By Phil Hecken
Unbeknownst to probably a good number of Uni Watch readers, there is a pretty big, somewhat important, international competition taking place (it started with 16 qualifying teams, on two continents in four countries), but few of us seem to care, much less watch — the 2013 World Baseball Classic. It’s still going on, and some of the better players decided to participate, but the games are really more like exhibition games, kinda-sorta interrupting spring training. Bring on MLB, folks, because this is just for show.
But they still wear uniforms in the WBC, so it’s worth a quick run-down.
The last time this event was held, in 2009, I actually spent two weekend days taking the time to grade and review the 16 teams involved. This time around, since many of the uniforms appear to be retreads (and not particularly good), I won’t bother with the grades. But it’s always fun to take a look at what the world trots out on their “big” stage. So lets get to it. I will do this alphabetically.
Australia: (Home Jersey, Road Jersey, Cap). One of the nicer uniforms, if only because of the color scheme. Sadly, like many unis in the Classic, it suffers from the Majestic yoke and side panels. But green & gold are great colors, so at least it has that going for it.
Canada: (Home Jersey, Road Jersey, Cap). While the Canadian teams (in many international competitions) seem to like to add black to their red and white colorscheme, the baseball squad makes sparing use of it, but it would have been nice if they’d made the contrasting panels white on the roadie. I LOVE the cap.
China: (Home Jersey, Road Jersey, Cap). While another Majestic top ruins a nice uni, it does have two things I like: the Olde English(!) font and the fact that the road uniform is actually a uniform. No softball top for China! Ditch the paneling and that’s a fine looking getup.
Chinese Taipei: (Home Jersey, Road “Jersey”, Cap). OK — two things about CT – I like, A LOT, the home uniform, because it’s clean (no bumperstickers), but I’m not sure why I couldn’t find a button-down jersey graphic. Because, they do have a button-down road top (which is also sans superfluous piping). Nice. How did Majestic ever come up with this?
Cuba: (Home Jersey, Road Jersey, Cap). I have always liked Cuba’s international unis, because of two distinct characteristics: Script “Cuba” and the fact that they (almost) always wear a full red monochrome uniform on the ‘road’. I wouldn’t want every team to do that, but Cuba owns it. Stupid paneling ruins this year’s uni however.
Dominican Republic: (Home Jersey, Road Jersey, Cap). The interlocking “DR” is a classic, and the team always looks good — not much more to say. The red and blue are pretty evenly distributed, on both the home and road uniforms.
Italy: (Home Jersey, Road Jersey, Cap). Italia’s uni is another favorite (maybe because the home looks like the Dodgers). The roadie, unfortunately, really does not look as good with all that white crap (and it reminds me of the Royals softball top). But that cursive “Italia” and classic blue & white colorscheme is a beaut.
Japan: (Home Jersey, Road Jersey, Cap). One uniform which is not made by Majestic, this one is the one that doesn’t look like all the others, and for that, I guess we should be grateful. It’s not a great uni, but it’s still not the awful Majestic template.
Korea: (Home Pullover, Road Pullover, Cap). Another uni not made by Majestic, this one is made by Nike. The pants are stripeless, and the jersey is a pullover rather than a button down, and the road jersey is plain — almost too plain. The home does have blue raglan sleeves and odd broken striping, while road jersey has solid raglan sleeves and solid ‘arrow’ piping. I don’t really like it, but it’s still better than that Majestic crap.
Mexico: (Home Jersey, Road Jersey, Cap). Mexico has some of the best and worst: Best cap and font, by far, and a pretty nice home uni (notice the pants are plain white with a single stripe), but possibly the most busy clusterfuck of a “road” uni — pinstriped pants, black helmets, and green & red top. WAAAAAY too much going on there. But…those are Mexico international colors, so I can give it a bit of a pass, but still. ¡Ay, caramba! that’s hard on the eyes.
Spain: (Home Jersey, Road Jersey, Cap). Spain easily takes the prize for the biggest cap logo and the least readable font. Other than that, the red/gold colorscheme is nice, ruined by Majestic’s bumperstickers. That uni has such potential, however, with just a few tweaks.
United States: (Home Jersey, Road Jersey, Cap). Another middle-of-the road uniform (the USA looks good, but the “S” crossing the rubicon only looks good when the players are at rest [or not really moving]). Otherwise, you get some very unfortunate splitting issues. And I think the US, if they must wear a colored top, should wear a red-dominate jersey, not a blue one.
Venezuela: (Home Jersey, Road Jersey, Cap. Our last of the 16 uniforms — and one with good colors (almost too close to Spain) except with a darker shade of red. And with a slightly smaller cap logo & more legible font. Meh. Damn Majestic ruins another.
Well, there you have it.
Aside from the templatey-feel for most of the unis, there are other similarities. All the teams have their nation’s flag (and some have the WBC logo) on their sholders, and all teams have a flag patch on their caps. Some of the teams had both white and gray pants (and some just white).
But these are unis not too many care about in a tourney almost no one watches. The WBC has great potential — the problem is when to play it. But the way it’s set up, it’s just not a good time to try to fit it in during MLB (and other leagues’) spring training. Not every player shows up to play for his “home” country, the pitchers are on very short counts, and the games are basically exhibitions (and treated as such). And the unis…well, they’re perfectly in keeping with the ‘minor league/batting practice/spring training’ feel of the games.
Readers? What’s your take? Have a favorite (or worst) uni? Let us know in the comments down below.
We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.
So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.
Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.
Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.
And so, lets begin:
We begin today with Anthony Zelph, who has much better look for the USA World Baseball Classic unis than what they trotted out:
I have a tweak/concept for the US men’s national baseball team, ahead of the World Baseball Classic.
