Greetings once again from Greenville, N.C., where last night’s Purp Walk festivities were highly enjoyable. I’ll have more to say about that in a separate post either later today or tomorrow.
Meanwhile: Uni Watch reader Stephen Krupin attended a Giants/Nats game in San Francisco the other day and sent photos of a really sensational exhibit in the Giants’ ballpark. His photos have a fair amount of glare, but you can still get the idea (and I’ll transcribe some of the text the glare interferes with). Let’s start with this shot, which shows a Luis González road jersey and some accompanying text that’s easy enough to read:
The text continues in this next photo (the glare is a bit challenging, so I’m putting a transcription below the photo):
Here’s an easier-to-read version of the text (plus I did a bit of very minor copy editing for grammar and clarity):
Unfortunately, the seamstress at National Park didn’t realize that the drop-shadows on the Giants’ letters give each letter a top and a bottom, and Luis González wore a jersey with with two of the letters (the N and the first Z) upside-down when he took the field at the 1,000th player in SF history.
We are very lucky to have Alison Drake as our seamstress at Oracle Park.
She makes sure the Giants’ letters have the drop-shadows dropping.
Sure enough, if you look closely at the jersey’s NOB, you can see that the gold layer on most of the letters goes down and to the right — except on the N and the first Z, where it goes up and to the left:
Those two letters were positioned upside-down — an easy mistake to make for someone who doesn’t normally work on the Giants’ uniforms, especially because the gold shadow is so thin and subtle.
In case you’re wondering, this all happened on April 22, 2022, which really should have been mentioned in the exhibit text. It also would’ve been nice if they’d used “stitcher” instead of the gendered term “seamstress,” especially since some teams have male stitchers (like Russ Gompers here in New York). But aside from those two nitpicks, it’s pretty awesome that the Giants have this display in their concourse. It teaches people about how call-ups’ jerseys get lettered when the team is on the road, about drop-shadows, and about the team’s own stitcher — a win-win-win! Nicely done, Giants.
I couldn’t resist going a bit deeper on this. First, here’s a digital version of the Giants’ NOB font, so you can see how the gold layer is supposed to look:
Obviously, the drop-shadow mistake would only be possible with letters that are rotational ambigrams, meaning they look the same (except for the shadow) right-side up and upside down (i.e., if they’re rotated 180 degrees). In the Giants’ font, that would be the H, I, N, O, S, X, and Z.
As it happens, those particular letters also appear a total of five times, in the same font, on the front of the Giants’ road jersey, which would seem to be ripe for the upside-down mistake (I bet it’s happened before and we just haven’t noticed):
While we’re at it, three of the six letters of the front of the Giants’ home jersey are also potentially vulnerable to this mistake, but the drop-shadow is much thicker on those letters, so it seems less likely that a stitcher would accidentally make that error:
Meanwhile, in a related item:
— brett (@Rennermbrett) May 10, 2023
(Huge thanks to Stephen Krupin for the concourse pics and thanks also to Chris Dougherty for the Kraken item.)