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Is This One of the MLB All-Star Game Caps? (Update: Yes, It Is)

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It’s been more than a month now since the bogus story about the supposed leak of the pillbox-style caps for the MLB All-Star Game, and I for one am a bit surprised that the real caps haven’t surfaced yet. Or have they?

The cap you see above is currently up for sale on eBay, and the seller is claiming that it’s an on-field cap for the All-Star Game. Of course, eBay sellers claim all sorts of things, not all of which are true, so I’ve tried to verify the cap’s legitimacy. Unfortunately, I didn’t learn about the cap’s existence until about 10:15 last night, which has kind of put a crimp in those verification efforts. Here’s what I can tell you:

• I sent a note to the eBay seller, asking him/her for details about the cap. No response yet. (Update, 7:40am: I just received the following response: “Contact New Era.” Not very satisfying.)

• I also sent a note to one of my go-to sources for this type of thing, asking if he’s seen this cap design before. No response yet.

• I also sent a note to two people in the MLB offices, asking if they can confirm or refute the cap’s legitimacy. No response yet.

Did I mention that this all unfolded late at night?

So let me make this as clear as possible: I don’t know if this cap design is legit. I do note, however, that the eBay seller has a rating of 19,440 — that’s really, really high — and a positive feedback rating of 99.8%, both of which suggest that he/she is a reputable seller. (And as an aside, the same seller also has a listing for what he/she claims to be a Home Run Derby cap, which is something I don’t really care about, although some of you probably do.)

Anyway: If the design is real — and I’d like to reiterate that I don’t know if it is — it’s a stinker. The idea last year, when the ASG was played in Minnesota, was that the caps were all based on a Twins throwback scheme, which didn’t look good but at least had some kind of thematic logic to it. But what’s the logic behind this design? The Reds, who are this year’s ASG hosts, have never worn a cap with a contrasting front panel, and the two horizontal stripes on the front panel hardly qualify as a pillbox motif. The fake designs that were fake-leaked were clearly a lot better.

So let’s hope this design — whose legitimacy, I’d like to stress, has not been determined one way or the other — isn’t real. And while we’re at it, let’s take a moment to remind MLB that players simply wore their regular team caps in the ASG for eight decades, and that worked just fine. A textbook case of something that wasn’t broke but they fixed it anyway.

Update: It turns out that this cap design is legit.

(Big thanks to Keith Roelfsema and Chris F, who were the first two to bring this cap to my attention.)

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Halftime switcheroo: People sometimes ask me half-jokingly if the Oregon football team will take things to the next level of absurdity by changing uniforms at halftime. That actually happened yesterday, but not in the realm of college football. The team making the halftime wardrobe change was the soccer team the Seattle Sounders, who were playing the Portland Timbers. As you can see above, Seattle played the first half wearing black jerseys but then switched to white jerseys for the second half, much to the befuddlement of fans and broadcasters alike.

“It turns out that the Sounders told US Soccer that they were wearing black as the home team, but then Portland showed up in dark kits as well,” explains reader James Thomas. “I don’t know if it was done because of their rivalry, but Seattle’s manager was a bit perturbed by the whole ordeal. His thoughts can be heard at the 2:36 mark of this video.”

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Dads DayFather’s Day reminder: In case you missed it last weekend, Phil has put out the call for pictures of your dads and/or granddads in uniform (any uniform, whether it be sports, military, delivery, etc.), which he’ll as a Father’s Day feature this Sunday. Further details here. Email your photos, along with short descriptions (50 to 100 words) to Phil.Hecken@gmail.com by this Thursday, midnight Eastern.

