So that’s the cap that the Mets wore last night. And you’ve gotta hand it to them: This is definitely the thing to wear if you want to look like you just got off the plane from Kansas and went cap-shopping in Times Square.
Sigh. It’s tempting to just consign this to the Ticker and move on, but protocol does seem to demand an option-8 list, so here goes:
• Unlike the Nats’ stars/stripes jerseys from Monday, which they had already planned to wear, the Mets specifically chose to wear these caps as a response to, you know, current events. Not how I would have handled it, but at least the fans didn’t start chanting, “U! S! A!” when Beltran homered in the top of the 1st. (They did chant it, however, at the conclusion of “God Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch, which was sort of horrifying. Jeez, people, look it up.)
• The caps were fitted and had the MLB logo. You can’t get those made on one day’s notice, so they must have been produced well in advance. That means they are obviously this year’s stars/stripes caps. And that means we’ll be seeing them again in a few weeks (or whenever we take 10 years to dispose of a mass-murderer who’s been hiding in plain sight under our supposed ally’s nose). I’m assuming there will also be a red version for the teams whose colors lean more in that direction, and that the A’s will left with no good options, as usual.
• You know how military analysts sometimes talk about mission creep? That’s what’s happening with MLB’s stars/stripes caps. First they were only going to be worn on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Sept. 11. Then, as you may recall from the past season or two, some teams couldn’t wait for the actual holidays and started wearing the caps for the full three-day holiday weekends. And now it turns out they can also be worn, oh, whenever a team decides it’s feeling patriotic. I’d be willing to bet right now that at least one additional team this season will find a non-holiday occasion to break out the caps.
• As for the other team on the field last night, they wore their usual caps. What, they’re not patriotic? Or nobody thought to have a set of the tourist caps on hand for them? Or the players were all too busy watching the “Roger McDowell Explains San Francisco Living for You” DVD?
Incidentally, the most interesting headwear of the night was worn by Giants infielder Emmanuel Burriss. You know how the Giants normally put those NOBs on their helmets? Burriss was called up a few days ago in the midst of a road trip, and apparently the team’s equipment manager hasn’t had access to his usual lettering kit, because Burriss’s helmet has — get this — a handwritten nameplate affixed with Scotch tape. Big league all the way, baby!
(Special thanks to the excellent Mets Police blog, from which I swiped the Terry Collins screen shot at the top of the page. I owe you one, Shannon!)
St. Louis party reminder: I’ll be meeting, greeting, and cocked-hat bowling with St. Louis-area Uni Watchers tomorrow evening at the Corner Bar in St. Charles, from 7:45pm until at least 10pm. See you there.
Raffle reminder: I’m currently raffling off a free ticket to that Pop-Up Magazine thing I’m participating in. Details here.
Stirrups Club reminder: Robert Marshall has a new slate of stirrups up for sale. Details here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Weather forecast for L.A. today is sunny with temps near 90. “Doesn’t look good for the Cubs’ striped undershirts,” says Bob Halfacre. ”¦ One of the many problems with Cool Base jerseys: They don’t leave much to the imagination (great screen shot by Tim Burke). ”¦ “I was at the Penn Relays this past weekend and saw these great socks worn by Chad Wright of the University of Nebraska,” says Graham Block. ”¦ Hope for the Future, Part I: “My son turned 12 over the weekend,” writes Tod Bryant. “And what was first on his birthday present wish list? Stirrups.” ”¦ Hope for the Future, Part II: “Here’s a picture of my son Owen in his first baseball game ever,” says Richard LaPorta. “It’s a coach pitch division in a youth baseball league in Chicago. When I saw his uniform came with just black stockings, I asked the rep from the uniform supplier, ‘Why no stirrups?’ He said ‘Hey, I’m with you, stirrups are great, but it’s never gonna happen.’ So i took matters into my own hands through an online purchase.” ”¦ SI.com ran a slideshow of MLB throwbacks yesterday. It’s poorly captioned, and one of the uniforms isn’t actually a throwback (the Phils’ retro alts), but it’s still a nice roundup of photos (with thanks to Ron Rowland). ”¦ Jeff Mayer found a bunch of cycling infographics at this site. “My favorite one depicts all of the winners of the Giro d’Italia (Italy’s Tour de France), ” says Jeff. ”¦ Here’s a great item about the custom typeface that Pentagram (that’s a fancy-shmancy design firm) and Hoefler & Frere-Jones (that’s a fancy shmancy digital type foundry) created for the Jets (big thanks to my ESPN colleague David Wilson). ”¦ Padres third baseman Jorge Cantu broke his belt while chasing a foul ball on Monday night. The broadcasters said he broke it when he hit the dugout railing, but it was actually flopping around before he hit the rail. They brought him a new belt, but it snapped while he was putting it on, so it must have been too small (or else “Cantu” means “belt repellant” in Swahili). He went beltless for the rest of the inning (with thanks to John Mahaffey). ”¦ Funny to see a group of Pats cheerleaders wearing “B” sweaters (good find, Ricko). ”¦ According to yesterday’s Denver Post, Broncos coach John Fox says fans can “take it to the bank” that the team
wore a blue horsey decal early in the ’62 season will be wearing orange jerseys at home in 2012 (with thanks to Jason Greening). ”¦ Remember those odd undershirts that the Rockies were wearing a few weeks ago? Todd Helton was wearing it again last night, only this time the little sneaker icon and the sleeve number wear black (as spotted by Jeff Hall). ”¦ Is this a great photo or what? It’s from Dave Eskenazi’s latest piece on Seattle sports history. This one’s about Sick’s Stadium. For the full article, and lots more great photos, look here. ”¦ Rob Holecko has started a site devoted to the worthy task of documenting MLB and NFL throwback games. He says he still has a long way to go, and he invites you to use the “Submit” link to help him make the site as complete as possible.
Pretty please: I’ll be heading to St. Louis later today and will be pretty busy until I get back home on Sunday afternoon. So please go easy on the Ticker submissions, and save any non-pressing questions until next week, OK? OK.