It’s always big uni news when the Red Sox call up pitcher Abe Alvarez, a unique player who’s been riding the Boston/Pawtucket shuttle for several seasons now. Alvarez, who was called up on Friday and made his 2006 MLB debut yesterday, is still wearing glasses and still has his cap tilted to one side (he does this because he’s legally blind in his left eye; for more on the tilted-cap phenomenon, look here), although his degree of cap rotation appears to be a bit less than in the past. But the new wrinkle is that he’s now wearing stirrups, something he’d previously done in the minors while playing for Portland and Pawtucket, but not during his previous stints in the majors.
Another Uni Watch favorite made his 2006 debut over the weekend: Anthony Reyes of the Cardinals, who pitched on Saturday and, as usual, had his pants hiked up to reveal his sock stripes. Not sure if he was wearing real stirrups or not, though. Last year, he wore those bogus one-piece socks with a faux stirrup pattern woven in (which is also what Rick Ankiel and Jason Simontacchi have worn in recent years), but in spring training this year Reyes appeared to have genuine stirrups over white sanitaries. I couldn’t get a clear enough view on MLB.TV’s low-res game video, but I think he had real stirrups on Saturday. Anyone else happen to notice?
More news from yesterday:
• The White Sox were supposed to be wearing a 1906 throwback outfit — complete with a henley pullover and a blank cap — for Sunday home games this season. But they didn’t wear the old-school design on Sundays, or on any other day, until yesterday, for their game against the Cubs. Too bad they’re not using blank batting helmets to match the caps (which made for odd scenes like this), and that almost everyone wore their pants down long, which definitely detracts from the look. Still, gotta love the uni numbers.
• It’s always weird to see a longtime big-leaguer wearing a minor league uniform during a rehab stint, especially when it’s David Wells. Like, shouldn’t they just let him wear sweatpants and a ratty T-shirt or something?