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Baseball News: Someone whipped up some Auburn baseball redesign concepts (from @CollegeAndMag). ”¦ Topps, the baseball card company, has a virtual card-collecting app called Bunt, which recently released a set of “Unique Unis” cards, most of which are throwbacks. Fun to see Topps acknowledging the uni-verse. … Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera has a new shoe with a silhouette of himself on the tongue (from Justin Barsotta). ”¦ This isn’t an ideal screen shot, but the Cubs have apparently added little stars to the back of their batting helmets, at least for some players. Not sure what they’re for, but it can’t be for past All-Star Game appearances, because rookie Kris Bryant has them too (from Alex Greenbaum). ”¦ Alan Tompas was watching Game 3 of the 1978 World Series and noticed something interesting: A pair of Yankees batboys who were cleaning up some debris from the field were wearing jerseys with ghosted numerals where the numbers had been removed. ”¦ Depressingly predictable routine: Approximately 40% of the time that Mets reliever Carlos Torres pitches, someone will write/tweet to tell me, “Hey, Torres isn’t wearing his padded headgear!,” and then I have to explain that the guy with the funny headgear is fellow Mets reliever Alex Torres. ”¦ With the Phillies getting blown out last night, OF Jeff Francoeur was called upon to pitch (not such a stretch, since he pitched semi-regularly in the minors last year), creating the fairly rare sight of a single-digitized pitcher. ”¦ An NBC affiliate in Chicago doesn’t know the difference between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Arizona Cardinals. ”¦ LSU changed its usual jersey schedule as a slump-buster move yesterday.

Pro and College Football News: Here’s a video showing how a 3-D nose bumper is applied to a helmet. ”¦ Here’s a not-very-illuminating discussion of the worst NFL helmets. ”¦ Texas A&M posted a photo of its cleats for the coming season (from Tim O’Donnell).

Hockey News: Check out this totally boss leather jacket given to members of the Blackhawks’ 1934 Stanley Cup-winning team (from my pal Michael McMahon). ”¦ Here’s the final version of Conrad Burry’s circular NHL postseason bracket. ”¦ Yesterday’s Ticker asked if stick knob decals were becoming more prominent. Austin Chen says they are, and he sent along Avs and Red Wings examples to make his point.

NBA News: The Cavs finally wore their white home uniforms last night. It was the first time they’d do so in the Finals but, contrary to what many people seem to think, was not the first time they’d gone white-clad this postseason. They wore the whites twice in the first round against Boston and once in the second round against Chicago. ”¦ Here’s something I’d completely forgotten about: At one point during the late 1980s, the Bullets’ NOBs were a mix of capital and lowercase letters (big thanks to @YellowHatDan for reminding me). ”¦ The new Clippers logos and uniforms that we’ve all seen already will be formally released this week. Check out that ad that happened to be in my browser window when I cued up that story yesterday. Coincidence? ”¦ Update: Looks like that Clippers unveiling will take place on Thursday. ”¦ The final version of Conrad Burry’s circular NHL postseason bracket can be found up in the hockey section. Here’s the NBA version. ”¦ A cop behind the Warriors’ bench last night had a “Let’s Go Cavs” sticker on the back of his head.

Soccer News: New home jerseys for Arsenal (thanks, Phil). ”¦ A male soccer official in Brazil says women’s soccer is gaining popularity because the players are “putting on make-up” and are “elegant” (thanks, Phil). … Here’s a look at how important jersey sales are to a soccer team (thanks, Phil). ”¦ New uniforms for the NASL’s Armada FC (thanks, Phil).

Grab Bag: Luxe clothing brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Prada are having trouble in the marketplace because consumers are experience “logo fatigue” (from Tommy Turner). ”¦ A uniform factory in Eau Claire, Wis., was struck by a fire yesteday. ”¦ Commanders at Fort Carson — a U.S. Army outpost in Colorado — have banned most pins and patches from soldiers’ uniforms. ”¦ Here’s the full set of U.S. Open apparel for Nike-contracted golfers (thanks, Phil). ”¦ Here’s a look at how Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour are doing with their athlete sponsorships (thanks, Phil). ”¦ I’ve seen bodega cats, deli cats, liquor store cats, bakery cats, the occasional restaurant cat, and more, but until last night I’d never seen Home Depot cats. Li’l cuties. ”¦ Pro-government protesters in Hong Kong yesterday were wearing numbered shirts, much like soccer jerseys (from John Dankosky). ”¦ Key quote from this article about sumo wrestling: “[I]n baseball and soccer, there are jerseys and hats that kids can wear, but they’re hardly going to wander around in a loincloth to show their love of sumo.” ”¦ Key quote from this article about Justin Bieber’s day at the beach in Hawaii: “And to show his dedication to his endorsement deal, his red shorts were pulled down far enough for the CK logo on his underwear to be clearly visible.”

