Spanish Fish

By John Ekdahl

A couple other oddities from this week:
Robinson Cano’s pink (some say sunburned, but I’m not buying it) logo made another appearance on Thursday.
The Rams wore their white pants Sunday.

62 comments to Spanish Fish

  • Jim Vilk | August 21, 2010 at 10:22 am |

    With the current color scheme, I like the white pants on the Rams.
    But I’d much rather prefer this:

    • Jim Vilk | August 21, 2010 at 10:43 am |

      much rather prefer?

      The coffee’s just kicking in…

    • Ricko | August 21, 2010 at 11:42 am |

      Rams are “harking back” to this look.
      1957, afer the advent of white road jerseys forced them to abandon the athletic gold and go with navy homes.


  • LI Phil | August 21, 2010 at 10:22 am |



    • Ricko | August 21, 2010 at 11:35 am |

      You are SO on my list now, Hecken.
      (Man, you send a guy an off-the-record “hair boy” shot of yourself…)


      • LI Phil | August 21, 2010 at 12:04 pm |

        c’mon now ricko…you looked GOOD man…i WISH i could have ever sported a coif like that

        unfortunately (or fortunately, because none seem to exist in cyberspace) my “younger” hairstyle was a mullet

        then i had that bald phase…

        and you still have all your hair!

        *apologizes for what he thought was a great photo*

        • Ricko | August 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm |

          just giving you grief. :)

        • rpm | August 21, 2010 at 12:25 pm |

          ha! good one phil. happy birthday ricko, enjoy the beautiful day.

    • Bernard | August 21, 2010 at 1:50 pm |

      Aw, NOW I know where I’ve seen Ricko before!


      Happy Birthday, Ricko!

  • Jim Vilk | August 21, 2010 at 10:23 am |

    Happy Birthday, Ricko!

  • scott | August 21, 2010 at 10:34 am |

    Aberdeen Ironbirds minor league team wears gray caps on the road:

    Don’t particularly like the look, though, because the logo sort of disappears against the gray backdrop.

    • Jim Vilk | August 21, 2010 at 10:41 am |

      Is that a smile I see on that logo? Didn’t think that was allowed in sports anymore. I like.

      But yeah, good point about the logo blending into the hat. The outline helps, but maybe they could have went with a sky blue hat. That appears to be an accent color, right?

      • scott | August 21, 2010 at 12:46 pm |

        I think when the team originally began play in 2002, the road cap (or alt cap?) was sky blue, while the home cap was black. Incidentally, the team’s uniforms, which are manufactured by Under Armour, are pretty awful. The home whites have some sort of horn-like stripes near the shoulders, while the road blacks have even more weird stripes and patterns around the shoulders.

  • random reader | August 21, 2010 at 10:43 am |

    I posted this before in a thread a week ago but I think it got lost in all the other discussion.

    I think the MLB logos on Yankee uniforms appear pink because of the light (either sunlight or the stadium lighting at night) hitting it at a different angle.

    Marcus Thames was shown to have a pink logo when this was talked about last week but I saw a highlight video on that showed his jersey depicting the normal blue and grey MLB logo. It did “turn pink” once he partially stepped out onto the dugout steps, where the light was shining on his uniform at an angle.

    Side-by-side comparison:

  • Terry Proctor | August 21, 2010 at 10:48 am |

    Happy Birthday Ricko. Today’s entry has to be the briefest in the history of Uniwatch.

    • BurghFan | August 21, 2010 at 3:14 pm |

      Didn’t Bryan do some similarly terse ones back in the day?

      And Happy Birthday, Ricko. I think the Pirates and Mets are doing Negro League unis tonight in your honor.

      • LI Phil | August 21, 2010 at 3:26 pm |

        when paul did weekends (way back when) it was usually just a photo and a cap…vinny did a bit longer, and bry had some longer ones still, including my still all-time favorite non-paul entry

        we still reference that years later

        • StLMarty | August 21, 2010 at 5:18 pm |

          Those entries used to really upset some people, and I really enjoyed it.

  • Juskimo | August 21, 2010 at 10:59 am |

    I wonder if the pink jerseys are lucky? When did the yankees last wear the pink jerseys and how did Cano do that day?

  • Brandon Davis | August 21, 2010 at 11:05 am |

    The A’s are going to be wearing Atléticos jerseys for the first time ever on Sunday as part of their Fiesta Day promotion. However, from what I’ve seen, it looks like the logo is done poorly, with the o looking more like an a.

    Also, the A’s batboy who snagged a date with a girl by giving her four foul balls has the old A’s helmet decal.

