A Uni Watch Look at Game One of the World Series

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This was the scene last night at Uni Watch HQ — the Fall Classic with fall decorative gourds. Felt appropriately festive, because I love the World Series, even when I don’t care about either of the participating teams (as is the case this year). My favorite sport plus my favorite season of the year equals a smile on my face.

Last night’s Series opener wasn’t much of a game from a competitive standpoint, and it lasted a ridiculous 4:06 (I went to bed in the top of the seventh), but there were still plenty of uni-notable details. Here’s a rundown:

• In a disappointing development, Atlanta opted to wear their navy alternate jerseys. I realize we can’t have white vs. grey for every game, but maybe just for Game One of the World freakin’ Series — is that too much to ask?

• As had previously been reported, there were no World Series sleeve patches due to supply-chain issues. They did have cap patches (probably my least-favorite thing about any World Series), but they used a generic logo without a year identifier, instead of the actual 2021 World Series logo:

The last Fall Classic without Series sleeve patches? That would be 1997, when the Marlins wore the Jackie Robinson 50th-anniversary patch and Cleveland wore the Jackie patch at home and the All-Star patch on the road.

And the last Series with a blank right sleeve? I’m pretty sure that would be 1987, when the Cardinals wore a Series patch (the first one ever!) but the Twins did not.

• The umps wore the same generic cap patch logo as the players:

• The game balls, however, had the proper 2021 World Series logo:

• It’s a little hard to see in this next photo, but Atlanta starter Charlie Morton’s cap logo was noticeably yellowed. I assume he’s a superstitious type who’s been wearing the same cap for a while:

• I don’t have independent confirmation on this, but I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that Atlanta oufielder Joc Pederson became the first player in World Series history to wear a pearl necklace:

• Astros skipper Dusty Baker wore a really nice mask design, although it’s too bad about the maker’s mark:

Later on, he had his signature toothpick, which is probably my single favorite accessory of this World Series:

• The first pitch was thrown out by former Astro Craig Biggio, who for some reason wore an orange jersey instead of the white one that the ’Stros wore last night. Even stranger, Biggio’s jersey included a 2021 World Series sleeve patch — which the players themselves are not wearing this year:

• I got a kick out of these Astros fans and their tequila sunrise sportsjackets:

• A few other fans dressed up in space suits (although the fabric wasn’t as “futuristic” as the fabric used by the Astrodome groundskeepers back in the day):

• At one point Fox showed a graphic that included an accent over the second “e” in “résumé,” but not over the first one:

• Prior to the game, commish Rob Manfred presented Angels pitcher/DH Shohei Ohtani with something called called the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award, which I’d never heard of before, although it’s been around since 1998. Here’s a look at the trophy (photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images):

Game Two is tonight.

(My thanks to Michael Walker and Trevor Williams for their contributions.)

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ITEM! The first-ever Uni Watch poster: Reader Tim Walsh recently suggested to me that our “Hit Sign, Win Stirrups!” graphic, designed by Todd Radom, would look great as a poster. As it turns out, Teespring now offers posters, so I had Todd make a few tweaks to the design (the poster is 24″ x 36″, which is a slightly different aspect ratio than the original T-shirt graphic), and voilà — Uni Watch’s first poster is now available! (Are there any other Uni Watch graphics that you’d like to see in poster form? Let me know.)

As you’re probably sick of hearing about well aware of by now, this design is also available on T-shirts and hoodies.

And if you prefer the classic green/yellow Uni Watch color scheme, our striped toque is now available as well.

My thanks, as always, for considering our products.

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The Ticker
By Lloyd Alaban

Baseball News: Fans are picking on Yankees OF Joey Gallo because he has an unusual way of suiting up on game day. … A non-binding vote is allowing the A’s proposed new stadium project to move forward, at least for now (from our own Brinke Guthrie).

NFL/CFL News: The Bengals will go mono-white on Sunday (from our own Phil Hecken). … Rams QB Matthew Stafford played his former team, the Lions, last Sunday. Stafford said it was “humbling” to see Lions fans still wearing his jersey. … The Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL wear different pants in practice than their regular game pants (from Jeff Ingalls). … Here’s how the Panthers’ stadium looks when it’s set up for a soccer game (from James Gilbert).

