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Bit of a sticky situation last night in Arizona, as Jordan Pacheco of the Rockies came up to the plate with a big wad of bubble gum stuck on his butt. “And just to add insult to injury, he struck out,” says reader Villaroman Santos.
I’m assuming this was a prank played by one (or more) of Pacheco’s teammates. If so, it’s the first uni-related prank we’ve seen in a while, at least that I can think of. Here are some others from years past:
Interesting news yesterday from the NFL, where knee and thigh pads will be mandatory starting in 2013. As most of you know, those pads are mandatory in college football but have long been optional in the NFL, and more and more players have been choosing to play without them for various reasons (speed, machismo, vanity, etc.).
A few thoughts:
• The best possible byproduct of this rule, as several readers immediately noted in e-mails to me yesterday, would be the end of the biker shorts plague. After all, you can’t have knee pads unless the pants are covering the knee, right? Then again, maybe you can — what if players keep wearing the biker shorts and just wear the knee pad above the knee? We’ll have to see how that plays out.
• By far the best article ever written about the modern era of NFL pads (and the players’ disdain for them) is this piece by Stefan Fatsis, which originally ran in the Wall Street Journal in 2004. Highly recommended. Two years after that piece ran, Stefan worked out with the Broncos as a placekicker, an experience that formed the basis of his book A Few Seconds of Panic. As longtime Uni Watch readers may recall, I interviewed Stefan before the book came out, and of course I asked him about pads. Here’s the relevant passage:
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“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds . . . → Read More: Adios, Jorgie