With a team name of “USA” it is hard for the national team to put on a uniform that resembles the classic uniforms from baseball’s rich history. None of them are memorable. I put together one with classic Spencerian script, and a road uni that borrows from the Red Sox and the Yankees, among others.
Anthony Zelph Jr.
Next up is Danilo Roman, who sent a set of Dolphins tweaks; I’m honestly not sure if he put them in Paul’s contest over on ESPN, but either way, I’m posting them here:
Using the Nike template, I’ve made a little concept using the early Dolphins’ early nineties style of dress. I’ve removed the navy blue, and given the Fins a new, more modern-ish type of font. I’ve also used a logo that has been created using the old “Dolphin Stadium” dolphin with the old sunburst. Funny thing is that, even before scouting the internet for logos, many have made something similar to the one I have on here with a few minor differences. I’ve even added an orange alternate (not a fan but what the hell?) that kinda resembles the early 90s ‘Canes which is unintentionally intentional.
– Danilo Roman
And next is Danny Dillman who has a Super Bowl logo:
I just found you logo contest tonight as I was starting to look ahead to the next Super Bowl. I am very sorry that I did not know about this before, but I thought you’d like to see what I came up with for Super Bowl XLVI here in Indianapolis. Like your emailer that initiated the contest, we are very unhappy with the standardized logo. As such, I created this. I had a few hats made for out-of-town friends, but never tried go beyond that. Enjoy.
Moving on we have Todd Hudson, Sr. who came up with an interesting look for the Saints (both images are full-size):
I am a life long New Orleans Saints fan. I think its time for an extreme makeover. Perhaps a switch to white helmets or removing the the 1970s style stripes off of the gold ones and switching to brighter Notre Dame style gold! The bottom line the the gold pants most go and the team should find a consistent gold throughout the uniform, there are five shades of gold by my last count. I am including a mock up of an all white uni I found on the web. Please ask your readers opinion.
Todd Hudson, Sr.
And we close today with Thomas Juettner who has decidedly plain look for Sparty hoops:
Here’s an idea I have for MSU. I wish I could grab MSU’s current font but I’m not good enough at photoshop yet. Essentially this is what I think they should use. The chevrons on the front and sides are reminiscent of the Greek Λ that the spartan warriors would paint on their shield which stood for Laconia.
And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.
Because we love the stirrup here at Uni Watch, this section is devoted to those of us who sport the beautiful hose on Fridays — a trend popularized many years ago by Robert P. Marshall, III. For many of us, it’s become a bit of an obsession, but a harmless one — a reflection of our times. Where we once had Friday ties, which has been replaced by Casual Friday — we now have Stirrup Fridays. It’s an endearingly simple concept — no matter where you work (or even if you don’t) — break out a fresh pair of rups to compliment (or clash with) your Friday attire.
Kind of a smallish set, with a bit of a rarity — one from yours truly. But with the warmer weather and leagues starting up, we’re sure to pick up soon. I don’t normally post rup pix of myself, but because today was the Friday before St. Paddy’s day, I had to break out the Irish rups. Turns out I wasn’t the only one wearin’ o’ the green. Yes, the Irish rups are smiling … Here we go:
Happy Friday! This being the Friday before St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to ho with these solid green stirrups.
No better time to rock my new Cardinals stirrups than my first trip to
Spring Training in Jupiter!
Phil & Robert,
Rays, to match my Argentina jacket, which commemorates Maradona’s” Hand of God” goal. This is not an endorsement of the new pope, it just feels timely.
In honor of St. Paddy’s day, and to keep up the revolutionary spirit, I give you the “Irish” rup with gold sani.
It’s been a challenging week at work and I needed a pick me up. Stirrups to the rescue. I F’n love these and am ready to kick some a$$.
And that ends today’s look at Stirrup Friday — all of you who participate, send me your pics and a brief (~50 words) description of their relevance, and I’ll run ‘em here on Saturday (and sometimes Sunday too!). Be sure to visit Robert’s House of Hose for news on rups.
And now…here’s …
When it comes to out little stirrup section here, I really enjoyed last weeks submission by Michael Clary. Not only is the plate hysterical because the light switch comes out of Fisk’s crotch, but it features a killer stirrup. So I wanted to take the time to encourage other people to submit stirrup finds outside the stirrup box, it could be fun. Our little stirrup section here does not only have to be defined by those participating in Stirrup Fridays, or playing ball, we can have fun with this any direction the readers want to take it.
As far as the revolution goes, I am about as stocked up as I am going to be before opening day with more Monarchs, 54 & 59 White Sox, Blackhawks, and Cardinals in stock. While there are still a couple old stirrups that I want to re-release, nothing will be here before opening day. So if you do want something by opening day we have this weekend and next weekend to make that happen, so keep that in mind. Also, since i never really offered up the Mother’s Day stirrup as “new”, I decided to rectify that and order a dozen which got here this week. So there is no waiting, but for those fellow Stirrup Friday revolutionaries who like the oddballs, I decided to offer this up as “new” for a discount this weekend, but there is no waiting for manufacturing. You can see the Mother’s Day’s and the other selections at robertmarshallart.com.
from each according their stirrvp, to each according their strype
That is all for today. Tomorrow is that day we’re all Irish, so rest up (of course, there are many parades today, so you may end up sleeping in tomorrow). I will catch you then. Everyone have a great Saturday.
“That was the protocol of the Detroit Tigers’ road jerseys in the 1968 World Series. They wore the uniform number on the sleeve facing the pitcher.”
— Walter Helfer