I get you, Chris Sale.
Let’s be honest – who amongst us hasn’t, on occasion, felt like slashing their restrictive suit and tie or smashing their uncomfortable high heels with a sledge hammer? As someone who grew up going to Catholic school and having to wear a uniform (complete with navy blue knee socks and saddle shoes), I, too, have experienced the pain of ugly and uncomfortable uniforms. So, while most sports commentators faulted Chris Sale, I wondered if maybe there was more to the story than we were being told. Regardless, maybe it was just time for someone to stand up to the uniform madness that has been sweeping the country for quite some time. What baseball really needs is some fashion police.
For the record, several writers and media sites have counted down the ugliest uniforms, bolstering my sympathy for the players who must wear them. Here are just a few:
- Jim Caple, ESPN
- Greg Maiola, Bleacher Report
- Corey Nachman, Business Insider
- Josh Benjamin, Bleacher Report
Some of the above articles are a few years old, but it just goes to show that our fascination with ugly uniforms goes back quite a way. Digging deeper into the issue, I found that ugly uniforms are nothing new. However, I do believe they are on the rise. There seem to be more and more uniform variations every year.
Calling Sale a “fashion martyr,” Breitbart.com stated that “He found the jerseys uncomfortable and accused the club of valuing marketing gimmicks over victories.” Has anyone ever stopped to think that as MLB has moved toward marketing schemes and attention-grabbing devices to sell more tickets and merchandise, maybe they forgot to ask the players how they felt about the many variations of uniforms? Perhaps it’s time to put a stop to the madness.
Maybe the minor leagues are to blame. After all, they’ve come up with some uniforms that are quite interesting. If I were the Commissioner of Baseball, I think I’d abandon attempts to do things like shorten the game and focus instead on banning scissors from all clubhouses – at least as an interim measure until we can cut back on ugly uniforms.
Here are some more images from the San Diego Padres’ Hall of Fame museum, which opened on July 1, 2016. Enjoy! ~ baseballrebecca
The San Diego Padres unveiled their new Hall of Fame museum at the Petco Park on July 1. Fortuitously, I just so happened to be there on July 2.The space provides a nice overview of Padres history as well as the history of baseball in San Diego.
The Padres’ Hall of Fame dates back to 1999, when it was created to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the team. Now it has a physical location as well. The following players, managers, owners, and announcers, have been elected to San Diego’s HoF:
- Randy Jones (Padres pitcher 1973-80)
- Nate Colbert (1B, 1969-74)
- Ray Kroc (Owner, 1974-84)
- Dave Winfield (OF, 1973-80)
- Buzzie Bavasi (President, 1969-77)
- Jerry Coleman (Announcer/Manager, 1972-2013)
- Tony Gwynn (OF, 1982-2001)
- Dick Williams (Manager, 1982-85)
- Trevor Hoffman (P, 1994-2008)
- Benito Santiago (C, 1986-92)
- Garry Templeton (SS, 1982-99)
- Ted Williams (OF, PCL Padres, 1936-37)
- Ken Caminiti (3B, 1995-98)
The courtyard just outside the Hall of Fame features 16 replicas of the National Baseball Hall of Fame plaques of Hall of Famers associated with San Diego – those who either played for or coached the the minor- or major league San Diego Padres, including: Ted Williams, Willie McCovey, Rollie Ringers, Larry Doby, Sparky Anderson, Tony Perez, Ozzie Smith, and Ricky Henderson. Mike Piazza will be added after his formal indication into Cooperstown. In front of the wall are pedestals with the Hall of Fame plaques of Dave Winfield and Tony Gwynn, who are the only two players inducted into the National Baseball Hall Fame as San Diego Padres.
In case you were wondering, minor league baseball was played in San Diego from 1936 up until the MLB Padres were born in 1969. The team, known as the San Diego Padres, was a member of the Pacific Coast League and was affiliated with the Boston Red Sox (in 1936), Cleveland Indians (1949-51, 1957-59), Chicago White Sox (1960-61), Cincinnati Reds (1962-65), and Philadelphia Phillies (1966-1969) over the years.
