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Angels Honor 2002 Team

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (ridiculous) honored their 2002 World Series team before last night’s game. More than 25 former players and coaches were lined up on the infield and inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame.

All of them donned their ’02 jerseys during an on-field ceremony that saw Salmon and Eckstein provide speeches and former general manager Bill Stoneman throw out the first pitch to Scioscia. One by one, they each came out of the dugout to be introduced.

Except Scott Spiezio, who jogged out of the the right-field corner, where he dumped his memorable Game 6 homer.

“It’s something no one can ever take away from us,” Spiezio said. “It’s so cool that we’re all here to be able to share it with the fans.”

Meanwhile, in Oakland, the A’s honored their 2002 team as well.

On an evening dedicated to the 2002 A’s team and its American League-record 20-game winning streak, the current version of the club couldn’t very well come up short.

There was no dramatic walk-off homer, a la Scott Hatteberg, or even the garden-variety 2012 pie-in-the-kisser sort. Just a plain old, pie-free victory, 8-5 over Cleveland, driven by Bartolo Colon’s staunch pitching and Yoenis Céspedes’ power.

Before the game, the A’s honored players and coaches from the 2002 team. In a particularly poignant moment, Cory Lidle’s widow, Melanie, and son, Christopher, were recognized on the field, and a check was presented to the Cory Lidle Foundation.

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In a bit of a surprise, the Seahawks wore a not-so-terrible-looking white over navy combo. I wonder if we’ll be seeing less of the monochrome look from them this season or if this was just a tease.

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This month “Benchies” also appears Monday through Friday at Uni-Watch.

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Hey, c’mon, it’s not like he’s grave-robbing with Dr. Franckensteen…

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82 comments to Angels Honor 2002 Team

  • Arr Scott | August 19, 2012 at 10:02 am |

    Great day for color at UW. First the Seahawks showing us that it is possible to take their various uniform elements and put them together to look like an actual professional football team. Who knew?

    Second, Benchies offers up one of the best uses of color I’ve ever seen in a newspaper-style comic. Sneaks up on you, winds up being a Wattersonian effect. Kudos Ricko!

    • concealed78 | August 19, 2012 at 5:40 pm |

      Seahawks in a professional uniform? Where? Where??

      All I see is an Arena Football League team or a NCAA Division III team who can’t afford good looking uniforms.

      • JenInChicago | August 20, 2012 at 11:01 am |

        I have to agree – that uniform is horrendous.

  • The Jeff | August 19, 2012 at 10:03 am |

    So, we’ve reached the point of honoring the anniversary of a winning streak? Really? Give me a freakin break.


    I really hope the white over navy becomes the Seahawks default road uni – it’s far better than the mono-white. In a better world, they’d be wearing gray over navy, but the NFL has to have it’s silly mandatory white jersey rules.

    • Mick | August 19, 2012 at 10:19 am |

      If the Seahawks swapped the neon snot with a respectable silver or gray, these unis would actually have something going for them. Who are they marketing to? Laser tag enthusiasts???

      • Ricko | August 19, 2012 at 10:23 am |

        All in point of view, I suppose.
        I think that seriously looks like a high school uniform.

        • NickV | August 19, 2012 at 1:53 pm |

          Certainly not worthy of the NFL. High School – maybe, I say it looks more like East Panhandle State Consolidated Jackass Junior College …. Can we please leave the monochrome uniforms and dark football pants to high schools that did not have washing machines in the 1950s, to a less-than-watchable history, and to that sad-assed football team from “The Last Picture Show” ….

      • The Jeff | August 19, 2012 at 10:33 am |

        Don’t dis the neon, man. The league is full of dreary, dark colors. If anything, they should incorporate more of the neon green, not less. One team using a brighter color is not a bad thing. We already have the Patriots and (sometimes) Cowboys wearing navy & silver, the neon green is what sets them apart.

        …and most high school teams don’t have anywhere near that level of customization, Ricko. I’ll grant that it has an Arena Football League look, but let’s not go calling it high school. C’mon man.

        • Ricko | August 19, 2012 at 10:38 am |

          I mean the dark pants with the white jersey. Not the details.

        • The Jeff | August 19, 2012 at 10:55 am |

          Maybe it’s a generational thing, but I just don’t get that association. My high school (late 90s) wore yellow pants both home and away, and the dark pants/white jersey thing has been part of the NFL for a long time.

          I can kinda see it if it’s a basic stripeless uniform, but as soon as you add pants stripes (traditional or otherwise) or shoulder yokes or anything else… it doesn’t really hold up.

