[Editor’s Note: Paul is on his annual August break from site. Deputy editor Phil Hecken is in charge from now through the end of the month, although Paul is still on the clock over at ESPN and may be popping up here occasionally.]
By Phil Hecken, with Chance Michaels
Long-time (and even more recent) Uni Watch readers will recognize the name of today’s lede writer, Chance Michaels, a good friend with whom Paul and I have shared dinners, enjoyed Mets games and some of you may have even met him at a Uni Watch gathering or two (he’s the third from the left in that last photo). Throughout the years, Chance has contributed a number of articles to the blog, and he’s probably most familiar to you as the guy who runs the wonderful Borchert Field Blog.
While the Brewers may be his overriding passion, his obsessive dedication to the athletic aesthetic is what makes his expertise in all fields, especially baseball from days of yore, so invaluable. Today’s article may mark the longest gap between a “Part II” and “Part III” in the history of Uni Watch — but I’m pleased to bring Chance back to report on a good development in the uni world. And after reading this, don’t forget to check out the final set (last two groups) of GRIFFIN DESIGN CONTEST entries (with voting).
[Editor’s Note: Today we have a guest entry from Camryn Brown — that’s him at lower-right in the montage shown above — who’s going to tell us about a great DIY project he created for himself and his family. Enjoy. — PL]
By Camryn Brown
We’re a family of four Giants fans who lived in San Francisco until 2013, when we moved to Auckland, New Zealand. In 2014 we started doing annual “Family Adventure Road Trips” — FART — in as a way of seeing a bit more of this beautiful country. The kids have always enjoyed the scatological acronym — and, to be fair, so have my wife and I. It has provided a humorous theme to the Facebook updates we make for friends and family who follow our travels.
This coming August we’re returning to the U.S. for a month to see friends and family, mostly in California. One of the highlights will be going to see the Giants play the Braves at AT&T Park on Aug. 28, and that somehow morphed into the idea that we should create some Giants-themed FART caps for the occasion.
As an avid uni watcher, I have “Google Alerts” set for such things as “uniforms,” “jerseys,” “helmets,” “logos” (and cetera), so yesterday I got the following item in my alerts: St. Louis Cardinals 2016 Uniforms from something that deems itself “The Official Sports Blog of the St. Louis Cardinals.” The article included a slideshow, the first slide of which showed the three beautiful jerseys the Cards wear as their uniform set for 2016. Or so I thought.
“Well, this is a lame article” I said to myself, not realizing it was a slideshow and there were 10 additional slides. What followed, and which I’ve reproduced above, are an additional six caps and four jerseys the team will wear throughout the 2016 season. The MLB merch train has effectively DOUBLED the number of uniforms (all of them crappy) and caps the team will sport this season — and it’s all in the name of merchandising. (Continue reading)
MLB unveiled all of its holiday and special event uniforms in one fell swoop yesterday. That’s a departure from past years, when the various promotions were rolled out one at a time. If nothing else, this is very efficient, because we can now make fun of all the designs at once.
Thanks to various leaks, we already knew what many of these would look like, but let’s take a closer look: (Continue reading)