I need a pinch hitter for Lucas Giolito Bobblehead Night at the Potomac Nationals, since I’ll be out of town. So, I’ve enlisted the help of my cousin. I figure if I prepare him early, he’ll be ready to come off the bench and get me the coveted bobble. Besides, he has been on several bobblehead and gnome missions before. He’s ready to go out on his own. I’m sure he’ll hit a home run.
Naturally, he needs to know the important details of how to get in the special Season Ticket holder line in order to be one of the lucky 1,500 to get the Giolito Bobble. At the beginning of the season, I purchased the special ticket pack so that I would have the ability to get into the stadium early, potentially ensuring my success at obtaining the elusive P-Nats bobbleheads. He needs to know exactly where to stand and exactly when to get there. The details of the operation are critical. It must be executed according to plan. Nothing can go wrong. We know what happens when things go wrong.
Unfortunately, I did not realize how complicated it sounded until it put it in text message form:
Text #1: You need to get there early. Like 45 min to an hour before. Take someone who can stand outside in the sun that long.
Text #2: The game is at 6:35. Gates open at 5:05. You’ll have my passes to get in 15 min early – so that’s 4:50. Need to be in line by maybe 4:15 at the latest.
Text #3: Unless it’s a double header, because of a rainout or something. Then the timeline will change.
Text #4: Have cold water handy when you stand in line. The line forms on the right hand side of that baseball field in front of the stadium – so take the second path, not the one that leads straight to the gate. Maybe I need to send a map so that makes sense.
Response: Ok. I will need instructions based on double header or not.
Text #5: LOL. Yeah. I’ll make a map.
Yeah. I’m not sure I’d understand those directions even with the map. It’s not that I doubt my cousin’s abilities. I doubt my ability to write decent instructions.
Giolito bobblehead night isn’t until August 6. We’ll have time to prepare. Maybe we can do a dry run. Hopefully, all will go as planned.
Generally, I dread the All-Star Break. Annually, the day after the All-Star Game is a sad day, because there are no MLB games scheduled. But this year, the day after the day after the All-Star Game is also a day without Major League Baseball.
What are we supposed to do?
We have come to expect baseball to be a part of our daily existence from April through September, with that one day off. Usually at least one Major League team has a game the Thursday after the All-Star Game. But this year, we get nothing.
What cruel human beings are they to deprive us of baseball for two days in a row?
Thankfully, Minor League Baseball is there to fill the void. And I am one of the lucky ones because my hometown team, the Bowie Baysox, are in town tonight! In fact, 96 minor league games will be played today, including the Cedar Rapids Kernals v. the Lake County Captains, beginning at 11 am (Eastern). Several evening games will even be on MiLB.TV, if you subscribe. But even if you don’t have access to MiLB.TV, many teams provide audio links to their radio broadcasts on their websites, and you can always watch the graphic representation of the games on the teams’ Gameday pages. I’ve posted today’s MiLB schedule below, or you can go to the MiLB website for more info.
