I don’t usually post on the weekend, but I’m gonna make an exception today, because last night there were two separate instances of broadcasters discussing a topic that we just covered here on the blog a few days ago: colored baseball gloves.
The first example came during the Mets/Rockies game (which I attended with my pal Tim, as you can see in this shot, taken in the 6th inning by one of those roving “fan photo” people who now patrol most MLB stadia), where Mets announcers Ron Darling, Gary Cohen, and Keith Hernandez took a keen interest in Jose Mesa’s purple glove:
Darling: Jose Mesa comes on for the Colorado Rockies. An interesting glove color there he chose…
Cohen [sounding very much like someone who read Wednesday’s Uni Watch post]: He used to wear, when he was with the Phillies — as Tucker grounds one down to Helton for the first out — when he was with the Phillies, he wore a red one at home and a blue one on the road, so he’s just, y’know, matching the color scheme.
Darling: You gotta be, you better be really good to have a purple glove. Tell you that right now.
Hernandez [not wanting to be left out but having nothing useful to contribute]: Like a Monet or, uh… [uncomfortable pause] or a nice pastel color or something.
Cohen [displaying a surprising knowledge of art history]: You were looking for water lilies?
Hernandez [eager to show his own art knowledge]: Alright, Manet. [Discussion mercifully ends.]
Meanwhile, out in Minneapolis, Twins announcers Dick Bremer and Bert Blyleven were taking notice of David Riske’s glove:
Bremer: Riske with that almost white glove. I’ve never seen a glove like that used, particularly on the mound.
Blyleven: And it must not affect the hitters, or I’m sure someone would have said something by now, that that is, you know, too much like a baseball, that type color.
Actually, as we discussed a few days ago, Rulebook section 1.15(a) specifically prohibits pitchers from wearing white or gray gloves, so it’s surprising that Riske’s being allowed to wear one, regardless of whether anyone’s complained. (Special thanks to Ken Tobler for the Riske tip.)
Meanwhile, two quick non-baseball notes: The Browns wore non-striped socks with their white jerseys yesterday — a bad sign. And Evander Holyfield, who’s worn purple gloves and/or trunks for most of the past decade, did it again in his comeback bout last night. Sad, very sad.
Okay, that’s it — see you on Monday.