHL is teamed up with Disney and Marvel Comics. Maybe they’ll start televising their games on the Cartoon Network. What they should do is start airing old segments of Peter Puck.

      • Ry Co 40 | July 21, 2011 at 9:05 am |

        they actually, “technically” teamed up with disney when they teamed up with marvel comics… if you catch my drift…

        • Mike Hersh | July 21, 2011 at 9:08 am |

          One big incestuous family. They should switch from NBC to ABC.

        • Ry Co 40 | July 21, 2011 at 9:14 am |

          not to mention… ummm… espn?

          (i just googled it)

          can’t wait till the NHL teams up with bassmaster magazine though!

      • JTH | July 21, 2011 at 11:17 am |

        Wait. Did the NHL actually team up with Marvel? I thought the partnership was between Stan Lee and the NHL. Stan holds a position on the Marvel editorial board, but it’s really just an honorary position.

      • Teebz | July 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm |

        Peter Puck is still used on some NBC segments, IIRC.

    • PC Mackin | July 21, 2011 at 9:53 am |

      I’m all for Phineas & Ferb (trust me, it is like the old Warner Brothers cartoons in that it includes good jokes for adults as well as children) but shouldn’t the guys be wearing skates and helments and not just carrying sticks?

      • Diz Guy | July 21, 2011 at 4:08 pm |

        “Yes. Yes they should.”

  • Jonathan Sluss | July 21, 2011 at 8:06 am |

    So relieved not to see my Hokies on the Pro Combat list this year!

    Also, NOCSAE trying making a CYA move after VT’s study of helmets reveals the gaping holes in NOCSAE’s system, not to mention the horrible conflicts of interest.

    • Ben Fortney | July 21, 2011 at 11:01 am |

      Agreed. The digital/technical numbers on their BFBS jerseys were horrendous.

  • M-N | July 21, 2011 at 8:11 am |

    For the love of all that’s good ditch the black Los Mets!

  • Bernard | July 21, 2011 at 8:13 am |

    If there is ONE team who should wear combat uniforms, it’s Army.

    Someone said something similar yesterday. Why not Navy?

    • LI Phil | July 21, 2011 at 8:14 am |

      don’t push it

      • Bernard | July 21, 2011 at 8:28 am |

        Honest question. Is there a reason it should be one instead of the other, or is it just a general “Nobody should wear them, but if there has to be ONE…” kind of thing?

        • LI Phil | July 21, 2011 at 8:37 am |

          while i actually like some of the inappropriately-named costumes, er, uniforms when considered purely AS uniforms alone, i detest the entire thought process that a) equates playing football to real war and b) the sake of creating a uniform solely for marketing purposes

          hence, it’s simply a thought that if you’re going to CALL your gimmick “combat” then perhaps the one team who should wear said uniform would be army; i suppose you could make the case for navy (marines) as well, but i’d just as soon nike drop the entire terminology and marketing campaign

          image is everything, though, right?

          so, yes, “Nobody should wear them”

        • Bernard | July 21, 2011 at 8:48 am |

          Gotcha. I know all about your (and many other readers’) feelings about the Pro Combat/football-as-war thing. Just wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing something in terms of why Army would be more appropriate than Navy.

          They’re both wearing them anyway, so whatever, I guess.

        • John Kimmerlein | July 21, 2011 at 10:33 am |

          And if we’re adding CGA to the list, don’t forget the USMMA, the oft-forgotten fifth federal academy. http://www.google.co...

        • JTH | July 21, 2011 at 11:41 am |

          “…i suppose you could make the case for navy (marines) as well…”

          Marines, right, because sailors never see combat, do they?

        • StLMarty | July 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm |

          James, I was hoping for this…
          http://www.google.co...
          R.I.P., Clean.

      • Geeman | July 21, 2011 at 8:52 am |

        Phil’s right — no team should wear them. But if one team should, then three should: Army, Navy, and Air Force.

        • R.S. Rogers | July 21, 2011 at 9:27 am |

          Not Coast Guard?

          (Who have some pretty sweet non-Pro Combat unis.)

        • Geeman | July 21, 2011 at 9:46 am |

          I was thinking Division I-A only. Otherwise, probably yes. But then you get into VMI and The Citadel too.