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What Paul did last night yesterday morning: If you bike in Prospect Park as often as I do (pretty much every day), you’re bound to get caught now and again in one of the periodic dragnets when the cops suddenly decide to enforce the traffic laws that are normally ignored — e.g., no going through a red light on your bike, even if there are no other cyclists or pedestrians in the area. I’ve been cited three times in the past five-ish years, most recently back in March (Phil, that’s why I was almost late for our final curling session — had to stop while the cop wrote me up), and my court date was yesterday, so off I went — by bike, of course — to the Red Hook Community Justice Center, which is where they adjudicate all the petty summons offenses from this part of Brooklyn (drinking from an open container, public urination, being in a park after curfew/closing, etc.).

I’d been through this a few times, so I knew the drill: You show up at 9am, you wait for your case to be called, and then you stand before the judge, who says, “Do you know now that [your offense, whatever it might be] is illegal?” You respond, “Yes, your honor,” he says, “Case dismissed,” and you go on your way. It can sometimes take several hours, but my case happened to be the third one called yesterday, so I was in and out in less than an hour. Easy. (My understanding is that they’re much less lenient for cycling violations on city streets, but I’ve never been ticketed on the street — only in the park.)

It’s a weird little dance, and I sometimes wonder why they bother, since the judge always tosses the summons. Since I continue to bike in the park every day and can’t predict when the cops will suddenly decide to enforce the traffic rules again, I’ll no doubt get cited again in another year or two, but whatever — as hassles go, this is a relatively mild one, and it’s actually interesting to see how the court system works. I’ve come to view it as just another part of my cycling routine, sort of like periodically having to get new brakes.

68 comments to Is This One of the MLB All-Star Game Caps? (Update: Yes, It Is)

  • Name redacted | June 17, 2015 at 7:28 am |

    Clint Dempsey was so mad about the kit situation, he tore up the referee’s notebook.

    • terriblehuman | June 17, 2015 at 9:35 am |

      Absolutely bonkers. The kit switcheroo was probably the least remarkable thing about the game.

      US Open Cup needs a big sponsor and a national TV deal.

  • Dumb Guy | June 17, 2015 at 8:12 am |

    Thank God!

    I can now sleep at night knowing how 3-D nose bumpers are added to helmets. I was so stumped. I would have never thought of using… a screwdriver!

  • Dumb Guy | June 17, 2015 at 8:14 am |

    “At one point during the late 1980s, the Bullets’ NOBs were a mix of capital and lowercase letters …”

    I wAs exPectIng somEthiNg liKe thiS.

    bummer

    • Big CK | June 17, 2015 at 9:49 am |

      I had the exact same expectation.

    • Jim Vilk | June 17, 2015 at 3:24 pm |

      Yeah, I had to look at the photo twice myself. “What do you mean…oh, yeah…”

      I liked those uniforms a lot bettter than what they wear now. Much easier to read the numbers, even though they’re color-on-color.

  • Thresh8 | June 17, 2015 at 8:19 am |

    Topps made, and I can print on cardboard, a Ryan Zimmerman card with the “Natinals” misspelling?

    Looks like I need a new life’s ambition.

    PS The chart geek in me loves the circular NHL playoffs depiction.

