Not the most uni-notable All-Star Game last night. No helmet mix-ups, no major snafus, just a parade of specialized footwear. I missed the first half of the game, so I make no claims as to the following lists being complete or perfect, but here’s some of what was going on:
• The stars on the back of the jerseys and caps — which had been worn during the week leading up to the ASG last season, but not this season — reappeared last night.
• Because of the All-Star Game patch on the right sleeve, the Mets’ representatives moved their Gary Carter memorial patches to the upper left chest. This marks the third different placement of that patch this season: right sleeve, upper left chest, and upper right chest (back on June 3). What a mess. They’ll have a chance to put it in yet another spot if they make it to the World Series (unlikely but not impossible), since the WS patch will present the same problem. It’s enough to make me hope they don’t make it.
• Lots of National Leaguers wore gray shoes, including Rafael Furcal, Ryan Braun, Dan Uggla, Matt Holliday, Craig Kimbrel, Michael Bourn, Joey Votto, R.A. Dickey, Stephen Strasburg, Jose Altuve, Andrew McCutchen, and Carlos Ruiz.
• Other shoe colors included blue for Jose Bautista, red for Wade Miley, orange for Pablo Sandoval (here’s a closer look), orange for Melky Cabrera, orange for David Wright, gold for Bryce Harper, red for Mike Trout, red for Aroldis Chapman, light blue for Starlin Castro, orange for Matt Wieters, lots of gold trim for Joel Hanrahan, red for Yu Darvish, and let’s not forget red for Tony LaRussa.
• Fernando Rodney had an odd NOB on his BP jersey. Turns out that’s the first name of his father, who died back in 2002. (And as you can also see, Rodney had gold shoes and was using a comically oversized glove to shag flies.)
• Another point regarding Rodney: Reader Caldwell Bailey notes that Rodney had only one star on the back of his cap.
• George Brett threw out the first pitch and wasn’t wearing socks with his loafers.
• Finally, from the department of You’ve Got to Be Fucking Kidding Me, there’s this.
I’m sure there’s tons of stuff I missed, so feel free to post additional observations in the comments.
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Uni Wach News Ticker: When Prince Fielder won the Home Run Derby on Monday night, someone on the TV crew forgot that he’s no longer on the Brewers (from John Okray). … When the Wild recently introduced free agent signees Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, they both wore the team’s alternate jersey. “I’m not sure if this represents a shift from the green being the alternate to primary jersey, or if it’s just an attempt to try to sell more jerseys,” says Joe Exner. … Interesting article about using Kevlar to protect athletes (from Jim Atherton). … Matt Blinco was listening to a radio interview with Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista. “He mentioned he would be in some type of competition with David Ortiz to benefit some youth groups, and the loser’s punishment would be to quote ‘wear pants up for a few days,’” says Matt. … Here’s what the American Olympians will be wearing for the opening and closing ceremonies (thanks, Brinke). … Kayce Harris reports that his high school alma mater — Arapahoe High in Metro Denver — has a special with the Arapaho tribe in Wyoming: “A man from the tribe redesigned the school’s Warrior mascot, the tribe dedicated the gymnasium and named it after Chief Anthony Sitting Eagle, and they frequently visit the campus in addition to being present at all graduation ceremonies. Further details and a picture of the logo can be found here. Even as a teenager I was impressed by how special this relationship was.” … The Islanders will be playing a preseason game here in Brooklyn, an event so momentous that it has its own logo (from John Muir). … In a related item, Brooklyn’s arena sponsor continues to be shining beacon of pride. … New uniforms for the University of Arkansas-Monticello (from Justin Bates). … Latest reason to love Hamilton Nolan. … Here are the Canadian Olympic track and field uniforms (from Walter Ford). … Here’s a closer look at Southern Miss’s throwback helmet (from Lucas Ehrbar). … Excellent article about how Michael Jordan teamed up with Nike. Spoiler alert: Nike was not his first choice (from Tim E. O’Brien). … A diner in Philadelphia called Olympic Gyros — a name that the diner has had since 1984 — has received a cease-and-desist letter from the USOC. Key quote: “[T]he organization emphasized the need to ‘protect the rights of companies who financially support the U.S. Olympic Team,’ such as McDonald’s and Coca-Cola.” Total fucking douchebags (from Bernie Langer). … Ever wonder what’d happen if a baseball could be thrown at the speed of light? Okay, so you probably didn’t wonder, but here’s the rather entertaining answer anyway.