Lots of good uni-related action last night in Major League Baseball, beginning in St. Louis, where Brewers pitcher Chris Spurling took the mound in the bottom of the 7th wearing a white glove. As we’ve discussed before, this is technically against the rules (position players can wear light-colored gloves, but not pitchers), although it’s rarely enforced. But this umpiring crew apparently felt they needed the exercise. So as Spurling warmed up, the umps conferred, pointed at him, and then came over for a closer look, which of course attracted the attention of nimble-minded Cardinals announcers Dan McLaughlin and Al Hrabosky:
McLaughlin: What’s goin’ on here?
Hrabosky: “Spur 48,” number 48. He was with Detroit, that was his number with Detroit. [Spurling now wears No. 50 with the Brewers.]
McLaughlin: Because the glove is white…
Hrabosky: The glove is tan…
Hrabosky: And that may be sayin’…
McLaughlin: Hides the ball.
Hrabosky: Yeah, it’s too close to the color of the ball. Kinda matches, y’know, the sleeve there. [Tries to use the Telestrator to draw a line on the gold trim of Spurling’s sleeve, but the director changes to another camera view and Hrabosky ends up drawing his line on Ned Yost instead.] They may make him change it. Obviously this’d be the first time, if they do. [Long pause as umps confer.] Gonna make him change gloves. [Spurling trades in his glove for a dark model.]
McLaughlin [groping for something relevant to say]: 40,313 in attendance tonight. [Pause.] You don’t see that very often, do you?
Hrabosky: No. But I can honestly say I think that’s the first time I’ve seen that color glove, too.
McLaughlin [making completely nonsensical reference to Joe Neikro]: Yeah. At least an emory board didn’t fly out of his back pocket.
Sound familiar? If you go back two months to the transcript of Todd Walker’s jersey snafu, you’ll find that McLaughlin pulled exactly the same routine. Basically, when a situation annoys him and he has nothing useful to say, he snidely mentions the attendance and suggests that the whole incident is a waste of everyone’s time, especially his. Dude clearly needs to get his priorities straight.
Meanwhile, up in the Bronx, the underbill inscription phenomenon got a small amount of airtime during last night’s Yankees/Orioles game, as play-by-play man Michael Kay noticed that Yanks starter Darrell Rasner had something scribbled under there. Here’s the short discussion Kay had with color commentator Al Leiter:
Kay: We just got a shot of Rasner, and he has something written under the bill of his hat. And you see that with a lot of pitchers. You have any literature under the bill of your hat?
Leiter: Yeah, early on I used to have, uh, KISS.
Kay: “Keep it simple, stupid”?
Kay: So it was not an homage to Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, anything like that?
Uni watchery and lame-o hard rock references all in one sound bite, not too shabby.
(Big thanks to Laura Koenig and Eric Ritschdorff for the tips.)
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Bucks unveiled their new uniforms yesterday. And while the Xmas-esque color scheme is a bit problematic, it’s clearly a major upgrade over what they had before. … Speaking of Milwaukee, my radio interview on WUWM’s Lake Effect radio show, recorded last month at the Milkwaukee Uni Watch party, finally aired on Wednesday night. You can access the audio file here. … Joe Poll was poking around the Broncos’ web site and turned up this article about equipment manager Chris Valenti. The site also includes this 2005 Q&A session that Valenti conducted — good stuff. … Has anyone else noticed how bad Pedro Martinez’s karma has been since he failed to cash our check?