The start of the short-season single-A baseball season is still five months away, and Inauguration Day in Washington is still a week away. You may think those two things have nothing in common, but the Brooklyn Cyclones beg to differ.
On Tuesday, June 23rd (the “inaugural Tuesday” of the NY-Penn League season), the Cyclones will temporarily rename themselves the Baracklyn Cyclones, in honor of Mr. Yes We Can. Festivities will include the following:
• The Cyclones will wear special jerseys. I don’t think they’ll all be No. 44, but it’s interesting to note that Obama’s presidential ordinal corresponds with such a storied baseball uni number (Hank, Reggie, Lastings, etc.).
• The first 2500 fans will get this bobblehead.
• There will be some politically themed giveaways and discounts
• They plan to keep four seats behind the plate available for the new First Family, “should they decide to attend the festivities.”
So why announce all of this in the dead of winter? Because tickets for this game are being made available on Inauguration Day.
Yeah, it’s all a bit hokey, but it’s one of the more amusing minor league stunts in recent memory, and it’s surprising and impressive that the marketing staff was able to get team ownership to agree to a politically themed promotion. Most interesting of all, the team has created a dedicated web site just for this game. Among other things, it includes some intriguing back-story info on how the promotion came about.
Of course, all this is contingent on the Cyclones not going bankrupt (along with every other business in America) by June 23rd, but hey, one thing at a time. And in the spirit of the house-rental frenzy that’s been going on in Washington as the inauguration approaches, I’m happy to announce that if anyone wants to attend this Cyclones game — or, hell, any Cyclones game — and can’t find a place to stay, I’ll happily make my apartment available for a mere $1000 per night. But you have to feed the cats.
The Proctor Files, Continued: Phil’s Sunday post about the Southern California Sun and some related 1970s uni designs prompted a dispatch from sporting goods maven Terry Proctor:
The Southern California Sun football uniforms were made by, of course, Sand-Knit. They did most of the World Football League (except for the Birmingham Americans, who were very provincial and wore Russell Athletic uniforms made in Alexander City, Alabama). Sand-Knit had the pastel shades of magenta, lavender, pale yellow, electric blue, and lime green, as well as Black Watch and MacGregor tartans (plaid patterns) in various color combinations.
The other chief offender in the wild uniform craze was Rawlings — they did the Atlanta Hawks’ lime green and royal uniform, the Floridians’ magenta and orange, the Bullets’ orange and navy “swoosh” design, and the Nets’ stars-and-stripes set.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Worst color-on-color game ever: Illinois vs. Wisconsin, 2003. … Also from yesterday: Edgerrin James began Saturday’s Cards/Panthers game with his familiar visor but went visor-free later in the game. ”¦ Still more from yesterday: Neil Rackers’s pants were somewhat less than skin-tight on Saturday. ”¦ There was a car show in Boston over the weekend, and someone displayed this. Further details here (with thanks to Dan Lamothe). … Team Astana has a new kit (with thanks to Chris Warfford). ”¦ Other new cycling kits: Columbia-Highroad (plus there’s a black shorts option; additional info here) and Milram (with thanks to Jeff Mayer). ”¦ Stuart Greenlee was cleaning out his garage and came upon an old uni-patterned Giants apron. But it isn’t just designed after a Giants jersey — it includes the pants! “It’s made of the same kind of vinyl used to make shower curtains and is not exactly the best material to have next to your skin when you are in close proximity to a hot grill,” says Stuart. “I only tried using it once and that was enough.” ”¦ Sam Thornton notes that several of the Eagles’ linebackers have ribbed stitching on their shoulder areas, similar to what began showing up on the Bears’ linemen a few years back. ”¦ Hockey query from Todd Davis, who writes: “Was watching NHL Network the other night (really) and caught a video tribute to Wayne Gretzky’s 50 goals in 39 games. The five-goal 39th game was against the Cooperalls-Flyers, which was cool in its own right, but I noticed that one of the Flyers skaters was wearing an old-school fiberglass goalie-style facemask. I can’t tell from the video who it was, but I’m wondering if Teebz or anyone in the Hockey Wing would know anything about that.” … Jeff Newman might go down as the king of brimless catchers: He not only went brimless for at least two teams but also wore a team logo decal in both instances, a phenomenon previously seen only on Jim Essian (all this courtesy of Andy Chalifour). ”¦ Shea Stadium’s current state of disrepair can be seen here. Those shots were taken on Sunday by Alan Tompas, who lives in Queens. Meanwhile, in the latest Mets embarrassment, Citi Field is already beginning to rust. ”¦ If you’ve been dying to see LeBron James in a Browns uniform, your wait is over (with thanks to Brandon Yarian). ”¦ Before there were the Boston Celtics, there were the Original Celtics. Additional pics and info here (with thanks to Brad Keppler). ”¦ Jeremy Visser notes that Jamario Moon’s sneakers have his intials along with his team’s name and city. ”¦ Here are some more shots of Wayne Chism’s socks, courtesy of Josh Williams. ”¦ Look, another pitcher wearing a batting glove on his glove hand. Much like the Rollie Fingers photo from last week, this must’ve been taken during BP or pregame long-toss or some such (nice find by Patrick O’Sullivan). ”¦ Doug Keklak got this book for Christmas. Its many photos include this (interesting to see the dark outlining on the pant cuffs) and this. ”¦ Dustin Pomprowitz was watching Game 7 of the 1991 World Series last night on ESPN Classic and noticed two non-switch-hitters wearing double-flap helmets: Chuck Knoblauch and Jarvis Brown (sorry, no photo). Dustin also passed along this shot of Knoblauch. Yes, that’s a double-flap lid, but what really caught my eye was the Rawlings script on the helmet — should’ve have been a no-no, as brand logos have never been allowed on MLB headwear. ”¦ Color vs. color: Coastal Carolina vs. Liberty (with thanks to Mike Miller). ”¦ Best line yet about the Pro Bowl jerseys (from a thread on the Chris Creamer board): “The names on the back should be the players’ actual autograph, so it looks like they signed their own jersey, but in twill instead of ink.” … Everything from here to the end of the Ticker is from Phil: The spat between the Hockey Canada and Canadian Olympic Committee has spread to the editorial page. ”¦ Admit it, you’ve always wanted your favorite team’s logo on a Russian-style hat. ”¦ Latest team to wear camouflage: some obscure hockey squad you never heard of. ”¦ Who knew Tom Cruise was such an astute judge of uniforms?