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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Cubs outfielder plays first inning in wrong uniform

At least the Mets all know to wear the same uniform.

The same can’t be said for the woeful Cubbies, whose left fielder Junior Lake played the first inning of Chicago’s game in Pittsburgh Thursday wearing the team’s wrong road uniform.

bobm Posted: April 03, 2014 at 10:10 PM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. catomi01 Posted: April 04, 2014 at 12:05 AM (#4678981)
why does a team need two different gray road uniforms?
   2. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 04, 2014 at 12:54 AM (#4678989)
why does a team need two different gray road uniforms?


To sell more replica uniforms to the fans.
   3. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 04, 2014 at 01:19 AM (#4678995)
I'll use this as a jumping off point to note that Emilio Bonifacio is on pace for like 800 hits and 150 caught stealing via the pick off.

Also, Starlin Castro has barely hit the ball out of the infield in the young season.

And how much does Jose Veras suck, amirite?!
   4. Athletic Supporter wants to move your money around Posted: April 04, 2014 at 01:28 AM (#4678996)
Man, the Cubs are a natinal embarrassment.
   5. Meatwad Posted: April 04, 2014 at 01:42 AM (#4679002)
He is driving me nuts on tje basepaths. He may make his way into the F troop pretty soon.
   6. Zonk, Genius of the Stables Posted: April 04, 2014 at 10:40 AM (#4679148)
My recollection is that Emilio Bonifacio has a history of being on pace for about 1000 hits and 500 SBs in week one and then returning to being Emilio Bonifacio for the remainder of the season.

He's a Tuffy Rhodes all-star...
   7. Zonk, Genius of the Stables Posted: April 04, 2014 at 10:42 AM (#4679153)
...and Junior Lake is like our own Yasiel Puig - but, you know, not good (not bad, but just not really all that good... especially if he's gonna stick at a corner OF spot).
   8. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: April 04, 2014 at 10:54 AM (#4679177)
Why were two different road jerseys hung in his locker? Did the equipment manager not know what was to be worn that day?
   9. McCoy Posted: April 04, 2014 at 11:09 AM (#4679199)
Clearly he should be fired.
   10. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: April 04, 2014 at 11:30 AM (#4679220)
Clearly he should be fired.


I was thinking more on the 'kids taken away' punishment, but I guess if you are feeling draconian you can skip to firing him.
   11. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 04, 2014 at 11:35 AM (#4679225)
He should go jump in himself.
   12. esseff Posted: April 04, 2014 at 11:38 AM (#4679231)
Aren't all Cubs players wearing the wrong uniform?

(I kid)
   13. ursus arctos Posted: April 04, 2014 at 11:41 AM (#4679237)
The Cubs' recent tradition has been that the starting pitcher decides which uniforms are worn on the road, so perhaps the choice hadn't been made when the equipment guys set up the locker room.

The two different road uniforms also have different sets of pants, and Lake wore the "wrong" ones throughout the game.

The Cubs will be wearing at least 13 different uniforms this season, including nine different throwbacks to commemorate Wrigley's 100th anniversary. This gives them plenty of opportunities for another screw-up.
   14. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 04, 2014 at 11:49 AM (#4679245)
Man, that's exactly like a recurring dream I have, except that instead of the outfield at PNC Park, it's a federal courtroom, and instead of wearing the wrong road uniform, I'm naked.
   15. catomi01 Posted: April 04, 2014 at 12:08 PM (#4679260)
Why were two different road jerseys hung in his locker? Did the equipment manager not know what was to be worn that day?


Don't know how it is in the bigs...but when I ran things in a minor league clubhouse, the way we did it was that (both home and road) all the player's jerseys were in their locker. The night before the game, the jersey for that day would be hung outside of the locker itself, on a separate hook...any issues we had from there were mainly because the players don't actually put on the jersey for 5-6 hours after they get there (BP, treatment, etc all come first), and since the jersey is in the way, the players usually just throw it back in the locker - easy enough to then grab the wrong one later on.
   16. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: April 04, 2014 at 12:33 PM (#4679284)
The Cubs' recent tradition has been that the starting pitcher decides which uniforms are worn on the road, so perhaps the choice hadn't been made when the equipment guys set up the locker room.


