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The Twins stirred the hot-stove pot a bit yesterday by unveiling a new alternate home uniform. As you can see above, it features a new navy cap and jersey that both have a lot of gold trim. The script is the same retro insignia that they wore for the past nine seasons on their throwback alternates, which unfortunately are now being retired.
In what may be a first, the Twins “unveiled” this design via an interactive 3-D rendering, which you can play around with (the view up through the bottom of the jersey is amusing):
Smash that play button to unveil our NEW HOME ALTERNATE UNIS! Then grab the jersey and spin it around to take a look.https://t.co/sHYg59Ti1W
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) January 23, 2019
Meanwhile, F.K. Yaaj has done a public service by comparing the scripts on various Twins jerseys through the years:
@UniWatch @PhilHecken Quick compilation I did with the @Twins different scripts used in its history. Roughly flannel era-70s-80s/90s-recent. Note '09 alt was similar to 60s Wilson made home jerseys/'72 Wilson road, while 2017/2018 script is like 60s Rawlings made road jerseys. pic.twitter.com/oom3lBLReH
— F.K. Yaaj (@Redsunhero) January 23, 2019
As for the new design: Not a fan. Don’t care for the gold trim (cue the “This is as close as they’ll ever get to wearing gold after winning the Series” jokes), the old-school script doesn’t make sense on the relatively newfangled base design (as much as I dislike the Twins’ primary home insignia, it would make more sense on this jersey), and the red numbering and lettering seems like it might vibrate a little on the navy background. Definitely a downgrade from the throwback.
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Our regularly scheduled plea: Dear Hall of Fame: Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, and Mariano Rivera deserve better than to be dressed in those painfully lame-o jerseys that you make all the inductees wear. If you insist on having them wear jerseys, Uni Watch readers came up with some much better designs a few years ago. But why not scrap the jerseys entirely and go with blazers, or old-school dugout sweaters, or anything other than these awful jerseys? Signed, Almost Everyone.
In other Hall of Fame news:
• Roy Halladay’s widow says his Hall plaque will feature a logo-free cap, rather than a Phillies or Blue Jays cap. Seems like the right way to go.
• Mussina still hasn’t decided which cap he’d like to have on his plaque, but New York Post baseball columnist Ken Davidoff has some interesting thoughts on that.
• In a related item, here’s an argument for doing away with team logos on Hall plaques altogether. (I happen to agree with it.)
• You probably know that Rivera was the last MLB player to wear No. 42 (Jackie Day notwithstanding). But did you know that Mussina also wore No. 42 early in his career? I didn’t!
(My thanks to Eric Nits and Kary Klismet for their contributions to this section.)
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Too good for the Ticker (or the comments): In yesterday afternoon’s comments, longtime reader/commenter Jet posted a link to this awesome shot of the Minnesota North Stars softball team. Are those some sweet uniforms or what? From left to right, that’s Tony McKegney, Willi Plett, and Ron Wilson.
After Jet posted that, fellow reader/commenter Wade Heidt responded with this shot of the Edmonton Oilers softball team (click to enlarge):
Definitely not as good as the Minnesota uni, but you’ve still gotta love a hockey team in baseball stirrups.
ITEM! Cap reminder: In case you missed it earlier this week, on Monday I asked how many of you would be willing to pre-order a flex-fit Uni Watch Alternate Cap in size S/M for the cut-rate price of $10.99 plus $4 for shipping (further details here), and now I’m asking those of you who responded affirmatively to put your money where your mouths are by going ahead and pre-ordering the cap.
Without going into specific numbers, it would be fair to say that the number of people who said they’d pre-order has been a lot higher than the number of people who actually have pre-ordered. So I’m asking again — if you want one of these caps, please do one of the following:
1. Send me $14.99 via Venmo, using @Paul-Lukas-2 as the payee. (This is my preferred payment method, because there are no fees.)
2. Send me $14.99 via Zelle, using firstname.lastname@example.org as the payee. (Again, no fees.)
3. Send me $14.99 with this Amazon Payments button (if you don’t see the button, refresh the page):
Whichever payment method you choose, please email me and give me your shipping address after making your payment.
Sorry, American customers only for this deal.
I should be able to ship the caps in early February. Thanks for helping me move this inventory.
Signal flare: Attention Todd Burnside and Scott Thomas — I received your cap payments (thank you!) but didn’t receive the follow-up emails with your shipping addresses. Little help..?
Membership update: A bunch of new designs have been added to the membership card gallery (including Zach Pearce’s Islanders fisherman card, shown at right, the latest example of how the worst uniforms make the best membership cards). I expect the printed/laminated versions of this latest batch ship out early next week.
Ordering a membership card is a good way to support Uni Watch (which, quite frankly, could use your support these days). And remember, a Uni Watch membership card entitles you to a 15% discount on any of the merchandise in our Teespring shop. (If you’re an existing member and would like to have the discount code, email me.) As always, you can sign up for your own custom-designed card here, you can see all the cards we’ve designed so far here, and you can see how we produce the cards here.
Still an important date to me: My father would have turned 95 yesterday. We always loved that his birthday was 1-2-3 (Jan. 23) while mine is 3-2-1 (March 21) — birthday bookends! He’s no longer with us, unfortunately, but I had a good time reminiscing about him yesterday with my mom, who’ll be 95 herself in April.
