A few thoughts about last night’s Home Run Derby:
• Is there anyone — anyone — who thinks those side panels were a good idea? Like, what is this — an NBA game? And look at this — it’s practically child abuse! (And for anyone who actually likes the side panels, please remain where you are. The Reprogramming Van will be arriving shortly.)
• Since the host team’s color scheme ends up being used for everything from the BP jerseys to the stitching on the ball, it is vitally important that the Diamondbacks and Rockies never host an All-Star Game.
Meanwhile, we’ve got some first-hand reports from the front, the first of which comes Doug Keklak, who writes: “As a Pittsburgh native, I’m enjoying all the All-Star Game festivities. So I shelled out $30 to buy a Pirates cap with the 2006 ASG logo on it, and if my hat is any indication, you might want to pay attention to the players’ logos slipping off during the game. It appears to be the same cheap glue used with the American flag caps. One of my corners is already peeling up.”
And then there’s this encouraging report from David Potter: “PlayStation paid some young ladies to walk around with different team shirts, black shorts/miniskirts, and white knee socks with stirrups promoting PSP Portable.” (Emphasis added.) I’m not a video game guy myself, but I think I speak for everyone when I express my profound thanks to PlayStation for this stirring gesture in support of baseball hosiery.
Speaking of which: As promised, today’s New York Times Op-Ed page includes a Uni Watch primer on the subject of MLB pants and socks — check it out here. To be honest, it’s pretty much the boilerplate pro-socks argument that you’re all familiar with by now, except that it’s, y’know, running on the New York Times Op-Ed page, so maybe we’ll gain some new converts to the cause (although we probably won’t get any new readers at this site because they botched the blog’s name in my bio line — ugh). Fun factoid: The original text included the phrase “Steroids, shmeroids,” but my editor got cold feet.
Most interesting thing about the whole experience: this illustration. I love it — love it! — but can you spot the mistake? Take a second to look at the image before moving on the next paragraph.
As I’m sure everyone noticed, the stirrups-clad guy’s jersey has buttons on the left side and buttonholes on the right side, which is how women’s clothing is made. For men’s clothing, including MLB jerseys, the buttons are always on the left side. I’m fairly certain this was a genuine mistake on the illustrator’s part, although I suppose it could’ve been intentional, to see if anyone noticed. I’ll try to find out today. Either way, it all seems appropriate, in a Uni Watch sort of way.
Pedro Relief Fund Tote Board: Our push to pay a portion of Pedro Martinez’s pant-leg fine is now up to $22.06 — which is, frankly, pathetic. This site gets nearly 10,000 hits a day (and only about 8,000 of them are me checking the comments), so why is it taking so long for a few dozen of you to kick in a buck or two? Think big picture, people: When we send the check to Pedro, don’t you want to see if he actually has the nerve to cash it? If he does, don’t you wonder what I’ll do with the canceled check with his signature on it? Has it occurred to you that I might raffle off that canceled check, and that I might restrict the raffle entrants to people who contributed to the fund?
UPDATE: I went out for a few hours and returned home to find a slew of Pedro contributions. We’ve now met our goal, and then some. I’ll send a check to Pedro shortly and will keep you posted regarding further developments. Thanks to everyone who contributed!