Bit of a sticky situation last night in Arizona, as Jordan Pacheco of the Rockies came up to the plate with a big wad of bubble gum stuck on his butt. “And just to add insult to injury, he struck out,” says reader Villaroman Santos.
I’m assuming this was a prank played by one (or more) of Pacheco’s teammates. If so, it’s the first uni-related prank we’ve seen in a while, at least that I can think of. Here are some others from years past:
• In 2007, Dodgers reliever Ramon Troncoso had a piece of tape stuck on his uni number. Could have been accidental somehow, I suppose, but the placement of the tape was so precise across the center of the numeral — feels like a prank to me.
• Also in ’07, several Mets managed to stack a cup, some bubble gum, and I think a few other things on Ramon Castro’s cap without him noticing.
• That Castro prank is, of course, a more involved version of the standard bubble-on-the-cap prank, which many players have fallen for over the years.
• Derek Lowe’s teammates on the Dodgers once http://farm1.static.flickr.com/231/463998522_34947e4888_o.jpg”>put a captain’s “C” on his jersey, as a parin. Further details here.
• In 2006, Rays pitcher Jae Seo had a big “W” taped onto his windbreaker. At the time, Cork Gaines explained, “It was from some prankster teammates. Seo has yet to earn a ‘W’ with the Rays, and his teammates felt he deserved one.” Ouch.
• In 2003, Rocco Baldelli’s teammates on the Rays hung a FiNOB jersey in his locker as a prank, and he wore it for one inning before an umpire pointed it out to him. Personally, I’ve never really understood the prankitude behind this one — what’s so horrible or humiliating about FiNOB?
• In Jim Bouton’s seminal Ball Four, he talks about the time his teammates nailed his cleats to the clubhouse floor. He also spends some time talking about the art of the hot foot (i.e., surreptitiously setting someone’s shoes on fire), which I assume is never practiced these days.
• In some book that I read years ago — Ball Four? Sparky Lyle’s The Bronx Zoo? — there’s some talk about taking someone’s jockstrap from his locker, rubbing super-hot liniment on it, and then putting it back in the locker. Yikes.
• Okay, not really a prank, but still pretty funny. The player on the ground was actually an actor named Lou Archer, who had appeared in movies with Babe.
I’m sure there are many more that I’m overlooking (and not just in baseball). If you know of other good uni-related pranks, post them in today’s comments.
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Uni Watch News Ticker: If you go to the Browns’ home page, you’ll see a background image that includes a photo of Joshua Cribbs running with the ball. That same photo appears in a photo gallery linked within the site. Notice any difference between the two images? The one being used for the background image has had the Reebok logo removed from Cribbs’s shoulder (tremendous spot by Joseph Bailey). … Yesterday I mentioned that Arizona’s athletic director had debunked the rumor of the red helmet. Now comes this, from reader Kenny Abbey, who claims to have an inside source: “Our AD is pretty much lying. Although the helmet in that photo may not be the final version, we’ll definitely have a red helmet added this year. I give you my honest word on that.” … More on the Bobcats’ apparent color change here. … Excellent article on the new national standards for high school football jerseys (from Jared Wheeler). … Here’s a really cool map showing the birthplace of every MLB player (big thanks to Chad Todd). … Yesterday I Ticker-linked to a 1970 newspaper article proving that Kevin Cunningham of the 49ers had worn a “Goober” nickNOB. But Jim Vilk kept reading that newspaper column and noticed another uni-related item of interest: Utah State was wearing football-shaped American flag decals. “I wonder if this was the earliest example of flag stickers on helmets,” says Jim. … Interesting news regarding some Euro 2012 NOBs (from Christopher Peterson). … Good cartoon, but the skyline sleeve patch should be blue, not black. … You know how various uniforms are always claimed to be “scientifically superior”? Here’s one that’s been judged to be the “scientifically worst” of its class (from Mark Loveland). … Ray Pelletier notes that the three QBs on the Panthers’ roster — Cam Newton, Jimmy Clausen, and Derek Anderson — wear uniform numbers 1, 2 and 3, respectively. “Also, their numbers reflect their positions on the depth chart (starter Newton #1, backup Clausen #2, and third-stringer Anderson #3),” he writes. “How often has that ever happened?” … Back in the day, when the Terrible Towel wasn’t enough, it was time to break out the Terrible Truck. Frankly, I have zero memory of that, but it’s pretty funny (from Brady Phelps). … Many of you may know that MC Hammer was once an A’s batboy. But did you know he wore a nickNOB? And with a complementary number to boot (from Steve Dodell). … Canadian track and field athletes will wear their Twitter handles on their bibs later this month. … The Tigers have a minor league prospect who doesn’t wear batting gloves (from Tom Meyer Klipsch). … New football uniforms for South Dakota State (from Kyle Petersen). … If you’re elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, you get one of those yellow blazers. But for the Rugby Hall of Fame, you get a cap with a tassel (from Jeremy Brahm). … Todd Radom was at a Mets game and encountered some seriously bad punctuation. … Cardinals were in Houston last night, but skipper Mike Matheny wore a red home cap for his postgame interview (from Caleb Yorks). … Rebrand for Cardiff City (from George Chilvers). … One of Bernie Parent’s masks, missing for 41 years after being tossed into the crowd at Madison Square Garden, has turned up (from Mike McLaughlin). … Brad Mangin has written an excellent piece about the Giants’ approach to throwback games.