College/High School Football News: Mono-red for Ohio State this Saturday (from our own Phil Hecken). … Also from Phil: Utah will retire No. 22 to honor late CB Aaron Lowe and late RB Ty Jordan. … Mono-black for Houston this Saturday (from Ignacio Salazar). … Mississippi State will wear a helmet with its interlocking “MS” logo this week (from @stadium_fire). … Mono-black vs. mono-white for Coastal Carolina and Troy, respectively, this week (from @BenOnSports). … Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech will face off Saturday. Three Griffin brothers will play in that game: Georgia Tech RB Jamious and DL Ja’Quon and Virginia Tech DL Jaylen. Their father, Tyrone Griffin, had 80 custom jackets made displaying the names of all three sons (from multiple readers). … We talked about BYU’s royal blue helmets yesterday. What wasn’t clear from the initial video: chrome facemasks (from Blaise D’Sylva). … Compton High School in California has a very unusual diamond-themed uni number design on their jerseys (from Brad, who didn’t give his last name).

Hockey News: The Kraken revealed a banner honoring the PCHA’s Seattle Metropolitans’ 1917 Stanley Cup championship last night (from multiple readers). … The new AHL team in Coachella Valley will reveal its name, colors, and uniform on Nov. 5. … Here’s a really cool 1977 Japanese poster that advertised a four-game exhibition series between the WHA’s Winnipeg Jets and the Soviet Union national hockey team. The games were played in December 1977 and January 1978 (from Darren Landers). … Here’s a really great photo of comedian Chris Farley playing hockey in his teens (from Lance Hudgens).

NBA News: The latest City Edition leaks are for the Nets and the Mavericks. … New jerseys for the Grand Rapids Gold, the D League affiliate of the Nuggets.

Soccer News: USWNT MF Carli Lloyd played her last national team game last night, so as with other USWNT players who reach milestones, she was captain for the match and wore a commemorative armband. Lloyd was subbed off after 65 minutes and took off her shirt to reveal another one with “Hollins,” which is her married name, as her NOB (from our own Jamie Rathjen). … Also from Jamie: Kansas City NWSL is going to build its own stadium, which would be an NWSL first. … Cross-listed from the football section: Here’s the NFL’s Carolina Panthers’ stadium set up for a soccer game (from James Gilbert). … Here’s what Akron’s men’s team wore for their final home game of the season last night (from Jacob Farrar). … Italian side S.S. Lazio is letting fans vote on the color of the team’s shirt ad (from Trevor Williams). … Starting next year, USL players can have pronouns included in their uni numbers (from Caleb Mezzy).

Grab Bag: Lululemon is now outfitting the Canadian Olympic team (from multiple readers). … Former NASCAR crew chief Larry McReynolds (left) and former NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer (right) wore their old uniforms during a test of NASCAR’s new NextGen car at Bowman Gray Stadium. McReynolds’ shirt is from the 1990s while Bowyer wore the firesuit in 2020 (from Trevor Williams). … Also from Trevor: NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace talked about how ads and endorsements can affect how he interacts with fans. … Airman 1st Class Nicolas Baron, who helped with Afghan evacuations, donated the uniform blouse from the iconic photo it was pictured in (from Timmy Donahue). … Also from Timmy: New flag for Colfax, Iowa. … One more from Timmy: The Coast Guard is relaxing its tattoo policy for heads and fingers.

38 comments to A Uni Watch Look at Game One of the World Series

  • Dylan M Hill | October 27, 2021 at 9:04 am |

    Typo in the Joey Gallo item: “suiting uop”

    • Paul Lukas | October 27, 2021 at 9:10 am |

      Fixed.

  • Eric | October 27, 2021 at 9:27 am |

    The gist of the Gallo link is that a media member commented on his way of getting dressed, not fans.

    And how do you watch the game with those gourd stems in the way?!

    • Paul Lukas | October 27, 2021 at 9:34 am |

      We moved the gourds while watching Squid Game, to make sure we could see the subtitles.

      But for everything else? It’s no big deal. Fine as is.

      • Rydell | October 27, 2021 at 10:38 am |

        I haven’t watched Squid Game yet but have heard it’s pretty good. Do you like it?

        • Paul Lukas | October 27, 2021 at 10:45 am |

          It’s sort of like the TV equivalent of clickbait: Intriguing, lots of enticements to keep you following along, but ultimately empty calories. Or at least that’s what Mary and I both thought.

