Spent yesterday up in Binghamton (accompanied by the estimable Mr. Bill Scanga, Vice President of Collections for the thoroughly wonderful City Reliquary), where I gorged on spiedies (see photo at right) and watched the B-Mets get shut out by the Portland Sea Dogs. Considering it was just a single minor league game, there seemed to be an unusually high number of uni-related tidbits on parade:
• The B-Mets all wear their pants high.
• An odd inconsistency: The Mets’ jersey graphics are all dark navy on orange — except for their nameplates, which are royal on orange. So the uni numbers and nameplates don’t match. (Look closely and you can also see that Juan Samuel’s jersey was very mesh-y — probably a Cool Base. This was much more apparent in person.)
• Speaking of inconsistencies, the Sea Dogs don’t all wear the same numeral font.
• And speaking of uni numbers, Keoni DeRenne’s number is riding mighty low, no?
• Carlos Gomez appears to have been wearing a royal sock under his navy sock. (Note the pocket flappage, too.)
• And here’s the real prize of the evening: Ladies and gentlemen, behold Brandon Nall, a pitcher who wears No. 2! I just about jumped out of my chair when I saw that.
The Red and the Black: Earlier this year I reported that a source with the Reds had told me that the team would be eliminating black from its uniform next season, and possibly adding some navy blue. More recently, some of the Reds’ broadcasters have reported that there will be no navy next season after all. In e-mails to me, many readers have interpreted this to mean that the team’s unis won’t be changing at all, and that black will still be part of the team’s color scheme.
Yesterday, however, I received the following note from David Sonny: “It looks like you were right about the Reds removing black. Today I was talking to the owner of a local Cincinnati sports clothing store. It became apparent that he wanted those Reds hats to sell. He looked at me straight in the face and said ‘The Reds are getting new uniforms next year. The black is completely gone so the purists will be happy again.'”
Of course, this still doesn’t address the navy issue, but it seems pretty clear that the black is on the way out (and not a moment too soon).
Cookout Update: The weather report for this Sunday’s Uni Watch cookout is looking iffy, so we might have to move it to Labor Day (or, in a worst-case scenario, bump it back a week). I’ll make a decision one way or the other on Saturday and send a note to everyone who RSVP’d. If you RSVP’d but don’t have weekend e-mail access, send me your phone number and I’ll call you.
With the holiday weekend looming, I might post something on Sunday or Monday — or I might not. Either way, back on Tuesday for sure.