It’s been common knowledge for several months now that the Brewers would be wearing “Birrai” jerseys for Italian Day on July 1. What wasn’t known until yesterday was that the jerseys would be green and red, or that the Diamondbacks (who are the visiting team that day) would be wearing special jerseys of their own. I think it’s safe to say that this will be tough game to watch. (Additional info here.)
The merits of the design notwithstanding, it’s interesting to see green being used to promote something other than St. Paddy’s Day. Meanwhile, “iD-Backs”? What is that, some new product from Apple? Seems like they could’ve done better than that, no?
The other big uni news from yesterday involved Twins pitcher Jeff Manship, who got saddled with a typo on his NOB:
This was only Manship’s second appearance of the year, and his first in the Twins’ navy alternate jersey. I assume he’s getting a new nameplate as we speak.
New ESPN column today, about some of MLB’s biggest uni-related quirks — enjoy.
Membership update: Scott and I continue to work our way through all the orders from Purple Amnesty Day. And lemme tell ya, it’s no picnic for me to deal with all that purple — especially when a card involves two different shades of purple, as in the case of Mark C. Gutierrez’s card, shown at right, which is based on the Lakers’ old mismatched purple situation. We don’t normally do vertically oriented cards, or cards that include pants or shorts, but Mark’s request was too inspired to turn down.
Speaking of inspired, check out Ben Traxel’s new card. It’s based on a team I’d never heard of before: the Kansas City Wizards. Like I’ve been saying for years, the worst jerseys make the best membership cards, am I right?
Stirrups Club reminder: Comrade Robert Marshall currently has a new set of stirrups up for sale. Check them out here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: A soccer team sponsored by a TV network? Mike Devoss explains: ” Cal FC is an amateur team in what would be the fifth division of soccer in the U.S. If it were baseball, they’d be somewhere in between Sunday beer league and rookie league. They advanced to the round of 16 in this year’s U.S. Open Cup after beating the Portland Timbers of MLS. Fox Soccer decided to show their next match against Seattle and sponsored their shirts. It was kind of a David/Goliath or Milan/Muncie Central type of deal, except Seattle won, 5-0.” … Remember our recent discussion of brown uniforms? Check this out: solid chocolate! That’s Crespi Carmelite High School in California (nice find by Jim Griggs). … H. Paul Fontenot, Jr. notes that Ryan Dempster switched back and forth between two batting gloves and one batting glove during Tuesday night’s game. Some quick photo research indicates that Dempster normally wears two gloves, so Hunter Pence’s status as MLB’s only full-time single-glover remains secure, at least for now. … William Johnsen has been trying to identify these two jerseys. “Given the tags, I’d say they’re European,” he says. Anyone know more? … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Some of the Euro 2012 retail jerseys have dangerous levels of toxic substances. Happy shopping! … Speaking of Euro 2012, here’s a breakdown of the finalized kits (from Nick Orban). … Logo tweak for Twitter. … Here’s a behind-the-scenes video clip on the making of the new Aston Villa shirts (from Tom Moore). … Metallic-finish football helmet for Syracuse? Seems like it, judging by this photo (from Terry Duroncelet). … New details from Kenny Abbey, who claims to have inside info on Arizona’s football program: “It looks like the red helmet we saw in the pic [a few days ago] is the final version. And the uniform to be worn with the copper helmet is a new mock-up from what we currently have. It’ll be navy with red and copper accents.” … Never seen Jerry Dior’s MLB logo design used by a fire department before. “I found that on the side of every truck at a fire department on Lake Erie in upstate New York,” says Tyler Pearson. … The Nats team store had a Stephen Strasburg jersey on display with an NOB typo. … As you may know, there’s usually a bathroom situated right next to an MLB dugout, as you can see here. That’s the visiting dugout in Oakland. Andrew Tucker, who took that screen shot, refers to it as the “dugouthouse.” … Oh baby, it doesn’t get much better than this magnificent 1950s Knicks warm-up top (big thanks to Robert Silverman). … New away kit for Chelsea.