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MLB hasn’t yet announced its uni-related plans for Memorial Day or Independence Day. There’s nothing unusual about that — those announcements (or leaks) usually don’t come our way until mid-May, at the earliest.
But the Giants appear to have spilled the beans yesterday by tweeting a few new designs (see above; I took a screen shot of the tweet in case they take it down). Let’s go one jersey at a time, clockwise from top-left: Update: Even though it’s plainly stated right on the Twitter page, I somehow overlooked that this tweet came from a Giants fan account, not from the Giants themselves. That doesn’t necessarily mean these designs aren’t legit, but it definitely calls their legitimacy into question. My bad for missing this very obvious detail (which was pointed out by our own Mike Chamernik shortly after today’s post went live).
Still, these designs might be legit. Let’s take a look:
1. Mother’s Day. If this info is accurate, the Giants — and, presumably, all the other MLB teams — will be wearing pink-lettered and -numbered jerseys for Mother’s Day (May 8). That would take pinkwashing to a new level for MLB. In past years, MLB teams have worn pink ribbons and pink accessories on Mother’s Day, but the uniforms have been untouched. I note with particular dread that the Padres, who usually wear camouflage for Sunday home games, are home on Mother’s Day. You do the math.
2. Memorial Day. Looks like a camouflage-lettered/numbered jersey and a camouflage cap. In other words, the same G.I. Joke mix of bad design and bad civics that they’ve been peddling for several years. Disappointing, but not surprising.
3. Independence Day. It’s hard to tell for sure, but the jersey appears to have the same star-spangled pandering pattern that we saw last year. Too soon to know what to make of the cap, but it doesn’t look good.
4. Father’s Day: Just as everyone will be wearing pink unis for Mother’s Day, it appears that there will be blue-trimmed jerseys for Father’s Day. Given the number of MLB teams that already have some shade of blue as a team color, it’s hard to envision how this one will play out.
Update: The Giants fan tweet has been confirmed. All this stuff is happening. The photo shown in the tweet was taken at a media event yesterday. Another person in attendance took a (slightly better) photo of the same graphic:
— Third and King (@ThirdandKing) March 29, 2016
Meanwhile, as long as we’re talking about the Giants, they announced two new memorial patches yesterday — one for Hall of Famer Monte Irvin and one for coach Jim Davenport (click to enlarge):
My full rundown of all the uniform news for the coming season will be in my annual MLB season preview, coming on ESPN this Friday.
KRC update: The latest installment of Key Ring Chronicles is about an old key to the “Star’s” dressing room at a long-defunct nightclub. Get the full story here.
Caricature T-shirt reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, Larry Torrez’s caricature of me is now available as a T-shirt. We’re offering it in a variety of colors and styles — grey, black, white, and a white baseball shirt with green sleeves. We’ve also added women’s sizes. Further details here, or just order it here. Thanks.
Baseball News: Guaranteed smile-generator: Check out this awesome shot of Orlando Cepeda Jr. in the on-deck circle back in 1968. What a cutie! … A sign in the UNC softball dugout has “Tarheel” as one word, which is wrong (from Josh Claywell and James Gilbert). … Here’s a rundown of some of the new looks in minor league baseball this year. … I’d Rather Not Know More Dept.: The Nats have created a “gathering spot for millennials” in their ballpark (blame Brinke). … The Nats also have lots of new food items (from Tommy Turner). … Here’s a new one: LSU wore powder blue helmets (or are they actually teal?) for prostate cancer awareness yesterday (from @TulaneSportsGuy). … G.I. Joke caps yesterday for Auburn (from Josh Claywell). … Creighton has pullover jerseys with their logo centered on the torso — an unusual look for baseball (from Bryan Holdcroft). … The College of Charleston’s caps look a lot like last year’s MLB All-Star caps (from @willchitty4). … Yesterday was superhero day at Mariners camp, with lots of players donning superhero T-shirts. You can see photos by scrolling down to the middle of this page (from @SpoonT12). … Speaking of superheroes, check out these old comic book covers that show Batman, Robin, and Superman playing baseball. …Nebraska has SLOB — school logo on back (screen shot by David Feigenbaum). … You can own Babe Ruth’s high school glove (from Chris Flinn).
Pro Football News: Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the Ravens’ team name being selected (from Andrew Cosentino). … Something new in the works for the Giants, although that might just mean Color Rash. … When Sen. Ted Cruz did the ALS ice bucket challenge two years ago, he did it while wearing a red J.J. Watt Texans jersey. … Browns WR Darius Jennings has given up his No. 10 so Robert Griffin III can wear it (from Rob Datoc). … New uniforms for the Arizona Rattlers (thanks, Phil). … Just what the world has been waiting for: a toy NFL injury cart.
Hockey News: Some robbers stole a bunch of Blackhawks souvenirs from a shop near the United Center. … The Blues wore Cardinals-themed warm-up jerseys last night (from @jmgorla32). … Gotta love this old NHL logo bedsheet. Someone snap it up! (From Ryan N.) … Penguins trainer Chris Stewart worked his 1500th game, so the team gave him a No. 1500 jersey (from Jerry Wolper).
Basketball News: Last week the NBA threatened to pull next year’s All-Star Game from Charlotte in response to North Carolina’s new anti-LGBT law. Now North Carolina’s attorney general says he won’t defend the new law from legal challenges that are already being filed. (North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law should not be confused with the anti-LGBT bill in Georgia that had led the NFL to threaten to withhold the Super Bowl from Atlanta before the governor announced earlier this week that he’d veto it.) … The Cavs wore their sleeved “C” jerseys last night, forcing the Rockets to wear white on the road. … Western Kentucky gave new coach Rick Stansbury his own jersey (from Josh Claywell).
Soccer News: Ghana’s under-17 girls’ team had to play while wearing badly oversized jerseys, which had to be trimmed with scissors during halftime. … Shocker: Soccer traditionalists in England are unhappy with Nike (thanks, Phil). … The Netherlands added a “14” chest mark for Johan Cruyff. … If you’re enough of a print nerd to know what CMYK means, you’ll appreciate this goalie shirt. “Wonder if they approved the proof,” says Matt Busch. … Belgium wore a memorial strip for the Brussels terrorism victims on their warm-up tops yesterday. … “A picture has been leaked, apparently showing the Orlando Pride’s new away jersey,” says Saurel Jean Jr. “It is an Ajax-style template that Nike has used since 2014.” … Also from Saurel: “Brazil wore a very rare (if not unprecedented) yellow/white/blue uniform combination in a World Cup qualifier against Paraguay, and Mexico brought back their traditional “El Tri” look green top, white shorts, and red socks — in their World Cup qualifier versus Canada.” I don’t know jack about soccer, but I love that Mexican combo. … No.13 for Guatemala had some issues with his number peeling off during yesterday’s game (from Roger Smidstra).
Grab Bag: Wanna know why a blazer is called a blazer? Read this. … Australia’s new uniforms for the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Olympics include a cell phone pocket. … You know the real problem with capitalism? Brands haven’t fully capitalized on April Fool’s Day, that’s the problem. … Great story and slideshow about an Alabama sock manufacturer. Recommended (from Tommy Turner). … Also from Tommy: Good story about a British hat manufacturer.