As you can see above (and as spotted by former Uni Watch bench coach Bryan Redemske, who deserves all the credit for the little journey we’re about to embark upon), Scott Sizemore had an odd-looking circle or dot on his left shoulder during last night’s A’s/Indians game in Cleveland. And he wasn’t the only one. David DeJesus and first base coach Tye Waller had something similar next to the MLB logo on the back of their respective jerseys:
A’s equipment manager Steve Vucinich is a longtime friend of Uni Watch, so I shot him a note and figured I’d hear back from him in the morning. Instead, I heard back almost immediately, because he wasn’t working the game — he was back home in Oakland after taking a few days off to take his daughter to college at Gonzaga. He was watching the game and had seen the little circles on the uniforms, so he’d e-mailed his assistant, Brian Davis. What Davis told him — and what Steve in turn told me — is that they’re bug repellant patches!
Sure enough, it was really buggy last night at the Jake — another attack of those infamous midges. But Oakland’s training staff was prepared with the anti-bug patches. Only problem, according to Steve, is that they work on mosquitos but not on midges. D’oh! (Joba just cancelled his order.)
In any case, I’ve never seen anything like this on a uniform, and Steve says he hasn’t either. Now we just need to get a team to wear nicotine patches, and another team to wear birth control patches (I vote for the Yankees), and we’ll have this whole market segment covered.
Just in case you were one of the five or six humans who missed it yesterday, my annual college football season-preview column is up on ESPN.
Also, there’s a new post on the Permanent Record blog.
Also-also, there’s a new post — with a uni-ish component! — over at the Butcher’s Case.
Finally, remember how I announced last fall that Kirsten and I had finally located the missing Candela Structure? It has spent the past 45 years serving as the summer cabin for an upstate family, and now we’ve finally wrangled ourselves an invitation to go visit it in person. So we’ll be heading up there next weekend — which is also the first weekend of the NFL season. So Phil will have to handle the first Monday Morning Uni Watch report of the year.
Speaking of yesterday’s ESPN column, at some point yesterday afternoon it became apparent that about a dozen of the links within that column had gone dead. And what did all those links have in common? They were all pages on NikeBlog.com.
At first I thought someone was, you know, fucking with me. And that’s fine — I’ve certainly had plenty to say about Nike over the years, so a little retaliatory gamesmanship seems fair. The thing is, yesterday’s column didn’t have a single negative word about Nike, so why choose that column to sabotage? In any case, I quickly had my editors swap in a bunch of substitute links.
Turns out the entire NikeBlog site had crashed. It’s a fan site, not an official Nike site, and its Alexa ranking is 121,000ish, which means it doesn’t normally do much traffic (to put this in some context, Uni Watch’s Alexa ranking is about 41,000; ESPN’s is 72; Google’s is 1), so maybe they just couldn’t handle all the traffic from the links in yesterday’s column. If that’s the case, and if the NikeBlog people are reading this, sorry to have overloaded your circuits, guys — it was unintentional, I promise.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s another baseball-themed My Morning Jacket gig poster (from Jason Shane). … And Jon Solomonson has sent along a few more sports logo soda displays, and Josh Youstra sent in another one. … Here’s a good shot of the Blackhawks’ logo being applied to center ice (from Bob Gassel). … “I’ve never seen a Champion box before,” says Mike Hersh. “Even with the tape, I might be a bidder.” … Don Cherry will
take a dump on the air, just to show how outrageous he is have a new jacket to mark the NHL’s return to Winnipeg (from John Muir). … The L.A. Kings are trying to get on my good side. … Quite a look yesterday for Bethanie Mattek-Sands. … “My Grandma worked for Sears in the 1970s,” says Ron Roza. “What joy I had flipping through the winter catalog each year until I found the NFL pages! I was able to mark what I wanted, and she always came through for me these are my pride joy. I was in awe of them when I was 10 or so, because I was always amazed at how accurate the uniforms and decals were (except for the cookie-cutter number font). They sure don’t make things like this anymore.” That sound you just heard in the background was Brinke Guthrie popping a blood vessel. … Rugby news from Murray Conallin, who reports that the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have gone Star Wars with their final jersey of the regular season. “Even their web site has been given a Star Wars theme,” says Murray. … Lots of celebs in various uniforms in this 1960s photo album, including Bob Newhart, Greg Morris, Walter Matthau, Ted Knight, Dick Martin, Billy Barty (look him up), Gene Hackman, and more. My thanks to Ricko for his assistance in I.D.’ing some of these. … NOB typo alert! That’s Cory Joseph of the Spurs, who’s been playing for Canada in the FIBA Americas tourney (good spot by Glenn Cook). … Good little entry on the story behind Pete Rose wearing a Padres cap (big thanks to Brady Phelps). … What good are the Mounties in this day and age, you ask? They’re good for seizing counterfeit hockey jerseys, that’s what! (From Jared Rosen.)