Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper broke new ground in the star-spangled sweepstakes yesterday, as he used a star-emblazoned bat for Independence Day. Hard to argue with the results, as he had three hits, including a dinger (plus he wore stirrups). Kinda surprising that the bat didn’t have red/white striping, though.
As for the rest of MLB, it was pretty much a star-spangled shit show, but we all knew that was coming. A few notes:
• The most interesting move came from the White Sox, who had been assigned to wear a red cap, so they decided to go with red socks, shoes, undersleeves, and so on. They normally wear the red accessories with their 1983 beach blanket throwbacks, so they just used those in place of their usual black accessories — smart move. Interestingly, the base coaches wore the beach blanket throwback helmets, but the players didn’t.
• Cleveland’s Al Rosen memorial patch got bumped from the right sleeve to the chest to make room for the American flag sleeve patch. Ditto for the Cubs’ Ernie Banks memorial. But the White Sox’s Minnie Minoso memorial patch moved from the right sleeve to the left sleeve.
• The Giants’ championship sleeve patch, which normally appears on the left sleeve, didn’t move to a new spot — they just didn’t bother wearing it. As you can see in that photo, they also didn’t wear their Lon Simmons memorial patch, which normally appears on the left sleeve. I guess Majestic couldn’t be bothered.
• It’s interesting to note that the American flag patch was smaller than the Rangers’ Texas state flag patch.
• The sublimated flag pattern on the players’ caps also appeared on the umpires’ caps.
• Padres reliever Shawn Kelley wore one “stars” sock and one “stripes” sock during pregame warm-ups. It’s not clear whether he wore them during the game, because he went low-cuffed.
• Mets reliever Alex Torres, who wears that protective head wrap over his cap, had a new head wrap for yesterday’s game. It matched the Independence Day cap’s shade of blue (which was different than the Mets’ usual blue) and also matched the logo, but it did not have the sublimated flag pattern. Why does Alex Torres hate America?
(My thanks to everyone who contributed info and photos. Sorry, yesterday was hectic, wasn’t able to keep track of who submitted what. Thanks for understanding.)
Baseball News: Minor league and summer league teams that pandered by wearing ugly stars/stripes costumes over the weekend included the Bowie Baysox, Birmingham Barons, Buffalo Bisons, Sacramento River Cats, Springfield Cardinals, Albuquerque Isotopes, Nashville Sounds, Green Bay Bullfrogs, Long Island Ducks, Mississippi Braves, and Gwinnett Braves, among many others. ”¦ Here’s a new one: The Inland Empire 66ers wore flag-emblazoned socks yesterday (from Kyle Parant). ”¦ The Eugene Emeralds’ scoreboard listed yesterday’s teams as “British” and “Colonies” (from @calebteaches). ”¦ Doug Sohn, proprietor of the late, lamented Hot Doug’s sausage emporium in Chicago, has been setting up shop at Wrigley Field this summer in a personalized Cubs jersey (thanks, Mike). ”¦ The Lake County Captains wore Ohio State football-themed jerseys the other day. ”¦ Longtime Uni Watch supporter/pal Rob Neyer has written a great piece about bobblehead promotions. Highly recommended (thanks, Brinke). ”¦ “For postgame interviews, Hiroshima Toyo Carp are wearing T-shirts with drawings of the result of the game. That one is from the Carps’ 7-1 win over the Swallows — hence the ‘C7-1S’ notation.” ”¦ Here’s something you don’t often see: an American League pitcher with a dirty uniform. That’s Cleveland P Trevor Bauer, who had some baserunning adventures during Friday’s game against the Pirates. ”¦ A Red Sox cap, a Cubs cap, and a Pirates throwback cap were all shown in Saturday’s installment of Hi and Lois (from Angela Noel). ”¦ Rays 1B James Loney had a stirrup glitch on Friday night. ”¦ In case you hadn’t heard, minor league uniforms can have a novelty factor (from Kurt Esposito). ”¦ Cubs rookie Kris Bryant has already learned how to suck up to his shoe company. ”¦ Odd number font last night for the Asheville Tourists. ”¦ From this morning’s Mets report by ESPN.com’s Adam Rubin: “The Mets have a wrestling-style belt they award to their player of the game. [Rookie pitcher Steven] Matz, charged with ensuring the belt made it to California [for the team’s current road trip], failed in that responsibility. ‘I didn’t realize. I forgot,’ Matz said. His penance: Teammates put all of their uniform belts in his locker. Matz had to rehang the belts in each locker.”
Pro Football News: How was this Colts patch made with an upside-down helmet logo? ”¦ Here’s a rarity: The CFL’s Montreal Alouettes currently have Nos. 0 and 00 on the team at the same time (from Evan White).
Basketball News: A top international prospect had to sit out the FIBA U19s due to a sneaker contract dispute. Douchebags (thanks, Brinke). ”¦ Kansas will wear “USA” jerseys for today’s World University Games tilt against Brazil.
Grab Bag: New home soccer kit for Manchester City. … This is pretty awesome: a bunch of old TV station-identification screen designs. Some real beauties in there (big thanks to Andy Moeschberger). … Cyclist Andrew Talansky, who won the U.S. time trial championship back in May, finally got a chance to wear a stars/stripes jersey in the opening stage of the Tour de France (from Jeff Mayer).