Jan
21

Open Thread: Uniform numbers and nothing else

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Every one in a while I run across one of those “on this date in history” items that involves the Yankees. As I traipsed around the internet today, I ran across a pretty significant one. On January 21, 1920, the Yankees announced that their players would wear uniform numbers. No other team in baseball did this at the time. Instead of letting players pick, they had numbers assigned based on batting order position. Hence, Babe Ruth got 3, and Lou Gehrig eventually got 4.

While the format for handing out numbers changed — players choose now — I’m glad nothing else did. It’s kind of neat that the Yankees don’t have their names on the backs of their jerseys. It’s also good for fans, who can buy one overpriced authentic jersey and wear it through multiple players. It worked out real well for those who bought Jason Giambi jerseys. Not so much, though, for people like my buddy Jon who bought a Sheffield jersey.

Oh, and just because we haven’t yet mentioned it, the Pirates DFA’d former Yankee Anthony Claggett to make room for former Yankee Octavio Dotel. Claggett is the second former Yankee the Pirates have DFA’d this week. Steven Jackson is the other. They released Eric Hacker in November, and he has since signed a minor league deal with the Giants.

In local sports, the Rangers visit Philly and the Panthers face the Islanders. No local basketball, though NBA fans will probably want to watch the Lakers at Caveliers at 8 on TNT. Big East basketball fans can catch Seton Hall at Louisville on ESPN or ESPN2.

And now, your open thread.

Categories : Open Thread
  • T-Dubs

    You kidding me Joe?! Your buddy Jon and myself are very proud of our Gary Sheffield Brett Gardner jerseys!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      Just tell everyone it’s a Lefty Gomez authentic.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    Is it Sunday yet?

    • RichYF

      Bet my paycheck on the Colts

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

        I’d take it if I had a paycheck to put up!

      • SamVa

        I think the Jets find some way to pull it off and it ends up being MIN v. NYJ in the bowl

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

          Which would be funny because I’ve spent most of the season predicting a Colts-Saints Superbowl

          • SamVa

            any money on that or just a broad prediction?
            if there is money, I hope that works out for you.. even though I really want to see how all the Sanchez haters would respond to him making it to the bowl.

            • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

              No money.

              • Mr.Jigginz

                Damn,Becca,you just gonna let Sam call you a broad like that?(<—-starting trouble…)

            • RichYF

              If the Jets win, it won’t be because of Sanchez, that’s for sure. It’s not out of the realm of possibility, don’t get me wrong. If Peyton doesn’t show up, the Jets will win. Peyton is (and I can’t stand him) the best quarterback in the league. “Revis Island” is a non-issue to a quarterback of his caliber.

              The Jets can definitely win that game. No doubt. But It’s about Peyton, not so much about Sanchez and the Jets, IMHO.

            • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

              Are they really ‘haters’ though? A-Rod has haters. Mark Sanchez has people who realistically rate him poorly because he’s a rookie QB who hasn’t figured things out and will cost his team games in which he’s forced to pass for yardage or first downs that guys like Manning, Brees, etc. would call a brisk warmup.

            • Hughesus Cristo

              Sanchez being in the super bowl wouldn’t erase his horrible season.

        • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

          That would be the most unwatchable Super Bowl in its history–for me.

          • Tom Zig

            Worse than say … a Red Sox v. Mets World Series?

            • Drew

              Eh, my hatred of the Sox would make me want to watch them get crushed. Even if it means the Mets get the dubya.

            • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

              Yes.

              Red Sox:Jets works for me as a comp to how I’d feel about the Colts losing but there’s no one in the NL I shudder to watch win the way I do for Favre.

              (I might have only been 22 months old but 1986 is hilarious in hindsight.)

  • king of fruitless hypotheticals

    rugby still assigns numbers by position.

    in college mine was 18…that’s the second substitute’s first substitute.

    sign clagget and jackson to fill igawa’s spot since he’ll be our hot new loogy!

  • kenthadley

    any interest in Brandon Jones, dfa Braves?

    • Zack

      he was claimed by the Pirates

  • Drew

    2 hours of Jersey Shore action and new Burn Notice. New Office, Community, Parks & Rec and Fringe. Dammit why cant they spread all this out over the week.

    • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

      Manhunters!!!!!

    • The Shore House

      Jersey Shore: Great Reality TV show or Greatest Reality TV show ever?

      Nothing like beating up the beat for 2 full hours including a reunion and watching The Situation and The Hulk fight over an unattractive girl.

      • Mike Pop

        It’s pretty much the same as the real world in my opinion. Real world San diago was my show!

        • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

          Really? Even I haven’t stooped that low.

      • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

        But Sammi has such an interesting, exciting personality…

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Central Florida Time Warner has all the Thursday night shows on Demand in hi-def, so that means, drinking for me tonite. Cheap women and expensive Gin, or vice versa.

      • Tom Zig

        Expensive women and cheap gin will give you a cheaper doctor’s bill.

  • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

    Nothing will beat the last Cavs-Lakers game that took place in L.A. and featured the fans throwing their foam fingers on the court because they couldn’t believe their team was losing.

