The first Ticker on the new site features a nearly-unbuttoned MLB player, an NHL jersey-themed cake, lots of new soccer shirts, and an anachronistic Formula One car.
- The Giants wore Negro League San Francisco Sea Lions throwbacks yesterday. That means they wore four different jerseys in four days (from our own Brinke Guthrie and @itscurran).
- The Astros gave two former Manchester City players, Pablo Zabaleta and Joleon Lescott, jerseys with their names on the back and No. 22 because they’re traveling with City’s men’s team’s preseason tour. It’s not really clear what either of them do with the club, if anything (from Ignacio Salazar).
- Yankees TV analyst Paul O’Neill told a story yesterday about how former player Don Mattingly unusually wore sweatbands and batting gloves from different companies. Reader Jorge Cruz got a video for us but it’s a little hard to hear.
- Mariners P Ryan Borucki had his jersey almost completely unbuttoned yesterday (from Mitch Wiley).
- The Philadelphia Inquirer did a piece on an area company, Victus Sports, that supplies bats to about 30% of MLB players (from Kurt Esposito).
- Here are the MLB teams imagined as 8-bit ice hockey jerseys (from @mixedmediashop).
- Fox Sports has apologized after projecting Red Sox and Yankees logos onto the memorial pools at the National September 11 Memorial during Saturday night’s game broadcast.
- Former MLBer Barry Bonds wore a No. 42 Dodgers jersey for a celebrity softball event (from Chuck Church).
- Following up on an item from last week: Orioles P Jordan Lyles, who had an upside-down 8 on his jersey in his previous start, had a properly oriented numeral yesterday (from John Fonte).
- The in-stadium announcer for Japan’s Chiba Lotte Marines got a commemorative jersey for her 2,000th game (from Jeremy Brahm).
- We’ve had a few items recently about the Canucks now having two players named Elias Pettersson. In a related item, the Capitals had coach Peter Laviolette’s son, who is also named Peter Laviolette, attend the team’s development camp.
- Recent Rangers draft pick Adam Sykora’s younger sister celebrated his first pro contract by baking him a Rangers jersey-themed cake (from Mike Chamernik).
- The KHL’s Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod updated their logo (from Seth Rorabaugh).
- Three new Nets players were given their numbers (thanks, Phil).
- The new club Santa Barbara Sky, which is to play in USL League One and a women’s league to be determined, has a logo that appears to have the same idea as the NWSL’s ex-Seattle Reign did. The club also claims in an Instagram post to be the first pro soccer club with a woman on its crest, which is obviously wrong because of the example I just mentioned as well as Italy’s Atalanta, among others.
- The NWSL’s Washington Spirit came to yesterday’s game wearing shirts saying “Bans Off Our Bodies.” Virginia US Senator Tim Kaine was an honorary co-captain and got a shirt with his name on the back and No. 1.
- England: New second shirts for Manchester United, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, and Tottenham Hotspur.
- Also from England: In a sort of meta development, Classic Football Shirts is the new shirt advertiser for Burnley FC (from Germán Cabrejo)
- NBC ranked the Premier League shirts that are already out (thanks, Phil).
- Germany: The fanbases of Schalke 04 and 1. FC Nürnberg are friendly with each other. So friendly, in fact, that their second shirts for next season have the same design, including a little hologram that is a combo of both of their crests.
- Scotland: New shirts for Dundee United, St. Johnstone, and St. Mirren.
- The Scottish Women’s Premier League has an official ball for the first time, which is actually the same one as their male counterparts.
- Poland: New shirts for Chrobry Głogów, Garbarnia Kraków, Podbeskidzie, and
Wisła Płock (all from Ed Żelaski).
- Yesterday was the anniversary of a Yugoslavia/Bolivia match at the 1930 men’s World Cup where Bolivia’s shirts spelled out “Viva Uruguay,” as a reference to the hosts, with one large letter on the front of each player’s shirt (from Trevor Williams).
- If you’re unaware, NASCAR plays “O Canada” at three of the closest tracks to the Canadian border — New Hampshire, Michigan, and Watkins Glen, N.Y. — because of the high number of Canadian fans who come down to attend (from Trevor Williams).
- W Series driver Abbi Pulling drove the 2012 Lotus E20 Formula One car in the buildup to the F1 British Grand Prix a few weeks ago. But it had this season’s livery from Alpine, which was known as Lotus at the time, so of course the car didn’t actually look like that when it was active.
- The Volleyball Nations Leagues are bringing back the Equal Jersey program, which last year had men’s and women’s players wearing each other’s NOBs but now appears to have its own design (from Jeremy Brahm).
- Also from Jeremy: Italian volleyball player Elena Pietrini doesn’t wear knee pads, which appears to be unusual because Jeremy says it’s male players that don’t often wear them.
- The Athletes Unlimited lacrosse league has new jerseys.
- Australian Football League club Fremantle’s men’s team is wearing a late-’90s throwback later this season (also from Trevor Williams).
- Adidas released the very abstract outfit for its tennis players to wear for pre-US Open events. “Yes, Adidas players are really going to wear this,” says our own Brinke Guthrie.