    • Ricko | August 21, 2010 at 11:26 am |

      In the words of Frank Barone, “Holy Crap!”
      Somebody actually got somewhere using the line, “Wanna ball?”


  • Giancarlo | August 21, 2010 at 11:22 am |

    Time to link to this headline again:,17062/

    What irks me about the Rams’ uni is the extra Ram head they stick on the sleeves. That seems redundant given that the sleeve loops should represent ram horns – at least they used to.

    • Ricko | August 21, 2010 at 11:32 am |

      I heard that to honor the USA while dining in Ixtapa with the Most Interesting Man in the World, el Presidente de Mexico ordered a “Two Equis”.


    • interlockingtc | August 21, 2010 at 2:07 pm |

      Yes, Giancarlo, one of my pet peeves: logos on the jersey. The redundancy, as far as I’m concerned, is as egregious as the nike swoosh pasted all over the place. Yeah, we get it: You’re the Rams. But lots of other teams are guilty, too.

      If it’s a well designed uniform, the helmet–the brand, as it were– should be the centerpiece and be complemented by the jersey, pants and socks. There’s only one major pro football league and only one team in each city (well, except NY). There’s no one to compete with. So why is there the need to desperately promote yourself by sullying the uniform?

      • BurghFan | August 21, 2010 at 3:38 pm |

        While I’m not thrilled with either, two reasons come to mind:

        1) With the demise of sleeves, a logo in the arm area works better than stripes.

        2) Now that jerseys are off-field fashion statements for so many people, the wordmark on the chest lets people who might not recognize what team the jersey belongs to know who the wearer roots for. It seems to be mandatory to add such a wordmark when a uni changes, and the Steelers seem to have decided to use their logo instead of a wordmark.

        • LI Phil | August 21, 2010 at 4:25 pm |

          great point jerry, and while im not arguing with you, if the wearer truly wanted others to know their rooting interests, couldn’t they just wear, ya know, a t-shirt that says “RAMS” or something?

          seems to me, especially authentics, which aint cheap, are more status symbols than “i root for my team” statements — “i’ve got an extry $275 burning a hole in my pocket, so i may as well let the world know i do”

          this does not, of course, apply to anyone wearing any kind of jersey to a game…im talking about strictly wearing one of these jerseys in the fashion sense

          /course, not too long ago i met a guy who, all he wore, it seemed, were NFL authentics and replicas — told me he thrifted them for like $5-$10 per…so in his case, good on him, i guess

          to make an actual point — perhaps if all teams made a jersey that was recognizable as one of that particular team WITHOUT needing a wordmark…well, they wouldn’t need that wordmark

          doesn’t need to be a crazy jersey either — i can spot a NYG jersey from 100 feet away, and there’s NOTHING on that jersey except numerals…one would think a rams jersey would be recognizable to anyone who even heard of the rams without needing to actually put “rams” on the front, right?

        • interlockingtc | August 21, 2010 at 4:29 pm |

          You’re right, of course, Burghfan, I suppose. No sleeves. Fashion wear.

          I guess I grew up in a time when the only people wearing merchandise were kids like…well, us, uniform geeks. I proudly wore my Bengals replica to school. Only my friends would know, or care, what team I was representing. And there was no logo or wordmark on the jersey and it looked clean and complete.

          But, alas, grandpa needs his nap now, so…..

        • traxel | August 21, 2010 at 4:44 pm |

          You do make a great point in #2. Something I hadn’t given a full thought to until now. However in #1, I disagree. I cannot stand those logos on the sleeves. I think if it is the exact same as the helmet logo it is superfluous. Four logos shoulder and above of the same thing on a player is too much. As for the Rams and some others, they are either too detailed or too tiny to actually get a good read as to what it really is. A good striping/color blocking would be a much stronger design.

          Another area I don’t like is the tiny wordmark above the front numbers. Many colleges have gotten away from a good large name across the chest. That read A LOT better than the stylized wordmark you now find on the NFL team jerseys. Too small. Make it bigger and more readabel or it just becomes more jersey litter.

        • BurghFan | August 21, 2010 at 4:46 pm |

          We’re all on the same page here. I have to ask, though, if you weren’t in Cincinnati, were you/would you have been bothered by people confusing your jersey with the Browns? (We’ll ignore the even more clueless people who would assume it was some other non-Ohio team, despite the color scheme.)

        • LI Phil | August 21, 2010 at 5:58 pm |

          isn’t the bengals jersey black, and the browns jersey is … um … brown?