    • Rob S | June 17, 2015 at 4:06 pm |

      Re: the chart, it took me a moment to realize that the numbers were in the styles of the respective teams’ uniform numbers. I can definitely appreciate that, as I’ve done similar tallies myself in the past.

  • Dumb Guy | June 17, 2015 at 8:20 am |

    Don’t forget about the Disneyland cats.

    http://weeklyview.net/2014/02/06/the-feral-cats-of-disneyland/

  • Randy | June 17, 2015 at 8:28 am |

    Rays infielder Nick Franklin pitched in his game last night as well. He wears #2.

  • ashinyobject | June 17, 2015 at 8:35 am |

    Portland doesn’t even have a “light” colored kit. They have dark green for home, black for away, and another dark green kit for their alternate. They pretty much HAD to wear the dark green.

    • Skye McLeod | June 17, 2015 at 8:38 am |

      I was thinking the same thing. That’s probably something that MLS and Adidas should think about right.

    • terriblehuman | June 17, 2015 at 9:40 am |

      They had a white retro alt at one point, but yeah, their forest green shirt is the lightest thing they have now.

      I’m thinking black vs forest wouldn’t have been a problem if it was a usual weekend afternoon game, but more of an issue for a midweek nighter.

    • Greg Brown | June 17, 2015 at 11:37 am |

      No matter what color the Timbers wear, thanks to the Alaska Airlines ad they look like a bunch of baggage handlers at PDX.

  • Jason M (DC) | June 17, 2015 at 8:35 am |

    Too bad about the fake All-Star Game caps. I would’ve considered buying one. I’m on wait-and-see with this rumored cap.

  • Mike Nessen | June 17, 2015 at 8:40 am |

    Thanks for including my tweet in the ticker this morning, Paul! Hopefully it’ll be the first and last time that one of my contributions will share ticker space with the Biebs. ;)

  • rick | June 17, 2015 at 8:45 am |

    “Topss, the baseball card company,” in the article about Bunt from Topps

  • Greg | June 17, 2015 at 9:00 am |

    Okay, the Topps Unique Uni set has some great stuff in it. I especially like the Ryan Zimmerman “Natinals” jersey picture with the caption “O Say Can You Spell.”

    • Ferdinand Cesarano | June 17, 2015 at 1:15 pm |

      Topps should apply the “O Say Can You Spell” principle to themselves. The Carlos Gomez card spells “Italian” as “Italan”.

  • arrScott | June 17, 2015 at 9:23 am |

    I knew I should have been suspicious of the earlier fake “leak” when only one thing was fundamentally wrong with the cap design. The Jays cap has all kinds of things wrong with it, and it has the ASG logo with the Dior silhouette at the bottom centered on the back, which is the whole point of that particular ASG logo. So I assume from its poor design and logo placement that it is the real deal.

  • BurghFan | June 17, 2015 at 9:26 am |

    Bad day for French names: “Jeff Francouer” should be “Francoeur”, and there’s a U missing in “Louis Vitton”.

    • Paul Lukas | June 17, 2015 at 9:30 am |

      Thanks. Both fixed.

  • Mike V. | June 17, 2015 at 9:31 am |

    A couple things make me think that cap is a fake:

    1. No sticker(s) on brim

    2. No New Era logo on outside of cap.

    • Paul Lukas | June 17, 2015 at 9:35 am |

      Why would a game cap have New Era logo creep?

      • Mike V. | June 17, 2015 at 9:38 am |

        Oh, you’re right. I forgot game caps don’t have the logo. It sucks I expect to see a makers mark on any merchandise anymore. However, I still would like to see stickers if it is a legit cap off the line.

        • Mike V. | June 17, 2015 at 9:39 am |

          I would also like to note that though I am a hat guy, I usually go more the 47 brand route than the game cap/new era merch

  • Graham | June 17, 2015 at 9:46 am |

    Cool old transit tickets from DC. Sorry I couldn’t pull the photos out of the article.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dr-gridlock/wp/2015/06/17/smartrip-cards-will-never-match-these-trolley-tickets/

    • terriblehuman | June 17, 2015 at 9:51 am |

      I’ve been meaning to take my young ‘un to that museum for a while. Thanks!

