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We all know that the Giants’ home “whites” aren’t actually white — they’re cream, or off-white, or vintage white, or whatever. Been that way since 2000. But in last night’s MLB All-Star Game, the Giants’ unis (as seen above worn by infielder Brandon Crawford) looked, well, creamier than usual. And it wasn’t just that one photo — I noticed it on TV too. Seemed like there was a bit more yellow in the dye mix.
I checked with our own Brinke Guthrie, who’s a big Giants fan, and he said he thought it was just the lighting or because Crawford was sitting next to a bunch of players in their home whites. Could be, but I still think it looked little off.
As you can probably guess from that opening topic, last night’s All-Star Game was pretty uni-uneventful, but there were a few small details worth noting:
• Nats outfielder Bryce Harper’s jersey had an extra button compared to his regular jersey — All-Star jersey on the left, regular jersey on the right:
• During the pregame introductions, Reds first baseman Joey Votto wore Cincy’s regular socks instead of the All-Star socks:
But when Votto came up to bat in the bottom of the sixth, he had changed to the All-Star socks:
• At least two other players — Pirates pitcher Felipe Vázquez and Nats pitcher Sean Doolittle — also wore their regular team socks during the pregame intros:
Vázquez, unlike Votto, did not switch out his hosiery. He was still wearing the Pirates socks when he pitched the top of the seventh:
Doolittle is injured, so he didn’t get into the game. It’s not clear if he ever changed his socks.
• Several players, including Yankees pitcher Luis Severino and Brewers first baseman Jesús Aguilar, wore red undershirts that didn’t match their uniforms:
• As mentioned in yesterday’s entry, the Mets’ Rusty Staub memorial patch moved over to the upper-left chest of pitcher Jacob deGrom’s jersey, in order to make room for the All-Star sleeve patch:
• The Blue Jays’ Roy Halladay memorial patch also moved to pitcher J.A. Happ’s chest:
• As we discussed last week, Rays pitcher Blake Snell, who wears No. 4, was a late addition to the American League roster (he replaced Corey Kluber, who was injured) and entered the game in the third inning, becoming the first All-Star pitcher with a single-digit number since Lefty Grove in 1934:
• For some reason Astros outfielder George Springer was holding a Cleveland cap during the playing of “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch. Maybe he just grabbed the nearest cap that was handy..?
• There was some confusion regarding the umpires’ caps. Early in the game, they were red:
By the time Cubs catcher Wilson Contreras homered in the bottom of the third, third base ump Andy Fletcher had switched to a tri-color pinwheel-style cap, similar to the ones worn by the players, but home plate ump Ted Barrett was still wearing a red cap:
They all had the pinwheel design during the midgame “Stand Up to Cancer” promotion:
• Speaking of Barrett, he wore a flag-desecration mask:
One final thought: Back in late May, when Sports Business Daily broke the news that Under Armour was out and Nike would be in as MLB’s next uniform outfitter, they reported that the deal was “80% done, with a likely unveiling at or around the MLB All-Star Game in July.” Well, “at” has now come and gone, but “around” is still possible. Or maybe that last 20% of the deal is turning out to be stickier than they expected. Hmmmm.
(My thanks to all contributors, including John Bedell, Mike Dean, Zach Haile, Wade Heidt, Kevin Kennedy, @NathinJustin7, Ariel Shoshin, Tim Shriver, Billy Snider, and our own Alex Hider.)
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On any other day, this would’ve been the lede: The Savannah Bananas, who already have the best team name in baseball, took things a step further last night by wearing kilts! And not just any kilts — uni-numbered kilts.
Looks like the players were good sports about it:
MUST SEE! @TheSavBananas to wear kilts during St. Patrick's Day themed game against @GoMaconBacon tonight. Bananas are believed to be first team in world to wear kilts in regulation game. #SCtop10 @WJCLNews @espn @MLB @CPLBaseball @FOXSports @ABC pic.twitter.com/DtoO73ojkX
— Frank Sulkowski WJCL (@TheBigGuyWJCL) July 17, 2018
And no, it wasn’t just a pregame stunt — they actually wore the kilts during the game (I recommend using the full-screen button on the video to get the full visual effect):
No we were not joking. They are wearing kilts the whole game. First pitch in a kilt. pic.twitter.com/s1Vc252hBa
— Savannah Bananas (@TheSavBananas) July 17, 2018
Unfortunately, as you can see, it was raining, and play was suspended after only half an inning. But that led to another great spectacle, because the Bananas are a wood bat summer league team, which means the players double as the grounds crew (click to enlarge):
Note that next-to-last guy on the right wore stirrups! Not sure who he is, but he’s my new hero.
Here’s hoping the make-up game will also feature make-up kilts.
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Camera for sale:
My father, who died in 2009, was a good amateur photographer. Had a darkroom in the basement, taught adult-ed photography courses, had one of his shots used for a magazine cover. (Okay, so the magazine was Cat Fancy, but still.)
He sold most of his film cameras many years ago, and I later found new homes for several others, but I still have one of them: a Minolta X-370, plus a bunch of lenses that go with it (shown above). They haven’t been used in at least a decade probably longer but are in extremely good condition. The camera’s old battery even works!
I don’t care so much about getting the best price for this stuff. I’m more interested in finding a good home for it. If you still shoot film and are interested, please get in touch. Thanks. Update: Reader Jeff Proctor has made a very fair offer for the camera and lenses, so that’s now taken care of. I’m glad to know my father’s stuff will be going to a longtime member of the Uni Watch community.