      • Giancarlo | August 21, 2010 at 4:46 pm |

        Yeah, team logos on jerseys, corporate logo creep, and putting patches everywhere on unis are all practices that derive from the same mentality… “look at all these things on my uni – can’t you see I’m the real deal, I’m certified authentic…”

        Multiple patches are impressive if you’re a Cub Scout. For a pro athlete, they aren’t really.

        • Ricko | August 21, 2010 at 5:06 pm |

          Helmet graphics such as those of the Rams, Eagles, Colts were around a long, long time (a solid 15 years or more) before the NFL began officially using full helmets as defacto logos.

          Therefore, in terms of the longstanding style of NFL uni designs, there often remains a legitimate distinction between a helmet graphic and the actual team logo.

          The Vikings, for example: Horns on helmet, actual Viking head logo on sleeves, even back in Randy Moss days.

          Total redundancy would be, say, the Falcons, where a couple different uni designs have had the logo on the helmet and the logo on the sleeves be identical. Or the recent 49ers, when they wandered away from the “Montana” look. Or when the Packers did it with the “G” for a few seasons.

          Just sayin’, from a historical (and specific) standpoint what the Rams have chosen to do isn’t really a severe design misstep.


  • Mike Hass | August 21, 2010 at 11:23 am |

    Wow, way to mail it in.

  • Ricardo Leonor | August 21, 2010 at 11:33 am |

    Technically speaking the Marlins in Spanish should read: Las Agujas….

  • David Murphy | August 21, 2010 at 11:45 am |

    I see my favorite uniform company, Russell, has trotted out more crappy Little League World Series uniforms. The blame could go to the little league organization themselves. New to me is the LLWS patch, on helmets, caps, and jerseys. As usual, the patch is way too busyto be able to figure out what it says exactly. What a adult-run racket. Kid just hit a home run off the handle of the bat.

    Happy birthday, Ricko!

  • hugh.c.mcbride | August 21, 2010 at 1:19 pm |

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Pearson, & continued props to Messrs. Hecken & Ekdahl for keeping the store open & the shelves stocked this month. By this time last year, I was in the throes of quite the UW-withdrawal (apparently, you print up three or four fliers filled with detailed critiques of the color schemes employed by the local youth soccer league, & they don’t let you back into the park any more — who knew?)

    Hope its a grand weekend for the three of you, & for all other uni watchers out there!

  • traxel | August 21, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
    • Ricko | August 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm |

      I love it! I’ll say I’m 46 and if someone accuses me of lying, I can just say, “Well, I AM dyslexic, so…”


  • LI Phil | August 21, 2010 at 7:32 pm |

    negro league throwbacks in pitty tonight…

    mets again wearing their cubans outfit — but this is very interesting — when they played the “bears” (milwaukee), in cream city, they wore this outfit

    tonight, they have a different cubans kit — it says “NEW YORK” (only) in RAL across the front

    pirates look great as the craws, not all mets in socks some….(chris carter at least, haven’t seen the whole team) wearing pajamas

    mets have “CUBANS” written vertically on their left sleeve

  • KT | August 21, 2010 at 7:38 pm |

    Miami FC is supposedly wearing Ft. Lauderdale Striker throwbacks tonight, but they’re really just crap t-shirts with the worst representation of the Strikers’ old bumblebee kits that I’ve ever seen.

    And Rochester didn’t exactly go all out, either.

  • LI Phil | August 21, 2010 at 7:42 pm |

    mets caps are different from the previous throwback too — this time they’re a black crown/red brim with an interlocking NY (very much like the giants)

    mets appear to be wearing the 1944 roadies

    pirates appear to be in the 1935 craws

  • rpm | August 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm |

    dang it! just got home and was going to post the ricko kid drawing football template i had made, but i can not seem to find it. sorry rick, hope you are having a good day.

  • LI Phil | August 21, 2010 at 8:30 pm |

    more NY vs PITT observations — giants playing the stillers

    giants jerseys look like absolute SHIT…this new rbk cut is just awful…even on a solid blue jersey…

    also, stillers and giants are the only two teams in the NFL who wear front helmet numbers — but the stillers don’t have them during the preseason…

    • Ricko | August 21, 2010 at 10:37 pm |

      That to help rookies know if they’re coming or going?

      • LI Phil | August 21, 2010 at 11:11 pm |

        i know you’re joking, but i believe it’s one of those things where you “gotta earn your numbers” or some such

        • Jim Vilk | August 21, 2010 at 11:22 pm |


        • Ricko | August 21, 2010 at 11:47 pm |

          I’m guessing the numbers on that first NFL game check look pretty good to them, too.


  • James Craven | August 22, 2010 at 12:21 am |

    Wanna look like one of the refs in the UEFA Champions League? Look no further.