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I have a confession to make: I slept through most of this game. Thanks to the miracle of technology I am watching it right now, but let me relate to you my chronology:

First Inning: Adams walks, Cat homers, Theo wants lunch. Feed Theo. Rock Theo to sleep, fall asleep in rocking chair.

Second inning through seventh inning: asleep.

Eighth inning: awakened by Theo stirring in time to see Rondell White scrape that homerun just barely over the wall. Spent most of Frasor's time pitching trying feed pureed squash to Theo without getting it all over my jersey.

Ninth inning: outside walking the fussy baby around the backyard while trying to hear Batista close it out on the radio.

Is that some kind of microcosm of the game?

Aside from a few walks and that one pitch that Catalanotto hammered, Bonderman looked quite good for the Tigers. But Downs really impressed me -- I like to believe in the team and in the players on the team, but Downs was one of those guys that I just didn't have a good feeling about. I don't suppose that's particularly fair of me, but that's how I felt going into this game. Actually, I was hoping he'd only let in three or four runs and that the Jays could win this one with their bats.

He showed me.

If I were a real analyst instead of just some guy who takes pictures, I'd tell you all about how Downs was pitching. But since I'm not, I really don't have any capability to do that aside from telling you that he was "great" and then maybe parroting some stuff that Jamie / Rance / Jerry / Warren / Mike said about him.

Frankly, I think that would be cheap of me. So instead I'm going to talk about the Tigers' away uniforms and how I think they're the nicest away uniform in all of baseball.

I freely admit that there's something wrong with me. I have a bit of a mania for baseball uniforms, and I don't know why. I currently own six baseball jerseys and would certainly own more if I could afford them and if my wife wouldn't kill me for buying them. I was recently offered one of my Holy Grails: a game-issued (but unworn) Hank Aaron jersey from 1974, but let's just say that I'm not rich.

I'm in the crowd that likes the new Jays jerseys, aside from the black one. I felt that the previous jersey was just too busy, with too much "snazz" or whatever you want to call it. The current look is minimal but still flashy, and I'm into it.

The Detroit Tigers have what at first looks like a classic road jersey: script letters spelling out the name of the city in a dark colour with a white highlight against grey. But that thin orange outline between the blue letters and the white is just electrifying. I think it takes a standard and gives it a really "modern" edge without pushing it or trying to hard to be fashionably relevant. The Blue Jays have tried to do something similar to this, and while I like it -- the electric blue combined with the two different shiny silver threads is really striking, especially in the sun -- I think they've almost overdone it. I'm confident that the TIgers road jersey will still look like a classic baseball jersey in fifty years, while I fear that the current Jays look will be regarded in the same way that the old powder blue pullovers (or that 1974 Braves jersey) are seen now: so uncool that they're cool, or maybe not, but definitely a product of their time.

I also believe that virtually everyone's "third" jersey is awful -- the D-Rays, the White Sox, the Astros (who've never had a good jersey in the history of the team) and the Cubs all have particularly wretched alternate jerseys. And while I recognize that it's considered a classic, the Detroit "D" is, I think, the ugliest letter-logo in all of baseball. It's better when the cartoon tiger is jumping out of it, but by itself... ugh.

Since it's Friday, and nobody is up for mental heavy-lifting on Fridays, I'd like to see your lists of the best and worst jerseys in baseball. I know we all like to forget they exist, but those of you who are planning to put the new Jays uniforms as your number one worst should take the time to recall the full mismatched horror of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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jsoh - Friday, August 12 2005 @ 09:46 AM EDT (#125342) #
The Cubbie's alternate jerseys: solid-blue top, grey? pants. Large, old-style bear logo on the top.

Love 'em. Absolutely love 'em.

The camo uniforms that the Pads wear on Military Appreciation Day are the most gawd-awful abomination I have ever had the displeasure of seeing. Worse than the Rainbow Astros, early 80's Padres and 70's Pirates combined.

Pepper Moffatt - Friday, August 12 2005 @ 10:16 AM EDT (#125343) #
The Jays have never had good uniforms in the history of the franchise. I'd say their current ones are the best they've ever had. Every uniform design the Jays have ever had follows a common theme: A slightly futuristic look. Whether it be the current ones or the soccer style numbering of the 70s, they've been consistent.

Great uniforms? The Expos unis fromthe mid 90's on were excellent, in the classic baseball throwback style.

Worst unis in baseball? Probably the Rockies and the DBacks. Expansion teams tend to have horrid uniforms for some reason.
Mick Doherty - Friday, August 12 2005 @ 11:16 AM EDT (#125345) #
The best uniforms are the pinstripes ... the NYY classic and the retro Cinti Reds duds.