Mom’s battery has run down a bit since the mild stroke she suffered last summer, but she’s still pretty spry. I felt bad lying to her when she asked, “How’s work? How’s ESPN?,” but I still haven’t told her about the recent unpleasantness because it would just upset her. I’ll fill her in when I’ve figured out what I’m doing next (still working on that).
That necklace Mom’s wearing in that photo, by the way, consists of two old shoe buckles. The shoes eventually fell apart, but she removed the buckles, strung them together on some leather cord, and voilà — a good little DIY project!
’Skins Watch: Buried within this article about Maine’s new governor attempting to improve relations with Maine’s indigenous people is the news that there’s been a bill proposed in the Maine legislature that would ban the use of Native American mascots in public schools (from our own Anthony Emerson).
Baseball News: Here’s a video of Nats P Max Scherzer talking about why he wears No. 31 (from Steve Johnston). … Some uni number changes for the White Sox (from Sean Jankowski). … According to this page, the Royals will be giving away 1970s jerseys on May 25, which makes me wonder if the team will be wearing pullover/sansabelt throwbacks that day. … Pretty cool new cap for the El Paso Chihuahuas. … Angels P/DH Shohei Ohtani, INF David Fletcher, and broadcaster Mark Langston took part in the pregame puck drop at last night’s Anaheim Ducks game and wore Angels/Ducks mashup jerseys for the occasion (from @ratmfoo).
NFL News: You apparently need the NFL’s permission to use a team logo on a headstone, but that permission is usually granted (from John Dankosky). … Jags DE Calais Campbell was issued a Pro Bowl T-shirt with his name misspelled but says he has no hard feelings (from @stone_rousseau). … According to a bullet point in this article, the Steelers will wear their block-number throwbacks again in 2019, but there are no plans to bring back the block numbers on a permanent basis. … Here’s a look at all of the uniforms that the Patriots have worn, along with the game outcomes, in their many Super Bowl appearances (from John M. Williams).
College Football News: An old Washington Huskies helmet cart, originally built for the team’s appearance in the 1977 Rose Bowl, is on display at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle (from Paul Dillon).
Hockey News: Here are the stories behind the Bruins uni number choices (paywalled) (from Matt Bessette). … New cancer-awareness uniforms for the University of Nebraska (from dakotabluesing). … Outsiders House Museum Night uniforms upcoming for the ECHL’s Tulsa Oilers (from Mike Iles). … Here’s the mask that new Coyotes G Calvin Pickard wore for his ’Yotes debut last night (from Josh Pearlman). … The Canadiens went with Twitter-handle NOBs for last night’s pregame skate (from Wade Heidt). … Cross-listed from the baseball section: Two players and a broadcaster from MLB’s Anaheim Angels took part in the pregame puck drop at last night’s Ducks/Blues game in Ahaheim and wore Angels/Ducks mashup jerseys for the occasion (from @ratmfoo).
NBA News: Anyone know what this black Mavs patch was for? It’s not the same shape or size as most NBA memorial bands, and it’s on the right shoulder instead of the more common left. Here’s a closer look on a game-used road jersey (from Sam McKinley and Jeff Bartlett). … We had previously seen a leak of the NBA All-Star jerseys. Now the shorts have leaked as well.
College Hoops News: Reader Jason Collins received an email invitation to volunteer for the B1G hoops tourney. One of the positions is “Cup Monitor,” whose duties include “requir[ing] all members of the media and others sitting on press row that their beverages be poured into a Big Ten or a United Center cup.” Douchebags. … Brutal-looking game last night as Providence and Xavier went black vs. grey (from Paul D.). … Oklahoma State and Oklahoma going red vs. orange wasn’t much better (from Brian Murphy). … Pitt is teasing some good-looking throwbacks, which will apparently be worn on Feb. 2 (from Jay Yander).
Soccer News: Fans of the Venezuelan national team are upset because the team’s new kits are the wrong shade of red (from Ed Zelaski). … “South Georgia Tormenta FC, a founding member of the new USA third tier called USL League One, already had a team in the unofficial fourth tier (USL League Two, the old PDL),” says Josh Hinton. “Their League Two team has a new club name.” … Also from Josh: There’s a new New USL League Two club, called Daytona SC. … Here are the inaugural uniforms for Wayne Rovers SC, an amateur team in Wooster, Ohio (from Ed Zelaski). … The Scotland national team’s Twitter has account restarted a thread featuring drawings of current players wearing vintage kits. “The first two are Celtic winger James Forrest and Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay wearing some late-’70s kits,” says our own Jamie Rathjen. “They’re supposed to be from 1977, but Forrest’s shirt clearly has 1978 World Cup detailing on it and McTominay’s mono-white appears to have only been worn once in that era, in 1980.” … Also from Jamie: Aberdeen MF Greg Stewart returned to the team last weekend and wore No. 14 for one game. But he switched to No. 7 yesterday because that number just became available when its previous occupant left the team.
Grab Bag: The cryptocurrency Litecoin has a new logo. … New uniforms in the works for the Boy Scouts (from Dan Liszka). … The high school in Belding, Mich., is adopting a new team name — the Black Knights. But the local school board doesn’t want the logo to include any swords. … Members of the Vatican’s Swiss Guard — technically the world’s smallest army — received their first new helmets in 500 years this week.