Just when I thought the Mets couldn’t get any stupider — well, I should’ve stopped thinking that a long time ago, right?
The latest installment of the Citi Farce began on Wednesday, when several readers noted that a modified version of this logo had shown up on caps for sale on MLB.com. I linked to that page in yesterday’s Ticker. Things got weirder yesterday when MetsBlog ran a photo of the Mets wearing the logo-emblazoned cap for a spring workout (plus I found a shot of Jeff Wilpon wearing what appears to be the same cap). This was duly noted by Newsday beat writer David Lennon in his blog and also on the New York Post‘s Mets blog.
This raised lots of questions:
• The cap patch is based on a version of the Citi Field logo that was supposedly slated to be used only for merch sold at the new ballpark (that screen grab comes straight from the MLB Style Guide), so what’s it doing on a cap being sold over the internet (and, I’m told, at other retail outlets)?
• Why would the Mets wear any 5950 — logofied or otherwise — for a spring workout? They normally wear BP caps for spring training.
• Do they plan to wear this cap logo during the regular season?
• If so, does this mean they’ve also had second thoughts about the Domino’s sleeve patch?
With help from Newsday‘s Ken Davidoff (thanks, man), I got in touch with his colleague David Lennon, who’s down in Florida and patiently filled me in on the full scoop: Yes, they’re going to wear this cap logo for regular season games. In fact, they’re going to wear it all season long. But no, they’re not going to change the sleeve patch — they’re sticking with that embarrassment.
By the end of the day, the Mets had confirmed this with a press release:
The Mets will wear a new cap for the entirety of the 2009 season featuring a patch on the left side commemorating the opening of Citi Field. The team will wear the new caps on Monday for team photos, and then the caps will debut officially on Opening Day. Designed by MLB and the Mets last year and manufactured by New Era… [blahblahblah, a bunch of marketing bullshit that we don’t need to repeat here, the end].
So here’s the net result of all this: (1) The Mets will have an annoying bug on their caps all season long. True, it won’t be the Domino’s logo, but that hardly counts as a victory — cap patches always suck, because they make the cap look lopsided and amateurish. (2) The Mets will spend the season wearing two completely different logos that commemorate the same event. This breaks the most elementary rules of creating a graphics program, which is one the of many, many things that the Mets can’t seem to get right. Idiots.
Research Request: Several readers, most notably Jeremy Brahm, have told me that some Pacers prototype designs are housed in a display case at Conseco Fieldhouse, but nobody’s ever come up with a photo. “I think it’s in the first level or the balcony area, not in any of the club levels,” says Jeremy. With lots of action taking place at Conseco over the next couple of weeks (Pacers games on 2/22, 2/25, and 3/1; Big Ten women’s tourney 3/5-8; Indiana hockey game 2/28), this is an ideal time for someone to get us a photo of these prototypes. I know someone will step up to the plate on this one, right? Right.
Raffle Results: The winner of the Colors raffle is Matthew Hackethal. I’ll be announcing another raffle on Monday, and yet another one the week after that, whoop-whoop.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Speaking of MLB logos, the Phils have a new championship mark. They haven’t yet announced whether it’ll be worn on their uniforms. ”¦ Good headline here (with thanks to Brendon Yarian). ”¦ You’d think all those ice cream sundae helmet/cup thingies would be made by one company, or two at the most, right? Wrong (trenchant brand analysis courtesy of Mets by the Numbers honcho Jon Springer). ”¦ Did you know the Angels have a minor league team called the Orem Owlz? Now Owls — Owlz. Their mascot is called Hootz, their Spanish-language name is Los Buhoz (insead of Buhos, get it?), and the local youth can join their Kidz Club. “I don’t live near Orem but if I did, I sure wouldn’t let my kid join the Kidz Club,” says an appalled Glenn Stern. ”¦ In a magnanimous gesture that will no doubt earn Phil Knight the Nobel Peace Prize, Nike has “allowed” the UGA baseball team to use Easton bats (this heartwarming news courtesy of Brent Hardman). ”¦ In a related item, someone apparently “allowed” UMass-Lowell goalie Carter Hutton to wear Reebok pads, even though the team is outfitted by Nike (good spot by Matthew Englander). ”¦ Some very cool vintage sports video game packaging here. That blog, incidentally, is pure freaking gold for anyone with an interest in 1960s-80s design (great find by Ricardo Almonte). ”¦ Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Bosox uni number info here and here. ”¦ Sometimes a color-coordinated glove isn’t such a great idea. ”¦ And on the Chisox side, Steve Johnston reports that Dayan Viciedo will wear No. 24 (formerly worn by Joe Crede), Chris Getz will wear No. 17 (formerly worn by Ken Griffey Jr.), and Jayson Nix will wear Juan Uribe’s old No. 5. ”¦ And still more uni number news, Lastings Milledge es el nuevo ocho cinco (with thanks to Dan Cichalski). ”¦ Jonathon Binet thinks the Braves’ NOB lettering looks thicker this year than in the past. ”¦ More apostrophe issues (with thanks to Brent Hardman). ”¦ Back in 1982, someone shot a home movie as he and his friend drove to Opening Day at Shea Stadium, complete with the pregame show playing on the car radio. It’s difficult to express just how amazing this Emmy-caliber footage is, but thanks the magic of YouTube, you can see for yourself. ”¦ Rob Ullman’s latest pinup girl: reader Paul Hirsch‘s wife, Debbie. I also found this on Rob’s blog (pretty sure I hadn’t seen that one before), along with these (I think we’ve seen the Dodgers illo before but not the others). ”¦ A baseball history exhibit has opened in Dayton (with thanks to Sutton Smith. ”¦ “Looks like Henrik Lundqvist is still wearing old-style socks rather than the Edge ones,” says A.J. Frey. “He also has a bit of a unique pad-strapping system that uses plastic buckles rather than the metal clips most goalies use. Also, Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks has a new mask, featuring what I guess we can now call a retro Ducks logo. ”¦ Dig this: Terry Porter with a captain’s “C” (nice find by Doug Keklak). ”¦ Brian Proffit notes that logo creep has now extended all the way to individual metal spikes — and not just for Nike. ”¦ We all know about gumball helmets, but how about gumball helmet cart? (Nice find by Ryan Perkins). ”¦ Can’t believe I didn’t know about this before: the ESPN style/brand guide (great find by Brian Gale). ”¦ Nate Robinson reprised his slam dunk stunt on Letterman last night, complete with the green uniform. One thing that comes through very clearly: Robinson is a total sweetheart (with thanks to Eric Stangel). ”¦ Kansas State is retiring the number of a current women’s hoops player, which seems odd, no? (Thanks, Phil.) ”¦ Also from Phil: Some lacrosse team you’ve never heard of is claiming that its third jerseys are “overwhelmingly popular,” which is high comedy, the state of Wisconsin thinks it can close its budget gap by offering Brewers license plates, and if you’re gonna steal a university’s logo, it’s probably best if you’re not using it to advocate the legalization of pot. ”¦ What will the Bulls do now that they have Tim Thomas and Tyrus Thomas? Could make for some interesting NOB action. … Very rough image quality, but check out Julio Gonzalez of the 1982 Cardinals with the very unusual double-decker, half-straight half-arched FNOB (big thanks to Doug Keklak).