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Paul here, once again pinch-hitting for Phil. The Rangers and Twins wore 1994 throwbacks last night. As you can see above, Rangers pitcher Robbie Ross’s stirrups were more 1974 than ’94, but whatever — sure beats the pajama look.
Interestingly, the Twins wore the MLB 125th-season patch (which all MLB teams wore in 1994) on their right sleeve, but the Rangers didn’t. That’s particularly odd, since (a) the Rangers were the home team, so they had control over the throwback design, and (b) they had nothing else competing for space on that sleeve.
Phil is meeting up with me for today’s Mets/Cubs game at Shea. Let’s hope we don’t melt!
(My thanks to Paul Pass and Matt Mitchell for their observations on this game.)
Yet amazingly he’s never been asked to host Saturday Night Live…
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Uni Watch News Ticker: Neglected to mention yesterday that the Astros wore their 1980s throwbacks on Friday night. … And for Second Place, You Get Two of Them Dept.: What’s with this new protocol of teams conducting pregame All-Star BP jersey presentations s to the players who’ll be participating in next Tuesday’s game? Or at least I think it’s a new protocol; if they’ve done it in past years, I haven’t noticed. Anyway: Seems like a fairly obvious ploy to goose BP jersey sales. And the fact that it’s such a widespread, choreographed thing, probably mandated via a memo from the commissioner’s office, kinda ruins any chance of it feeling special. Pfeh. … If you like MLB mascots, you’ll love this. That’s from a commercial that will run during the All-Star Game (photo by Chris DeRuyscher, submitted by Sean Kautzman). … Red Sox Oddities, Vol. 1: Remember the Fenway Park centennial patch that the Red Sox wore on their caps for their first homestand of the season back in April? That cap patch has reappeared for this weekend’s series against the Yankees. Well, mostly. Seems like a very random thing to bring back at a very random time (from Andrew Constant). … Red Sox Oddities, Vol. 2: The Sox wore their red alternates for the second game of yesterday’s doubleheader against the Yanks. “I believe this is the first time they’ve worn the current version of the red jerseys on a day other than Friday,” says Scott Davis. … Red Sox Oddities, Vol. 3: Daniel Nava batted right-handed while wearing a lefty batting helmet in the 6th inning of yesterday’s nightcap (Andrew Constant again). … Astros pitching coach Doug Brocail was wearing his G.I. Joe pandering cap yesterday (good spot by Kevin Malarkey). … Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada was using Kirk Nieuwenhuis’s bat yesterday (screen shot by Eli Swanson. … The Leeds Rhinos (that’s Super Rugby) went THOB on Friday. Details here (from Mike Miller). … When stirrups started going out of style, many first and third base coaches were the last bastion of holdouts. Now most coaches have abandoned stirrups as well, so let’s hear it for Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont, who still knows how to dress on a baseball field (from Andy Windsor). … Saw Prometheus last night. Not a very good movie, but I laughed out loud when the captain prepared for the climactic kamikaze scene by putting on a baseball cap. … “Many F1 drivers are wearing orange stars on their helmets this weekend in support of Maria de Villota, a test driver who was badly injured in a crash earlier this week,” says Dane Drutis. “Here is a screenshot of Lewis Hamilton applying the stars to his helmet during Friday’s practice session at the British Grand Prix.” … The Rochester Honkers are a summer collegiate league. I don’t know what the hell they were wearing last night, but let’s hope it was a one-time thing (from Ryan Risse). … Here are the Ukrainian Olympic track and field uniforms (from Leo Thornton). … Trey Groce got some spam from Under Armour, promoting their new Gotham Rogues gear from the upcoming Batman movie. “First time I’ve ever been solicited to purchase gear from a team that doesn’t even exist,” he says.