I hate the DH — hate it — but even I think it should always be used in the All-Star Game, regardless of where the game is played. Who wants to see a pitcher hit in an All-Star Game?
But Bud Selig and Co. don’t see it that way. Good thing, too, because pitchers’ at-bats are the best bets for all-star uni anomalies. Sure enough, when Roy Halladay came up to bat last night, he wore a blank navy blue helmet instead of Toronto’s usual black lid. The rear view revealed that it was Evan Longoria’s helmet with the Rays logo decal removed (note the MLB logo rendered in Rays colors). And look the announcers actually picked up on it. I’m tellin’ ya, everyone’s a uni watcher these days. Now we just have to teach Buck and McCarver the difference between a sticker and a decal.
Meanwhile, now that base coaches have to wear helmets, that provides a new avenue for helmet oddities — especially since managers often serve as coaches in the All-Star Game. Joe Torre, for example, didn’t bring a Dodgers helmet to St. Looey, but it was kinda cool to see him in a Cards helmet again.
In more mundane developments:
• The Prez wore a Chisox jacket and Levi’s for throwing out the first pitch. (Unfortunately, Fox showed him throwing the ball but didn’t show where it went, presumably because they didn’t want to let anyone see in case the President tossed a two-hopper, or hit Keith Olbermann’s mom in the face, or whatever. Total chickenshit move on the part of Fox and/or the White House staff. As it turned out, his pitch made it on the fly, just barely, as you can see toward the end of this video clip. )
• It’s great that Willie Mays wore a Giants cap with his suit, but couldn’t they have gotten him a 5950 instead of a BP model?
• A bunch of Cardinals greats, all of them wearing red blazers, were introduced before the game. It wasn’t until I checked the photo wire that I realized the blazers weren’t identical. That’s Lou Brock with the bird on the bat.
One footnote to the game: Tim Wakefield brought along a special catcher’s mitt but didn’t get into the game. Too bad.
(Thanks to everyone who contributed screen shots and other info, especially Luis Roldan, Maks Skuz, Bryan Heaton, Jeremy Brahm, Mark Haarmann, and of course Phil.)
Raffle Results: The winner of the Man City jersey is Matt Argo. Matt, if you haven’t already done so, please give me a shout. Thanks.
Uni Watch Rust Belt Tour: I’ll be in Cleveland later this month to cover the National Sports Collectors Convention for Page 2, so let’s have a Uni Watch gathering on the evening of Thursday, July 30th. Figure 7pm, probably at the Prosperity Social Club, but I’ll confirm the time and place in a day or two. Naturally, Uni Watch intern emeritus Vince Grzegorek will be on hand, which will mark only the second time he and I have been in the same room, whoop-whoop. See you there.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Check out this awesome durene shirt I recently scored on eBay. Love the stripes, natch, and the felt lettering is hot-cha-cha. ”¦ Brian Harkness is a national semifinalist in KFC’s charity T-shirt design contest. Please vote for his entry (No. 6, “Stand with the Colonel”) so he can get a lifetime supply of really bad fried chicken. ”¦ In a vaguely related item, Justin Rectenwald, knowing my fondness for chicken tails, sent me some pics of his wife’s Brazilian cousin Eduardo, aka Master of the Fried Chicken Tail. “Seriously, this guy cooked non-stop,” writes Justin. “These were like little crunchy chicken candy, filled with gooey, chicken fatty goodness.” Let’s see the Colonel top that! ”¦ Here’s an excellent site devoted to Super Bowl tickets (with thanks to HHH). ”¦ Wilco’s summer tour program includes this nifty little scorecard. Love the note at the top. ”¦ I know we’ve covered this before, but please remind me: What’s the handwritten “63” for? ”¦ Comi-tragic story here of how MLB design honcho Anne Occi convinced the Devil Rays to wear the worst uni design in baseball history. Highly recommended reading (with thanks to Ken Guckenberger). ”¦ Color change for Stockton, a D3 school (with thanks to Tim Smith). ”¦ Rob Ullman was nice enough to send me a copy of his new hardcover sketchbook, Atom Bomb Bikini, which includes lots of his cheesecake uni portraits. You can buy it here. ”¦ Best view yet of Carlos PeÃ±a’s upside-down sleeve patch. ”¦ Regarding yesterday’s ESPN column, Craig Ramirez notes that the guy sitting on the right end of the front row, I.D’d as trainer Bill Zeigler, looks exactly like Rafael Palmeiro (who, just for the record, was 12 yrs old when that photo was taken). ”¦ The Lakewood BlueClaws are dusting off their BruceClaws promotion. Assuming they use the same jersey design from last year, the uni will look like this. ”¦ Here’s a site devoted to Kansas high school football helmets (with thanks to Patrick Chippeaux). ”¦ Looks like the Steelers’ old golden triangle design is a bit hit with Bud Selig. ”¦ How come nobody had told me about Batting Stance Guy? ”¦ In the spirit of last week’s Tecmo Bowl entry, Eric Trager has written a piece about the logos and graphics used in the baseball video game Hardball 5. Check it out here. ”¦ HHH has created still more city flag jerseys. ”¦ Brinke Guthrie scanned two ads from the 1990 World Series program. As you can see, the idea that you could buy the same gear that the pros wear was still quite a novelty at that point. And speaking of novelties, dig those Angels logo stirrups!