Assorted reminders: In case you missed it on Monday, we’re now accepting pre-orders for the XXL size of the upcoming Uni Watch “alternate” cap, which is shown at right. If we get enough XXL pre-orders, we’ll go ahead and have the cap made in that size (in addition to the S/M and L/XL sizes, which should be in stock and available for purchase in about 10 days). Full details here.
• Fitted sizes of the Uni Watch “classic” cap, available exclusively from Ebbets Field Flannels, are back in stock (although many sizes have already sold out again). Order yours here.
• My epic stoop/open-house sale, which will feature a ton of uni-related books, dozens of pairs of stirrups, and more cool collectibles than you can shake a C-Flap at, will take place this Saturday. Full details here.
By Alex Hider
Baseball News: A former Mets front office employee says the Mets fired him in “cowardly” fashion after he repeatedly questioned whether the proceeds from sales of MLB’s Memorial Day apparel were actually going to military charities. … MLB commish Rob Manfred says he’s willing to loosen some of the regulations regarding shoe colors. … The San Diego Union-Tribune has some good insight into the process of how the Padres will pick their color scheme for 2020 (from Daniel Diaz). … The Diamondbacks’ famed bullpen cart now has its own baseball card (from Trevor Wilson Patton). … Kub noticed that Ken Griffey Jr. was the only Mariner to wear a vest during the 1997 All-Star Game. … OT Sports, the North Carolina-based firm that provides most minor league baseball teams with their specialty theme-night uniforms, will also become an approved MiLB home/road uni supplier for 2019. … Arthur Savokinas spotted a replica of a Mike Schmidt Gold Glove Award at a diner in Forty Fort, Pa. The owner of the restaurant apparently has the award on loan from a Rawlings rep. … The Vancouver Canadians, a Class-A affiliate of the Jays, will wear Expos-inspired uniforms on July 23 (from Joseph Bailey). … NASA’s head administrator wore a Dodgers/Astros logo mashup shirt in a video featuring views of ballparks from space (from Justin).
NFL News: The Packers’ ticket design for their Sept. 30 game against the Bills includes the designation “Third Jersey Game.” It’s not clear whether this refers to the team’s existing throwback or to some new alternate that hasn’t been released yet, but it’s worth remembering that WR Davante Adams posted photos of a yellow jersey on his Instagram feed a while back (from Brian Kerhin). … Some Eagles fans are questioning whether they want a change back to kelly green uniforms after winning a Super Bowl in midnight green (from Sam McKinley). … Reader Paul Quirk was watching the TWIPF video Paul linked to Monday and noticed that many Jets players were missing helmet logos. … In this photo from the ’70s, the numbers on Oilers QB Dan Pastorini’s jerseys aren’t a consistent font (from @TehWins). … Falcons DE John Zook’s NOB looks pretty bad in this photo from the late ’60s or early ’70s (from Edward Pelkey).
College/High School Football News: The NCAA will reportedly allow schools to put corporate logos on the field this year. Previously, corporate names had to be written in plain fonts (from Michael Kinney). … Virginia Tech’s media guide cover gives a good look at the Hokies’ new maroon jerseys (from Andrew Cosentino). … Speaking of, the ACC Tracker has been updated with 2018 uniforms. … A close-up photo reveals that Indiana’s new crimson uniforms include tonal candy stripes on the sleeves (from Ryan Cotter). … New helmets for UTEP (from Alex Solot). … Looks like West Virginia is upgrading to a new Nike template (from Ethan Dimitroff ). … Not much will change on Florida’s jerseys, other than the Jordan logo (from Eric O. and Moe Khan). … Speaking of, Florida coach Dan Mullen has some new shoes to match his team’s Jordan uniforms (from Griffin Smith). … New game balls for North Carolina (from James Gilbert). … New uniforms for Richland Center (Wisconsin) High School (from Martin Johnson).
Basketball News: Who else remembers when the Kansas City Kings drafted Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner? Though the whole thing was just a publicity stunt, Jenner did pose for a photo in a No. 8618 jersey — a reference to Jenner’s winning score in the 1976 Olympics (from Brad Eenhuis). … Long Beach State is losing the beach motif on its new basketball floor (from Mandy Lopez).
Soccer News: Ever wonder why soccer players sit in race car seats on the sideline? It all started with one player’s back problems (from John Muir). … Manchester United’s 2018-19 home kit, sleeve ad and all, have been released (from our own Anthony Emerson). … More updates from Josh Hinton: Belgian club RSC Anderlecht released a new home kit, German club RB Leipzig released their 2018-19 home and away uniforms, and new home and away jerseys for Brighton & Hove Albion of the Premier League. … Tottenham’s third jerseys have reportedly leaked, and they’re — something (from John Muir). … These are all the new kits that teams in Bundesliga will wear next season (from A.J.). … Moe Khan noticed that England’s U19 team doesn’t have Nike logos on their socks like other teams. … New home kit for Blackburn Rovers (from Josh Hinton).
Grab Bag: Our own Phil Hecken helped pick the logos in this tournament that will determine the best logo in minor league hockey. Voting is open! … Runners who complete the Hershey Half Marathon get a medal shaped like a Kit Kat bar (from Scott Davis). … President Trump and Vladimir Putin traded sports memorabilia at their summit on Monday (from Phil). … New city flag design for Sioux Falls, S.D. (from Neil Robinson).