  • mao | June 17, 2015 at 9:55 am |

    The problem for the Timbers is their three kits are the green pictured, a darker green third kit and a mostly back away shirt. There’s no good option if Seattle isn’t wearing it’s usual lighter green, or in this case, alternate white.

    • Rob S | June 17, 2015 at 4:10 pm |

      You’d think they’d have yellow or white as a light clash shirt. But nooooooooooo, they have to be difficult!

      ;)

  • Dumb Guy | June 17, 2015 at 10:02 am |

    Paul, if you weren’t such a scofflaw you’d have never been written up and had to go to court.

    Obey the law. Obey the law. Obey the law.

    • Paul Lukas | June 17, 2015 at 10:07 am |

      I assume you’re not familiar with the cycling culture in Prospect Park, so let me explain: Nobody — NOBODY — follows the traffic regs on the bike loop.

      And the regs are never enforced. Except for the one or two times a year when they do a sweep.

      Like I said, I’m OK with it — the cost of doing business, so to speak.

      • Uni Troll | June 17, 2015 at 11:59 am |

        Just out of curiosity, what *are* the traffic laws that bicycle riders typically disregard in that area?

      • eltee of DC | June 17, 2015 at 12:06 pm |

        Pee-El,

        I’m shocked, shocked… there is flouting going on!

        If you’re disregarding a law, a rule, or a social convention, you’re flouting it.

        If you do that it in Nueva York, that makes you normal.

        My only comment to this lawbreakerin’… “do it with flair, and don’t wear purple doing it.”

        • Paul Lukas | June 17, 2015 at 12:40 pm |

          If you’re disregarding a law, a rule, or a social convention, you’re flouting it.

          I agree that that’s one way of looking at it. (And indeed, I never said I wasn’t flouting it.)

          But here’s another way of looking at it: If a law or rule isn’t being enforced 99% of the time, despite the presence of uniformed law enforcement personnel, then it isn’t actually much of a law or rule at all. Most of us, for example, disregard flout the laws against jaywalking — in part because we, as a society, have collectively decided (more implicitly than explicitly) that jaywalking laws are largely unnecessary, the practical effect of which is that jaywalking laws essentially don’t exist. The same is true of the bike rules in Prospect Park — except for the one or two days a year when they decide to enforce them.

          One more time: Although the enforcement is highly arbitrary and unpredictable, I’m OK with it. Comes with the territory.

      • Ferdinand Cesarano | June 17, 2015 at 2:02 pm |

        Nobody? Careful with those absolutes. I stop at red lights whether I am in Prospect Park or out on the streets. And I am a daily bike commuter and a frequent pleasure rider who did more than 6400 miles last year, and more than 5800 miles the year before.

        It’s true that very few bicyclists do as I do. And it is true that there is usually no practical harm that is caused by bicyclists’ violation of that particular law. However, there still exist good reasons for bicyclists to obey the law.

        The first reason is down to the social contract. I admit that I formerly ignored red lights. I reasoned that the social contract took no account of bicyclists; I therefore felt no duty to obey the law. All this changed when Bloomberg came in and demonstrated his understanding of the needs of bicyclists. He appointed a commissioner of the DOT, Janette Sadik-Khan, who was nothing short of heroic and visionary. She was the only person to hold that job who ever saw her mandate as something other than serving drivers only.

        Thanks to Bloomberg and Sadik-Khan, our quality of life has soared to a level that I would never have imagined as a kid 30 or 40 years ago, or even 15 years ago. We in New York now have a network of bike lanes that is the envy of every other big city in the country. When the lanes began to appear and our streets began to become more civilised, this changed my behaviour. It became clear that the social contract does in fact apply to us as bicyclists. So, if we are going to use bike infrastructure, and if we are going to demand more of it, then we have the obligation to use it correctly and to follow the law in general.

