By Phil Hecken, with Paul “Pretty Boy Paulie” Soto
I’m rejoined this fine day by UW Graphic Artiste Paul Soto, who is back today with the “unfinished” Cinco de Mayo jersey collection. You may recall our prior Cinco de Mayo post, which, not coincidentally appeared on the 5th of May. There were a couple of teams Paulie didn’t have a chance to finish, and some “improvements” of previous efforts he’d like to share with the viewing audience today. Says Paul, “We missed a few and made some mistakes the first time around but no worries we’re back for some more. That’s why pencils have erasers.” So, without the usual chit-chat, we’ll get right into it.
Arizona Diamondbacks: You may remember that in the original Cinco de Mayo post, there was some, shall we say, consternation over Paulie’s original D-Backs/Vivoras jersey offering. “Last time around I made a slight mistake. SOMEHOW I had a brain fart of somesort and didn’t realize that I had typed Vivoras instead of Viboras. I guess I wasn’t paying attention,” admits Paul. “Here’s my correction to that error.” Well, here’s his newest creation. “THE correct way to translate ‘Diamondbacks’ is ‘Cascabeles‘.” Equally beautiful.
Baltimore Orioles: Last time out, Paulie wasn’t able to include the O’s in his package. But he’s made up for it, with two separate offerings. The first jersey logo is that of los Naranjeros. I’m not sure what that means, but it sure is good looking. The second jersey logo is for los Calandrias. Also gorgeous. Paulie explains, the Orioles “Appropriately would be Calandrias or Naranjeros, the latter being the best choice. Calandria would translate to an Oriole in Spanish but they don’t have quite the same color as an Oriole would. Naranjero (another translation for Oriole) pratically speaks for it’s self, with Naranja (Orange) being the root word.”
Colorado Rockies: Also missing from the first batch of special jerseys was the Colorado team. But fear not, Rockies fans, Paulie’s created one just for you. Here is that jersey. He calls them los Rocosas, and this one is a mile high winner.
Florida Marlins: Also missing from the first set of jerseys was the Florida Marlins, due to time constraints. But Paul has unfried his hard drive and he cranked out this selection, which depicts los Agujas for the Fish. Great job there. Almost looks better than “Miami” will in a couple of years.
Los Angeles Dodgers: For the Dodgers, Paulie has created two new concepts, the first one being an almost literal phonetic translation for “Dodgers” (or at least, I think that it is), while the second creation of los Trampistas is more akin to a sneaky or ‘dodgy’ character. I’ve seen “trampistas” on websites that appear to be translations from Spanish to English used to describe the Dodgers before. Shortly after I wrote that, Paul confirmed my thoughts: “Now last time around there were a few comments posted that featured a few different ways to translate ‘Dodgers.’ There was a t-shirt that had Los Doyers, which isn’t correct, but it’s much like ‘Yanquis’ or ‘Jankees’. Some may see it as offensive and some may not. Trampistas was another one featured in the comment section. Trampista would mean more of “a trickster and swindler” but it also would translate to ‘Dodger’.”
Philadelphia Phillies: Paul originally created los “Filis” for the Phillies, but he’s back with a new concept which appears to be the Spanish spelling of the City of Brotherly Love, Filadelfia. Well, that’s one way to fit the city name on the jersey. Paul agrees, “The previous mock-up had Filis on the jersey. It is correct but it does look a bit akward on the jersey being there’s so much negative space. So I went with ‘Filadelfia’; it’s the Spanish way to spell it and still fill up the jersey nicely.”
Texas Rangers: Another redux, Paulie’s first two wordmarks depicted los Guardas. A fine effort to be sure, but Paulie, ever the perfectionist, wanted another shot at it. So, he has created this fine jersey, which is los Vigilantes, which evokes a slightly different feel than “Guardas.” Paulie adds, “There isn’t quite a translation for the famed law enforcement agency that the baseball club is named after. ‘Vigilante’ is still very good … if ESPN Deportes says it’s correct then it’s correct dagnabit!”
Washington Natinals: For the final selection, in honor of a season full of ineptitude, much of it uni-related, Paulie has devilishly made this fitting tribute to the ballclub from Washington. I love los Nacinales (here’s how the jersey should look). When I asked Paul why he created this genius jersey, he simply said, “‘NACINALES’…why not?” Brilliant.
Great job again, Paulie. Those are some super efforts. In the not too distant future, Paul and I will be back with a really fantastic new undertaking. Paul’s been a busy man lately, and despite having his computer crash a short while ago, he (and his machine) have recovered to produce these outstanding efforts. Be sure to keep checking back in the coming weeks for Paul’s next project, which has been a long time in the making.
Guess The Game From The Scoreboard: Once again, I know I can’t stump you. So, the following isn’t all that difficult. It might require a modicum of thought and effort, but all the clues are plain to see. So, when you do get it, please explain how you did it, even though doing so may in fact, reveal the answer. Ready? OK. Guess The Game. I’ve asked before, but I’ll ask again, if any of you guys have any scoreboards you’d like to submit, you know what to do. Thanks.
Back today with the last two “weekday” Benchies plus one full color for your Sunday enjoyment. If you missed yesterday’s, be sure to hop back and check them out. Here we go: Day 5 … Day 6 … and enjoy today’s Sunday Benchies
You may remember Paul’s column Friday on his field trip to the Giants practice facility and his meeting with Joe Skiba. If you read the comments, you’ll remember there were a lot of hypotheses as to the throwback uniform the G-men will be reintroducing. Also in those comments were a couple of guesses that the uniform might be one worn by the “Homer Jones-era” Giants, complete with pics of that uniform. And further, Ricko informed us that it was Homer Jones who “invented” the spike. What you may not know, is that back in the day, before many of you were even born, Rick Pearson was a pretty damn good freelance sports writer, and he penned an entire newspaper column on the “demise of the spike.” When I asked Rick if he still had a copy of that column, he replied “yes, but I’ll have to find it.” Well, he did indeed save it, and I’m reposting the article for all to see. It’s an impressive bit of writing — and a good read. And just when did Rick write it? November 24, 1976. It appeared in the St. Paul Downtowner. Thanks, Rick!
Stirrup Club News: UW OCD DIYer Robert Marshall checks in with this:
the red sox stirrups came in early, and are all ready to go. unfortunately, i won’t have the hour to spend in the post office as they weigh and print out the postage for the nearly 70 envelopes one at a time until monday, but we can get started on the next one today. i have faith in your brain-pan’s capacity, so this month we are going to try two stirrups with a missouri theme. if we handle this okay, we will continue to do two at a time. even if you have ordered before, read the directions carefully, there were more then a few people who ordered the first ‘rup who failed to do things properly on the second ‘rup. athletics and/or cardinals anyone?
A little help from my friends is needed. Yesterday in the comments, this SI cover was posted. I noticed the sign behind Ken Boyer, who is pictured. Anyone know what’s up with that? The date of the SI is July 30, 1962. But the sign appears to say “METS” as well as what appears to be “$7000” and “HIT SIGN” plus some words I can’t make out. Anyone know where this sign was (what field)? Was that in the old Polo Grounds? A take off on the old Abe Stark sign?
Any thoughts, suggestions or answers would be greatly appreciated. Anyone got any other pics of this sign? Thanks!
I’ll see you in heaven if you make the list (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) … that’s tomorrow’s uniform of the day.
Have a great Sunday.