Mets third baseman David Wright keeps a blog. Now, everyone knows that you don’t want to read a player’s writing — especially a player on your favorite team — because it’s just gonna confirm how stupid or boring he is (just like those little song samples that are now played when a player comes up to bat, which are the worst thing ever because they let us know just how bad each player’s taste in music is). So despite being a Mets fan, Uni Watch has never had the inclination to check out Wright’s prose.
But Clark Farrand has been reading through some of Wright’s archives, and he’s noticed that one of last month’s entries included some major uni-related musings. Check it out:
A few people have asked about the new helmets we’re wearing this season. I like them. I consider myself an old-school type of player, but I’ll try new things. The helmets are a little flashy and futuristic with the two-tone look. But they’re also light, so I’ve convinced myself that they allow me run faster and jump higher. If I seem a little more athletic this season, it’s because of the helmets.
It’s still a little cool in New York at this time of year [this entry was written on May 5th], but hopefully they’ll also keep me from overheating during the summer months coming up. I’ll keep you posted.
I’ve also gotten some questions asking why I’m wearing my pant legs down again. It’s simple: the last time I wore my pants up, we got beat, I made three errors, and didn’t get any hits. So I’ve decided to retire that look, at least for the time being.
The veterans on the team give me a hard time about it when I wear the pants up, anyway. Of course, they’ll give me a hard time about just about anything. I guess the general feeling is that the pants-up look is a high school or college type of style. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but there’s a high value on looking and acting like a professional in this clubhouse.
Leaving aside Wright’s questionable notion of pants professionalism (not to mention the fact that one of the veterans razzing him about the high cuffs is presumably Cliff “I Untuck My Jersey Once the Game’s Over to Show How Fly I Am” Floyd), it’s interesting to hear that the high-pants look has somehow gone from being considered old-school to being youth-associated. If the kids these days are actually showing a lot of sock — and that seems to be the case in the College World Series — that could bode well for the next generation of big-leaguers (and for all of us who have to look at them). As long as “professionals” like Wright don’t talk them out of it, that is.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Looks like the Rock’s new movie, Gridiron Gang, will be featuring some major UnderArmour logo creep. Check out the trailer here (with thanks to Mike Fleishman). … Uni Watch’s deepest sympathies go to anyone who had to watch yesterday’s Nationals/Rockies game, which scaled new heights in retina damage. … Ben Roethlisberger, as a result of his little motorcycle oopsie, will reportedly switch to a Riddell Revolution helmet next season, probably with a special facemask. Additional details here. … Jeremy Brahm reports that Hiroyuki Nakajima of the Seibu Lions is wearing pink batting gloves and wristbands, because it’s his lucky color. … Still more Japanese baseball news from Brahm: “On June 9th, Shogo Akada forgot his to wear his game uniform, which is normally No. 9. So he had to wear his base running coach’s uniform (yes they have base running coaches in Japan). He just happened to be the same size.” … Note to New York readers: Looks like there’s gonna be some sort of Uni Watch presence in this Sunday’s Daily News sports section.