I know some of you are sick of all Mets chatter on this site, but there are reasons why they keep coming up for discussion. Among them: No other team wears its designated road cap at home; no other team hardly ever wears its designated home uniform; no other team lets the color of their dugout jacket affect which cap they’ll wear at home; no other team has three different undershirt colors (the orange ones appeared to have been banished, but David Wright has recently revived them); and so on.
One of the more annoying aspects of this is that the team’s two black caps — one has a blue brim, the other is solid black — don’t even have matching “NY” logos. The logo on the blue-brimmed “road” cap (which is also worn for most home games, but whatever) is blue outlined in orange, while the one on the black alternate cap is blue outlined in white with an orange drop shadow. (And that’s not counting yet another version that appears on their color-gradated batting helmets, where the logo is black outlined in white with an orange drop shadow.)
All of which brings us to last night’s Giants/Mets game at Shea. The Mets were wearing the blue-brimmed “road” caps, so their cap logos were blue outlined in orange — except for rookie outfielder Carlos Gomez. He had a blue-brimmed cap, but it featured the white-outlined logo.
What this means, of course, is that New Era attached the wrong brim to the wrong crown. But really, who can blame them? I prefer to blame the team that was stupid enough to come up with two different but very similar logos for its two black-crowned caps. Remember, you can’t have quality control unless there’s actually some quality to be controlled. And in the case of the Mets’ headwear program, the quality has been sorely lacking for some time now.
(Special thanks to and Brian Erni and Neil Bisman, who were the first ones to spot Gomez’s cap snafu.)
Research Project: Speaking of caps, I’m trying to document as many instances as possible of MLB players wearing last year’s caps (easily identifiable by the gray underbrim) and/or not wearing the new BP caps (the Mets, for example, appear to have abandoned the new BP cap design altogether). Some of you have been pointing out examples of this for weeks, and at first I didn’t pay much attention, but now it strikes me that these two trends — not wearing the new 5950s and not wearing the new BP caps — may represent the largest rejection of a new uni element we’ve ever witnessed.
So if you spot good examples of players eschewing this year’s headwear, please let me know.
Membership Update: Several of you have asked why the Uni Watch membership program, which I announced nearly two weeks ago, still isn’t up and running. I was originally going to say, “I’m superstitious — as long as the Yankees keep losing, I don’t want to do anything to upset the cosmic order,” but the fact of the matter is that it’s taking a bit longer than I’d expected to get everything set up (who knew there were so many different sizes of laminating sleeves to choose from?), and I don’t want to take anyone’s money until everything is ready to go. But hang in there — Uni Watch design director Scott M.X. Turner and I are diligently working away (which basically means he’s working his ass off while I keep asking him to make little changes to this or that), and we should be good to go in a few more days. Thanks for your patience.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Stop whatever you’re doing and check out what Frank Mercogliano just found: a mid-1980s video that features umpire Eric Gregg wearing a Cubs windbreaker and struggling to put on some makeshift gear (the umpiring crew’s gear had been lost) and the Expos’ powder blue road uniforms. Plus a double-flap batting helmet, the Cubbies’ old sleeve patch, and strained commentary from Bill Murray. Essential. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: We’ve talked before about the cross pin on Billy Martin’s cap. But I didn’t realize that the pin was also depicted on Martin’s plaque in Monument Park. … Also from yesterday: Great shot I hadn’t seen before of the Sox in shorts. … Josh Fisher notes that the Utah Utes were wearing some totally boss striped hosiery in the recent MWC Baseball Tourney. … Alabama has unveiled a set of coaches’ shirts, rendered in gray, red, and white. “Note the football laces at the base of the placket,” says Doug Simpson, who brought the shirts to my attention. … Uni Watch design director Scott M.X. Turner somehow found time in between membership-related projects (see update above) to note the following: “It’s not just U.S. sports teams that get throwback tributes wrong. How come Celtic couldn’t get this right? They’re celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Celtic club that won the European Cup in 1967. The striping doesn’t match, they didn’t copy the numbers on the shorts, and the goalies back then wore yellow tops, not the black shirts today’s goalies are sporting. And if they REALLY wanted to pay tribute, they’d eschew the Carling corporate tag on the current shirts, as well as the Celtic chest shield and Nike logo creep.” … Jeremy Brahm sent along some pics from the FIVB World League (that’s volleyball, people). Interesting to see the Argentinean team using a center color gradation, and the Egyptians wearing, as Jeremy put it, “castoffs from the Adidas soccer teams.”