By Phil Hecken
Today is the annual New York gathering of Uni Watch at 2:00 pm at Sheep Station in Paul’s borough of Brooklyn. MLB logo designer Jerry Dior is scheduled to join us, it should be a fun time, and last year’s party was great. Hopefully, if you live within the area, you will be dropping by.
My memory of last year is a little hazy, but I believe Paul may have worn something like this, though I may have confused him with someone else. All kidding aside, despite his keen eye toward sartorial splendor, and being our eyes and ears on the aesthetics of athletics, Mr. Lukas almost always wears normal clothes when hosting our Uni Watch gatherings, oftentimes making new lifelong buddies in the process.
Like most of the UW readership, I own several jerseys. Unfortunately, this isn’t my closet and neither is this, nor is this. But I still face the question we all do when attending a Uni Watch gathering: “What to wear?” As of this morning, I still haven’t decided.
Of course, a Uni Watch gathering always leads an attendee to strongly contemplate his or her choice of attire. It is a decision not usually easily arrived at, since for many of us there are many options. While I did consider wearing something like this, I would be hard-pressed to match the amazing selections of those who have previously attended Uni Watch gigs. Truly outstanding efforts have been put into selecting their attire for the occasion.
There are always interesting and different looks, and always some real beauties, including a few kits from sports some of us have never heard of. There will always be a few UWers who show up wearing shirts from sports that aren’t even real sports — or sports that only Bryan seemingly could love.
Sometimes, famous folks and UW legends show up. Often, a clever t-shirt provides proper comic relief. Other times, the ink is the star of the show or just a conversation piece. And on rare occasions, a dedicated UWer will drive 7 hours to be at a gig.
There are those times when someone will bring along a really sweet jersey. And any Mets gear is always sure to impress the host. On the other hand, a Uni Watcher may feel obligated to tweak the host by wearing enemy colors, but you gotta admit this is a beautiful jersey. No less certain to curry favor with Paul is to show up wearing purple nike, or keep this gem hidden until just the right moment. On the other side of the coin is the person sporting UW colors, virtually assuring a pose with Paul.
It’s always nice when someone treats a gathering as a formal affair. To add local flair at gatherings in areas not located near the Big Apple, college puck sweaters are always a good way to go. One could always take the old time route and wear something from Soviet Union, where sweater wears you.
Finally, readers occasionally turn up wearing uniforms that never existed (or never should have existed). Some of the more enterprising among us will go the extra mile and actually make their own jerseys. But whatever it is that we choose to wear, whether it be baby blue or bright orange, it’s always great to be with others who Get It ™.
No matter what a UWer is wearing, a UW gathering is always attended by those who know the proper way to wear a jersey. I still don’t know what I’ll be wearing, but whatever it is, it won’t be tucked into my jeans. Hope any Uni Watchers in the tri-state area or within seven hours driving distance can make it down to Sheep Station this afternoon. For the rest of you, enjoy the football-free weekend and enjoy the NHL pre-All Star Game festivities, myriad basketball games, golf, tennis and even the X-games. The floor is yours.