Two weeks ago I had an ESPN column on MLB logo inconsistencies. One of those inconsistencies involved the Braves, whose helmet logo has always been fatter than their cap logo. When I was doing the reporting for that story, a Braves spokesperson acknowledged the discrepancy but said, “It’s been that way for as long as we can remember. It’s just the helmet logo that we use.”
Correction: It’s the helmet logo they used to use. As you can see above, the Braves have now updated their helmet logo to match the cap logo. The new helmet mark debuted during last night’s Braves/Bosox game at Fenway and was quickly spotted by quite a few fans. Personally, I think it’s a big improvement. Here’s a crisper view of it:
I assume the Braves will also be making the change to their home helmets, which still had the old logo for Tuesday night’s game in Atlanta. They don’t play at home again until next Tuesday, so we’ll have to wait until then to see for sure.
I’ve contacted the Braves to see if the change was directly related to my recent column (no response yet), but I think it’s safe to say that it was. Just to be clear, while I approve of the change, I didn’t lobby for it or suggest that they should do it — I just asked about the cap/helmet inconsistency. But I could tell that they were a bit concerned about it once I brought it up, so I’m not all that surprised by what’s happened. This isn’t the first time Uni Watch has led to an on-field uniform adjustment, but I still get a kick out of it when it happens.
Speaking of the Braves, infielder Tommy LaStella made his big league debut last night, and they gave him SCOB — that’s small cap on back:
— Phil Hecken (@PhilHecken) May 28, 2014
That conveniently plays into my new ESPN column, which is about the use of lowercase letters and small caps on NOBs. Check it out here.
(My thanks to all contributors, including Mike Nessen, Andrew Wagner, and of course Phil. And super-duper thanks to Jim Santel, who first pointed out the Braves’ logo inconsistency to me a few weeks ago.)
Anniversary reminders: Monday was the 15th anniversary of the very first Uni Watch column. If you missed the news on that, get the full scoop here.
Three quick reminders related to the anniversary:
• There’s going to be a 15th-anniversary party on Tuesday, June 10, 7:30pm, in the back room of Sheep Station in Brooklyn. Phil and I will both be there, and we hope you will be too.
• See that anniversary logo at right? If there’s enough demand, I’ll make it available as an embroidered patch. So if that interests you, please let me know.
• The anniversary logo is also available now on a T-shirt.
Tick-Tock: Today’s Ticker was compiled and written by Garrett McGrath.
Baseball News: “Oyo Sportstoys (those licensed Lego-compatible mini figures) just released a new generation of Baseball Hall of Fame figures, says Alan Filipczak. “The most uni-notable figure is probably Nolan Ryan’s Astros ‘rainbow’ uniform.” You can buy them here. … MLB and the Twins unveiled this year’s All-Star game statues and figurines, which feature Peanuts characters in various Twins unis. Additional information here (thanks, Paul). … The Buffalo Bisons, the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, will be wearing uniforms based Toronto’s classic 1980s look on June 21 and 22. … Here are some Lehigh Valley IronPigs prototype logo designs that never made it to the field. … The Yakima Valley Pippins, a new team in the West Coast League, showed off their new unis for the first time (from David Goltry).
Football News: President Obama will be hosting a “Concussion Summit” today at the White House. … Looks like Giants rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr. will be going with JrOB (from Chris Flinn). … The new Big 12 patch was posted on a West Virginia University uniform yesterday. … The Bellin Health ads on the Packers’ practice jerseys appear to be bigger than last year (from Nathan Gruber). … Looks like the Jaguars are going with new 3-D nose bumper wordmarks this year (from Alex Lawler).
Hockey News: Even though they are still the Phoenix Coyotes for another month, the team unveiled the Arizona Coyotes patch they will be wearing next season. … On Monday night, Rene Bourque’s hat trick was celebrated by hats falling down on the Bell Centre ice. It also turns out that Habs fans gave Bourque’s parents’ lawn a hat trick treatment in the town of Lac La Biche, Alberta. … Philadelphia-area men’s league hockey team the Rippers have Full House-inspired sweaters. Have Mercy! (From Mikey Brethauer.)
Soccer News: For the USA’s friendly against Azerbaijan last night, a Nike soccer ball was used instead of the heavily promoted Adidas model. I wonder if the USA will be using it for all =their pre-World Cup friendlies (from Derek Linn). … Versace has designed — to put it bluntly — a fucking crazy-looking shirt to commemorate the 2014 World Cup. A steal at $690 (from Tommy Turner).
NBA News: “Grantland did an accompanying piece to the 30 for 30 Short Posterized, which is about hoop posters,” says Luke McCarnan. “It includes some great stuff on uniforms specifically a SLAM cover photo of Allen Iverson.”
Grab Bag: Camo we can all support: A mother whose son was killed in action in Afghanistan has started a project making teddy bears out of fallen service members’ combat uniforms for military children, nieces, and nephews (from Brian Wulff). … John Schmitt saw yesterday’s post about tennis player David Ferrer’s black cover-up patch at the French Open and did a little research. He found that it was in the place of a patch from watchmaking company Bovet Fleurier SA. “A cancelled deal seems unlikely, as he is wearing the same logo on both sleeves. I was able to find out that the patches are supplied to Ferrer and he is responsible to sew them onto his shirt (in most photos they do look rather shoddy and poorly attached). My guess is that it is likely just a wardrobe malfunction of some nature.”