When it comes to ineptitude, you might say the Tampa Bay Devil Rays are experts. But they really outdid themselves last night. The unlucky victim was Jae Seo, who was making his Devil Rays debut. As sharp-eyed readers Perry Gattegno and Richard Craig point out, Seo’s nameplate was upside-down, so it was concave instead of convex. This really brings Amateur Hour to a new plateau, even for the Rays.
Other notes on Seo:
• That’s one weird-ass uni number he’s wearing.
• He’s got the Korean flag on his glove.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Rick White finally made his Phillies debut yesterday, and sure enough, he’s wearing double-zero, just like he did with the Indians, Pirates, and Reds. The great thing, of course, is that the Phillies are the only MLB team that currently wears uni numbers on the sleeve, so White’s aught-aught gets a bonus treatment. … It’s one thing to leave your top couple of jersey buttons unbuttoned. But last night Scott Olsen’s jersey was unbuttoned at the top and at the bottom. … Very promising news on the baseball hosiery front, as the New York Times has asked me to write an op-ed piece about the tragedy of MLB players wearing their pants down to their shoetops. It’ll run sometime around the All-Star Game (and I’ll let you know when I’m sure of the exact date, natch). … Yet another reason to wear real eye-black instead of the peel-and-stick variety: The stick-on strips can sometimes fall off, as apparently happened to Andruw Jones yesterday (with thanks to Eric Ritschdorff). … David Ortiz was wearing an NBA headband prior to Tuesday’s night’s game (good catch by Brandon Davis). … Those steroids apparently had a greater effect on Jason Giambi than anyone had suspected. … An odd photo surfaced on Yankees.com yesterday, showing Octavio Dotel wearing Bernie Williams’s number (good catch by Michael Toriello). … There are exactly two T-shirts remaining from the Uni Watch Athletics Aesthetics party, featuring this snazzy design. Both shirts are XXL and are now being offered at the bargain basement price of $12 apiece. If you’re interested, give a holler. … Our Iowa State discussion, originally slated for today, got bumped by Jae Seo’s nameplate. It should run tomorrow.