        • Ricko | August 19, 2012 at 11:00 am |

          Not counting yellow as “dark.”

          Have said many times that in my day, high schools often went with navy or green pants (or some such) simply because it was time-consuming and costly to keep light-colored pants clean. Grass stains, etc., are a bitch.

          And those perceptions can get pretty ingrained.

          Plus, the leotard look always will be lost on me.

        • Ricko | August 19, 2012 at 11:23 am |

          Hollywood knows it’s stereotypical high school, too (or at least it used to be)…

        • The Jeff | August 19, 2012 at 11:30 am |

          Hollywood knows it’s stereotypical high school, too(or at least it used to be)

          (insert Gotham Rogues black pants/yellow jersey picture here)

          I think “used to be” is the key word. Nowadays, the pros do it just as much as college or high school.

        • Ricko | August 19, 2012 at 11:32 am |

          I didn’t say they don’t do it.
          I’m relatively conscious most days.

          Just said I have a longstanding reflex reaction.

          And, yes, I get it. ANY GIVEN SUNDAY redefined uniforms forever.

        • Phil Hecken | August 19, 2012 at 6:52 pm |

          “Don’t dis the neon, man.”


          for once, i’ll agree with THE

          it’s not the neon that sucks about the uni, it’s pretty much everything else

          this, in and of itself, didn’t suck — it was the fascination of wearing all blue pants/socks that did … put that jersey with white (or gray) trou, and it’s not so bad…

          dump the epaulettes and it’s really not bad at all

          (obviously, that’s last year’s uni — the point is — the neon isn’t the problem, the bumperstickers are)

          and don’t be dissin the gray, peeps…before they went all “nike university of seattle” — they could have had a decent looking uni if they just went gray on top & bottom

        • quiet seattle | August 19, 2012 at 7:02 pm |

          That’s it, Phil. Grey helemt, blue jersey, grey pants. That looks good.

          Like the Seahawks.

          Why is that so hard for them to conceive?

        • concealed78 | August 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm |

          Silver helmet / navy jersey / silver pants looks a little too Cowboyish.

          I don’t get the navy helmet, tho.

      • concealed78 | August 19, 2012 at 12:42 pm |

        I don’t think kelly green and/or royal could save that uni. A bad design is a bad design.

        • quiet seattle | August 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm |

          It’s as simple as that. I saw that last night and was shocked at how misconceived, sloppy and random the thing looked.

          People worked full-time for a long period on coming up with a new Seahawks uniform and THAT design is their best effort?

        • Glen | August 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm |

          Really? I look at the new uniform as a graphic designer and love how all the design elements work together and works with the logo for the first time. Maybe it is because I have to work with Salish design elements with work, but I like this 100% more than any of their previous generic jersey designs.

        • Ricko | August 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm |

          There’s a real “We’ll call it good because we did it” mindset with these uni designers these days, it seems.

          I keep thinking of The Emperor’s New Clothes.

          Teams don’t appear have the gonads to say, “You’re kidding, right? That sucks.”

          Then again, teams think the Marlins in black vs. the Rockies in purple looks pretty damn nifty.

        • concealed78 | August 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm |

          Really? I look at the new uniform as a graphic designer and love how all the design elements work together

          What elements? It looks like a bunch of random shit thrown together. A Seahawks name tag on the left shoulder? Seriously? WTF?

        • Stephen | August 20, 2012 at 2:14 am |

          If you lose the crap on the shoulders and replace it with something a little less Nike it’s really a great uniform. I like the numbers and the stripe on the pants, the shoulder stuff with the Seahawks on one side is killing it.

    • Arr Scott | August 19, 2012 at 10:50 am |

      Honoring the anniversary of a league record-setting winning streak is no different from honoring the anniversary of DiMaggio’s hitting streak, or Cal’s playing streak. A league record is a league record. Now, once the record is broken, you don’t throw “we’re number two” parties, but until then, nothing wrong with celebrating an actual record like this.

      Especially when it’s pretty much the high-water mark for your team in living memory.

      • The Jeff | August 19, 2012 at 11:03 am |

        So in a few years, we should expect to see the New England Patriots celebrating the 10th anniversary of the only “perfect 16-0 regular season (but we lost the Superbowl)” and you’d be OK with that?

        • Shane | August 19, 2012 at 11:38 am |

          They really want nothing to do with that season, The. There’s a banner up for it at Gilette, but it’s hidden in a corner of the stadium that no one ever really sees.

