Remember this entry about how the A’s used one logo on their caps and a slightly different one on their helmets? Several readers have noticed that the cap version of the logo, which has slightly more severe angles, now appears to have spread to all of Oakland’s helmets. So yesterday I sent a quick note to A’s equipment manager Steve Vucinich: “Have you made a small adjustment in your batting helmet decals that you’d like to tell me about, hmmm?”
Here’s his response:
You guys are too good! After one of your readers noticed the different logo on Giambi’s helmet, we investigated the situation and found that Rawlings had changed their decal supplier. The new company decided they would make the logos as specified on the official ‘MLB club logo and uniform graphics’ sheet. So we were wrong for the past few years and now stand corrected! We have since replaced all the old/incorrect logos with the right ones.
So now the team’s cap and helmet logos match — all because of Uni Watch. Well done, people.
New ESPN column today (not tomorrow, as I had originally thought). I’m heading to Shea to meet up with Phil for today’s Mets/Cards
debacle game, so I won’t be around when the column goes live, but just poke around on Page 2 sometime after 12:30pm or so — shouldn’t be hard to find.
But meanwhile, here’s a big announcement to ruin your day: Everyone goes on vacation in August, and I’ve decided that Uni Watch needs to get in on that action, especially considering how hectic the spring and summer have been for me and those close to me. So beginning next Thursday, August 13th, this site will go on hiatus for the rest of the month. There will be no new content and no commenting during this period — just a static home page with a “Gone Fishin'” note. We’ll reopen for business on September 1st.
I know this will mess with many people’s daily routines (including mine), but I think that’s a good thing. We could all use a little break, and this is the right time to do it, before football season starts.
I’ll have at least one ESPN column running while the blog is down, probably on August 20th, and will likely have one or two other ESPN items running as well. I’ll link to those from the home page as they come up, so you can check the site from time to time, or you can just sign up for my mailing list, which I use to notify folks when I have new ESPN content.
No need to send Ticker contributions while the site is on hiatus — with one important exception: I am very much in the market for any news regarding new college football uniforms for the upcoming season (esp. for BCS teams) and will happily accept any contributions on that front. Many thanks in advance for any help you all can provide.
And hey, if you spot something so mind-blowing that you just have to share it, go ahead. But honestly, if it’s just a simple “So-and-so’s sleeve patch was missing last night,” save yourself the trouble and go do something fun with your friends or family, or plant something in your garden, or cook something you’ve never made before, or go for a bike ride, or surprise your mom with a phone call. We’ll both be better for it.
Chat Correction: Friday’s web chat on ESPN.com will be at noon (not 1pm, as I had previously indicated). The chat page is here, but please don’t submit any questions until the chat actually starts. Thanks.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Einsteins in the Mets’ marketing department strike again (with thanks to Tom Mulgrew). ”¦ No photo, but a good observation by Robert Gelles, who writes: “Adam LaRoche was with the Red Sox for six days, all home games. Friday night, just a few hours after LaRoche was traded back to the National League, David Ortiz was interviewed re: his steroid issue. In the background, you could see LaRoche’s gray road uni, which he never wore, hanging in his locker.” ”¦ Vince found some Indians stirrups on eBay. ”¦ Distant Replays founder Andy Hyman interviewed me for his new blog. ”¦ Robert Marshall has added some new videos and photos to his bobblehead project. If you want him to make a custom-designed bobblehead for you, get in touch with him here. ”¦ Not uni-related, but my buddy Jeff Katz, who happens to be the deputy mayor of Cooperstown and the author of this excellent baseball book, has a great blog project called “Maybe Baby,” which is basically a “What if..?” approach to rock and roll history. Really good stuff — check it out here. ”¦ New logo for North Dakota athletics. ”¦ What’s that on the official’s cap? It’s a breast cancer awareness logo, which the zebras will wear, along with pink wristbands, for certain games in October (with thanks to Mark E. Kluczynski). ”¦ The Titans have been practicing in their Oilers throwback gear (with thanks to Lee Wilds). ”¦ It’s a little hard to make out, but this is a Cyrillic NOB. “It’s from CSKA Moscow’s jerseys from Super Series ’86 against the LA Kings,” says Kevin Wright. “As far as I know, this series was the only time the Red Army wore Cyrillic NOBs during a tour against NHL teams. All the other years I’ve seen had names translated to the Latin alphabet or, rarely, NNOB.” ”¦ Latest member of Stirrup Nation: Lastings Milledge. “The shoes don’t really go with that look, though,” notes Doug Keklak. Actually, the shoes violate MLB color standards (with thanks to Jerry Wolper). ”¦ Bizarre-o soccer kit for Club Tijuana, a team in Mexico’s Liga de Ascenso, or second division (with thanks to Sy Hart). ”¦ With the arena league now kaput, Coachie Ballgames has provided a posthumous arena logo roundup. ”¦ Mario Carr sent over a bunch of pics from his Little League days. ”¦ Small notice on this page about USA Hockey unveiling its jeseys for the 2010 Olympics on August 17th (thanks, Teebz). ”¦ “You still see a good number of Aaron Rowand jerseys at White Sox games,” says Scott Schaaf, “but never one quite like this.” ”¦ Here’s a very cool slide show full of great historical images of the teams that have graced Dublin’s Croke Park, which is the national stadium for Gaelic football and hurling (Coachie Ballgames again).