Jon Jay Honors Tony Gywnn with His Socks

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It’s a little hard to see in the photo shown above, but Padres centerfielder Jon Jay has been wearing socks featuring the image of former San Diego great Tony Gwynn. He goes low-cuffed, so you can’t see the socks under normal circumstances. But the socks occasionally get a cameo when Jay adjusts his pant legs after removing his shinguard following a base hit, as shown above.

Jay’s sock-borne tribute to Gwynn is probably common knowledge among Padres fans, but I didn’t learn about it until yesterday, when I read longtime Uni Watch reader/pal Tyler Kepner’s weekly “Extra Bases” column in The New York Times, which included the following: (Continue reading)

More on MLB’s New Sock Deal with Stance

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As you may have heard yesterday, MLB now has an official sock provider: Stance, the same company that supplies socks for the NBA. My ESPN colleague Darren Rovell broke the basics of the deal yesterday morning, and then I followed up with my own ESPN piece . . . → Read More: More on MLB’s New Sock Deal with Stance

Something Up His Sleeve

Remember when we recently talked about Kevin Durant’s new signature footwear blurring the line between sneaker and sock? He blurred it a lot more seriously during pregame warm-ups for last night’s Jazz/Thunder game, wearing a sneaker with a built-in orange sleeve that went all the way up to his calf — yowza! There’s a fairly entertaining article about this here. (Continue reading)

Is It a Shoe, a Sock, a Sleeve, or All Three?

Nike released Kevin Durant’s latest signature shoe yesterday, the KD8 Elite.

I don’t usually delve into the world of sneakers, but this one has an interesting wrinkle that merits further discussion. Reader Conor Levey spells it out much better than I could, so I’ll pass the baton to him:

The KD8 Elite has an interesting element: the knit sleeve Nike has been adding to the ankle/collar of many shoes lately is calf-length. Moreover, it features large swoosh logos on the inner portion of the sleeve:

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