Off-Day fun: Dress for Success
For those of you that pay attention to uniforms, the Cubs wore their blue alternates for the second day in a row against the Pirates yesterday. It made me very giddy due to my unhealthy love for those particular jerseys. Woot.
There are some people who care nothing for uniforms, but there are others who are absolutly obsessed with them (I'd like to think I fall somewhere in between). So in the interest of uniform awareness everywhere and in the name of utter Off-Day boredom, here’s a list of uniform-related material and observations for your Chicago Cubs…
Alfonso Soriano: I’m sure everyone would say Fonsie’s defining uniform characteristic is his high blue socks (word up), but there are a couple other smaller traits that are pretty interesting too. First, Soriano wears a blue shin protector as opposed to the traditional white or black shin guard leading to a camo affect. Unlike most athletes, Fonsie also loves to mix his brands. Most guys will deck out in The Swoosh or Adidas, but usually you'll see Soriano sporting the Under Armor gear (click clack) and a combo of other brands. It looks like he's been doing this his whole career.
Derrek Lee: This is another guy who is pretty plain about his uniforms, but D-Lee loves to wear his rubber "Life Strong"-esque wristbands.
Aramis Ramirez: A-Ram usualy has these ridiculous sunglasses that, for some ungodly reason, a modern-day company continues to make (unless he has them stockpiled from the '80s).
Kosuke Fukudome: Almost every picture I can find of Fukudome shows him wearing what I think will become (or already has become) his trademark look: long sleeves. No matter where he has played in his career, it appears that Fukudome sports the sleeves at all times. I wonder if he'll continue to wear them come the deep heat of June and July? Although this just looks weird.
Mark DeRosa: Marky Mark has had some serious issues with his nameplate over the past few seasons in Chicago. For a while his home uniform had all caps "DEROSA" across the back but his away uniform had "DeROSA" on it. Now, it appears that his home jersey has been fixed to read "DeROSA" as well. Utter nameplate chaos!
Geovany Soto: Besides his switch from spring training-scrub #58 to starting cather #18, Geo also wears the old-school catcher gear and facemask, which I find to be rare considering most youner catchers seem to be wearing the new-ish hockey goalie-like masks.
Felix Pie: Is it just me or is Pie a left-handed image of Soriano? They both have the high blue socks, the Under Armor gear, and the shin guard. Occasionally Pie will drop the blue socks for a game or two, but his look is pretty standard to Fonsie's.
Others: Ted Lilly likes to wear a white undershirt with his home jersey, thus completing a strait-jacket look...Dempster and Marquis have apparently ditched their high-socks looks for this season...Cusbs first base coach Matt Sinatro and thiid base coach Mike Quade will now be required to wear batting helmets when they are on the field (as mandated league-wide by MLB). They may look dorky but it's good to see the league taking steps to protect everyone.
That's all I got for now. I'm sure I missed a few here or there. Sorry for filling your brain with useless information. Enjoy the rest of your Off-Day (if that's even possible).