Really? Wow, that surprises me, never would have guessed the players have any input on uniform selection.

Don't know how it is in the bigs...but when I ran things in a minor league clubhouse, the way we did it was that (both home and road) all the player's jerseys were in their locker. The night before the game, the jersey for that day would be hung outside of the locker itself, on a separate hook...any issues we had from there were mainly because the players don't actually put on the jersey for 5-6 hours after they get there (BP, treatment, etc all come first), and since the jersey is in the way, the players usually just throw it back in the locker - easy enough to then grab the wrong one later on.


What was the thinking for hanging all the jerseys in the locker? Why even bring the home unis on the road? The second part (tossing the game day jersey in the locker) certainly makes sense.
   17. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 04, 2014 at 12:49 PM (#4679299)
Really? Wow, that surprises me, never would have guessed the players have any input on uniform selection.


The Rockies used to do this (don't know if they still do). Ubaldo Jimenez always used to like to pitch in the black vests.
   18. Hal Chase School of Professionalism Posted: April 04, 2014 at 12:56 PM (#4679305)
Really? Wow, that surprises me, never would have guessed the players have any input on uniform selection.


My experience as a high school coach in both football and baseball (I know, apples & oranges compared to pros, but still) is that the players, usually captains, seniors, starting pitchers, etc make the call on uniform variations. On the other hand, a friend of mine played football at Miami, and Nike made the call on which variation to wear every week. That was the trade-off for getting the stuff for free.

As a side note, it never ceases to amaze me how many (football, especially) coaches are barely even aware of what uniform is being worn. I guess that's why I'm stuck wearing khaki pants and coaching shoes every Friday night and why I was the only one with a quizzical look on his face when I was handed a short-sleeved sweatshirt.
   19. gef the talking mongoose, amorphous lefty blob Posted: April 04, 2014 at 12:59 PM (#4679309)

Really? Wow, that surprises me, never would have guessed the players have any input on uniform selection.


Just in case there was any doubt Smitty* ever played professional ball ...
   20. catomi01 Posted: April 04, 2014 at 01:13 PM (#4679318)
What was the thinking for hanging all the jerseys in the locker? Why even bring the home unis on the road? The second part (tossing the game day jersey in the locker) certainly makes sense.


Space mainly - at home we only had one small centralized storage room - and on the road we usually didn't even have that - the only open area for the visiting team is usually the trainer's room - which is obviously otherwise occupied. Most teams in he Atlantic League only would have 1 road jersey anyway, so it was usually not an issue. The home jerseys weren't brought on the road unless a player brought it on their own - sorry if I gave that impression.

That's another point for the minors in my personal experience - the players all packed their own stuff - from personal's (socks, underwear, etc), to jersey's and equipment. The only equipment we really packed as a team was trainer's gear, and an extra set of uniforms (2-3 jerseys and pants, usually with socks, undershirts, hats, etc) in case we picked up a player during the road trip or someone got a rip or tear we couldn't fix overnight. That I am sure is different for MLB - uniforms are almost certainly packed by the clubbies, and I think even the personal's are packed too. Only direct experience I have with that was filling in with the Mets a couple of times, and only time we dealt with loading/packing a bus was when the expos were on their way to the airport - my job was just lugging packed bags to the truck for transport to the airport.

At home, most teams had two - one everyday jersey, and one that was worn for day games (or sometimes only Sundays).
   21. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 04, 2014 at 01:36 PM (#4679336)
The Mariners used to have the starting pitcher decide the day's jersey, also. I don't know if they still do this, but I remember the TV announcers discussing it a few years ago.
   22. catomi01 Posted: April 04, 2014 at 02:22 PM (#4679410)
The Mariners used to have the starting pitcher decide the day's jersey, also. I don't know if they still do this, but I remember the TV announcers discussing it a few years ago.


I think that is common at the MLB level (or at least I have heard it more than once)
   23. Adward Posted: April 04, 2014 at 09:09 PM (#4679683)
Is one uniform made from different fabric? Years ago an announcer mentioned one of the team's shirts being preferred to the other on hot days and I can't remember exactly why. Stretched more, lighter, breathable...

In university/cape there was a regular shirt, a lighter shirt from practice, a mesh shirt, and a mesh vest. The pitcher would choose.

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