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Some MLB teams wear their alternate uniforms whenever they feel like it, or when the starting pitcher wants to wear them, or when they’re on a winning streak, or when they just want to change things up. Other teams have specific protocols for when they wear their alts, and the Phillies are one of those teams. They wear their cream alternates and blue caps for non-Thursday afternoon home games, their red spring training tops for road getaway games, and their powder blue throwbacks for Thursday home games.
The Thursday throwbacks haven’t been an issue so far in the postseason (the Phils haven’t played on a Thursday, at home or even on the road, since Sept. 29), and they weren’t supposed to be in play for the World Series either, because this Thursday was originally supposed to be a travel day. But after Game Three was rained out on Monday night, the entire Series schedule was bumped back a day, which means Game Five will take place tomorrow — Thursday. That led to this tweet last night from Phils beat writer Matt Gelb:
That makes sense. The Phils wore the home creams for the NLDS clincher against Atlanta because it was a day game, so they’re apparently sticking with their basic uni guidelines for the postseason. I’d be surprised if they don’t wear the blues.
Update: It’s now official — the Phils will indeed wear the blues tomorrow night:
I should probably acknowledge here that I’ve never loved the idea of wearing a road throwback at home, but whaddya gonna do. In any case, this will be the first time a full powder blue uni has been worn in the World Series in many, many years. How many? I think you have to go all the way back to the 1985 Royals!
Also: Since the Phils won last night, there’s a chance, however slight, that they could close out the Series in Game Five, which could result in a powder blue dogpile on the field.
Meanwhile, here’s a fun coincidence: Philly and Houston won’t just be facing each other on the baseball diamond on Thursday night — they’ll also be squaring off on the gridiron, because the Texans will be hosting the Eagles for Thursday Night Football.
ITEM! Really Fun New Premium Article
I have a new Premium article today on Substack, and I don’t mind saying that it’s so interesting and so much fun. It’s about how MLB umpires like to collect players’ caps, especially during the World Series. It features some new discoveries and some great quotes I got from current MLB ump Hunter Wendelstedt. I really loved working on this one.
You can read the first part of the article here. In order to read the entire thing, you’ll need to become a paying subscriber to my Premium content on Substack. (Didn’t hear about my move from Bulletin to Substack? Additional details on that, including the “Pay What You Wish” subscription option, can be found here.)
Too Good for the Ticker
So this is pretty cool: Car registration (or inspection?) stickers in Puerto Rico currently have a Roberto Clemente theme. We could quibble with some of the design elements (Clemente never wore the Pirates’ current number font and never wore an NOB), but the overall presentation is still very nice. And hey, Uni Watch colors!
(Big thanks to John Dankosky for letting me know about this one.)
ITEM! Uni Watch Soccer Jerseys Have Arrived
I’m happy to report that the Uni Watch soccer jerseys are back from the factory (a few weeks early!), and they look really, really good. If you ordered one back in September, you should be receiving it in the next day or so.
Here are some additional pics of my jersey, along with more professional-looking pics taken by Uni Watch reader Austin Chen, who collaborated with me on this project under his Equipt uniform brand:
I know from past experience that a few people may be emailing me to say, “Hey, I missed those when you first offered them, but they look great! How can I order one? Can I get it in time for the holidays?” So here’s what we’ll do: If there’s enough interest, we will take another round of orders for holiday delivery — but these will be blank on the back. (Doing custom numbers/NOBs would take too much time.) The price will be $50. If that interests you, shoot me a note. If we get enough requests, we’ll start taking orders soon. Thanks!
Finally, I should say here that Austin has been an absolute pleasure to work with throughout this process. Thanks so much, buddy — hope we can collaborate more in the future!
Late-Breaking Halloween Costume
Gotta love the costumes worn on Halloween by reader Matt Estreich’s sons Max (the ref) and Jack (the replay assistant). Kudos all around!