      • JTH | August 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm |

        Wow. The Cubs totally dropped the ball two years ago when they could have celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Major League record 21-game winning streak.

        • concealed78 | August 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm |

          I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the Cubs actually got it right.

        • TA | August 19, 2012 at 6:13 pm |

          They were smart not to, since the actual record is 26 games by the 1916 New York Giants.

        • JTH | August 19, 2012 at 11:29 pm |

          yeah, that’s not entirely accurate. The Giants have the longest undefeated streak whereas the Cubs have the longest winning streak.

        • JTH | August 19, 2012 at 11:30 pm |

          And do you fuckers seriously believe I think the Cubs should have done something to mark the anniversary?

      • concealed78 | August 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm |

        I could swallow this a little more if they referenced that the 2002 A’s won 103 games & the A.L. West title (is it mentioned anywhere?)

        Celebrate a playoff team yes, but a select group of games in a season? Not so much. Also I think it’s a bit too soon to celebrate a season that happened only 10 years ago. I guess waiting 25 or 50 years is too much for today’s A.D.D. society.

        • Coleman | August 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm |

          Man, I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but I agree with you…

          I think I’m going to go take a shower now. I feel… Icky. Heh heh.

        • concealed78 | August 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm |

          Even the blind squirrel finds the acorn once in a while :P

    • lemonverbena | August 19, 2012 at 10:58 am |

      Seahawks-Broncos photo gallery:

      I continue to live in hope of navy-over-grey at home.

    • DJ | August 19, 2012 at 11:20 am |

      The Athletics also won the Western Division in 2002. Not a pennant or World Series, of course, but certainly more than just “honoring a winning streak.”

  • Jim | August 19, 2012 at 10:32 am |

    “All of them donned their ’02 jerseys,” you say, No, as seen in the photo at the top of this post, both Joe Maddon and Jose Molina remained in their Rays garb throughout the ceremony.

  • George Chilvers | August 19, 2012 at 11:53 am |

    As a Wigan Athletic supporter I’d like to have a winning streak – any winning streak – to celebrate the anniversary of ;)

    • The Jeff | August 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm |

      What’s a “Wigan Athletic”? Is that one of the Oakland A’s Single A farm teams?


    • superfly | August 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm |


      What is a “Latic?” Google only turns up references to Wigan.


      • Ricko | August 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm |

        In the vernacular is a shortening of “Athletic”, apparently.

        That’s what he said a couple days back, anyway.

        • Coleman | August 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm |

          Yeah, that’s what I remember too. Wigan Athletic, Latic is short for Athletic, fans are self described as “Latic Fanatics”.

        • Phil Hecken | August 19, 2012 at 5:10 pm |

          shouldn’t it be “letic” then?

        • superfly | August 19, 2012 at 7:13 pm |

          OK then, so the “letic” to Latic transformation comes from the Lancashire / Mancunian accent?

        • superfly | August 19, 2012 at 7:14 pm |

          and thanks for the response.

        • Coleman | August 19, 2012 at 8:30 pm |

          For any further info I think Mr. Chilvers will have to be the one to enlighten you. The Queen’s English is certainly not my forte’. Hell, the English we speak here in the states isn’t either for that matter!

        • Jim Vilk | August 19, 2012 at 11:42 pm |

          This is the same accent that turned “Association Football” into “Soccer.” Just have another cup of tea and roll with it.

  • Steve Mond | August 19, 2012 at 12:18 pm |

    “Just a plain old, pie-free victory, 8-5 over Cleveland, driven by Bartolo Colon’s staunch pitching and Yoenis Céspedes’ power.”

    Interesting, since Bartolo Colon’s uniform features quite a bit of paunch stitching.

  • Gill | August 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm |

    EPL Notes: In different games this weekend, two players were sent to the benches during play to change color of the tape on their socks to match the socks.

    Yellow “excessive celebration” cards were given in the Man City game for 1. diving into crowd after big goal and another 2. for displaying a t-shirt under his uni after a goal.

    • [name redacted] | August 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm |

      Mentioned it yesterday.

      Happened to aguero today right at start of match, not long before he went out injured.

      I wonder if this will be like the blak rule in baseball years ago, where they called it incessantly to start the season and it petered out.

  • Ricko | August 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm |

    The “B” on the that hat big enough?

    • Ricko | August 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm |

      Should give credit to JTH for pointing that out.

    • Tim E. O'B | August 19, 2012 at 6:27 pm |

      The B stands for Big.

  • Graf Zeppelin | August 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm |

    Something about the Jets’ new Nike uniforms is bothering me.

