Well, that looked pretty awful. At least the players seemed to be enjoying themselves, so there’s that. Here are some notes and observations from last night’s game:
- None of the jerseys had front numbers, which looked ridiculously rinky-dink for the teams that usually have them.
- Just like last year, the players wore “AL” and “NL” batting helmets, instead of logos that matched their caps.
- Most players wore those awful mesh-backed trucker’s caps, but two National Leaguers — Albert Pujols and Clayton Kershaw — wore conventional cloth caps. Why? Because they wear the “21” patch for past Roberto Clemente Award winners, and I guess the patch would’ve been tougher to adhere to the mesh. (There are several other players wearing the “21” this season, but Pujols and Kershaw are the only ones who made the All-Star roster.)
- Two American League pitchers — the Guardians’ Emmanuel Clase and the Yankees’ Nestor Cortes — wore gloves patterned after their native national flags (the Dominican Republic for Clase and Cuba for Cortes).
- I’d been wondering if the Yankees’ All-Star representatives would wear NOBs (it wasn’t immediately clear from the jersey unveiling last week). Yup, they did. They also wore NOBs last year, of course, but last year’s All-Star unis weren’t based on the team unis like this year’s were, so it seemed more egregious to see the Yanks wearing NOBs this time around.
- Astros coach Omar López, who was coaching first base for the American League, wore his regular Astros coaching helmet, rather than a custom-made AL helmet. (This may also have been the case for the game’s other coaches, but I didn’t notice.) I could only find a rear-view photo of it, but it also had the ’Stros logo on the front.
- Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera’s jewelry matched his uniform pretty nicely.
- Prior to the game, Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts wore a T-shirt calling for more attendance by Black fans.
- Ben Platt, who sang the national anthem, wore a “Choice” button, presumably referring to abortion.
- Finally, in the unlikely event that you weren’t already convinced of Rob Manfred being unfit to serve as MLB commish, there’s this:
If you’re bummed about the All-Stars not wearing their actual uniforms again, I asked Rob Manfred about it today. He praised Nike and added: “I never thought that a baseball team wearing different jerseys in a game was a particularly appealing look for us.”
— Tyler Kepner (@TylerKepner) July 19, 2022
My god, what a clown he is. He’s almost too easy to make fun of. I may have to add that quote to my running list of his uni-related sins.
(My thanks to Joshua Exline, Amy Lively, and Trevor Williams for their contributions.)