        • Chris Holder | July 21, 2011 at 9:50 am |

          This is totally non-sports related, but something that has always bothered me. If the US has a full branch of the military service called the “Air Force”… then why does the Navy also have fighter planes and have “Navy pilots” that fly them? I get that the carriers are the Navy’s, it just seems like all the planes would fall under the jurisdiction of, I don’t know, the Air Force.

          Anybody?

        • apk3000 | July 21, 2011 at 10:35 am |

          @Chris
          I would guess it’s a chain of command thing. Your Navy pilots report to a naval officer who doesn’t want to get approval from some Air Force officer somewhere.

        • Geeman | July 21, 2011 at 11:21 am |

          Don’t have nearly enough time to explain all this to you, but suffice it to say that each service has tools that allow it to do its job effectively. And FYI:

          The Navy owns more aircraft than the Air Force.

          Marine pilots are naval aviators and also fly off ships.

          The Army has more “boats” than the Navy.

        • Chris Holder | July 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm |

          That’s crazy stuff, Geeman. I guess I’ll shamely admit that I don’t know that much about the structure of the military, other than what I’ve seen on TV shows. Never realized each unit was so diversified.

        • R.S. Rogers | July 21, 2011 at 12:35 pm |

          It gets better: The Air Force was originally a specialized corps within the Army (the Air Corps), just like the Marines were and are a specialized corps within the Navy. Since the Air Corps split from the Army to become a fully independent service, the Army has regrown its own specialized air units, and now has in excess of 3500 aircraft (to the Air Forces 5500 or so and the Navy’s 3700). The Navy and Air Force both have highly skilled ground-combat units; the Navy, Marines, and Army have their own aircraft, and the Army and Air Force both have their own boats.

          The National Security Act of 1947 was supposed to make all that duplication irrelevant by merging the Department of War and the Department of the Navy into a single Department of Defense. Didn’t quite work. Canada and Israel, among others, have a single unified armed service that includes all air, sea, and ground forces.

          But on the plus side, the duplication and overlap means we have four service academies with distinct uniforms in all sports. So even though a single defense contractor can screw up an aircraft or weapon for every service at once, it’s unlikely that any one uniform supplier can ruin all of the academy teams at any one time.

        • moose | July 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm |

          i would say phil is wrong on this one, if any three teams should know better that football isn’t combat it is the armed service academies. if they want to have pants that shout out to marines, patches that honour rangers, and a helmet painted like a jet, i say that’s all cool, it’s a fine shout out to the branches. but calling them pro combat isn’t right. and one more thing, i am sure i will be called a pinko for this camo take, and you can sit on it potsy, but the last i checked camo was worn by military personel, and only in war zones. i know the later has changed in the post 911 world, or at least the US is now considered a war zone, but the service academy cadets, more then any of these teams that wear camo for their various promotions across sport, should know they are not yet active personel, and have some respect for the uniform and understand they have not earned that yet (in my opinion). a “fullback belly dive on two” is not the same as going out on patrol in afghanistan at 2, and requires a different uniform, only one of which is camo.

          other then that, great day, loved that main entry.

  • Fred | July 21, 2011 at 8:42 am |

    I have an answer for the Cardinales jersey mix-up. “Oops, my B.”

    • Geeman | July 21, 2011 at 8:53 am |

      Further proof that the whole special, alternate, and throwback jersey craze is completely out of control. Thank God for the Yankees (says this Red Sox fan).

  • Adam | July 21, 2011 at 8:47 am |

    I noticed yesterday, but couldn’t get a picture, but another MLB player is wearing the Great Gazoo helmet – Matt Diaz of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

  • JimWa | July 21, 2011 at 8:51 am |

    “Hey, Ferb, I know what we’re going to do today!”
    ” …”
    ” Well, it’s NOT going to be watching an NHL game, because our entire series is set during the 104 days of summer vacation!”
    ” …”
    (incidentally, one of THE best shows on television today; I see this as a BRILLIANT move on the NHL’s behalf … besides the obvious scheduling oversite, that is)

    • Tim E. O'B | July 21, 2011 at 8:57 am |

      Meh, the playoffs end in June and the Vancouver riots usually wrap up around mid July.

    • StLMarty | July 21, 2011 at 8:57 am |

      “incidentally, one of THE best shows on television today”
      Is your marijuana medicinal?