    What I like about it is the fact that the shoulder loops are a bit farther down on the sleeve; they look more like they’re at an angle, not straight-up-and-down. So that’s good. (Unfortunately, this shrinks the TV number a bit because they have to have that huge Nike swoosh above it, but that’s nipciking for now.)

    What’s bothering me is the shade of green on the jersey fabric. Someone pointed out to me last week that it looked more like military olive drab than hunter green, which I postulated was due to fabric and lighting, not an actual difference in color. But watching last night’s game, with the Jets wearing white, it looked like he was right; the green on the shoulder insert to be a different shade than the fabric on the sleeve.

    Anyone else noticed this?

    • Coleman | August 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm |

      What the hell is “nipciking”? Is that anything like nitpicking?
      /total sarcasm ;)

  • DenverGregg | August 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm |

    Watched a chunk of Bronx/Seahawks at a local sports bar yesterday, with sides of Giants/Jets and Cowboys/Chargers. A few observations, apologies if they’ve been covered here on other days:

    1. Seattle white jersey has a color patch that seems only to emphasize the swoosh.
    2. Broncos’ collar blue on orange jerseys doesn’t match the armpit horn shade of blue. Didn’t seem to be an issue on the white jerseys last week.
    3. Seattle’s rookie QB, also drafted by the Colorado Rockies btw, might be the first player in a professional sport to bear the names of two uni-manufacturers.

    • Ricko | August 19, 2012 at 2:23 pm |

      1. Seattle white jersey has a color patch that seems only to emphasize the swoosh.

      And the navy one has a lime green patch that does the same, maybe een more so. It would be, based on the design, an ideal place for a team logo but noooooooo…

    • Ricko | August 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm |

      Was imagining “Majestic Spalding”.

      • DenverGregg | August 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm |

        Better than Nike UnderArmour

    • Booger | August 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm |

      Gregg, did the colors look strange to you (specifically Denver’s orange)?

      I don’t know if it was just me, but the colors just looked strange, almost muted. I was at the game, so I know it wasn’t my TV. Something about the navy helmets against the orange looked different.

      • denvergregg | August 19, 2012 at 8:02 pm |

        Orange looked extra bright but so did the grass. Nothing muted at all on channel 9.

  • Kyle Allebach | August 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm |

    The Seahawks probably wore white-over-navy because a lot of teams only give out one pair of pants for training camp, and that’s what they probably gave everybody. Same reason why the Eagles go all white in the preseason.

  • Bromotrifluoromethane | August 19, 2012 at 5:45 pm |

    I liked the Seahawks look last night. I’d still rather a gray helmet and would like to see the pants striping take over the arms striping instead of the shoulder/arm striping they have. But overall it didn’t look as bad as I thought it would. I’m hoping the regular season sees the blue jersey/gray pants at home and the white jersey/blue pants on the road. Burn the white pants and only use the gray jersey as a home alt with the blue pants kind of like the Patriots used to do. It’s not the best look ever but I hate it less seeing it on the field than I did seeing it in the stupid promo pics. And it’s still better than the Bengals.

  • Phil Hecken | August 19, 2012 at 9:20 pm |

    question for anyone who might know…

    does the nfl require the makers’ mark on the teams’ shoulders? that stupid backwards swoosh really bothers the fuck out of me, and totally ruins the continuity between any kind of TV numbers or sleeve treatments…

    is there a reason they couldn’t have put the swoosh on the chest, like they do in college?

    it’s actually less annoying there (and just as obtrusive)…

    does the NFL require makers’ marks on the sleeve?

  • Patrick_in_MI | August 19, 2012 at 9:38 pm |

    High school baseball 1939 courtesy Shorpy:

    • quiet seattle | August 19, 2012 at 11:27 pm |

      That is just….fantastic.

  • davis | August 20, 2012 at 12:02 am |

    I miss Paul…I wish Phil would stop the uber long posts, (even on the weekends)…the old way was so much better…

    • Bromotrifluoromethane | August 20, 2012 at 12:52 am |

      I don’t mind the uber long posts. I’d prefer them over the shorter ones actually. What I did like though was the abbreviated main page. I guess that lost the popularity contest in favor of the whole days post minus the comments showing on the main page. But then again I don’t read daily. I only catch up with a week of stuff on the weekends.

    • JenInChicago | August 20, 2012 at 11:11 am |

      I’m with Bromo….I miss the truncated posts. Too much scrolling to find yesterday’s or the day before’s post.