July 09, 2012
As the all star players and related personnel made their way to Kansas City Sunday night, from a multitude of points nationally on a multitude of charter aircraft, to be in town for Monday night’s home run hitting event and Tuesday’s annual league versus league exhibition that has taken on the added relevance of home field advantage in the World Series, we take a look at a myriad of looks over the final first half weekend.
We didn’t think we’d see the shortened season (the 1994 MLB player’s strike ended the season on Aug. 12 that year) 125th anniversary patch, known for its metallic glitter gold embroidery, used again.
But there were the Twins with it on their right sleeve Saturday against Texas at Rangers Ballpark at Arlington, the Rangers opting not to wear the patch on their ’94 throwbacks, only the team diamond-shaped shield, which they actually wore from 1995-99.
Perhaps a preview at Citi Field Friday as the Mets went with a blue “Los Mets” jersey, and word is a blue alternate jersey is on the drawing board for 2013 and that this jersey served as a, dress rehearsal, pun intended.
Authentic Store Buzz: Please join us at lunch time a week from Thursday, July 19, as we welcome former Philadelphia Atoms soccer goalkeeper, and current Philadelphia Union broadcaster Bob Rigby to our Center City Philly store meeting with fans and signing autographs from 11:30-12:30.
Rigby, a Philadelphia-area native, helped lead the Atoms to the 1973 North American Soccer league Championship in his and the team’s rookie season, appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated, as the Atoms were the first U.S. team in any sports to win a professional championship in its first season.
We’ll have a reprint of the SI cover for Bob to sign. Hope to see you at out store as the soccer community in the Philly region will be alive with the MLS All Star Game the following week.
Authentically Speaking Trivia Time: What was the first year in MLB that the host team wore an all star game patch? Answer on Tuesday.
Friday’s answer: Super Bowl XIII on Jan. 21, 1979, when the Dallas Cowboys elected to wear white as the home team NFC representative against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a 35-31 Steelers victory.