      • Tim E. O'B | July 21, 2011 at 9:01 am |

        yeah, StLMarty, a bunch of my buddies say this show is great, but I still refuse to watch it since I’m too busy not being a toddler.

        • JTH | July 21, 2011 at 11:43 am |

          Right. Because your maturity level hasn’t progressed past infancy yet.

        • StLMarty | July 21, 2011 at 1:42 pm |

          T.E.O.B., It’s probably a funny show. I didn’t mean to disrespect any fans. I just thought it would be a good point to reference the final piece of today’s Ticker. Just trying to be funny. My apologies.

        • Tim E. O'B | July 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm |

          stlmarty, no need to apologize, I was concurring. I’m too old to watch a children’s cartoon. I thought I was agreeing with you…

    • JTH | July 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm |

      Oh, and 104 days of summer vacation? Where do these kids go to school? I don’t think I ever got more than like 80 days of summer vacation.

      Incidentally, the show isn’t always set in the summer months.

  • walter | July 21, 2011 at 9:03 am |

    The smarmy double-speak of that Nike press release (for that matter, press releases in general) makes me vomit.

  • Will B. | July 21, 2011 at 9:17 am |

    It has been confirmed that Georgia will be wearing Nike Pro Combat uniforms for their Sept. 3 date with Boise State.

    As a UGA grad and ardent fan, I am hoping for the best and that we will receive the ’Bama treatment (minimal standard changes).

    At least they could do is bring back the metallic silver britches!

    • teenchy | July 21, 2011 at 9:46 am |

      Another UGa alumnus here. Disappointed but not surprised that alma mater has gone down the Faux Combat path.

      Richt’s efforts to energize the team with the fake juice of alternate uniforms has met with mixed success over the years. I fear it’s just another gimmick designed to attract recruits who subsequently won’t get coached up to the next level.

      Can you tell I’ve become bitter about the program?

    • Silver Creek Doug | July 21, 2011 at 11:57 am |

      Another proud UGA alum here.

      I’m hearing it will be a replica of the 1942 NC uniforms (gray helmet, red jersey, and silver britches).

      I’m also told it will be a color vs color game (Boise will wear blue).

  • Gill | July 21, 2011 at 9:47 am |

    I thought there is a difference between stirrups and high cuffed. That difference centers on the visibility of white at the lower part of the ankle. Possibly gold replacing white for the A’s.

    • Rob H. | July 21, 2011 at 11:51 am |

      Well I look at it like anybody (stirrups or not) who isn’t wearing their pants down to the ankles is high-cuffed. A subset of those who are high-cuffed, are those that wear stirrups.

      (I suppose you could be low-cuffed and wearing stirrups, although we wouldn’t see them.)

    • Jerry | July 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm |

      You can remove Inge from the list, the Tigers are going to release him today, after acquiring Wilson Betimet from Kansas City. You can add Tigers backup 3B Don Kelly to the list.

      http://farm5.static....

      • Rob H. | July 21, 2011 at 1:48 pm |

        already had Kelly

        • Jerry | July 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm |

          I was refering to the list posted in the article.

        • Rob H. | July 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm |

          oops my bad

  • Kyle Allebach | July 21, 2011 at 9:56 am |

    Tonight at 9:30 (east coast) on the NFL Network, they’re doing the Top 10 Uniforms.

    I’m half scared about what I’m going to see.

    • Perry | July 21, 2011 at 10:35 am |

      They’ve run that show a bunch of times. And you should be. (Hint: Two of the top 10 are “cheerleaders” and “throwbacks.” And their #1 is currently worn only as an alternate.)

      • Kyle Allebach | July 21, 2011 at 11:03 am |

        Yeah, I think I saw part of it. It’s pretty lame. I thought it was new, the way they were advertising it on the Network, but then again, I just woke up when I saw it…

        • Jerry | July 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm |

          Also PeeWee football gets a vote.

  • The Jeff | July 21, 2011 at 10:17 am |

    ”The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are teaming up to launch “Heads Up to Parents,” a new educational initiative designed specifically to provide parents with the facts about how to protect, prevent and respond to youth and high school athlete concussions.
    ______________

    You wanna know how to prevent concussions? You don’t let them play.

    • Jim Vilk | July 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm |

      Exactly.

