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Yesterday I Ticker-linked to an article that said, “If a player wants to keep wearing the same hat he wore in the playoffs, either because it fits right or brings good luck, New Era will remove the Postseason patch from the side and replace it with the World Series patch.” That apparently applies to umpires as well, at least judging by the cap that second base ump Dana DeMuth was wearing in last night’s World Series opener. But couldn’t they have removed all the adhesive residue from the old patch before applying the new one? Ewwww.
DeMuth’s cap was my favorite uni-related observation from last night, but it was hardly the only one. Here are some more:
• You could tell it was going to be a long night for the Cardinals in general and Carlos Beltran in particular when Beltran used a Bosox-branded batting weight while on deck in the top of the first:
I’m not sure which is more surprising — that the Cards didn’t have their own team-branded weight, or that the weight wasn’t plastered with a World Series logo.
• Speaking of World Series logos, someone forgot to slap one over this ALCS logo behind the Cardinals on deck circle:
• Big Papi started the game wearing black batting gloves with ugly Day-Glo trim but later changed to red with ugly Day-Glo trim (click to enlarge):
• Cardinals third base coach Jose Oqueno was wearing a hoodie, instead of a long-sleeve undershirt, beneath his jersey:
(My thanks to Adrian Curcher, Scott Hord, Chris Perrenot, John Pritchard, and Matthew Sampson for their contributions.)
’Skins Watch: The Indians are surveying how fans feel about Chief Wahoo (thanks, Phil). … The U. of Illinois has resolved a trademark dispute over a local group’s use of Chief Illiniwek imagery (from Jordan Cutler). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Here’s a story about a ’Skins fan who’s been giving out “I Support the Name” pins at FedEx Field. … Arizona Governor Jan Brewer doesn’t see what all the fuss is about (Phil again). … In case you missed it last week: Here’s my open letter to people who are sick of ’Skins Watch.
Baseball News: Here’s a really nice slideshow of fans finding creative ways to watch the World Series. … The 1946 World Series, which was the first to feature of Bosox/Cards match-up, had a uni-notable quirk: Both teams wore zippered jerseys (from Todd Radom). … The program for that 1946 Series included this fairly adorable beer ad. Odd to see quote marks used within a word balloon, and even odder to see the Cardinals sponsored by a non-Anheuser-Busch beer, but it’s still pretty great (big thanks to Chelsea Madden). … ESPN is producing a 30 for 30 installment on a surprisingly niche-y topic: the rise of Franklin batting gloves and Mike Schmidt’s role in popularizing them. The producers have asked for me to do some on-camera commentary, which I’ll sit down for on Monday. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Here’s a great interactive infographic on MLB franchise values. … This close look at the El Paso Chihuahuas branding includes a tidbit I hadn’t previously been aware of: Several of the Padres’ minor league affiliates have their own versions of the Swinging Friar (thanks, Phil). … Kinda gross to see that this year’s World Series tickets include a little “Watch on Fox” ad. Corporate douchebaggery notwithstanding, it doesn’t even make sense — if you’re going to the game, you don’t need to watch it on TV (from David Kelly). … In a move that makes zero sense, Pinktober has even spread to the vintage “base ball” re-enactment crowd (from Jake Elwell). … New logos for the Arkansas Travelers. Additional info here (from Justin Bates and Michael Cossey, respectively). … Here’s an animated GIF that will either delight you or give you a seizure (blame David Firestone).
NFL News: Here’s my favorite link of the day: What’s better than a logo made of soda cases? A logo made of apples! (Thanks, Phil.) … Seven photographers are suing the NFL, the AP, and Getty Images for copyright infringement (from Tommy Turner). … Nik Streng notes that Chiefs defenders Eric Berry and Justin Houston don’t wear gloves. “Might explain why they have one interception between them,” he says.
College Football News: Good article on the guy who designed the Rutgers football uniforms (from Michael Romero). … It had already been announced that Ohio would be wearing brick patterned numerals this Saturday. According to this article, “The uniforms will become a regular part of the Bobcats’ rotation, which now gives them four different sets to choose from” (thanks, Phil). … Kentucky will be wearing team-logo thigh pads tonight against Mississippi State (from Chad Back). … Meanwhile, according to this article, “[Kentucky coach Mark] Stoops did try to put an end to rumors that Kentucky would be wearing new uniforms for the ESPN game. ‘I don’t know where these whispers come from. No. They’re not, I promise. No. One of the players even asked me. I said, “I don’t even know where the gray uniforms are. We don’t have gray uniforms. I haven’t seen them,”’ he said.” Uh-huh (thanks, Phil). … Fascinating story from Tony Miller, who writes: “In 1999, the Louisiana legislature permitted Northeastern Louisiana University and the University of Southwestern Louisiana to change their names, to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and -Monroe, respectively. One of the stipulations was that neither school got to be just the University of Louisiana. The administration at Louisiana-Lafayette hasn’t officially violated any of this. But their football team apparently has. … Marshall will be wearing white for tonight’s game against Middle Tennessee State (thanks, Phil). … New white helmet for Old Dominion (rare non-Notre Dame submission by Warren Junium).
Hockey News: Lavender warm-up jerseys for the Blue Jackets (from Chad McNeal). … Here’s a real prize: an entire 1930 Maple Leafs program (from Chris Mizzoni). … “Looks like the Pensacola Ice Flyers will be celebrating last year’s President’s Cup with an Opening Night jersey,” says Ryan Bohannon. “One of their better-looking specialty jerseys in a quite a while.” … Remembrance Day jerseys on tap for the Kitchener Rangers (thanks, Phil).
Soccer News: Here’s a gallery of American Outlaws chapter crests (from Brian Veasey, who happens to have designed the crest for AO Hartford).
NBA News: The Heat will celebrate their title by wearing gold-trimmed jerseys for their home opener. … Jason Terry of the Nets has an odd superstition: The night before each game, he sleeps in the opposing team’s uniform shorts. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: The Cavs are retiring Zydrunas Ilgauskas’s number.
College Hoops News: New uniforms for Utah (from Nate Hurst). … Missouri will wear throwbacks for a preseason game this Friday (thanks, Phil). … Don’t hate me for saying this, Frank Mercogliano, but New Mexico’s new uniforms are just brutal.
Grab Bag: Great slideshow of bowling photos from the Life magazine archives here (from im Mason). … Pinktober has spread to the CFL (from Mike O’Connor). … And it’s also spread to eggs. “So glad I could do my part while making breakfast this morning!” says a sarcastic Jake Kessler.