Great stuff all around. It's too bad the Reds were in those awful acrylic whites in the '76 World Series.
DepecheJay - Friday, August 12 2005 @ 11:34 AM EDT (#125347) #
I actually liked the Jays jersey from the mid 90's the most out of all the jerseys they've had. You know, the one after the Championship era, but before the T-Bird. They weren't TOO futuristic looking and it looked pretty reasonable.

As far as my favorie jersey is concerned, I'd probably have to go with anything the Seattle Mariners trot out. All 3 of their jerseys, especially their alternate look very good to me. I just really love their colors. And yes, I'd have to agree that the Yankees jersey is just a classic, same goes with the Red Sox although that new red alternate is sickening.

As far as the worst jerseys in the league go, I'd probably have to say that the Rockies new alternate jersey is the worst looking thing I've ever seen.

NFH, I've kinda got the same thing you've got. I also currently own 6 jerseys including a Vernon Wells authentic alternate (I like the black jersey actually) and a Roy Halladay authentic home jersey. They are my babies, my gems, my pride and joy ;)
Alex0888 - Friday, August 12 2005 @ 11:49 AM EDT (#125350) #
This year the Padres' road jersey - the gold with blue lettering - stands out to me for some reason and I'd have to say it's my favourite (is there something to San Diego teams and blue and gold?)... The White Sox' home vest with black shirt under is up there too.

Why don't the Jays have a blue jersey? After all they're the BLUE Jays... or even a blue hat.

Least Favourite: Anything Astros old or new
Pepper Moffatt - Friday, August 12 2005 @ 11:55 AM EDT (#125352) #
They have a picture of a blue jay as their logo. I mean, for most of their history the Cardinals didn't have any Cardinal red uniforms. The Orioles had oriole orange uniforms, and they were hideous. There's no reason the Jays need coloured uniforms.

Shouldn't the Maple leafs wear red or green uniforms? Who's ever heard of a blue maple leaf?
Shortstop - Friday, August 12 2005 @ 11:58 AM EDT (#125353) #
I have always liked the Reds jerseys, don't know why. But the Jays jerseys and symbol are growing on me. I'd rather them wear blue, but there has been a push recently to remove the Blue from their name. They also removed the Canadian flag from all their symbols now, which i find a little disappointing.
bird droppings - Friday, August 12 2005 @ 12:03 PM EDT (#125354) #
I am the proud owner of a Hudson jersey. I believe it to be one of the first made at Skydome. Seeing as I had to get it made as the Dome didn't sell em'. Perhaps they still don't?

Re: Trading Hudson. Go look at the highlight reels of about 80% of the games this year. I think it shows just how awesome a player the kid really is. Invaluable.

Plus he's hardcore wicked. Me = Man crush.
Willy - Friday, August 12 2005 @ 12:22 PM EDT (#125358) #
I don't suppose you pups would remember them, but if someone can turn up a photo of the old White Sox uniform *with shorts*--well,they were incontorvertibly the worst. Ever.

Hope we can get a photo for this.
DrJohnEvans - Friday, August 12 2005 @ 12:28 PM EDT (#125360) #

I am the proud owner of a Hudson jersey. I believe it to be one of the first made at Skydome. Seeing as I had to get it made as the Dome didn't sell em'.

I feel your pain. Someday I'll have to show you my Kevin Cash jersey.

Gitz - Friday, August 12 2005 @ 12:31 PM EDT (#125362) #
It's too bad the Reds were in those awful acrylic whites in the '76 World Series.

Don't worry, Mick. They can make amends in this year's World Series. Right? Right?

Mick Doherty - Friday, August 12 2005 @ 12:33 PM EDT (#125365) #
Mr. Gizzi,
The Reds have not yet been mathematically eliminated.

That is all.
Pepper Moffatt - Friday, August 12 2005 @ 12:47 PM EDT (#125367) #
Rich - Friday, August 12 2005 @ 01:18 PM EDT (#125369) #
I think the current Jays uniforms are the best they've had, but the competition isn't exactly strong. I'd like them more if the primary colour was blue instead of black, however.

Good uni's:

- San Diego
- Seattle
- Boston

Worst uni's:

- Arizona
- Florida
- White Sox
- Colorado
Jobu - Friday, August 12 2005 @ 04:51 PM EDT (#125394) #
What the hell? Tell me they didn't actually play baseball in those "things". That's just a photo day "throw on some shorts" kinda deal right?
VBF - Friday, August 12 2005 @ 04:57 PM EDT (#125395) #
Worst ever: Army patterened San Diego

Best Ever: Current Milwaukee. I'd own one, but for 150+, I'll just go buy another Jays jersey.

Yes, birddroppings, they now have pre-made Hudson jerseys along with Hinske, Halladay, Wells, Hillenbrand, Koskie, and Rios, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Zaun and Chacin ones pop up.

