Open Thread: AL East soccer jerseys

Stuck in Haiti: Omar Luis Rodriguez still waiting on visa
Yankees outright Josh Spence to Triple-A

I’m not much of a soccer guy, like at all, but even I have to admit these are pretty neat. Mark Willis, a web/graphic designer and soccer writer, put his talents together and came up with conceptual soccer jerseys for the five AL East teams. Apparently they’re actually called “kits,” so yeah. I highly recommend clicking the link because these things are pretty badass. Maybe I’m biased, but I like the New York design over the other four.

Anyway, here is tonight’s open thread. There’s no NFL game tonight and neither the Knicks or Nets are playing either. You’re on your own for entertainment. Talk about whatever you like here. Go nuts.

[h/t HBT]

Stuck in Haiti: Omar Luis Rodriguez still waiting on visa
Yankees outright Josh Spence to Triple-A
  • Matt :: Sec110

    AJ Pierzynski to the Rangers on a 1 year deal?

    Why theYanks couldn’t swing that is beyond me.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Shows how much they believe Romine is ready unless they make a trade.

      • MannyGeee

        Or, shows how much they feel Pierzinski was a bad bad bad clubhouse fit and a contract year performance in 2012.

    • forensic

      How can you even start to complain about it before you know how much money it is? What if they were tired of money burning a hole in their pocket and getting spurned by targets and gave him something like $15 million?

      • The Real Greg

        Yea, we need to know the money involved first.

    • RetroRob

      Maybe they just don’t like him, from his catching skills to his personality. Always a possibility.

      Or, maybe they did make an offer, but it was less than the Rangers.

      Or, maybe he would rather play in Arlington than NY. (Having a hard time believing that myself, but who knows.)

  • Danny
    • RetroRob

      I thought Newman’s comments on Romine was interesting, describing him as a plus-plus defender. That’s not been his reputation, so either he has taken a step forward, or the previous evaluations by scouts by were wrong, or the Yankees are pumping him since they expect him to be a legit candidate for catcher or enhance his value for a possible trade.

  • jjyank

    No interest in soccer at all, but I would buy that jersey if I could.

  • bobmac

    Very metro

  • M.Willis

    Flattered for the link, glad you liked it. I’m a Sox fan but the Yankees graphic identity is just incredible to design with. Hope you guys find that I gave it proper respect.

    Best of luck w/ Youk btw!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Best of you luck to you, Mark. These are beautiful.

    • jjyank

      Rivalry aside, great to see fans from other teams visit here. You did a great job with those, and as I said above, I would pay money for the Yankee soccer jersey if I could.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Yeah dude, those things are kickass.

    • MannyGeee

      Really great stuff man! I am a fan

    • Alkaline

      Nice job with them. They’re sweet. And, good luck to your team next year. I feel baseball is in a better place when the Yanks and Sox could both live up to the rivalry.

      Like JJ said, it’s nice to see fans of other teams chime in to get outside opinion. Heh, can you imagine a post by another team’s blogger on his take on the yanks and baseball moves in general?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Or “You’re a talented designer, we love the shirts, and really appreciate you sharing them with us. Best of luck to you. Let us know how last place feels again.”


    • CS Yankee

      Great job!

      Thought that the NYY sponsor would be Adidas as that seemed to be a key partner for them. The redo of the O’s was incredible and the Jays look quite cool and typical for a Futbol Kit. The Ray one would have finished in the cellar for me. Thought you nailed each sponsor.

      Thanks for sharing, you’re an incredible talent.

  • Jake

    I would buy one of those jerseys in a heartbeat.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    If Frankie Cervelli could wear this every day, he’d hit .800.

    • vin

      Italians do love soccer…

    • MannyGeee

      Fist pumps + futbol = Victory!

  • Pedro (from Brasil)

    As a soccer fan one of the most beautiful jersey ever!!

  • Frank

    Those are awesome mark. When/where can I buy one?

  • The Big City of Dreams

    Jon Heyman ?@JonHeymanCBS

    #yankees did NOT make an offer to AJ pierzynski. plan at present is to go with cervelli/stewart/romine

    • TCMiller30

      I have zero problem with that report. I wanted nothing to do with Pierzynski.

      • The Big City of Dreams

        I would have taken him for the yr. Right now their catching situation is Romine and two career back-ups

        • Slu

          So three career backups then?

  • dkidd

    anyone see zero dark thirty?

    • Gonzo

      Not yet, but I heard it’s an amazing film. Can’t wait to see it.

  • Pistol Pete

    Wow, Pierzynski signs a one year deal and the Yanks can’t get him. We get to choose among Romine, a Double AA catcher with a bad back and two proven useless catchers in Cervelli and Stewart. So much for going all in for 2012 with aging but proven veterans to be competitive while still being under the 189 for 2013. Anyone know where the power is going to come from losing Arod Swisher and Martin in one year?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Probably mostly from Cano, Granderson, and Teixeira.

