Good morning! Hope everyone had a good weekend, as I did (more on that in a minute).
Now then: Sometimes a single photo is just loaded with uni-notable details. That’s the case with the shot shown above, which I first saw when Twitter-er @waynetm41 recently tweeted it at me. “I feel like @ would approve [of] these stirrups,” he wrote.
And yes, the stirrups are nice. But there’s a whole lot more going on than just the ’rups. How much more? This much:
- The uniforms are essentially black at the top (the caps) and the bottom (the lower part of the stirrups), and red in between.
- In addition to the stirrups, everyone has very nice blousing.
- Well, almost everyone — someone on the far side of the mound is going with lower cuffs and no blousing.
- Instead of NOBs, the team is wearing BVOB — Bible verse on back: “Colossians 3:17.”
- The back of No. 14’s cap appears to have a cross.
- The front-cap logo, which is visible only on the far-left player, appears to have been poached from the Atlanta Falcons.
- The back of No. 14’s pants has two loops and a tunnel.
- White belts!
- Everyone is wearing Adidas footwear.
That’s a lot of uni mileage from one photo!
The team is St. Thomas Aquinas High School, a Catholic school in Hammond, La. The photo is from 2016. The team is indeed called the Falcons, and they did indeed use the NFL Falcons’ logo (although I don’t think they’re still using it today). Here’s a better look at that, also from 2016:
The infielder in that photo was cheating a bit with his stirrups. Here’s that same play a few seconds later — look at the bottom of his stirrups:
Here’s another look at that weird loops-and-tunnel treatment on the pants:
Here’s the kid who doesn’t like to blouse:
And here you can see that they did indeed wear a cross on the back of their caps:
While looking for more photos, I came across this one, which shows an Aquinas coach with a different cap logo, a different uni manufacturer (Nike instead of Russell), and a cross instead of a front jersey number (not sure I’ve ever seen that before, but I don’t see much high school baseball, so maybe it’s common among Christian schools):
Okay, so that’s not really a thousand words, but it’s still a pretty fun rabbit hole based on a single seven-year-old high school baseball photo that someone tweeted at me. A fun start to our week!