Yesterday was July 1st, which is traditionally celebrated as Canada Day up north. I’m told that from a strict statutory standpoint, this year’s version of the holiday is today, because July 1st fell on a Sunday. Doesn’t really matter from a uni-related standpoint, because the Blue Jays were on the road yesterday and are also on the road today, which means they won’t be wearing their special Canada Day uniforms for the home crowd.
What’s up with that? Couldn’t MLB have scheduled the one Canadian team to be playing at home for the country’s biggest holiday? And this isn’t a one-time thing — a quick schedule check reveals that the Jays were on the road on July 1st in 2005, 2004, and 2003. Then again, some of the Jays’ Canada Day designs have been decidedly better than others, as seen in these designs from 1997 (front, back), 1998, 2000 (front, back), 2001 (front, back), 2002, and 2006, so maybe it’s for the best.
Meanwhile, it turns out that some Canadian minor league teams wear special Canada Day jerseys too, as seen in this shot of the Ottawa Lynx. Check out the kid with the little flag — love that.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Did you know there was a World Cup of American Football? I didn’t, until Jeremy Brahm sent me these photos of what the Japanese team will be wearing. … Anyone else notice that the Giants’ Rod Beck memorial sleeve patch looks a lot like a Uni Watch membership card? … Vince Grzegorek stumbled upon a photo of Georgia College’s baseball team, which uses what has got to be the biggest name typography ever. … Ramon Castro was the victim of a multi-layer cap prank on Friday. More photos, and a short but priceless video clip, here. … Speaking of Mets-related pranks, someone appears to have hung a pink “I’m Gay” T-shirt (with Nike logo creep!) in David Wright’s locker. … The Indianapolis Star‘s web site has a great photo gallery covering 60-some years’ worth of Indiana all-state hoops teams. Lots of awesome photos — well worth clicking through. The full gallery (which was brought to my attention by Kenneth Adkins) is here. … Nice Negro Leagues throwback game yesterday in K.C., with the Royals dressing up as the Kansas City Monarchs and the White Sox honoring the Chicago American Giants. The Royals/Monarchs had a “42” sleeve patch for Jackie Robinson and a “22” cap inscription for Buck O’Neil, plus the Royals coaching staff all wore uni No. 22. … Jonathan Carone reports that Presbyterian College (DII, moving up to Division I this year) has just unveiled new football uniforms, as seen here, here, here, and here. Assuming you can get past the team name (yes, they’re really called the Blue Hose, which should be reason enough to root for them), it’s particularly odd that their white and colored jerseys are based on completely different templates. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: According to a paragraph buried in the middle of this column, at one point this season Ichiro actually asked now-departed Mariners skipper Mike Hargrove to wear a real jersey instead of a smock/pullover thingie. That is just too cool for words.
Holiday Schedule: Things will run as usual around here this week, except for Wednesday, when we’ll have an open thread. Plus I’ll have a doozy of an ESPN column on Thursday. OK? OK.