|MID||Cedar Rapids||Lake County||11:00 AM|
|FSL||Clearwater||Palm Beach||12:00 PM|
|GCL||GCL Blue Jays||GCL Phillies||12:00 PM|
|GCL||GCL Cardinals||GCL Marlins||12:00 PM|
|GCL||GCL Nationals||GCL Mets||12:00 PM|
|GCL||GCL Pirates||GCL Yankees East||12:00 PM|
|GCL||GCL Rays||GCL Red Sox||12:00 PM|
|GCL||GCL Tigers East||GCL Braves||12:00 PM|
|GCL||GCL Twins||GCL Orioles||12:00 PM|
|GCL||GCL Yankees West||GCL Tigers West||12:00 PM|
|FSL||Daytona||St. Lucie||6:30 PM|
|FSL||Jupiter||Brevard County||6:35 PM|
|FSL||Fort Myers||Tampa||7:00 PM|
|NYP||Hudson Valley||Staten Island||7:00 PM||YES|
|APP||Johnson City||Burlington||7:00 PM|
|EAS||New Hampshire||Portland||7:00 PM||YES|
|NYP||Auburn||West Virginia||7:05 PM|
|SAL||Augusta||West Virginia||7:05 PM|
|INT||Buffalo||Lehigh Valley||7:05 PM||YES|
|CAR||Frederick||Myrtle Beach||7:05 PM||YES|
|NYP||Mahoning Valley||State College||7:05 PM||YES|
|MID||Quad Cities||Fort Wayne||7:05 PM|
|MID||Great Lakes||Burlington||7:30 PM|
|MID||South Bend||Clinton||7:30 PM|
|MID||West Michigan||Kane County||7:30 PM||YES|
|MID||Wisconsin||Bowling Green||7:35 PM|
|AZL||AZL White Sox||AZL Indians||8:00 PM|
|AZL||AZL White Sox||AZL Indians||Game 2|
|PCL||Fresno||New Orleans||8:00 PM||YES|
|TEX||Frisco||Corpus Christi||8:05 PM||YES|
|TEX||Midland||San Antonio||8:05 PM||YES|
|PCL||Sacramento||Round Rock||8:05 PM||YES|
|PCL||Salt Lake||Omaha||8:05 PM||YES|
|CAL||San Jose||Lancaster||8:05 PM|
|CAL||San Jose||Lancaster||Game 2||YES|
|TEX||Springfield||NW Arkansas||8:05 PM||YES|
|PCL||Las Vegas||Iowa||8:08 PM||YES|
|PIO||Orem||Great Falls||9:00 PM|
|PIO||Grand Junction||Billings||9:05 PM|
|PCL||Nashville||El Paso||9:05 PM||YES|
|PIO||Helena||Idaho Falls||9:15 PM||YES|
|AZL||AZL Athletics||AZL Giants||10:00 PM|
|AZL||AZL Dodgers||AZL Reds||10:00 PM|
|AZL||AZL Mariners||AZL Padres||10:00 PM|
|AZL||AZL Rangers||AZL D-backs||10:00 PM|
|AZL||AZL Royals||AZL Cubs||10:00 PM|
|CAL||Visalia||Lake Elsinore||10:00 PM|
|PCL||Col. Springs||Tacoma||10:05 PM||YES|
|CAL||Inland Empire||Rancho Cucamonga||10:05 PM|
|PCL||Okla. City||Reno||10:05 PM||YES|
|CAL||High Desert||Stockton||10:10 PM|
Here’s a classic Dusty Baker statement, as reported by the Washington Post yesterday:
More scenes from around baseball: http://m.mlb.com/news/article/183689876/baseball-community-saddened-by-orlando-tragedy
Just a few more MLB and MiLB tweets and Instagram posts honoring Muhammad Ali…
The Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles got into a fight on Tuesday. Of course, many folks have offered their two-cents on the topic. For example, the Sporting News stated Manny Machado was wrong for charging the mound while the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has tired of Yordano Ventura’s antics. ESPN noted that this can be a positive turning point for the Orioles, and NBC Sports just mused that it was all in tribute to Muhammad Ali (though see my take on that below). Adam Jones, of course, felt Machado was more than justified in his actions.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Cubs’ Joe Maddon and Anthony Rizzo apparently loved the whole thing.
I’ll let you judge for yourself (just don’t let that little skip of Manny’s as he heads to the pitcher’s mound cloud your opinion):
I was watching the game, but I’ll decline to take sides (Manny Machado doll on my dresser notwithstanding). Actually, I think they both should be ashamed of themselves. After all, the photographic evidence is quite telling – clearly neither Machado nor Ventura know how to fight. The still photos of their punches clearly show them each missing the mark: