Mildly surreal sight last night at the Big A, as Ervin Santana, apparently suffering from a nosebleed, took the mound for the top of the 4th against the Chisox with a very prominent wad of tissue wedged up his left nostril (lots of screen shots here).
I was wondering if anyone else had spotted this, so I googled “Ervin Santana nosebleed” and discovered that Santana had had a similar problem back in 2009. Only that time it was his right nostril that was bleeding.
All this comes just a day after Mets outfielder Angel Pagan nearly missed an at-bat because he had a case of the trots and was stuck in the john. So MLB players’ various orifices have basically been running like open faucets on consecutive days. Look for Dan Uggla to dig some serious earwax out of his aural canal tonight. Either that or Mike Pelfrey will just vomit on the mound (which, let’s face it, would be better than what he usually does there).
We wrap up with history’s shortest video segment, as reader Seth Moorman heroically captured the two-second sequence in which Santana excised the tissue:
My entire life has been leading up to this: Today I’m proud to announce the launch of
The Butcher’s Case, a new blog that marks my partnership with the wonderful butcher shop Fleisher’s. If you like meat, you’ll definitely want to read it. I’ll have new posts tomorrow and Friday, and then I’ll probably settle into a rhythm of posting about three times a week. Grrrr, tech problems already, on the site’s very first day. Hope to have it fixed in a day or two.
And hey, speaking of meat: You know that T-shirt I used to sell, the one inspired on a certain New York-based team and a certain protein-based foodstuff? Wouldn’t it be great — hypothetically speaking, that is — if that shirt design had a companion design? Indeed it would. But I’m just speaking hypothetically, of course.
Stirrups Club — last chance: Today’s the last day to get in on Robert Marshall’s latest stirrup offerings. For details, look here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: I asked Joe Skiba about the Giants wearing their road pants at home on Monday night. “We’re using our practice pants for game pants, since we have 90 players on the roster,” he said. As for Eli Manning’s old-style jersey with the red triangle, he said, “Eli has been back to the traditional cut since the end of last season. The red triangle was just an oversight — gotta cover it up with a blue one by the next game. That jersey came right outta the bag.” … Tris Wykes decided to find out what it’s like to gear up as a field hockey goalie. … That new Cy-Hawk Trophy has already been scrapped. … Someone with the White Sox has a good sense of humor, at least judging by the fun NOB that showed up at the Frank Thomas statue unveiling the other day (big thanks to Aaron Parish). … Here’s a gallery of MLS soccer kits through the years (from Donnie Kwak). … New dark jerseys for UConn soccer (from Gregory Koch). … Boise State will unveil their Corporate Sandwich Game costume on Thursday. … Chris Mason loves his new mask (from RJ Evans). … Here’s an interesting shot from last year: Note how Donovan McNabb’s facemask color was different from his teammates’, probably because he brought his old mask from Philly and had it painted (good spot by Ryan Perkins). … Here’s one of those obligatory U.S. Open fashion previews (from Chris Flinn). … Reprinted from last night’s comments: No alts this year for the Blackhawks. … Several of you asked if Uni Watch HQ got through the earthquake okay. This should give you a sense of how it went (thanks, Kirsten). … Dennis Couvillion notes that Riddell has introduced a new
branding vehicle helmet design. “I checked the Riddell web site and discovered that’s it’s the Riddell 360 (which is temporarily out of stock due to demand),” he says. “It lists for $420, as opposed to $244 for the Revolution Speed.” … Here’s a uni unveiling, 1948-style. That’s Molly Urban of Wilson Sporting Goods, showcasing the Phils’ 1948 uniforms. … Chris Fernandez spotted Juan Pierre wearing a camo undershirt last night. … Steve Mandich has been doing a Throwback Thursday series on his Ichiro blog, featuring photos of Ichiro in various M’s throwbacks. … Check out this great story about a DIY football field in the Midwest (nice one from Jim Vilk). … “I play football for a semi-pro football team in Warminster, Pennsylvania,” writes Matt McDermott. “Last weekend we had our first game and we were supposed to be at home, so we only ordered our home blue jerseys. The league, which is called the Big East Football Federation, switched our game to away and we were stuck playing a team that also wore predominantly blue uniforms, creating a blue-on-blue game.”