Monday, August 18, 2008

Ugly Shirts and Ugly Wins

Don't get me wrong, I love America. During the Olympics, I root for the Americans every time (except for women's tennis, there I go for Ana Ivanovic). So naturally I think that honoring our military for their service to our country is a great thing, except when it is done with awful camouflage uniforms. Those camo Padres unis need to go.

So, I started thinking what are the worst uniforms in Phillies history. That list wasn't long enough, so I included other Philadelphia teams. Here are my least favorite uniforms in Philadelphia professional sports history.

Phillies:
1) The "Saturday Night Specials" all maroon outfit of 1979. I wish they would bring this back for another game, much the same way I want Mike Tyson to box again. Fun to watch and nauseating at the same time.

2) The current Phillies uniforms. Actually, I'm being a little unfair to today's uniforms, because they aren't that bad. I just think the color is too bright and the "Phillies" script is a little cartoonish, especially with the stupid blue stars dotting the i's. I wish the Phils had more of a classic look to their uniform, with a muted red color and an old english "P" on the left chest, kind of like they had in the early 1900's. The pinstripes could go too...

3) The "turn ahead the clock" uniforms used in the 1999 season. (You can see most of the jerseys on one page here.) What did these uniforms tell us about the future? There will not be enough material available to make sleeves, uniforms will be made by people with mental disabilities and/or drunks so no logo will ever be centered properly and most people who watch baseball will be legally blind, hence the need for giant logos.

Eagles:
1) The current Eagles uniform. "Midnight green" is ugly. I'm glad Reggie White and Randall Cunningham never had to wear these things. Why would they ever get rid of the regular green and silver?

2) The black alternate Eagles jersey. Not much to say about these except they are just plain ugly. The Eagles aren't black. They aren't midnight green. They are regular-effing-green and silver. Okay, I'm going to have a stroke...

Sixers:
1) The early 90's Sixers. Not only did we have to watch Clarence Weatherspoon, Shawn Bradley, and Sharone Wright steal money, they did it wearing this clown costume. Futuristic? Groundbreaking? No, just crap.

Hockey:
1) The Black Flyers sweater. Not only do I hate black uniforms, but in 2001 they abandoned my favorite hockey sweater since the old Minnesota Northstars set, the standard orange Flyers sweater, and made black the primary home color. The orange sweater was relegated to alternate use. Despicable.

2) The Philadelphia Phantoms sweater. It's orange, it's purple, it's a freaking gay Halloween party on ice. Where's Brian Boitano?
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Come On Get Happy
Like they said at over at huggingharoldreynolds.com, it's about time for everybody to help spread the clap. This is just a reminder that tomorrow night is the kickoff of Campaign: Cheer! Representatives of WSBGM's and others will be at the ballpark tomorrow night passing out propaganda to spur this movement on. Carson will have more details tomorrow so please be sure to check back in.


Corey

30 comments:

Robert said...

Recliner GM did a couple posts about the ugly Philly uniforms...Here's the link. http://www.reclinergm.com/bestworst-of-philly-uniforms/

Aaron said...

The Phillies scored 2 whole runs again tonight....YEAH!!!!!

Ryan Howard struck out 3 more times...YEAH!!!!! That's ok Ryan you'll do better next time..........YEAH!!!! And if you don't then that will make me really happy too ....YEAH!!!!! HOORAY!!! Whoooooopi!!!!

SirAlden said...

Jimmy Rollins helped win the game by legging out an infield hit, stealing second, going to third on a bad throw, and tagging up and beating the throw on a sacrifice fly by Werth.

Way to go finest shortstop in Phillies History.

BloodStripes said...

I hope Burrell is coming into a hot streak. Another tater and the Phils are heading home for campaign cheer. I hope it catches on. Good work boys!!!

GM-Carson said...

Ryan Howard is 2-19 (.105) with 13 k's in his last 6 games.

GM-Carson said...

Sir Alden- I agree Jimmy Rollins is the best short stop and Phillies history. I'm still glad he's a Phillie. I've moved past his "frontrunner" statement, and now am focusing my energy on making a positive change of the ballpark climate tomorrow night.

Bob D said...

They have started to do exactly what they needed to do: score more runs than the other team. The Phils can only manage 1 run, OK Moyer will have to throw a shutout, If they can only score 2 runs, OK Hamels will have to allow no more than 1 run. Thats the way to win. YEAH!

The Padres uniforms were different, neat, and I actually liked them. Of course they should have grabbed a shotgun and climbed upto a tree stand after the game but they were actually interesting.

GM-Carson said...

Petco Park is beautiful, but I miss the days of Jack Murphy Stadium. Instead of calling people "douchebag" or "asshat" or something else derogatory, I used to just call people "Jack Murphy".

Count me in as thinking the camo unis were ugly. I like the idea, but the execution was flimsy.

GM-Carson said...

Minors:
*Kris Benson got roughed up a bit yesterday. He might get a September call-up, but it's doubtful he really helps the club at all.

