NBA Does Something Right for a Change

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Willie Mays and Juan Marichal Almost Wore Inside-Out Uniforms

[Paul here. I’m on vacation this week, but here’s something for you to enjoy during my absence.]

I’ve written several times about Willie Mays wearing a Cubs helmet and then a Reds helmet in the 1965 MLB All-Star Game, and about his Giants teammate Juan Marichal wearing a Braves helmet. I’ve also linked to . . . → Read More: Willie Mays and Juan Marichal Almost Wore Inside-Out Uniforms

Ugly Fluorescent Color Wins Home-Field Advantage, Will Host Derek Jeter in World Series

First things first: If you’re looking for coverage of yesterday’s NBA leaks — plus a new leak I provided myself this morning — please look here. Thanks.

Now then: Let’s talk about last night’s MLB All-Star Game. The visual theme of the game was clearly DayGlo — DayGlo batting gloves, DayGlo shoes (a shitload of them, as you’ll see in a minute), DayGlo arm sleeves, and a lot more. But here’s the beauty part: That particular color is apparently the same as the green screen behind the plate (or at least close to it), so at one point Charlie Blackmon’s batting gloves were partially blacked out. Too bad that didn’t happen with all the other DayGlo gear.

As for the Twins-inspired caps, I didn’t care for them. Even though some of them looked fine on their own terms (A’s, Jays, a few others), I didn’t like having every team stuck into the same template. And a few of the designs were hideous (Mets, Rockies, etc.).

Other notes from the game: (Continue reading)

A Closer Look at MLB All-Star Game Sleeve Patches

With the MLB All-Star game approaching, reader Steve Sale has provided some interesting tidbits about a pair of All-Star sleeve patches from years past. Let’s start with the 2002 ASG, which was played at Miller Park in Milwaukee (click to enlarge):

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