    • MannyGeee

      You actually get to choose between dealing with it or cheering for Los Doyers. Either way, common denominator is you not bitching with the same spoiled Yankee fan bullshit that makes every other fan of every other professional sport FUCKING HATE US.

      so, thanks for that

    • Robinson Tilapia

      “Wow, Pierzynski signs a one year deal and the Yanks can’t get him.”

      Or didn’t want to. Contrary to popular belief, not having the team sign the players you want them to sign does not constitute failure on their part.

  • The Moral Majority is Neither

    I would purchase the Blue Jays kit for sure. I have a road Yankee jersey because I can wear it casually, but find the pinstripes too cartoonish to wear anywhere but a game.

  • The Real Greg

    I actually kind of like what the Yankees are doing. The days of acquiring talent at a good age via free agency is done, with players being locked up early.

    It’s time for the Yankees to see what their prospects have.

  • JJ

    Damn I want one of these jerseys. How can we get these made?

  • MannyGeee

    Worst Yankee Fan in the world says:

    I actually like all of the soccer jerseys EXCEPT the Yankee one. I kind of agree with the comment above, the pinstripes are kinda tacky in this setting.

    *hiding under desk*

    • Robinson Tilapia


      • MannyGeee

        My apologies… See you guys at during Ryan Dempster Appreciation Parade over on OTM…. Sorry

        • Robinson Tilapia

          They actually have parades over there?

          • MannyGeee

            Not of the stuart a variety, and all they play is Sweet Caroline & the Dropkick Murphys .. But yeah.

  • dkidd

    i love the blue jay kit, although i keep reading the sponsor as “pubix”

    • dkidd

      meant the rays kit


      • Robinson Tilapia

        I’ve been to plenty of Publix locations in my life and have zero issues with you calling it “Pubix.” It’s kinda deserved.


        • Knoxvillain

          A Publix just opened up here in Knoxville. I waited over five years for it. After I left Florida it was all I missed. It opened up in August and it’s about 35 minutes away from where I live.

          I have had about 15 subs since it’s opened and I am not ashamed.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Interesting. I thought they were purely Florida. I suppose you didn’t get the little Cuban coffee counter.

            • Knoxvillain

              I know for a fact that they’re in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina, but I’m not sure about anywhere else.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Surprised Van Slyke cleared waivers?

    Disclaimer: I’d never heard of him before a couple of days ago.

    • Carmine

      Is it strange that the 2014 Yankees in my road to the show for MLB 12 have Freddie Freeman, Scott Van Slyke (DH), Rajai Davis, Mike Olt, Wil Myers, Jorge De La Rosa, and Jair Jurrjens? In addition they traded Derek Jeter to Detroit for Rick Porcello and Avisail Garcia.

      It’s a phenomenal game but sometimes the front office decisions are just strange.

      I was traded to the Rays and they just acquired Seth Smith, Derek Norris, and Chase Utley from the A’s for Jon Rauch and Jeff Keppinger.

    • Carmine

      Sorry Reply Fail.

    • Havok9120

      From the way he got talked up on here and MLBTR, I am, yes. But my initial reaction is that he’s considered (by, you know, people who have actually seen him) to be more of a AAAA player than anything. We’ve seen how teh interwebz can obsess over a player all out of proportion to their actual worth.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        That never happens. What are you talking about?

        Know what drives me crazy? When I go to Cooperstown and can’t find the Ronnie Mustellier wing.

        • Cris Pengiucci

          They’re just taking their time building it to make sure they get it right. Check again next year.

  • forensic

    Watching Yankees Baseball Today and Flaherty just said they should go two years on Hairston and just greatly front-load the contract in the first year to avoid the luxury tax in the second year.

    Is there anything he does well as an analyst??? Never understand why he’s still employed with them.

  • Jimmy

    Deep thoughts on NHL lockout day #96….I’ve always thought of this one. If anyone cares to weigh in….

    Player A: .307/.358/.471, 1 MVP, 0 WS, 39.8 bWAR
    Player B: .282/.382/.491, 0 MVP, 4 WS, 33.6 bWAR

    For those who care, “B” lost three years of his prime to military service. My Dad and I spent hours arguing over this one, way before the Sabremetric stats were invented. I think I lost.

    Have a great night all.

    • forensic

      A little context goes a long way, Jimmy. I was thinking it was maybe another DiMaggio/Williams comp for a second, but those numbers are way lower than anything they would put up. And I have no idea if those are career numbers or over a certain number of years.

      • Jimmy

        A = Don Mattingly
        B = Tommy Henrich

        My favorite Yankee growing up vs my Dad’s. About 30 years later I finally bothered comparing the two statistically. Tommy Henrich had a pretty underrated career. Both players had sub-HoF careers, but Henrich could have done a lot more damage with those three years lost to the war.

  • trr