          Also: There’s one sequence, stretched across two episodes, that includes dialogue in English, and that dialogue was sooooo cringe-inducingly bad. Bad script, bad acting. Made us wonder if all the dialogue in Korean was just as bad, with the subtitles maybe providing a buffer/distancing effect.

  • Hammer | October 27, 2021 at 9:51 am |

    I’m surprised the Seattle Metro-Kraken banner was relegated to the ticker. Nuances of what teams decide to put up banners for also seems like it would make for a good lede story in the future (if you haven’t done it already).

    • Paul Lukas | October 27, 2021 at 9:56 am |

      I’m perfectly willing to lede with banner-related content — but not on the day after Game One of the World Series!

  • Mike Bisch | October 27, 2021 at 9:51 am |

    Lions fans still wear Stafford jerseys because (1) They spent their hard earned blue collar wages on those expensive jerseys (heck, my stepson still wears a Ndamukong Suh Lions jersey), (2) I couldn’t even tell you what generic Lions jerseys are found in stores these days, as they don’t have a player worthy of that level of recognition, and (3) Lions fans are nostalgic for those great seasons of yesteryear when they had a QB capable of getting them to 4-12.

    • Jeremiah Allen | October 27, 2021 at 12:12 pm |

      As a Rams fan, I’m pretty happy to see Stafford on the team. It takes much more than a good QB to get beyond 4-12. Now, if the Rams could just go back to those awesome 80’s era throwbacks full-time…

  • Tim W | October 27, 2021 at 9:56 am |

    Order placed for the “Hit Sign, Win Stirrups” poster!!
    Thanks for taking my idea & running with it – it’s gonna look great in the home office!

    Looking forward to more poster designs in the future?

  • Daniel E | October 27, 2021 at 10:10 am |

    The more important question is whether Joc’s pearls were real. Certainly he makes enough money for it, and that would make it even cooler in my mind.

    • Nathan | October 27, 2021 at 3:02 pm |

      Joc says they are real.

  • Jay Suhr | October 27, 2021 at 10:18 am |

    World Series: When was the last time two teams both had spoon head designs?

  • Drew | October 27, 2021 at 11:38 am |

    I don’t care at all about NASCAR, but that Bubba Wallace quote was maddening. I feel for him. We don’t HAVE TO let advertising rule our lives, you know.

    • Paul Lukas | October 27, 2021 at 11:40 am |

      Yeah, that passage basically reads like a symptom of a societal illness. Ugh.

  • mike 2 | October 27, 2021 at 11:49 am |

    I like that the Kraken waited until the Habs visited to raise the banner – the 1917 Metropolitans beat the Habs to win the Cup. They were in the middle of the 1919 finals when the influenza epidemic ended the series.

    I haven’t done the research, but I feel pretty safe in saying that 102 years between visits to a city (Montreal to Seattle) is the new record.

    I love that Seattle raised a banner. My twitter feed is full of “not the same team” nonsense, I think its fun and awesome.

    The Jets have banners for the Avco Cup winners of the 1970s. The old Jets in the old Arena had a banner for the Winnipeg Victorias Stanley Cup Champions, but the new Jets don’t seem to.

    https://cms.nhl.bamgrid.com/images/photos/298659818/1024×576/cut.jpg

    http://3.cdn.nhle.com/nhl/images/upload/2013/11/OriginalJets_630x430.jpg

    • Tim | October 27, 2021 at 4:05 pm |

      But the real question is were there Sonics Banners in the Pledge?

      • mike 2 | October 27, 2021 at 6:06 pm |

        Presumably not.

        The Metropolitans and Jets are a special case. And I suppose the Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Millionaires (which I didn’t look into).

    • Wade Heidt | October 27, 2021 at 6:03 pm |

      No 1915 Vancouver Millionaires Stanley Cup banner in Rogers Arena.

      I look forward to a Kraken home game without a banner unveiling.

    • Ken Pilpel | October 27, 2021 at 11:32 pm |

      But Ottawa has 1921, 1923 & 1927 cup banners up. As well as a retired number for Frank Finnigan who played for the original Senators in the 20s & 30s

  • Nate | October 27, 2021 at 11:57 am |

    Bills are going retro for this weekend’s game versus the Dolphins
    https://twitter.com/BuffaloBills/status/1453354047956832258

  • dave robb | October 27, 2021 at 12:16 pm |

    Might the J Gallo dressing routine be attributed to OCD?