I like the new jerseys, but I caution those buying white ones. Only buy them if you plan to never eat in it. I learned the hard way.
JayWay - Friday, August 12 2005 @ 05:32 PM EDT (#125399) #
The Maple Leafs wear blue because that is the traditional Toronto sports colour. The colour was adopted from the city's University and ever since that colour has stuck, whether it be the Leafs, the Argos or the Jays. Even St. Mike's wear blue.

While I don't believe the Jays selected blue in their first years for this reason, I do think it was nice that they fit nicely into Toronto sports tradition.

It's pointless to compare the Orioles to the Blue Jays. Blue is a much nicer colour than Orange, and while it may not be necessary to have a Blue Jay team wear Blue, that was the legacy that was established when the Jays wore Blue for the first 20 years of their history. The Blue Jay identity, regardless of the name, is synonymous with the colour Blue.

Black, on the other hand, aside from white and grey, is the most neutrel, bland colour possible. It says absolutely nothing about the team, except that they are looking to sell merch to people who don't really watch baseball.

I actually don't hate the black jerseys. They're not ugly. But they are extremely uninspiring and say little about the team. I actually don't really care about the jerseys. What matters it he hat. The hat is the piece of team wear that baseball fans wear more than any other. It's the hat that matters is shows where your allegiance lies. As long as the hat is blue, I' fine.

But I don't have much faith in Mr. "wouldn't it be great if we could all be American" Godfrey to realize this.
JayWay - Friday, August 12 2005 @ 05:36 PM EDT (#125400) #
"but there has been a push recently to remove the Blue from their name."

Tell me you're kidding. Who's been pushing for this?
Eric Purdy - Friday, August 12 2005 @ 05:44 PM EDT (#125401) #
I dig the Mets home jerseys (or it's possibly their alternates, the white ones without stripes), Baltimore's home jersey, Oakland's home jersey and Houston's red alternates the most.

The hate goes to the Padres tan road jerseys, anything Diamondbacks and Oakland's black alternate jersey is the ugliest thing ever created.
Rob - Friday, August 12 2005 @ 06:04 PM EDT (#125403) #
Well, this seems like a nice place to link Page 2's latest Uni Watch. Always a good place to learn something -- I did not know Manny wore Oakley Thumps during one game, for instance.
Magpie - Friday, August 12 2005 @ 06:44 PM EDT (#125404) #
While I don't believe the Jays selected blue in their first years for this reason

Who owned the team for the first fifteen years? Labatts. What would Labatts like you to buy? A Blue.

It is believed that they were hoping the team's nickname would get shortened in casual speech to the "Blues," but no - everyone insisted on saying "Jays."

As an alumni, I of course wear the U of T colours proudly (I got school ties, sweatshirts, tees) - and I was deeply disappointed when the Raptors turned their back on the Toronto WAY by shunning blue in favour of purple.

And if the Jays want a dark colour for their third jersey, the University's dark navy blue strikes me as much better, and more fitting, than the current black.

Magpie, Class of 1986.

Willy - Friday, August 12 2005 @ 07:09 PM EDT (#125407) #
Thanks for the photo, Pepper. As I recall, they also had an all-black version for the road. Ugly. What year was that anyway?
Named For Hank - Friday, August 12 2005 @ 07:15 PM EDT (#125409) #
but there has been a push recently to remove the Blue from their name.

No, there were just some dirt-stirring articles written by people who should have known better when the new logo was revealed. The rendered logo says JAYS and not BLUE JAYS, just like the Chicago White Sox rendered logo is SOX. There has been no push in Chicago to remove "White" from their name.

But some people will write anything to get unsuspecting readers angry at the team for God knows what reason.

By the way, am I weird for not liking pinstripes? I think they almost always look silly. I don't like the Yankees home jersey at all, though I think they have one of the best caps in baseball (along with the Washington Nationals) and I love their away grays.

And yep, it's that bright blue giant C with a bear in it jersey that I dislike from the Cubs, though I think it looks good on TV.

I'm pretty good with the J-logo caps for the Jays, and I think they're more baseball-like than what they've had before, but I would have preferred a simpler letter-logo. Then again, I can't see how that would fit with the rest of the uniform. For some reason, I think the photorealistic bird on the Orioles' caps is a really great break from tradition, and way better than their alternate cap that says "O's".
Named For Hank - Friday, August 12 2005 @ 07:19 PM EDT (#125410) #
Oh, that Chicago outfit with the shorts is unbearably awful, though it seems to have been the direct inspiration for the '03 All Star jerseys, which I thought were very attractive (and so much better than the '04s). Funny how just changing the lines of the jersey without changing the overall look makes such a big difference!


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