      Not saying kids shouldn’t play sports. Heck, you could get a concussion doing almost anything in life. However, the odds are so much higher in football that I’m glad my son shows no interest in it.

      I’m no Luddite (well, not a total one anyway), but I just don’t see technology solving the problem, or even bringing football down to an “acceptable” level of risk. Yes, technology has taken away the threat of skull fractures, but otherwise it has made the game of football worse.

      Even if they come up with some breakthrough, the sport would become too expensive for high schoolers and younger kids. That’s why I think, a generation from now, lacrosse will be more popular than football. I think it will appeal to kids who would have played football over soccer.

    • Jim Vilk | July 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm |

      Oh, and if you can sit through an entire Gregg Easterbrook article without your eyes glazing over, here’s a piece about rating football helmets.
      http://sports.espn.g...

  • PJ Zipser | July 21, 2011 at 10:23 am |

    David Robertson of the New York Yankees wears his pants up for all there games as well as having his charitable foundation named “High Socks for Hope”. He should definitely be on your all-stirrups and socks team especially because of how well he’s pitched this season as in being named to the all star team.

  • John Kimmerlein | July 21, 2011 at 10:24 am |

    One more high-cuff/stirrup name: Mark Reynolds of the Orioles. http://sports.yahoo....
    He talked about switching to high-cuff (or stirrups–forget which) in an article back in June.

  • Jet | July 21, 2011 at 10:34 am |

    I notice a good deal of Comrade Marshall’s stirrup inventory is sold out. Any chance he might be restocking the larder for the starving masses anytime soon?

    -Jet

  • aflfan | July 21, 2011 at 10:49 am |

    I may have to reconsider being a Tigers fan. They are having a Zubaz promotion. UGH!

    http://detroit.tiger...

    • Jerry | July 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm |

      Alright, time to grow the mullet and wash the wife-beater t-shirt! *sarcasm*

      I’m a Tigers fan, and don’t mind this promotion. Its one of 81 games, got to do something to put butts in the seats during a mid-week game. Hopefully it is a failure and doesn’t happen again. The important is to beat the Twins and get some space in the Central. The Twins still scare me, especially since nobody wants to take control of the division.

      • JTH | July 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm |

        “Alright, time to grow the mullet and wash the wife-beater t-shirt! *sarcasm*”

        I’m sure everybody picked up on that sarcasm.

        We all know that no self-respecting Tigers fan would ever wash his wife-beater and that the mullet is already in full bloom.

        • aflfan | July 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm |

          Especially if they are from downriver. I hated Zubaz when it was used in the Arena Football League and I hate it now. We must stomp out Zubaz in our lifetime.

        • The Jeff | July 21, 2011 at 9:29 pm |

          Quiet you. Zubaz ROCKS!!

  • DJ | July 21, 2011 at 11:09 am |

    The All-Star Game patch that the Diamondbacks have been wearing all season has the D-backs logo at the top, but the patch worn by the players in the ASG itself — including by the two Arizona players — had “MLB” instead of the team logo.

    That’s a common move by MLB — for the specific team hosting, they create an alternate version that includes a team logo in place of the MLB logo. In a week or so, when they unveil next year’s logo, you’ll be able to see how the MLB Logo is replaced with the “KC” monogram on all the stuff that will be used by the Royals to market the game (their uniforms, logos on the ballpark, season ticket forms, website, etc).

  • DJ Babiuk | July 21, 2011 at 11:14 am |

    Awesome, got my Alomar jersey a week ago. Definitely will be wearing it quite a bit over the next few weeks.

  • Craig D | July 21, 2011 at 11:17 am |

    Mike Leake – RHSP Cincinnati #44 has been full on stirrup clad since his recall from the minors in June. His pants might be a bit high for my taste, but he still looks good. The stirrups are outta sight. Might be the first Red to sport stirrups since…I have no idea. Early 90’s? That would be a good investigative piece. Last player for Team X to wear stirrups.

    • Michael M | July 21, 2011 at 11:28 am |

      Reds fan here, and Leake looks great. I wish they all dressed that way. Sigh.

  • Ben Fortney | July 21, 2011 at 11:28 am |

    Sorry if this had already been posted; Eephus League has a great graphic of MLB cartoon mascots circa 1956

    • JimWa | July 21, 2011 at 11:39 am |

      Those two Sox mascots remind me of the new mascot shown here a week or two back … it seems really, really easy to make that mascot very, very inappropriate for younger audiences.