        The second reason for bicyclists to follow the law is practical. We have to acknowledge that bike infrastructure does not have to be here. It is ephemeral; it can be taken away even faster than it was installed. So we bicyclists need to protect it.

        We need to realise that, every time one of us bicyclist goes through a red light, goes the wrong way down a one-way street, or in any way acts as though we believe that the law doesn’t apply to us, we cause a feeling of outrage in observers, and we create ill will towards bicyclists. (Note that this is the case despite the lack real-world harm done by bicyclists operating illegally.) We thus harden the positions of bike-haters; and we create new enemies out of people who would otherwise be neutral towards bikes.

        The effect of this is that it becomes progressively harder to get new bike infrastructure and even to obtain the maintenance that keeps existing bike lanes from eroding, as the anti-bike forces make complaints to the police and to the elected officials, and as they show up at Community Board meetings to denounce bike lanes. So bicyclists who break the law are effectively mounting a public campaign for the removal of bike infrastructure.

        Many bicyclists will reflexively retort: “hey, drivers don’t obey the law, either!” That is true. But the difference is that driving is entrenched as a part of the mainstream, while bicycling is still a marginal activity. Because driving is normalized, the misdeeds of any one driver are seen only as an individual’s act, not as a reflection on all drivers. By contrast, every bicyclist’s lawbreaking is seen by the general public as an indictment of “the bicyclists”. The expansion of (or even the continued existence of) driving infrastructure is in no way dependent upon the law-abiding behaviour of drivers, whereas our infrastructure hinges entirely on how use it, and, therefore, on how we are seen by the general public. As compared to drivers, we bicyclists are still the “other”; and we have to be twice as good in order to get half as much.

        Finally, it is a frequent observation on the part of bicyclists that the laws were made for motor vehicles, and that many laws are nonsensical when it comes to bikes. This is 100% true. Bicycles should be allowed to treat a red light as a stop sign, and to proceed through it after a full stop without having to wait the entire light cycle. So the thing to do here is to work to change the law, not to unilaterally decide to break the law.

        We bicyclists have the ethical duty to follow the law (even the stupid laws) because, for the first time ever, our interests are being considered in decision-making. And we have the strategic duty to follow the law so as to avoid giving our enemies free ammunition.

  • Joseph Gerard | June 17, 2015 at 10:03 am |

    What’s funny is that the NBC station in Chicago that can’t tell the difference between the two Cardinals is a network owned-and-operated station. You’d think a network O&O (especially one with NFL broadcasting rights) would know better.

  • Adam | June 17, 2015 at 10:16 am |

    I thought that before/after soccer pic was showing that guy shaved his beared during halftime. Could you imagine?

  • Tony C. | June 17, 2015 at 10:46 am |

    which would you rather them do.. Special all star game jersey or hats?

    Personally i wouldn’t mind either or both

    • Paul Lukas | June 17, 2015 at 11:01 am |

      Neither, for two reasons: (1) I love seeing the unique crazy quilt of players wearing their own uniforms during the ASG, and (2) one-off special event designs almost always suck.

  • Matthew Moss | June 17, 2015 at 10:47 am |

    So, it’s probably more of a gut feeling, but I don’t think the cap for sale on eBay is legit. First, how did the person get the hat? Did they steal it from New Era? Is it a prototype? There are no stickers on the bill, and also I don’t see the New Era flag logo, or the MLB logo anywhere. The caps from last year had the ASG patch on the side, and the MLB logo on the back with the stars on either side. Also, and this is the gut talking, the material seems off. New Era has hats with a similar material, COOLERA or something along those lines, and the material in the pics from eBay seems too shiny, and the stitching seems wrong. Maybe it’s just the lighting. It looks like a foreign knockoff. Anyway, I could be wrong, but something about it seems off.

