In today’s Ticker, we’ve got lots of MLB news, a possible new white helmet for the Broncos, and much more!
- Interesting observation from Daniel Benjamin Miller, who attended the New York Mets home opener on Friday, who notes Mets and Miami Marlins seem to have their advertisements on the opposite sleeves — even though the players “handedness” is the same. Mets: RHP with ad on left sleeve; Marlins RHP with ad on right sleeve.
- Meet the young Los Angeles Dodgers fan who dreams of being an MLB umpire one day.
- During Friday’s game, the San Francisco Giants honored Gaylord Perry by putting his number on the mound. (Thanks, Paul)
- The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Drey Jameson wore Scooby Doo themed cleats during Friday’s game. (From Valencia Joe)
- This article asks, and attempts to answer, “How did the ‘Old English D’ go from Tigers logo to a symbol of Detroit pride?” (From Brandon Weir)
- No matter what you think of the Minnesota Twins uniforms, you gotta admit their sleeve patch is pretty top notch. (From The Traditional Badger)
- The promotional item for the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday was a crossover “Brew Crew”/Giannis Antetokounmpo jersey. (From Rob Edigital)
- The following five (5!) are from Kary Klismet: 1) The Rockies renewed their annual tradition of painting a purple stripe down the middle of Blake Street in Denver to celebrate Opening Day.
- 2) Speaking of the Rockies, Coors Field’s Rooftop bar (a somewhat controversial stadium renovation that reduced seating capacity by 7,000 in order to create one of the hippest hangout spots in Denver) is commemorating its 10th year of existence this season.
- 3) Sticking with the Rockies, here’s a history of their costumed mascot, Dinger.
- 4) And one more on the Rockies (or should I say “on the rocks”?): here’s a list of purple cocktails in the bars around Coors Field to celebrate Opening Day. (It also might be worth keeping this story handy for some beverage ideas when Purple Amnesty Day rolls aorund in a few weeks).
- 5) The new lights at Dodger Stadium change colors for home runs, pitching changes, and other key moments in the game. (Thanks, Kary!!!)
- The Los Angeles Angels have a new home run celebration, which includes a Samurai warrior helmet called a kabuto. It was Shohei Ohtani’s idea.
- Have we ever mentioned how shitty the kerning is on the Seattle Mariners’ navy jerseys? (From Conor Glassey)
- Great spot by Bill Haelig, who noticed the New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge wore his custom “99” belt upside down.
- The Philadelphia Phillies haven’t worn their powder blue throwbacks this season. Are they a victim of the “4 + 1” rule, or have supply chain issues delayed their debut? (From Fire Glen Rivers and Daryl Morey)
- Here’s a feature on Sprocket, the costumed mascot of the Rocket City Trash Pandas (the Angels’ Double-A affiliate). (From Kary Klismet)
- Many UWers bemoan non-white/gray jerseys (especially when worn with white or gray pants) as (beer league-ish) “softball” tops, but when paired with same color pants, and contrasting color sleeves/socks, I happen to think these could work on an MLB diamond.
- WBC: The Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame has already added Shohei Ohtani’s WBC uniform (plus a few other items) to their collection.
- Japan: The author of this tweet feels that, “Considering how rich SoftBank is, you’d think they could afford to design a new logo that wasn’t created using the WordArt Tool from Microsoft Word 97.” (From Jeremy Brahm)
- New numbers for some of the Arizona Cardinals’ newcomers.
- The Denver Broncos will be getting an alternate helmet this season, with all signs pointing to white. Twitter decided to take a few cracks at how that might look.
- If you’re into such things, here’s yet another ranking of NFL jerseys.
- We’ve featured this video of the Dallas Cowboys “new” blue uniforms (introduced in 1981) on UW before, but one more time can’t hurt. (From Funhouse)
- West Orange (N.J.) High School’s football team has received rings for winning last fall’s state championship. (From Kary Klismet)
- Here’s a take on where the NHL will (might?) be in 2048, with regard to Pride Nights.
- Want some Stanley Cup swag? Former Penguins player and announcer, Stanley Cup winner Phil Bourque is auctioning off his cup rings and some jerseys.
- EBUG (short for “Emergency Back Up Goaltender”) for the Maple Leafs last night. Jett Alexander wearing his U. of Toronto Varsity Blues mask, gloves, and pads as emergency backup. (From Wade Heidt) Or perhaps not quite an EBUG.
- Monterey Bay FC, who play in the USL, have unveiled new uniforms.
- Here’s one you don’t see often: The Philadelphia Union kitted up their GK with a different advertiser than their outfielders. Submitter Sunny Day Real Aesthete adds, “Seems likely they only prepare one set of sponsors for GK whereas the current away shirt features a secondary sponsor from a Bimbo subsidiary.”
- The logos of the ACC member schools made a strange appearance at last night’s NYC FC vs Atlanta United match at Yankee Stadium. There was a banner with each ACC school’s logo on the field. Submitter Michael Rich adds, “Perhaps the banner was a holdover from the Pinstripe Bowl?”
- Cool thread here with “a notebook full of fictitious soccer teams I made up when I was in junior high.” (From Bryant)
- England: Star Wars Celebration is going on in London this week-end. In celebration, a jersey has been released. Submitter Jonathan Goupil notes that if you click on that link you get a “404” Error Message, but here’s a look at the jersey.
- This graphic shows all the different Nike Premier League balls “Sonny” (Son Heung-min) scored with getting to his 100th. (From Benji)
- At yesterday’s rain-shortened Masters, Tiger Woods’ caddy had a New York Giants logo t-shirt barely showing through the center chest of his t-shirt. (From Brian Weingartz)
- Here’s a fascinating story on what happened to the famous yellow shirt that Jack Nicklaus wore when he won the Masters in 1986. (From Kary Klismet)
- Coralville, Iowa, has unveiled a logo as a host of this year’s RAGBRAI that commemorates both the city’s 150th and the cycling tour’s 50th anniversary. (From Kary Klismet)
- Ads are everywhere, including uniforms, but this might be a new one: a beach in India now features digital ads. (From our own Lloyd Alaban)
- Here’s a fun history of Bucky the Buccaneer, East Tennessee State University’s costumed mascot. (From Kary Klismet)
- Stony Brook University’s Wolfie has been crowned the State Univeristy of New York system’s most popular mascot for the second straight year in the annual “Mascot Madness” tournament. (Also from Kary)
- This collection of historic photos from Connecticut includes an excellent one of Handsome Dan I, Yale’s original live bulldog mascot. (One last one from Kary)