      • JTH | July 21, 2011 at 11:47 am |

        Yes for the Red Sox one, because of the visible leg (and what’s with his headgear?). Not so much with the White Sox one.

      • Simply Moono | July 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm |

        “it seems really, really easy to make that mascot very, very inappropriate for younger audiences.”

        Could be worse…

        (http://www.youtube.c...)

        Or even…

        (http://www.footballb...)

    • teenchy | July 21, 2011 at 11:40 am |

      While few of those 1956 mascots look official I think the Orioles’ logo is spot on and has been used repeatedly over the years.

      I’m sort of fond of the Senators logo (yes I’m biased) as I like the idea of a giant baseball player threatening the Congress with a baseball bat.

  • robeeto | July 21, 2011 at 11:50 am |

    David Murphy (4th outfielder, Texas Rangers) goes high cuffed all the time. http://upload.wikime...

    Even when he was in the Red Sex minor league system http://upload.wikime...

    • Rob H. | July 21, 2011 at 12:08 pm |

      that’s the best typo of the day

      Okay I added David Murphy, Mark Reynolds and Jordan Zimmerman — I have 57 high-cuffers on the site… 26 of 30 teams represented….. are there any Indians, Pirates, Dodgers or Padres?

      Also first trade of the high-cuffers, [url=”http://highcuffed.blogspot.com/2011/07/jeff-keppinger.html”]Jeff Keppinger[/url] traded to Giants.

      • Rob H. | July 21, 2011 at 12:10 pm |

        Ben Fortney, how did you make links like that “MLB cartoon mascots circa 1956” here in the comments?

        • LI Phil | July 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
        • Rob H. | July 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm |

          well I know how to do it in HTML – but I thought I tried that before and that didn’t work either. I guess I was wrong.

    • Craig D | July 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm |

      “Even when he was in the Red Sex minor league system”

      Sounds like a Communist brothel training facility.

    • Tom | July 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm |

      I had a few moments and looked at each of the high cuff pictures on the Throwback site. It was disappointing that, whether just “high-cuffed” or with stirrups, so few players appear to know how to properly blouse their cuffs. Pulling up the elastic at the bottom of the pants to somewhere just below the knee doesn’t make it. The Rangers’ Murphy, Juan Pierre, and the Rockies’ Jimenez know how to do it, among a few others. Most of the rest are just sad to see.

    • robeeto | July 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm |

      Oops, sorry bout that typo…

      Kameron Loe of the Brewers went high cuffed when he was with the Rangers http://www.hardballt... but appears to have gone to pajama pants with the Brewers http://www1.pictures...

    • Greg S | July 21, 2011 at 12:57 pm |

      TEX OF Julio Borbon (currently DL’d) is a part-time high-cuffer and wore stirrups at least one game this season. TEX Closer Neftali Feliz also goes high-cuff sometimes. Dave Bush (started season w/ TEX, now with CHC (Iowa?)) goes high cuffed all the time.

      On April 13th this year, Bush made a spot start, backed up by Borbon, Murphy, and Kinsler, making 4 high-cuffers in the starting lineup for TEX. I’d be interested to know if that’s the highest this season (for a non-throwback game). Also in that game, Inge and Valverde played high-cuffed, Leyland managed high-cuffed, and Don Kelly was high-cuffed on the bench. Possibly the most hosiery on display of any normal matchup this season??

      • Rob H. | July 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm |

        I am working on a breakdown of the Rays’ use of stirrups in their Sunday home games, I believe they had one or two games that might rival the Rangers four. For certain there was one game in 2010 where the whole team wore them.

        And to the guy the other day who asked if the Rays have only worn their stirrups with the Sunday Columbia Blue Alts, I thought that that was the case, however I did come across a picture of Sean Rodriguez wearing them with the Navy Alts, but I don’t know if that the only time that ever happened.

        • JTH | July 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm |

          Do the Rays still wear those plaid-brimmed caps at all?

        • Rob H. | July 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm |

          no that was just a one-off last year

        • Rob H. | July 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm |

          Well, Rodriguez is wearing his stirrups (with the Navy Blue Alts) again tonight, so I guess he wears them more often than I thought.