  • Zack

    Man I was looking forward to seeing Tracy McGrady and his 46 minutes of total playing time as the starter in the All Star game.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    Is it me or do Cavs-Lakers play more times than an EC/WC team should?

    • Nady Nation

      It’s you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

      if it was up to the NBA, they would play 50 times a year.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    Speaking of numbers, while My Man 100 Grand has already taken #14, the following players added this offseason will still need to be assigned numbers (in order of expected playing time):

    Javier Vazquez
    Nick Johnson
    Jamie Hoffmann

    (gap)

    Romulo Sanchez
    Boone Logan

    (gap)

    Kevin Russo
    Ivan Nova
    Reegie Corona
    Eduardo Nuñez
    Hector Noesi

    Any ideas on who takes what number? Vazquez has rocked 23 and 33 in the past, but they’re both taken/retired. Nick’s old #36 is currently in use by Edwar, so maybe that’s still “available”. The rest are Up In The Air (starring George Clooney and Vera Farmiga). Also, Juan Miranda may switch from #72 to something less Spring-Training-y.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Give Boone Logan 86. It will be appropriate.

    • Tom Zig

      Maybe Hoffmann will wear 35?

      • Drew

        Too soon.

        • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

          Please, no. I still haven’t gotten over Moose’s retirement. I can’t take another 35 yet.

    • Tom Zig

      12, 14, 17, 22, 28, 31, 38, 39, 41

      All numbers of players on last year’s team that no longer play for the Yankees.

      • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

        Prediction: Javy takes 22, Don’t-Hassle-The-Hoff takes 41, and NJ takes 38. Grand Master Flash already claimed 14, I believe.

        • Tom Zig

          Oh yeah, forgot that part. So scratch 14 off the list.

        • Drew

          I’m still recovering from the last 41.

      • Drew

        53 too.

        :(

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        You left out HazMat’s 55 and Damon’s 18.

        Damon may return, but HazMat’s obviously not.

        • Tom Zig

          man that was a huge oversight.

  • Ed

    The uniforms were issued in 1929, not 1920.

    • Ed

      Uniform numbers, of course. It would have been uncomfortable to play without uniforms. Adrian Beltre accidents waiting to happen.

      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        I could get behind a no-uniform exhibition game.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          Kinky.

          I demand uniformless cheerleaders.

          • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

            This is baseball, Tommie. Your cheerleaders have no place here.

            /checks score on lingerie football

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Interesting news. Kelvin DeLeon has joined my “Bring Melvin to America” page on Facebook. 100 members strong.
    “Asesino de los Suenos” is coming.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      I almost want to join Facebook just to join that group.

      • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

        Do it so I can stalk you.

        • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

          You know long-distance stalking just can’t work out, JMK.

          • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

            Hey, I travel for business…

            • pat

              Running from the law counts as “work travel”? Interesting

    • Tom Zig

      Do you think actual players in the Yankee organization know who Melvin is?

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

        I’m sure the ones who played with him do.

        • Tom Zig

          I wasn’t trying to be sarcastic, I was legitimately wondering. But yes thank you Mr. in Sunny Daytona.

          • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

            I’m sorry if I came off snarky, it wasn’t intentional.

            • Tom Zig

              no worries. i thought i came off sarcastic on the first one

      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        Mo said in a recent interview that he’s not retiring until Melvin is in the Bronx.

    • AndrewYF

      That’s…certainly an interesting profile picture he’s got.

      And any chance that’s the real Jesus Montero?

  • Dalelama

    Five albums for deserted island: Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland, Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon, The Who Who’s Next, Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street, Grateful Dead Skull and Roses

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

      So…..we’re on this island in 1978, right?

      • Dalelama

        Or today, Just my taste, to me no progess in music since Jimi died, Voodoo Chile best riff ever

        • pete

          slight return or the long jam one? I like the long one better but they’re both great.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        So…..we’re on this island in 1978, right?

        No. 1977.

        My five albums are five copies of Geronimo Jackson’s magnum opus, “Magna Carta”.

        /semi-obscure-reference’d

    • Drew

      You’re livin’ in the past, man!

      • Dalelama

        No great music since

        • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

          How progressive-minded. I haven’t read a book or seen a movie that’s come out since 1978 either, ’cause you know, nothing good has come out since then.

          Leave the cave and get some sunlight. (I’ll send you directions from my garden apartment.)

          • Dalelama

            Can’t think of a movie better than Casablanca either and that was 1941…LOL

            • pete

              chinatown, apocalypse now, both godfathers, american beauty, one flew over the cuckoo’s nest, five easy pieces, cool hand luke. all made after casablanca, all comparably amazing. The 70s were a sick movie decade

    • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

      Not a single Animal Crackers in my Soup by the oh-so natural Shirley Temple?

    • pete

      Abbey Road, Kind of Blue, Illmatic, In Rainbows, Ok Computer. And i’d still be miserable. Expand the list to about 300 and then maybe i’d be ok

      • pete

        jesus that feels so cramped. I’d need pretty much everything by the Beatles, Radiohead, Pat Metheny, Miles Davis, and then a lot of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Elliott Smith, Christian Scott, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas (earlier stuff), and soooooooo many others. I think if i were stuck on a deserted island with only 5 albums, i’d swim to the US.

