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Good morning! Hope everyone had a good holiday weekend.
Speaking of the holiday, MLB teams wore lots of Independence Day gear yesterday. As you can see above, the ensemble included red socks, which looked really weird for teams that don’t have red as a team color. Here’s a closer look at the design:
Other MLB notes from yesterday:
• Many players wore star-spangled and/or striped compression sleeves:
• There were also stars/stripes batting gloves:
• Lots of catchers wore flag-themed chest protectors:
• As you’d expect, lots of players wore flag-themed footwear:
• Even the umpires got into the act:
• As usual, the Brewers went the extra mile by wearing holiday-themed batting helmets, although their white-panel decals looked a bit too small:
• Speaking of the extra mile, D-backs pitcher Madison Bumgarner literally draped himself with the flag while walking from the bullpen to the dugout prior to his start:
• Also as usual, the A’s looked particularly bad in the holiday attire, because it clashed badly with their color scheme:
• The Blue Jays wore a modified, less flag-y version of the cap, and Jays players also inscribed their caps with “JB” — a memorial for Julia Budzinski, the recently deceased daughter of coach Bud Budzinski:
• As an aside, minor league teams wore the same holiday cap template yesterday:
(My thanks to Marcus Hall, Kurt Rozek, and @Spesh98 for their contributions to this section.)
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Very superstitious, continued: You may recall that Mets third baseman Eduardo Escobar tried to change his luck by changing his shoes in the middle of a game earlier this year. He tried something similar on Friday when he began wearing a new belt with an unusual design based on the flag of his native Venezuela (shown at right). Additional info here.
MLB belts have been a free-for-all for a couple of years now, but I don’t think I’ve seen one quite as flashy as this one. Once he began wearing it, Escobar promptly homered in three consecutive games, so it seems like a safe bet that he’ll keep wearing it for the foreseeable future.
(My thanks to @FormerDirtDart, Charlie Steele, and Phil for this one.)
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Great art project: A guy named Mick Earlson decided to make a Kachina-style logo for every NHL team. The results are really fun. You can see the entire project here.
(Big thanks to Mike Chamernik for this one.)
A few reminders: In case you missed it last week, Uni Watch is once again partnering with Grey Flannel Auctions to offer free, no-obligation appraisals of your sports memorabilia. Have a cool item and want to know what it’s worth, or maybe even want to put it up for auction? Get the full scoop here.
Also: I’m now accepting entries for a new design contest. The challenge is to create a set of MLB All-Star uniforms that don’t suck. Yes, of course it would be better for players to just wear their regular team uniforms, but Nike and MLB have abandoned that approach, so let’s see if we can do better than what they’ve come up with. Full details here.
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What Paul did
last night yesterday: It was a gorgeous, sun-splashed day here in NYC yesterday, so Mary and I decided to spend the afternoon fishing on one of the boats that go out from the south tip of Brooklyn. No keepers, alas, although I came close with this 18″ fluke — half an inch shy of legal size. A very nice way to spend the holiday.
Sorry, no Ticker today, because the entire Uni Watch staff had the day off. The Ticker will return tomorrow. — Paul