        • Rob H. | July 21, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
      • robeeto | July 21, 2011 at 11:09 pm |

        Dave Bush (no longer with the Rangers) http://www4.pictures...

        Neftali Feliz http://d.yimg.com/i/...

        Julio Borbon http://theoffthebenc...

        Feliz and Borbon dont go high cuffed very often (had to go through 12 pages of a google images search just to find one pic of Feliz). And as far as I can tell there are no Rangers that wear stirrups

  • Craig D | July 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm |

    If TOSU must go pro battle/war/combat/skirmish uni AGAIN this year, can they at least use them against someone other than Michigan? Or have we seen the last matchup of traditional TOSU v UM uniforms?

    I think they should use them against Nebraska in what will A: be Nebraska’s first B1G game and B: a night game on national TV. That makes a heck of a lot more sense. Plus there is zero history between the two teams. Nothing to screw with.

    • Jowen | July 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm |

      They should use them for the Akron game so I can skip them altogether. I know that would never happen.
      I agree, please don’t screw up the Michigan game again.

      • Jerry | July 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm |

        Actually Nebraska’s first B1G game is at Wisconsin.

        • Craig D | July 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm |

          Meant their first home B1G game. My bad.

    • LarryB | July 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm |

      I liked last years throwbacks. They were pretty close to what the Buckeyes wore in 1942 and in the 1941-45 era. I did not like the previous year. My thinking is that if they were a different uniform please make it a throwback.

      It did not bother me in the least they wore throwbacks vs Michigan. Ohio State wore those uniform vs Michigan in 1942 and other years in the 40’s. But I know people got all upset because they did it vs Michigan. Not me.

      Sadly it does not seem like this years will be throwbacks.

  • Birdbats | July 21, 2011 at 12:21 pm |

    The Cardinals will not wear their Cardenales jerseys on Saturday in Pittsburgh. They will be wearing something different, and I have a hunch it will look great. I understand the players kept their Cardenales jerseys after the game in Milwaukee… so if it was in McClellan’s locker, one can understand how it could have been grabbed my mistake.

    • JTH | July 21, 2011 at 12:35 pm |

      Will they be wearing St. Louis Stars unis?

    • LI Phil | July 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm |

      i assume the bucs will be wearing one of their beautiful crawfords unis…

      looking forward to what the cardenales will do…

    • Rob H. | July 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm |

      It says on Pirates website… “During the game the Pirates will be wearing the Homestead Grays uniforms.” So I’d Cardinals may be similarly negro-attired.

      • LI Phil | July 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm |

        ok…the pirates have worn grays throwbacks, but the nationals have also honored the grays…and there’s nothing wrong with that since the grays were based in homestead (duh), near pittsburgh

        since the bucs played the mets and wore crawfords gear, i figured they’d again be donning it…this is fine too

        • R.S. Rogers | July 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm |

          The Pirates have worn Grays unis against the Nats, also wearing Grays unis. That right there is the best possible throwback matchup conceivable, no matter which particular year either team is throwbacking (or fauxbacking) to.

          Personally, though, I wish the Bucs would stick with the Crawfords for throwback purposes. Not because they don’t have at least as much right to claim the Grays as Washington, which they do, but simply because no one else can do the Crawfords justice, and the Crawfords had such great unis.

        • Ry Co 40 | July 21, 2011 at 3:43 pm |

          pirates should do a grays/crawfords mashup

          (only kidding)

  • jim greenfield | July 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm |

    Pirate SS Ronnie Cedeno goes high cuffed.

    • Rob H. | July 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm |

      Ronny Cedeno added (thanks Jim) and Justin Masterson from Jon Fricker’s list.

      Still need a Dodger and a Padre.

      • Shane | July 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm |

        Ah yes, of course Justertin Maston. He was pretty socky when he was with Boston as well.

        (thanks for the name, Joe Castiglione)

  • duker | July 21, 2011 at 1:04 pm |

    The cuffs aren’t very high but Orioles manager Buck Showalter wears stirrups. http://www4.pictures...

    • Rob H. | July 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm |

      I don’t know, should we count managers? Then we gotta count this guy, too.

  • Jason Shane | July 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm |

    Quoted at the end of a Uni Watch entry? Awesome. Now if I can just think of a subject for an article to write while Paul’s away. Hmmm…

  • Skycat | July 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm |

    You can add Cervelli of the Yanks to the high-cuffed.

    http://www.zimbio.co...

