Look, I’m all for moms (I have a cool one), I’m all for curing cancer (I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just say it’s done quite a number on my family), and I’m all for good causes in general, but there’s no getting around it: MLB’s annual pink-fest looks like shit. It’s bad enough to have to wear a color that clashes with your team’s chromatic scheme, but c’mon, pink? Ewwwww. Think of poor Carlos Gomez, who had to wear pink yesterday for his big league debut — is that really the look he wants saved for posterity?
- You’d think the big sportswear companies would be tasteful enough not to impose any logo creep on a cancer charity program. And you’d be wrong.
- Kenny Lofton chose to wear his wristband on his ankle, leading one of the Rangers’ TV announcers to quip, “For a second there, I thought he was under house arrest.” (Incidentally, while preparing the screen grab of Lofton, I noticed that the Rangers are the latest team to put their logo on the back of the mound. How long have they been doing this?)
- Lengthily surnamed Braves catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia wore pink-trimmed catcher’s gear, with “A.S.” and “J.S.” inscribed on his shoulder pads (I assume these are his mother’s and grandmother’s initials).
- There were also little pink plaques on the bases.
- Mike Myers of the Yankees was planning to wear a pink glove, but the MLB honchos put the kibosh on that, figuring that batters might be distracted by a pitcher flashing pink leather (a reasonable line of thought, although Myers might counter that a pink glove is certainly no more distracting than, say, this). Anyway, Myers didn’t get into Sunday’s game anyway, so it was kinda moot. (For past entries on pitchers with colored gloves, look here and here.)
For additional info on regrettable pink uniforms, look here.
Road Trip Update: Big thanks to everyone who came out to the Uni Watch parties in Minneapolis and Chicago — it was great meeting all of you. I’ll have lots of photos to share in the next day or two. And sorry, no ticker today — wasn’t able to keep up with all the little tidbits while I was on the road. I’ll catch up on all that stuff tomorrow. OK? OK!