Paul here, helping out while Phil deals with some family-related stuff. During the All-Star Game, I got a note from reader Eric Stroker, who said, “The Texas flag patch on Adrian Beltre’s left sleeve is missing a part of the white stripe in the flag (not sewn in).” He didn’t have a screen shot, but I went back through the game video the following day and saw what he meant. As you can see in the shot shown above, the left-most portion of the white stripe, before the flag furls, looks gray instead of white.
But then I did some further checking and realized that the little gray section of the stripe is always part of the Rangers’ flag patch. It’s also part of how the patch is depicted in the MLB Style Guide.
I’d never noticed this before. And now that I have, it annoys me. The gray section looks drab, dull, wrong. It’s closer to the viewer, and presumably closer to the light source, so it should be brighter than the rest of the white stripe (or at least the same brightness), not darker. Wouldn’t this be better? Even if you couldn’t make out the dark vertical line, so what? There’s no visible line on the fold for the red stripe, so why does the white stripe need one?
Grrrr, now this is really bugging me. Thanks to Eric for messing with my head. (And for good measure, several commenters this morning have pointed out that the underside of the furled portion of the flag should be red, not blue.)
Meanwhile: New ESPN column today — a very in-depth look at a very small MLB detail that we’ve barely touched upon before. I think you’ll like.
Benchies from the Beginning
By Rick Pearson
For nearly three years, “Benchies” has been appearing most weekends at Uni Watch. While Bench Coach Phil fills in for Paul Monday through Friday during August, we present a retrospective. New strips will continue to appear on weekends. For further background, here’s the “Benchies” backstory and bios on the regular Boys of “Benchies.” Enjoy.
And here is the full-size version.
Uni Watch News Ticker: (compiled by John Ekdahl) The University of North Dakota is caught between a rock (the NCAA) and a hard place (a new state law) regarding the Fighting Sioux nickname. … Andrew Hoenig sends along these umpire uniforms from the Mid-Atlantic Classic between the Valley (Virginia) Baseball League and the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. … We’d already seen the Preds’ new road jersey, and now they’ve unveiled the home version as well. … Take a look at the new Nashville Predators head (thanks to John Muir). … Check out this shot of Hope Solo’s socks (Jason Greening). … Andrew Shain sends along more details about the new South Carolina uniforms. … Prosecutors announced they will not be filing charges against Deshon Marman regarding the “saggy pants on the airplane” incident. … Warren Humphrey noticed this 1965 NC State logo seems to resemble a certain well-known character. … The Wisconsin Woodchucks of the Northwoods League have worn 1911 Wausau Stars throwbacks for a few games this season. Video available here. (thanks to Jeff Ash). … Dylan Buell put together a gallery of all the patches featured in the new NCAA 12 game that was just released. … Craig Snyder notes a new skirmish has erupted in the ”˜war’ between the NRL (National Rugby League) and the AFL (Australian Football League) with the announcement of a proposed new NRL team for Brisbane to be called the Brisbane Bombers. In AFL one of the established teams is the Essendon Bombers. “As you will see from the news report,” says Craig, “there are a number of teams with the same nickname in both codes but the two codes are increasingly competing as they seek to build their national profile and expand into each other’s traditional territory. There will be no clash of colours or jumpers.”
“If Atlanta uses ATL on their third jersey shouldn’t they be either legally or morally obligated to change it to ALT?” — “Too Tall” Paul Deaver