    • Rob H. | July 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm |

      thanks — added now we’re up to 60.

  • Jim Vilk | July 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm |

    The upcoming NBA 2K12 game will feature the greatest player of all time on the cover:
    http://espn.go.com/n...
    Or you can get one with Larry Bird or Michael Jordan instead.

    • LI Phil | July 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm |

      bill russell’s not on the cover

    • Shane | July 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm |

      I don’t see God Shammgod on there anywhere.

      • teenchy | July 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm |

        Nor do I see a World B. Free version.

    • Ry Co 40 | July 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm |

      bummer… thought it would be bobby jackson

  • JEDI54 | July 21, 2011 at 3:59 pm |

    Baylor showed off their new unis…..I like, even with the dreaded white hat.

    http://www.dallasnew...

    • LI Phil | July 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm |

      what’s that shit on the pants?

      • JTH | July 21, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
        • LI Phil | July 21, 2011 at 4:46 pm |

          if bear claws had ripped their pants, like cincy, wouldn’t they need like…two more rips?

    • pflava | July 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm |

      Just a couple of years ago, Baylor had some surprisingly understated uniforms that were quite nice.

      The new set corrects that and finally gets them just wrong with the addition of some silly slashes on the pants.

      • Ricko | July 21, 2011 at 5:41 pm |

        Left to their own devices, I don’t believe Nike will EVER use traditionally striped football pants.

        Said it before, I truly believe Nike’s design platform is to eradicate parallel straight stripes from sports unis. Parallel curves, they’re okay with, but not straight.

        A sort of anti-Adidas or pro “Our Own Total Reworking of Uni Thinking” thing. Put trim anywhere, even if it has nothing to do with the structure of the garment. Y’know, the way 7-year-olds who know nothing OF uni structure do…and, whenever possible, focus on football players’ butts. Because, evidently, they do all day.

    • Simply Moono | July 21, 2011 at 9:43 pm |

      >BFBS is gone, so that’s an upgrade.
      >Jersey is cleaned up compared to the former, so that’s an upgrade.
      >Pants, while it makes sense to use bear claws when your mascot is a bear, doesn’t receive any high marks for me, probably because the pants don’t work without the Cal jersey.

      Overall? A lateral push to “O.K.”, but seeing as I’m not a B11G 12 buff…

  • Shane | July 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm |

    Joe Blanton goes high cuffed when he’s not busy being on the DL http://gcobb.com/wp-...

    So does Juan Perez (at least when he pitched his “immaculate inning”) http://www.csnphilly...

  • Rob H. | July 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm |

    just a thought to all you Mets fans / BFBS haters…if the Mets were wearing black today, Angel Pagan might not have made that throw to first base…

  • Jeff Franklin | July 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm |

    The Blue Jays are going to retire Alomar’s number?

    I thought the Blue Jays didn’t retire numbers. I thought that is why they have a “Level of Excellence”. Then, they should retire all the numbers that they have in the Level.

    They should retire # 25 for Carlos Delgado too.

    • LI Phil | July 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm |

      “The Blue Jays are going to retire Alomar’s number?”

      ~~~

      i’d assume that’s because he’s going into the HOF as a jay…but if they’re retiring the number based on value to the team…how about joe carter or dave steib?

      seriously

      • Jeff Franklin | July 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm |

        I agree. Carter and Steib’s numbers should be retired as well as all of the members of the “Level of Excellence”.

  • Patrick_in_MI | July 21, 2011 at 10:39 pm |

    Yesterday I did a minor league double-header, Altoona at Akron at 12:05 p.m. and then State College at Mahoning Valley in the evening. Both Altoona and State College went high-cuffed while Akron and Mahoning Valley did not (boo!). Apparently the Pirates minor system has mandatory high-cuffedness and I applaud them for that. Going to the Cardinals-Pirates game on Sunday so hoping to see some major league high-cuffedness.

  • Chris K | July 22, 2011 at 12:38 pm |

    In the pinstripe vs. pinstripe photo, what’s Buckner doing? There’s a bat in the air and he’s holding his face. Hit by pitch? Swinging bunt off the plate, in to his face? There may be an interesting or boring story re: that photo maybe?