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MLB announced yesterday that all 30 teams (apparently including the Blue Jays) will wear G.I. Joe caps on Memorial Day. By now I’m sure most of you know my feelings about camouflage on a sports uniform — I’m opposed to it. But camo on Memorial Day is particularly bad, because it’s a major misreading of the holiday. Memorial Day is not for celebrating the military (that’s Armed Forces Day) or honoring veterans (that’s Veterans Day, although MLB’s PR dept. apparently doesn’t know that). It’s for mourning the dead. A moment of silence would be the best gesture; if something has to be worn, an armband would be appropriate. But in today’s sports world, anything even vaguely related to the military defaults to camo. It’s lazy, it’s wrong, and it helps spread cultural illiteracy.
Also: The caps are seriously ugly.
In addition, all 30 teams will wear flag-desecration caps on July 4. No visuals on that yet, which is probably for the best.
(Credit where it’s due: It appears that MLB is finally donating all of the profits from sales of the camo caps to a worthy cause, instead of just “a portion” of the proceeds. About time.)
Okay, enough grousing, because the 15th annual Uni Watch MLB season-preview column is up now on ESPN.com. Misguided holiday caps notwithstanding, it’s gonna be a pretty good-looking season.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Giants will be receiving their World Series rings on April 7. Since it’s now an unofficial rule that you have to wear gold-accented jerseys for such an occasion, they’ll be wearing this. The interesting thing is that this is actually their road design (well, one of their road designs), but rendered in cream instead of gray. Surprising choice for a home game. … The Cardinals have finally unveiled the Stan Musial memorial patch. … The Dolphins have finally confirmed what everyone already knew: Last week’s logo leak was legit. Interesting to see team CEO Mike Dee, who flat-out lied about the logo last week, now blaming Nike for the leak. Will that result in some behind-the-scenes sniping and backbiting? One can only hope. Anyway, the new logo is now shown on the team’s home page and Twitter feed. … As you may have heard by now, a new Nike ad featuring Tiger Woods is drawing criticism. … This is pretty awesome: For the 1964 football game between Wake Forest and UNC, Wake wore “Beat Carolina” instead of NOBs. Additional photo here (tremendous find by Larry Bodnovich). … By now you’ve probably heard that the Heat finally lost last night. The game was uni-notable on two counts: Both teams wore Noche Latina uniforms, plus they went color-on-color. … Meanwhile, Brendan Hickey has already provided a breakdown of what the Heat wore during their streak: retro red, 11 times; red alternate, seven times; white on white, three times; El Heat, three times; standard home, three times; standard road, zero times. … As had been promised/threatened, the Santa Cruz Warriors wore tie-dye uniforms last night (screen shots by ML Snider). … The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks will wear this uniform for six July home games (from Jeremy Brahm). … Chris Creamer’s site has had some good stuff lately, including an interview with the guy who won the Brewers’ YOUniform design contest and a good update on the Wrigley Field centennial logo design contest. … Cool time-lapse video of the Olympic Ice Rink speed-skating track being disassembled (from Paul Wajgel). … Not quite as good as a piece of toast that looks like Jesus, but close: a pancake with the Reds’ logo. “I’d be more impressed if it had spelled ‘Cincinnati,'” says Brice Wallace. … Long live the glorious stirrup revolution! That’s Brother Martin High School in burgundy, and Jesuit High in blue, both from Louisiana (from Seve Berry). … How much does it cost to design a new logo? Here’s the answer to that question for several major corporations (thanks, Brinke). … Cal will unveil a new look for its athletics program on April 10 (from Gilbert Lee). … New soccer kits for Phoenix FC (from Kenn Tomasch). … Super-stretchy uniforms aren’t limited to the NFL (from Tom Mulgrew). … Fun story about college basketball coaches’ clothing habits. …”Three years ago, the Sioux Falls Canaries, an independent single-A club, was sold, and the new owners changed their name to the Fighting Pheasants in honor of the state bird, much to the chagrin of fans,” says Joe Baka. “Now they’re changing the name back. I’ve never heard of a team reverting a name change in response to fan feedback.” … This is pretty cool: an animation that shows 60 years of F1 car evolution (from Omar Jalife).