*Golson had 2 homeruns yesterday and is having a decent season overall.

*My favorite prospect Michael Taylor is now batting .342 in Clearwater. Overall stats- .353, 67 r, 157 h, 34 dbl, 3 trpl, 16 hr, 78 rbi, 13 sb, .971 OPS.

Jeremy said...

I love the new attitude guys. All this positive energy is great. It is this type of posivite mental thinking that allowed us to win the cold war. Now lets see if it wil bring us a World Series Win.

Jeremy said...

Unfortunately I live in the butt crack of North Carolina and will not be at CBP to assist in the cheer campaign. Next time I attend a Kinston Indians game I will transfer the cheer campaign down here.

GM-Carson said...

Corey and I agree that the Phils instill negativity upon us, but it's time for a change. We're starting with this blog. We'll continue to be factual (ex: Ryan Howard's recent struggles), but we're not going to be so damn negative, rather try to keep it on the positive side despite win, lose, or suck.

Chase Trillo said...

Nice piece on the uniforms. I'd like to see the Phils do something a lot different. I'd like to see their red spring training jerseys worn with their non-pinstripe white pants at home and their blue batting practice jerseys worn with their grey pants on the road. Or if people don't like those as daily unis, at least have them be the alternate jerseys. I mean, what is the real point of the day game alternate home jerseys we have now (oooh no pinstripes and a ridiculous blue hat)? Anyway, is that too modern of a request?

GM-Carson said...

Personally, I'd love to see the Phils in red jerseys.

GM-Carson said...

Thanks to Todd Zolecki for giving Campaign Cheer a plug today on his blog.

furiousBall said...

i think the 70s Canuck's sweaters are the worst of all time

GM-Carson said...

Campaign Cheer is getting some negative feedback. That pisses me off. This entire thing is meant to be fun and positive.

GM-Carson said...

Apparently WIP out of Philly was talking about Campaign Cheer on the radio this morning. Spread the word people!!!

Boogerking said...

Hey did anyone else catch Ruiz and Dobbs late in the game last night? They were sooo close to actually contacting the baseball with their bats.So what if Ruiz's average is only .200 Put him in the bullpen and he's the hottest hitting pitcher in the NL. By the way GMs, I have printed the Campaign Cheer flyer and am distributing it at work and at the local watering hole.Just doin' my part to help.

GM-Carson said...

Campaign Cheer allows for the cheering of teams opposing the Mets and/or Marlins. In which case, Go Buccos!!!

Pirates currently beating the Mets 5-2.

SirAlden said...

Raise the JOLLY RODGER! in PNC Park!

The Pirates defeat the NY Mets 5-2,
on a sunny monday afternoon.

Phils one back in the loss column.

Bob D said...

Go Buccos! Hooray!

If Jon Lieber were still with the team his uniform would look like a jelly donut with the big jelly stain across the front.
Lenny Dykstra: chew dripping down the sleeve and front of the jersey.
John Kruk: 1 nut= well, never mind.
Abe Nunez: brown stain down the rear of the pants and a yellow stain across the front.

I still like the Pad's camo uni's. It wasn't the dark camo that would be ugly but a light camo.

GM-Carson said...

Camo is for hunting, not playing baseball.

Thank you Pirates. Phils gain ground on the Mets without playing.

SirAlden said...

The Ownership should be booed, not the players. Until some recent signs of a thaw, this has been the worst ownership in terms of signing and developing players in all of Baseball.

The Owners should be ashamed of themselves, creating fans that are so angry, while they sit in their air-conditioned boxes. Root for the players, they need your help - then wait outside the owners parking lot and pour beer on their cars.

Bob D said...

Siralden, I am with you. Look at the roster, what has the minors produced the last 2 years? Kendrick, ummmm, yep thats it. However the recent signings have been much better and we may see some good prospects come up in 2009, 2010. Lakewood, Clearwater, and Reading have some good prospects on thier teams. There was a definite gap between rookie classes here (Utley, Howard, Madson, Hamels prior to 2 years ago). My point is that there is little significant help available to the team this year when things went bad. Walrond, Cervanik come on. Happ was very good, but no room for him now.

GM-Carson said...

From MLBTR-
According to Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies are interested in recently-released catcher Dave Ross. Rosenthal says they could send him to the minors and bring him up when rosters expand. The Marlins seemingly chose Paul Lo Duca over Ross earlier this year.

The 31 year-old backstop hit .231/.381/.366 in 173 plate appearances this year. He flashed prodigious power in '06, but not much since then. Ross threw out 29% of attempted basestealers this year and 41% in '07.

*Ah, no thanks.

SirAlden said...

The thinking is the cannon arm at 29% vs Coste at 18%.

If he is a Sept call up, it would allow Coste to be a right handed Dobbs off the bench. ATM he cannot be used to pinch hit.

What is most interesting about this rumor is how low Jaramillo has fallen.

GM-Carson said...

Thanks a lot Sir Alden, it took me 2 minutes to figure out "ATM" meant at the moment. I hate accronyms!

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