They say almost every baseball game features something you’ve never seen before. That was certainly true yesterday in Boston, where Red Sox starter Kyle Snyder spent the entire first inning with his undershirt tag sticking out and flapping in the breeze. It was sort of comical, especially when Snyder pumped his fist after a good play and strode confidently to the dugout after retiring the side, the tag silently mocking his every move. Apparently a teammate brought the situation to his attention between innings, because the tag had been fixed when he came out for the 2nd inning. (Kudos to Brandon Davis for catching this one.)
Logo Au Go Go Going, Going, Gone: On Friday I wrote about the MLB logo and mentioned that the page would have looked much better if the silhouetted batter had been executed in Uni Watch colors. I kinda figured a few people would take this as a challenge, or at least as an invitation. And, as usual, Uni Watch readers did not disappoint. Brian Stuart submitted this design. That same color scheme was one of several concepts whipped up by Mike Lindsay, who contributed an entire gallery of options. But all of these are two-color designs that leave the batter depicted in white; only Scott M.X. Turner had the balls to render a three-color version, thereby incorporating all the hues of the Uni Watch logo — I like this concept best. When Uni Watch is awarded an MLB franchise (should happen any day now), this is the logo that’ll appear on the back of our jerseys.
Speaking of which: You think maybe the use of the MLB logo is getting a little out of hand?
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Brewers wore their Cool Base jerseys yesterday, but apparently that wasn’t cool enough for Geoff Jenkins, who wore a batting practice jersey (with thanks to Ryan Mackman). … North Dakota State is getting a new secondary logo and new uniforms. … Remember last week’s discussion of the 1967 Senators and their white-accented unis? Todd Radom notes that one of the white caps was recently up for auction. … Soccer-related report from Dominic Litten, who writes: “Man. U unveiled their new uniforms in the London Tabloid the Sun on Friday. They resemble the uniform worn by the 1955-’56 championship squad. According to the Sun, ‘The retro design echoes the strip worn by Bobby Charlton and the 1950s Busby Babes. It celebrates 50 years since the Babes won their first league title.'” … More soccer: Andy Dowland turned up this site devoted to UK soccer uni history. … Seth Harris notes that newly acquired Aubrey Huff has become the first Astro to wear a CoolFlo helmet this season (he had previously worn the CoolFlo with the Rays). … Latest player to risk a fine by stretching his pant cuffs under his spikes: Coco Crisp. … Barry Bonds is sooooooo classy. … Sabres fans are so upset about the team’s new logo that there’s now a website devoted to having it revoked. … Really good view here of the lineup card and pen in Devil Rays skipper Joe Maddon’s pocket (as well as yet another display of Maddon’s apparently congenital predisposition toward clownish body language). … The Tigers and Royals wore Negro Leagues throwbacks on Saturday night. Great unis, but too bad they didn’t get special batting helmets for the occasion. Also would’ve been nice if Joel Peralta hadn’t left his jersey unbuttoned, thereby exposing his blue Royals undershirt (good catch by longtime Uni Watch softball pal Steve Bunnell). … Another player showing too much of his base layer over the weekend: Anthony Reyes. … Interesting article here, in which Ichiro is asked about his increased stolen base numbers and responds, “It is because I am wearing my pants higher and showing my socks. It makes me run faster.” Let’s hope this message filters through to other players. (Thanks to Andy Head for the tip.) … In more discouraging news, Bobby Crosby, who usually wears stirrups, went pajama-pantsed yesterday for the first time in his career. “Apparently he was wearing high-top shoes and felt that the high pants didn’t look good with the shoes,” says Brandon Davis. … Speaking of discouraging, check out this Logo Creep Alert from Dave D’Orazio:
This past week, while flying on an Air Tran Airways flight, I noticed something on the seat-pocket pamphlet that gives instructions in case of a crash. The diagram showing crash positions had a line of five people sitting in five seats — one woman and four men. Three of the four men are shown wearing dress shoes which were colored brown or black. The other gentleman was wearing blue sneakers — WITH AN UNMISTAKABLE NIKE SWOOSH! I apologize for the fuzzy picture, but I promise you it’s true. I turned to my girlfriend and said something along the lines of, “Do you believe this, honey? Where will it end?” Her response: “Maybe they just wanted him to look more normal.” AGGGGHHHHH!
I know I speak for everyone reading this when I wish D’Orazio well in his search for a new girlfriend.