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The uni-related high jinks for last night’s MLB All-Star Game began well before the first pitch, as Pirates pitcher Mark Melancon lined up for the National League team portrait while wearing a Mets BP cap (that’s him in the third row, far right — you’ll be able to see it much better if you click to see the larger photo, and you can also see it here). Not sure why — did anyone hear an explanation?
Other notes from the game: (Continue reading)
Big news out of the Meadowlands yesterday, as the Giants announced that they’re redesignating their white alternate pants as their home pants. They’ll now wear the white design for all regular season home games. The grey pants, which had enjoyed primary status both at home and on the road, will now be worn for regular season road games and during the preseason.
This means the G-Men will primarily be pairing white pants with blue jerseys and grey pants with white jerseys. But what happens when they’re forced to wear blue on the road (such as when they play their annual intra-division game in Dallas)? They’ll stick to the newly established pants protocol, meaning they’ll pair the blue jerseys with grey pants in those instances.
As a Giants fan, I heartily approve of this move. I’ve long been a fan of the white pants. The grey ones have always looked too dirty and blah for my tastes. Also, take at a look at these two photos (click to enlarge): (Continue reading)
If you’ve ever bought striped stirrups or striped athletic socks (as many of you did back when Comrade Robert Marshall ran his Uni Watch Stirrups Club), you know there’s a problem: You want to show your stripes, literally and figuratively, but the stripes are up around your calf, so nobody can see them unless you hike up your pants.
About a year ago, our own Scott M.X. Turner — the guy who designs all the Uni Watch membership cards — came up with a great idea to solve that problem: What if there were socks with the stripe patterns down by the ankle? That way the stripes would be visible as you walked, when you crossed your legs, when you put your feet up on your desk, and so on.
It was an ingeniously simple concept, but I don’t know anything about making socks. Fortunately, however, I do know Jacob Hurwitz, who runs American Trench and has been advertising cool socks on our website for about two years now. So I contacted Jacob and described Scott’s idea to him. He immediately Got It™, so the three of us — Scott, Jacob, and myself — began collaborating on this project.
It turns out that creating a line of socks takes longer than you might think. But after countless back-and-forths, sourcing yarns from various mills, looking at several rounds of samples, and so on, we’re finally ready to announce the launch of StripeRite crew socks. Take a look: (Continue reading)
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By Phil Hecken
I’ve never been a big jersey owning guy (hard to believe, especially for an editor on Uni Watch, right?) — in fact, the few jerseys I do own were all thrift store pick-ups. Like Paul, I care about what the players wear on the field, and not so much about the fans off of it. I care even less about the jerseys worn for batting practice or spring training. And there have been few, if any, All Star game jerseys I’ve ever liked.
Until now. (Continue reading)