  • Joe | June 17, 2015 at 11:11 am |

    FYI – just checked eBay on those two auctions on the caps and they have been ended early by the seller because the items are no longer available. Hmmmm… something doesn’t smell right.

    • Paul Lukas | June 17, 2015 at 11:37 am |

      That could mean that the designs were bogus. But it could also mean that MLB leaned on eBay to have the listings taken down because those designs aren’t yet authorized to be sold.

  • JR Boucicaut | June 17, 2015 at 11:44 am |

    The NHL stick cap decals are made by Warrior and they include them on the sticks they ship to NHL teams. Their retail version has their logo on it.

  • Dustin | June 17, 2015 at 12:14 pm |

    I the ASG caps may have been somewhat covertly revealed (at least potentially mentioned in the SI article in the tweet):

    https://twitter.com/SI_Swimsuit/status/609385213777563649, which was retweeted by the NewEraCap Twitter account.

    I wouldn’t say it’s definitely the hat until there’s some sort of press release, unveiling regarding them, or at least a second source to confirm this year’s line.

    It looks like the caps should be available to order on 6/25.

  • Randall | June 17, 2015 at 12:15 pm |

    Paul,

    The star stickers on the Cubs batting helmets are/were handed out by bench coach Davey Martinez during spring training as recognition of effort during workouts and the like. I don’t know if he’s still doing it now during the regular season but the players were all fighting for them during the spring. At one point during the spring an opposing team demanded a hat or a helmet be removed because the stickers were catching the light distractingly.

    • Paul Lukas | June 17, 2015 at 12:18 pm |

      Oh, right — forgot about that. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Eric Romain | June 17, 2015 at 12:22 pm |

    I hope logo fatigue is a real issue that results in manufacturers emphasizing quality instead of brand name.

    I’m looking at you ’47 Brand. I haven’t bought one of your hats since you added your logo.

  • Scott | June 17, 2015 at 12:42 pm |

    Home Depot kittehs are always happy to help. However, they always end up directing you to the Oil Dri.

    Also – very pleased to see that the natinals are still being goofed on by Topps.

  • Clint W | June 17, 2015 at 12:47 pm |
  • Paul Lukas | June 17, 2015 at 12:51 pm |
    • Eric in Erie | June 17, 2015 at 1:04 pm |

      It always bothers me when ESPN lets Rovell creep into the uni beat when they have you. Rovell’s personality is what really sways my opinion but also the fact that his article misrepresents the fact that the special caps in the All Star Game are a recent trend and it hasn’t been that way since 1998 as he reported. His statement applies to the Home Run Derby not the game itself as he has written.

    • Special K | June 17, 2015 at 2:15 pm |

      Am I missing something? Rovell’s piece says “The style is meant to serve as a tribute to the hats worn by the Cincinnati Red Stockings at the turn of the 20th century.” But when I look at the Dressed to the Nines site, none of the caps shown for the Reds have wide horizontal stripes like that. The closest is the 1902-04 caps, which had a single red stripe around the bottom of the cap (as well as thinner vertical stripes), like this: http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines/detail_page.asp?fileName=nl_1902_cincinnati.gif&Entryid=31 I know that the Mr. Redlegs logo wears a cap with two wide horizontal red stripes, so I would understand if they claimed that was the reference point instead.

  • Mike Engle on iPhone | June 17, 2015 at 1:18 pm |

    Re: Eric in Erie. I *think* Rovell is saying that in 1998, ASG cap patches became a thing, but before that, the players just wore a normal cap indistinguishable from the 162 game season. I haven’t fact checked that, but I think that’s what he’s saying. Now it’s a special one-day template.
    I happen to think Rovell is a clumsy writer who justifies his employment by the inside connections he has, but that’s neither here nor there. Personal taste.

  • Komet17 | June 17, 2015 at 1:29 pm |

    “…creating the fairly rare sight of a single-digitized pitcher…”

    Should that be single-DIGITED? Or would that be a pitcher with only one finger?