    • aygee | October 27, 2021 at 4:39 pm |

      A few others have suggested that. Either way, I”m not sure why anyone would care.
      Different sport, but Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders were both famously particular about their uniforms and had pregame rituals of laying them out and putting them on a certain way. You’d think that in a sport that values routine (often to the point of superstition) as much as baseball, it wouldn’t be a big deal.

  • Jim Carlisle | October 27, 2021 at 12:18 pm |

    Fox has misspelled “résumé” for years.

    • mike 2 | October 27, 2021 at 1:10 pm |

      It turns out I’ve been misspelling résumé for years as well.

      I’ve been putting the accent on the second e but not the first. Which never bothered me because the two e’s are pronounced differently.

      Now I’m confused and not sure what to think.

      • R. Scott Rogers | October 27, 2021 at 3:45 pm |

        Spelling it with both accents is fine, because that’s correct in the language we borrowed the word from. Spelling it with neither accent is fine, because English doesn’t have accents on vowels and we’re using it as an English word (see also: octopuses). Spelling it with only one accent, regardless of over which E the accent appears, is the only way to spell it wrong in this context. And yes, I’ve committed the same error as Fox myself, many times.

        • mike 2 | October 27, 2021 at 6:05 pm |

          Honestly I’m not bothered by the idea that I’ve been spelling it wrong, I’m bothered by the idea that I’ve been pronouncing it wrong.

  • Ron Ruelle | October 27, 2021 at 12:27 pm |

    Why does the generic World Series logo look like the Lombardi Trophy?

  • walter | October 27, 2021 at 12:46 pm |

    There’s no shame in playing poorly for the Yankees; just ask Randy Johnson. The spotlight is exceptionally bright and can incinerate you like an ant under a magnifying glass.
    I will be pulling for Joey Gallo in his post-Yankee career.

    • JB | October 27, 2021 at 1:51 pm |

      Texas Ranger fan weighing in on Gallo. He is a really good guy, loved by teammates and fans. He is quirky and deals with ticks and some level of OCD. He is maddening as a player because you see he can be so much more than a slugger who strikes out. He is a gold glove outfielder with perhaps the best arm in the game. He can play centerfield and runs very well (not just for a big man). His problem, in my view, is he thinks too much. The game gets in his head – maybe because of the issues above. I worried when he was traded to NY. He is not a fit there. I hope he lands somewhere else and unlocks the full talent.

      • walter | October 27, 2021 at 5:52 pm |

        Every sport has its flagship franchise; a team where championships are expected, not hoped for. A team where players are expected to be perfect, and improve every day. I think of the Yankees and Lakers falling into this category.

  • R. Scott Rogers | October 27, 2021 at 3:47 pm |

    Re the yellowish Atlanta caps: Throughout the playoffs to date, many Houston players have appeared to be wearing caps where the H has yellowed. I wonder if that’s a trick of either lighting or contemporary cameras or broadcasting?

  • Andrew | October 27, 2021 at 5:28 pm |

    I don’t think Atlanta uses the plain grays in the playoffs anymore. I can’t remember them wearing anything on the road other than the navy alts since Brian Snitker became manager.

    • David Murphy | October 27, 2021 at 8:53 pm |

      The Braves wore their road grays last week in game three of the NLCS. I prefer the grays as well. They might wear three different colored jerseys at home this weekend: red on Friday, white on Sunday, and cream on Sunday.

      • David Murphy | October 27, 2021 at 8:55 pm |

        Sorry – white on Saturday, and cream on Sunday.

  • ChrisH | October 27, 2021 at 5:30 pm |

    Good for Larry Mac…crew shirt still fits him well after 30 years!

    Apostrophe Catastrophe on the NASCAR NextGen test car:

    https://www.gettyimages.ie/detail/news-photo/crew-members-prepare-the-nascar-next-gen-car-for-a-test-news-photo/1349257264

    At least they spared me the agony of seeing those oddly-placed ‘door’ numbers!

  • Wade Heidt | October 27, 2021 at 6:20 pm |

    About those Hamilton Tiger-Cats practice pants. That is a photo from training camp of DB Adonis Davis. He has just been brought back to the team and is on practice roster.

    The training camp pants in the photo are from the old Signature alternate uniforms last worn in games years ago.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bv97CCJCAAE92Og.jpg