It’s official: There’s something weird going on regarding Yankees pitcher Carlos Rodón and the team’s sleeve advertisement.
As you may recall, Rodón’s sleeve just happen to be rolled up in a way that obscured the sleeve ad for the first two innings of a game on July 26 (which was his first start after the team added the sleeve ad). He later claimed, rather unpersuasively, that he had no idea the ad was obscured and that his sleeve had just magically “come up” on its own.
Fast forward to last night: Rodón was on the hill for the Yankees in Boston (with the Yanks wearing first responder caps because their game on Sept. 11 was rained out). As usual, the Yankees’ jerseys carried an ad patch on each player’s front-facing sleeve — except that the ad was missing from one player’s jersey. And who might that one player have been? None other than one Carlos Rodón.
Rodón pitched five innings last night. His right sleeve, where the ad would normally appear, was blank for the first four:
But someone in the Yanks’ hierarchy must have noticed, because look what suddenly appeared when Rodón went out for the bottom of the fifth:
Let’s shift into FAQ mode:
Did Rodón wear the sleeve ad the last time he pitched?
What about the last time he pitched on the road?
Also yes. Photos indicate that he wore it without incident for every appearance between July 26 and last night.
Is it possible that they just somehow neglected to put the ad patch on his jersey?
Sure, anything’s possible. But to my knowledge, no other sleeve ad has gone missing from an MLB player’s jersey this season. Moreover, think about all the memorial patches, anniversary patches, and team-logo patches that teams wear — how often do we see any of them accidentally omitted from a jersey? Like, pretty much never, right? So while it’s theoretically possible that that’s what happened to Rodón, it seems highly improbable that such a rare mishap just happened to victimize the same player whose rolled-up sleeve was obscuring the sleeve ad six weeks ago.
In short: This doesn’t pass the smell test, at least for me. Your olfactory mileage may vary.
What’s Rodón’s gripe with the Yankees’ uni advertiser?
Beats me. Maybe they denied an insurance claim that he filed. Or maybe he thinks they’re woke. Or maybe he just doesn’t like uniform ads.
Did they just slap an adhesive ad patch onto his jersey in between the fourth and fifth innings, or did he change to a new ad-clad jersey?
Good question. Impossible to know, at least for now.
Update: Eagle-eyed reader/commenter Derek Linn points out that in the screen shot from the fifth inning, a stray white thread is visible on the “W” in Rodón’s jersey insignia:
That thread is not visible in the screen shots from the first four innings. That doesn’t necessarily prove that Rodón switched to a different jersey, but certainly lends credence to that idea.
Do you think we’ll ever find out the real story behind this?
Justing by how Rodón responded when asked about the rolled-up sleeve, I doubt he’ll ever provide a frank answer. (But if anyone connected to the Yankees has inside info on this, I’m all ears. Anonymity assured, of course.)
Did Rodón purchase a Uni Watch seam ripper from you?
Not yet! But Carlos, if you’re reading this, we’ve got you covered.
Rodón’s next start will likely be this Sunday in Pittsburgh. I for one will be paying close attention.