    • Paul Lukas | June 17, 2015 at 1:33 pm |

      I’ve been using the term “single-digitized” since about 2001, mainly because I like the way it sounds.

      • Mark in Shiga | June 18, 2015 at 8:36 am |

        Speaking of single-digit pitchers, yesterday, in the Chicago Cubs’ 17-0 demolishing of the Indians, two position players with single-digit number pitched for the Indians, in the same inning!

        When was the last time two single-digitized pitchers appeared in the same game? In the same inning?

        And together they allowed seven earned runs, because the Cleveland shortstop let a pop-up fall next to him and then the floodgates opened. Number 3 and number 7 combine to allow seven runs but both have an ERA of zero.

  • Brady Ivie | June 17, 2015 at 1:54 pm |

    The Utah Jazz will be hosting a “summer league” (with only four teams) this year and are using a fairly generic logo for it.
    http://www.nba.com/jazz/news/jazz-host-2015-utah-jazz-summer-league

    This competition is a big deal for fans here in Utah, where summer league basketball really took off with the Rocky Mountain Revue.

  • Neeko | June 17, 2015 at 2:17 pm |

    How much was the ticket?

    I know with seatbelt tickets & those that are smaller fines, the court does that because it’s not worth their time processing it (something like that) – they’re basically hoping you don’t show up & pay the ticket through the mail.

  • Rod James | June 17, 2015 at 5:13 pm |

    Concerning the changing of kits and Oregon possibly changing uniforms at halftime of a football game – it has already happened.

    Ole Miss and Mississippi State met in the annual Egg Bowl game, which was played at the time in Jackson, Miss. It stormed most of the morning of the game. Ole Miss, which has always had both a red and a blue jersey to wear for home games, came out wearing red. The field was so wet that the Rebels changed to their blue jerseys for the second half. They defeated Miss. St., 24-3, winning the right to go to the Independence Bowl.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grae_AcVnxo

  • Dave Mac | June 17, 2015 at 5:33 pm |

    All-Star Game caps are such a lame idea. I apparently have been MIA the past few years and have little memory of them being used. But it’s a joke. Sports uniforms today are just created for merchandising opportunities, and it’s gone WAY too far. I’ve had enough.

    • scott | June 17, 2015 at 9:41 pm |

      At least the players continue to wear hats specific to their teams, rather than a generic league cap or jersey, at the All-Star Game.

  • Kevin Allen | June 17, 2015 at 5:45 pm |

    Very odd captaincy patch for Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

    http://oklahomasports.net/oklahoma-college-footballs-best-kept-secret-chris-mcclendon/

  • jacket18 | June 17, 2015 at 6:05 pm |

    From ESPNW:

    “A group of Oklahoma moms enticed their young daughters to get involved with T-ball thanks to uniforms inspired by the star of the movie Frozen. They called the team the Freeze.”

    http://espn.go.com/espnw/athletes-life/the-buzz/article/13099174/how-12-elsas-wearing-eye-black-sent-powerful-message-america

  • Marcus | June 17, 2015 at 7:57 pm |

    I guess I’m not the only one peeved that uniforms are now “sports business.”

  • Mark in Shiga | June 18, 2015 at 8:02 am |

    Paul, with your bicycling ticket, what do they do if you don’t live in the city? Do you just have to mail in a check to pay the fine because you can’t make it to the court date?

    I ask because back in 2013, I was hit by a car right in your neighborhood (on Huntington steet.. Taxi smacked me down from behind; skinned my knees and my toenail ended up coming off. I went to the 76th precinct station to report it, taxi license plate number in hand, and they wouldn’t take a report from me, directing me to instead call 311 or visit their web site. When I visited, there was no way to report this violation if you didn’t live in the USA.

    So this very dangerous driver got off scot-free, whereas there would have been a chance of nabbing him if I were a local.

    And my toenail took 11 months to grow back, and the knee scars are still there.