  • Accent Shallow

    So Montero has gotten Manny Ramirez and Miguel Cabrera comps int he past few days. Glorious.

    • Hughesus Cristo

      Let’s hope he’s not boozing or roiding.

      • Drew

        heh.. He’s not even 21 yet.

        • JGS

          all the more reason to hope he isn’t

  • Drew

    40 Mil for the Cone Zone. Not bad at all.

    Too bad he has to wait till September to come back.

    • whozat

      I’m sure the 8 month vacation during which he can do guest spots on whatever TV shows he wants and never has to work will be dreadful

      • Drew

        Ha well obviously it’s good for him. I was talking about my late night needs.

  • Drew

    Feguson Jenkins, stop your bitching.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4846734

    Seriously, I’m so sick of all these old-timers.

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      Haha he acted like McGwire killed people.

    • Tom Zig

      “In my era, Seaver, Gibson, Drysdale, Carlton, there were so many guys that would have probably knocked him on his butt. He wouldn’t have hit home runs the way he did in that era”

      Bold statement

      • pat

        In his day the mound was higher. It’s probably safe to say there would have been less home runs.

    • JGS

      he ever say anything about Gaylord Perry?

  • chriskeo

    Is that Sleeps counter right? I was hoping ST would be closer :(

  • 28 next year

    out of curiousity, say Jesus got a 40 man call up this year and the Yankees clinch the AL East while he is up. Does he get to celebrate with champagne even though technically he isn’t at the legal limit?

    (Honestly though because I already know Jesus can do what he wants when he wants.)

    • Hughesus Cristo

      Jesus does not drink champagne. The locker room will be drenched in red wine.

      • Mr.Jigginz

        The locker room will be drenched in water…Which Jesus will TURN INTO wine…[Fixed]

    • Drew

      Yankees clinch by August.

      Problem solved.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Boy they really mailed in tonight’s episode of The Office, huh?

    • pat

      Fuckers.

    • Drew

      Seriously..

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Am I going to be mad that I DVR’d it? I’ve hated most of this season.

      • pat

        One of those shows where there’s a line of dialogue that opens the door to play clips of old episodes for 5 minutes.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Ugh, clip shows are the fucking worst. As I’ve said before on in re: the show, they need to think about ending it.

          • Drew

            I’m hoping whoever buys Dunder Mifflin is funny as hell.

  • 28 next year

    anyone else here like the show supernatural?

  • Tom Zig

    Saw this question posed on ESPN.com:

    Would you rather have LBJ’s next 10 years or Kobe’s previous 10?

    • Drew

      Kobe’s.

      4 rings.

    • pat

      Do Kobe’s 10 come with Shaq for 8 years?

    • Nady Nation

      Seriously? How would anyone possibly take Kobe?

      • Nady Nation

        Reading fail. My bad. Thought it said Kobe’s next ten.

    • Reggie C.

      LBJ.

      He’s going to Brooklyn to play alongside John Wall and Bosh.

      • Nady Nation

        And play in East Rutherford for 2-3 years of that contract? No chance.

  • pat

    Is Julianne Moore supposed to be doing a boston accent? It’s fucking terrible.

  • Reggie C.

    Can a corner coming out of college really be called “shutdown.” This kid Haden out of Florida is being touted as such. Its kinda annoying considering how good WRs in the NFL are.

    Haden would be an awesome addition to a weak Gmen secondary.

    • pat

      Is he a first rounder? Good CB’s are useless when they have to cover for 10 seconds on every play. I’d rather a bigass fuckin DT or an impact MLB.

  • Drew

    Man the Lakers are fucking stacked.

    Kobe Bean
    Gasol
    Artest
    Bynum
    Odom

    • pat

      I wouldn’t go that far. Even though he’s a douche, .293/.352/.447 with GG defense in center is pretty good.

      • pat

        Oops, wrong spot.

  • johnny

    Anybody else feel like we have granderson at a bargain after seeing the contract victorino just signed, or am I alone in my belief that grandy is a superior player?

    • Accent Shallow

      Victorino can’t hold Granderson’s jock. Except when it comes to being Hawaiian, of course.

      • JGS

        in a related manner, The Flyin Hawaiian is a pretty sweet nickname

      • pat

        I wouldn’t go that far. Even though he’s a douche, .293/.352/.447 with GG defense in center is pretty good.

        • Accent Shallow

          Victorino is a good player, absolutely. Granderson could be among the best players in the league if he can hit lefties.

    • Drew

      3 yrs at 7.7 per(aav)? Yeah, he’s a bargain.

  • Accent Shallow

    Seton Hall basketball is a bad joke.

    /I’m allowed to say that, I’m an alumnus

  • Hughesus Cristo

    There are things other than Jersey Shore going on tonight?

    • Drew

      Burn Notice season premiere was legit.

  • pat

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH Conan is the fucking man. 4.8 million dollar sketch.

  • http://www.publication.us Tommie Malzahn

    uh…. just eat good food and work out.