By Phil Hecken
What if your opponents canceled a “Latin Heritage” night and no one told you? Well, you might feel a little like Kyle McClellan, starting pitcher for the … er Los Cardenales … last evening at
Shea the ballpark in Flushing.
Except that the Mets didn’t cancel a “Latin Heritage” night against the Cards last evening, but still, there was McClellan, sporting his “Cardenales” jersey.
How did this happen?
This is a most interesting situation, although far from unique. In the past several years, we’ve seen the Mets, who used to have two black alternate jerseys have players who accidentally wear the home jersey on the road. The Brewers, who also have two navy alternate jerseys, also had a home jersey worn on the road. The player who wore that? Chris Capuano, who currently pitches for…the Mets.
I’m sensing a bit of a pattern here.
While it’s understandable (but not excusable) to have home jerseys packed for a road trip,
ESPECIALLY IF YOUR TEAM IS STUPID ENOUGH TO HAVE TWO SOFTBALL JERSEYS, how did McClellan end up with a spanish jersey in his bag? None of the other players on the Cardinals had the wrong jersey.
Now, Los Cardenales did wear their “Latin Heritage” jerseys before, earlier this year (June 11 in fact), in a game against the Cerveceros in Milwaukee. I wrote a bit about that (scroll way down) earlier this year. But that’s a long time ago (relatively speaking) and the Cards have played on the road since that game, without incident.
My first question of course is how in the hell did that jersey get packed for a road trip? One would think the equipment guy would have been able to spot the differences in the jerseys, but maybe not. Both have “Car” on the right placket, so perhaps the jersey was folded over? Or perhaps the jersey was hanging on a hanger with only the “Car” visible? This is certainly a less egregious mistake than wearing “NEW YORK” when a script “Mets” is clearly a different look, or “Brewers” when “Milwaukee” is in your rotation (although at least the Brewers home and road alternates are both in a script font).
While I had this game on, I must admit I wasn’t watching that closely, but by the third inning McClellan had a proper jersey, and it definitely had “McCLELLAN” on the back, so there were obviously two separate jerseys packed for him for this trip. That got me to thinking — who do the Cardinals play on this road trip? Well, they started out of the break in Cincinnati, traveled to New York, where they conclude this afternoon, and then they travel to Pittsburgh. And what do we find on the Pirates calendar? Yup. July 23, Heritage Day. But wait, it’s African-American Heritage Day, not Latino Heritage Day — could the Cardinals possibly be planning to wear the “Cardenales” jerseys then? One wouldn’t think so. But why then would a “Cardenales” jersey be packed for this road trip? Hopefully, we’ll be able to get an answer soon enough.
[Thanks to Ryan Pastrovich and Paul Lukas for the screen grabs.]
The All Rup & Sock Team
A little over a week ago, I based a column around a suggestion from Sivan Silver-Swartz, who was interested in knowing if anyone had (or wanted to) come up with an “all-stirrup” wearing list for MLBers. A few people listed some sock and stirrup-wearing players in the comments, but I kind of thought the suggestion would not come to fruition. Silly me for ever doubting the resourcefulness of UW readers. I was first contacted by Jon Fricker, who wrote me back with this:
I just saw your letter from Reader Sivan Silver-Swartz about stirrup sox.
By coincidence, a few days ago, I started assembling my All-Stirrup Team.
Players who show their stirrups, or a reasonable facsimile.
Here is my “roster” so far.
