The Nats and Giants played a throwback game last night. But as you can see above, it wasn’t just any throwback game — they were re-creating the match-up from the 1924 World Series between the Senators and the Giants, so they treated the game with like a special occasion, complete with both teams lining up in front of the mound for the playing of the national anthem. As you can also see, everyone went high-cuffed (although some did so a bit more successfully than others).
Some notes from the game:
• It’s interesting to see white caps paired with a gray uni. Feels a little incongruous at first, but it’s not a bad look. Interestingly, Okkonen’s entry for the 1924 Giants doesn’t show a white cap, although the caps do look white in this photo.
• Both teams went NNOB. Of course, back in 1924, they didn’t even wear uni numbers. Kinda wish they’d gone numberless last night, too — after all, the Yanks and Bosox have already shown that it can still be done. (Meanwhile, note that the New York cap in that last photo appears to be gray. Hmmmm.)
• Both teams wore their regular batting helmets. Booooo!
• Kudos to Matt Cain, who showed off some top-notch blousing. That’s Strasburgian right there.
• I really like the little red inlays on the Giants’ chest insignia.
• Nice touch to have the grounds crew dressed in period-appropriate attire (except for the footwear — woof).
• Nats broadcasters Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo got in on the fun as well.
Phil has already mentioned this a few times, but it bears repeating: Throwback games seem markedly improved this year. Lots more instances of the visiting team being dressed up for the occasion, and much better attention to detail. Now if we could just once get the umps to join in — that would be the cherry on top.
(Big thanks to Avi Miller, Peter Gaston, and Brinke for their screen shots.)
ESPN reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, my latest ESPN column is available here.
Incidentally, even if you did read yesterday’s column, here’s an additional detail: I linked to a photo showing this year’s All-Star BP jerseys. As you can see, there’s some sort of bullshit pattern on the uni numbers. What I didn’t realize, until reader Ryan Mandel pointed it out to me, is that the pattern includes the Royals logo, the words “All-Star” and “2012,” and the MLB logo. “Really makes these jerseys look like absolute garbage (not that they didn’t already, with the hideous shoulder yoke),” says Ryan.
Independence Day recap: Nothing says “Party!” like a galvanized tub full of beer on ice and a rack full of meat, am I right? You bet I am (click photos to enlarge):
Sorry about that last photo — didn’t realize I was standing partly in light, partly in shadow (why didn’t the photographer tell me?!). Anyway, that’s the meat that I put in the smoker on Wednesday: beef short ribs with this dry rub; chicken thighs with this jerk preparation; and a butterflied leg of lamb rolled and tied into a little roast and coated with a paste I made from olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and rosemary.
There was a lot more food than that, including one of those steaks I showed photos of on Monday, but I ended up being so busy that I didn’t have time to take any additional photos. So that’s all I got — sorry!
Uni Watch News Ticker: Texas A&M will unveil new football uniforms next Thursday. “Looks like a state of Texas there on the pants,” notes Dave Wilson. … The Mets will do the “Los” thing tonight. … News flash: Selling your stadium’s naming rights to a corporate sponsor is a mixed blessing at best. … The soda case design trend has spread to the Olympics (from Art Savokinas). … F1 news from Dane Drutis, who writes: “The Lotus F1 team has added the logo of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises to their cars, racesuits and helmets this weekend for the British Grand Prix.” … Here’s more about the Rockford RiverHawks’ corporate-sponsored baseball uniforms (from Brian Anderson). … “My alma mater, Elon University, just released some terrific glass plate negatives that show some of the school’s athletic history,” says Scott Leighty. “Some of the baseball team shots are great, with the sweaters, non-matching uniforms, and some nice socks. I particularly liked the dirt tennis court.” … New kits for Atlético Madrid and Inter Milan (from Lucas Ehrbar). … Here’s an absolutely brilliant NHL-based animation that shows, well, just watch it for yourself and see (from John Muir). … Wimbledon officials made Victoria Azarenka change from a yellow T-shirt to a white top — while warming up on a practice court! (Thanks, Brinke.) … New third kit for Liverpool (from Allan Lewis). … Interesting story about Phillies big leaguers adjusting to minor league uniforms during rehab assignments (from Eric Nitschke). … New logo for the Las Vegas Wranglers (from Matthew Moschella). … Here are some more photos of the U.S. Olympic weightlifting uniforms (from Kevin Mueller). … We’ve all seen MLB jerseys repurposed as minor league jerseys, but rarely has it been done as clumsily as this (from JD Denison). … Clever Indians jersey at last night’s game (from Nick Ruggeri). … Two notes regarding the Potomac Nationals: They have a 35th-anniversary logo that should really say “35th season,” and they have their logo painted on their field with the colors reversed from their official logo (both of these from R. Scott Rogers).
Phil’s taking a well-earned break this weekend, so I’ll be filling in for him tomorrow and Sunday. The bad news: no colorizations or tweaks. The good news: I’ll run a Ticker on either Saturday or Sunday, or maybe both.