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Yankee Doodle Dandy: Hero Pitcher Covers Up Yanks’ Uni Ad

I was busy on Wednesday night, so I didn’t watch the Mets/Yanks game. If I had, I definitely would have noticed Yankees starter Carlos Rodón’s right sleeve cuff, which was rolled up in a way that just happened to obscure the team’s new sleeve advertisement.

At least one observer did notice:

Did Rodón do this for the entire game? No, unfortunately. His ad-blocker was activated for the first two innings:

But someone must have put the kibosh on that, because the sleeve was no longer rolled up for the remainder of his 5⅔-inning stint:

Although the Yanks’ sleeve advertisement was announced on July 12, the team didn’t begin wearing it until July 21. Wednesday’s game was Rodón’s first start since then. Does he normally roll up his sleeve? Nope:

Conclusion: Rodón was making a little statement about the uni ad by rolling up his sleeve on Wednesday night, and then was told to stop. He is now Uni Watch’s favorite MLB player (even though he’s a Yankee). Free Carlos Rodón!

(My thanks to Phil for bringing this situation to my attention.)

Comments (23)

    Paul, look up where he went to school. Hint: I was already a fan.

    Thanks, Carlos. Keep up the good fight.

    Those patches look pretty stiff. Probably annoying rubbing against the arm especially for pitchers.

    Just playing devil’s advocate, but do we really think he was making a statement about the awful uni patch? As noted, maybe he just didn’t like how it felt against his arm with the flap of fabric below it and folded it up for comfort? I’m all for hoping the players hate this add shit as much as we do, but don’t want to read in too much. That said, I would not be surprised to learn someone told him to fold it down to show the thing.

    But the cuff wouldn’t be big enough to actually move to be not against the arm, it would have to be double-cuffed, no?

    Popular move among most fans, but I’m sure it went over like a fart in church to team brass. Guarantee that there was a call placed to the dugout telling him to knock it off.

    Also, possibly the best Yankee mustache since Mattingly, or at least definitely in the conversation.

    I’d like to think that it was because they’ve denied his insurance claim in the past.

    A tangent, but sorta related: My local soccer team has a regional insurance company as its main shirt advertiser, and one time I was on vacation in the north woods of my state. Grabbed breakfast at a cafe in town, wearing one of my team’s shirts, and while I was eating the cook came out of the kitchen on break and sat down at our table and proceeded to talk about insurance. Turns out he saw my shirt with the giant logo of the insurance company, assumed I worked for the insurance company, and wanted to share some opinions about his policy. (It was all positive stuff from him; he’d had a DUI and the insurance company in question was the only one he could find that would offer a policy he could afford on a cook’s pay.) I explained about the team and the advertisement. On the upshot, the guy was really into it, and because he liked his insurance company, he pronounced himself a fan o the team.

    I work for an insurance company, and have had the opposite experience, although it was not with a sports uni. We used to wear company branded shirts during travel, but stopped because we had folks being harassed on planes, etc. That logo associates you with the company, good or bad, even if you have nothing to do with what the person is happy or angry about. As an employee, I always figured it went with the territory. Funny it happened to you with a soccer jersey. Glad it was positive, and not a bitch-fest.

    Probably the only person on the planet that actually likes their insurance company.

    Nice. Sure, nobody “likes” paying for coverage, but I can personally attest to the fact that many folks really are appreciative of their company, and their efforts. You only hear about the bad stuff (‘my rates are too high”, “they took to long to fix my car”, etc.), and that’s not to say complaints are without merit. Many are understandable. But, I come across customers often who are really glad their insurer was/is there when they need them.

    If teams wore vests, where would the ad patch go?

    In 1969, when teams wore the Jerry Dior patch on their sleeves for the 100th anny, vested teams put their patch on the vest itself.


    Now, that spot is occupied by the swoosh, but I would have to think teams would find another spot on the vest — either that or it would go on the undershirt, depending upon the handedness of the player.

    STARR paid an MLB record $25M for that ad spot

    Rodon should have to pay them back out of his salary for not showing it

    i don’t know if the team will fine him or not

    and you don’t know that, either

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