With the Colorado Rockies clubhouse reportedly becoming a fundamentalist revival meeting, and the whole 6/6/06 thing having just gone down, perhaps it was inevitable that reader Alex Gordon would choose this week to send Uni Watch this photo of Reds coach Bucky Dent with a cross pin on his cap. But there’s nothing new about it — Dent began wearing the cross on his cap way back when he was managing the Yankees in 1989 and ’90, and kept wearing it during his prior coaching stints with the Rangers and Cardinals (it’s hard to see in those last two photos, but look closely — it’s there). He apparently got the idea from his old skipper Billy Martin, who wore a cross on his cap while managing the Yankees and A’s. None of this is kosher, so to speak, given MLB’s ban on uni modifications, but nobody really cares what coaches wear, so Dent gets away with it (although Uni Watch would like to think Bud Selig would put his foot down if Dent showed up wearing this).
Uni Watch News Ticker: More black armbands for Eric Gregg yesterday, at least among some umpires — but not all of them. Is Uni Watch the only one who finds it odd that the umps are still using sweatbands to memorialize Gregg, and that no MLB-wide, sewn-on memorial has yet appeared? … Spring training-esque scene in KC yesterday, and the Royals and Rangers both wore blue. … The trend of nibbing or chomping on one’s glove appears to be spreading to towels and jerseys. … World Cup preview column now up on ESPN — look here.