March 14, 2007


Filed under: baseball, ephemera, research — ted @ 11:19 pm

I know that’s George Brett, above, but I have no idea what to make of this.


February 26, 2007

Sweating those Sweaters

Filed under: baseball — ted @ 12:59 pm

A great post today on Uni Watch features pictures of a long-forgotten part of the baseball uniform: the sweater.

I want one of these:

October 20, 2006

In Vain

Filed under: baseball — ted @ 2:29 pm

In case you missed Endy Chavez making one of the sweetest catches ever in last night’s Game 7 loss, you can watch the video on mlb.com, and read a breathless comparison of the play to Willie Mays’s “The Catch” on Slate.

The Mets looked good again last night: too bad that doesn’t count for much…

October 19, 2006

Cubs + Red Sox, and it gets through Buckner…

Filed under: baseball — ted @ 11:54 am

Yet another post about baseball uniforms — both inspired by Paul Lukas, who is an ESPN Page 2 columnist and one of my favorite bloggers.

In today’s ESPN “Uni Watch” column, Lukas published what may be his greatest column ever. It features this photo of Bill Buckner walking off the field after allowing Mookie Wilson’s ground ball to pass under his glove, through his legs, and into right field — thereby losing the 1986 World Series for the Red Sox:

As you can see, Buckner was wearing a Cubs batting glove under his mitt — thereby doubly-cursing his right hand, the very hand under which the ground ball passed. Buckner has played for the Cubs previously (we traded to the Sox in 1984), but he kept wearing this glove — it was obviously his “lucky glove.” Not so much. Read Lukas’s article for the full-treatment.

UPDATE: Paul Lukas was kind enough to stop by, and point out that I misspelled his name. My sincere apologies, Mr. Lukas!

Back in Blue

Filed under: baseball — ted @ 10:17 am

Did you notice how lovely the Mets looked last night, in their true-blue pinstripe uniforms, with the gorgeous orange and blue cap?

Compare this to the blackened disaster they wore in games one and two:

If you’re in agreement, visit the Ditch the Black campaign and sign the petition. I implore you.

October 13, 2006

Fox is Crafty

Filed under: baseball — ted @ 3:12 pm

You can’t read the enlightening, unreasonably fascinating articles on Baseball Prospectus unless you pay for a subscription — and you probably wouldn’t want to, unless you’re nuts about both baseball and the quest to interpret it through statistics. But this editorial intervention from staff writer Joe Sheehan, responding to baseball’s decision to move today’s Tigers-A’s game to 4:30 this afternoon, so that the Mets can play during primetime, is worth reading, if even you’re not a baseball fanactic.

So I’m going to paste it  below. Enjoy!

As I’m sure you know, today’s ALCS Game Three between the A’s and Tigers in Detroit has been rescheduled for 4:30 or so, from its original 8:00 or so.

I don’t have a problem with this decision, for the most part. Games that run consecutively are always better than games that run concurrently, so this meets that standard. I would have flipped the two, because the Cardinals and the Mets have to travel tonight to play tomorrow and should get the earlier start, but that doesn’t seem to have been a concern.

I do have a problem with the stated rationale, which is just untrue. From the Associated Press:

Major League Baseball said Thursday that concerns about the weather Friday night in Detroit prompted the switch from the original start time of 8:19 p.m.

That, my friends, is most certainly not the case. The A’s and Tigers aren’t playing at 4:30 because it’s cold and, swear to God, snowy, in Detroit. They’re playing at 4:30 because Fox wants to show the New York team in prime time. That is the sole reason for the time change; the weather in Detroit provides a nice snowscreen, but MLB hasn’t been in the habit of moving up game times in the postseason for weather reasons in my lifetime, and they’re not starting now. If it hadn’t rained in New York Wednesday night, the A’s and Tigers would be playing a night game. Are we to believe that we’re going to see a series of earlier starts the rest of the month, that games will be rescheduled outside of prime time so that they can be played in weather 10-15 degrees warmer? Does anyone actually believe that’s the case, 19 years after the last World Series day game?

The decision isn’t the problem. The problem is not telling the truth, which is blatantly obvious. Just come out and say that Fox wants to show the Mets and Cardinals at 8 p.m. It makes sense, it’s consistent with everything Fox has done for years, and it doesn’t insult my intelligence.

If MLB is wondering why a segment of the baseball-loving public doesn’t really trust them, it’s because of stuff like this. We know that Fox runs the game in October, and the idea that MLB is setting game times is laughable. Fox is responsible for 2-0 games that run nearly three hours and 20 minutes of useless pregame content and production values that grate the nerves of anyone who actually might want to watch some playoff baseball. Fox also puts lots and lots of money into the game in return for the right to do these things. It’s a tradeoff.

So instead of making up stuff about weather, just come out and tell the truth: the A’s and Tigers are playing early because Fox wants it that way. You’ll lose something you don’t have – the illusion of control – and you’ll gain a lot of respect among people who are just tired of being told that black is chartreuse, or green, or actually a camel.

One of the more disturbing trends in society is the idea that large organizations can say whatever they want, truthful or no, and have it be reported as fact. The “fact” being that it was said, of course, with no examination of its veracity. When it happens in sports, no one really gets hurt. Unfortunately, it happens elsewhere, every day, in life or death matters affecting millions of people. I’m ranting about this one statement in part because it’s illustrative of the larger problem, that lying to the public has become an accepted part of our society. It’s only through examining everything we hear and read – from the rationale behind a rainout to the reasons for a war – that we have any chance of getting to the truth.

October 4, 2006

Slappy Rodriguez

Filed under: baseball — ted @ 4:55 pm

Instead of getting depressed about the Yankees’ win last night, and the prospect of future wins by the Evils, watch this classic footage of Alex Rodriguez slapping the ball out of Bronson Arroyo’s hand during the 2004 ALCS.

YouTube: A-Rod Sucks

Feeling vindicated? Me too.

Making this clip even more ridiculous is Tim McCarver’s euphemistic description: “the arm came down.”

September 28, 2006

Card Copy

Filed under: baseball — ted @ 1:30 pm

As a child, I was obsessed with baseball cards. As an adult, I am obsessed with seemingly innocuous copy written on printed products, especially cereal boxes and other food items. I’ve often dreamed of a job where I do nothing but proof and copyedit advertising drivel to free the public from the bad grammar and diction forced upon it by helpless copywriters.

So I don’t know why it never occurred to me to long for a job which combines the two: writing copy for the back of baseball cards. You know, anecdotes about a player’s nickname, when they were drafted — silly things like that. But apparently someone did, and applied for a job at Topps. It apparently sucked. Oh well…

Read all about it on Slate.

(Pictured: a Kevin Mitchell card from the 1987 Topps set. Funny how well I remember this card–probably because of the dynamic action shot.)

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