2B Cubs Jeff Baker #28 (sometimes)
2B TEX Ian Kinsler #5
SS Seattle Brendan Ryan #26
3B Det Brandon Inge #15
3B NYY Alex Rodriguez #13
LF ChiW Juan Pierre #1
LF NYY Brett Gardner #11
LF Rays Sam Fuld (sometimes) #5
CF Mke Nyger Morgan #2
CF FLA Chris Coghlan #8
CF NYY Curtis Granderson #14
RF Seattle Ichiro Suzuki #51
RF Hou Hunter Pence #9
CF Toronto Rajai Davis #11
CF Cubs Tony Campana #41
CF SFG Cody Ross #13
RF Cubs Reed Johnson #5
DH Twins Jim Thome #25
LHSP Oakland Josh Outman #88
LHSP Phil Jamie Moyer #50
LHSP SFG Barry Zito #75
RHSP SFG Matt Cain #18 (sometimes)
RHSP Colo Ubaldo Jimenez #38
RHSP Cleve Justin Masterson #63
RHSP Wash Stephen Strasburg #37
RHSP Mets R.A. Dickey #43
RHSP Toronto Casey Janssen #44
LHRP Mets D.J. Carrasco #77
LHRP StL Trever Miller? #43
RHRP Det Jose Valverde #46
RHRP Tor Octavio Dotel #29
Shortly thereafter, Rob Holecko (who came to Tim Brulia & Bill Schaefer’s rescue to start up the awesome Gridiron Uniform Database), contacted me with this:
Well, I’ve done it again. A week ago you had a reader e-mail where you were asked about having a comprehensive list of current major leaguers who regularly/semi-regularly wear stirrups somewhere on Uni Watch, possibly as a summer research project. Well, here it is, from the makers of The Throwback Report, it’s…(drum roll please)….The High Cuffed Report. So far I have listed 26 players who have gone high-cuffed recently in normal non-throwback MLB games, when others on their team have gone “pajama-pantsed.” Uni Watch readers, feel free to submit others (preferably with links to pictures), and I’ll add them accordingly.
Awesome, both of you guys. I particularly like how you can go on Rob’s board and search for guys who wear only stirrups (or who have worn stirrups along with socks at some point). Great stuff, and a fantastic start in getting a comprehensive list together.
Readers, if you can think of any other players who wear either socks, or preferably stirrups, please either E-mail me, post down in the comments, or contact Rob via his website.
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 National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are teaming up to launch “Heads Up to Parents,” a new educational initiative designed specifically to provide parents with the facts about how to protect, prevent and respond to youth and high school athlete concussions.” Full press release is here. (Rebecca Rausch) … The NHL is teaming up with Disney to co-brand merchandise based on the animated series “Phineas and Ferb” in an effort to attract younger fans. … Here’s a great photo of a pinstripe versus pinstripe game between the Pirates and Cubs in 1977 (Jerry Wolper). … The Blue Jays are set to retire Roberto Alomar’s number (Paul). … Don’t expect of flurry of record breaking times at this year’s World Swimming Championships as they won’t be allowing the so-called “techincal suits” in the pool (Paul, again). … TMZ can’t even get the NFL logo right (Mark Kaplowitz). … “England will wear a change strip against Wales on August 6 and against Argentina on September 10 in their Rugby World Cup group match. They will wear their white home shirt in their other RWC pool matches.” Full article here (Andy Buck). … The Richmond Flying Squirrels will be switching their name to the Richmond Rhinos for a one-time promotional event on July 22 (Dan Cichalski). … Colorado’s gold helmet will finally match their gold pants (Matthew Robins). … Ariel Shoshan noticed something that the rest of us all missed: The All-Star Game patch that the Diamondbacks have been wearing all season has the D-backs logo at the top, but the patch worn by the players in the ASG itself — including by the two Arizona players — had “MLB” instead of the team logo. … Nike press release yesterday: “Nike Equips Elite College Football Teams with Combination of Creativity and Advanced Technology – Select Schools To Show Off Newly Designed, Fully Integrated Nike Pro Combat System Of Dress Uniforms During Key Games On 2011 Football Season Schedule“. Again, it’s a good thing Paul is on vacation (Jacques Berry). … And here’s what Army’s take on the combat uniforms says. If there is ONE team who should wear combat uniforms, it’s Army. Unfortunately this is the image most people think of, not this one. … I wonder what the San Francisco Giants think about the critical baseball-related issue of medical marjiuana (Paul).
“To say that players are ‘selling out their integrity’ by wearing ribbons supporting battling various diseases is ludicrous.” — Jason Shane