Silent Wind of Doom

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  1. Wow. Just goes to show you how the colors a color is featured alongside can change perception. Even as I cycle between those two links, the green looks bluer on the Rays image than the A's one. In my opinion the best is to go with the current look but accentuate the lighter blue and yellow more in the identity and uniforms. Glad to see more people disagree with green. The green/columbia combination I used to see all the time was horrific-looking to me. Huh. That is strange. They've got huge capacity. They've hit big milestones in the park's history. I know the Angels have seen three different All-Star Games in three different iterations of that park, while Dodger Stadium has seen mostly light aesthetic and seating changes. Could it be a matter of infrastructure? I've heard of Chavez Ravine being infamously tough to get in and out of.
  2. Eh, I'm more digging at you than anything. Though, seriously, I associate darker teal with Tampa and lighter teal with Miami. They may be navy, columbia, and yellow right now, a color scheme I prefer, but a goodly amount in these parts keep arguing for them to go back to the D'Ray colors.
  3. So rather than a divisional rival, you'd prefer them to look more like the traditional look of the Tampa Bay Rays?
  4. You know, when looking at the teams and thinking of which I've always wanted to wear throwbacks, I looked at the Mets and considered them a team that should always wear what is their original look. I completely forgot about these. They're things of beauty. I don't know if you can get away with racing stripes nowadays, but they should definitely be a one or two a week at home look. People constantly clamor for the tailed New York skript. I wonder if they'd accept it being an away alt.
  5. Come on. Hal, turn down the nicknames. Guys, say that a player can't do best than that uniform. I'm fine with whatever people want on eye black, bats, sleeves, I'll take red friggin' socks if they keep the names off the back. I'm more of the school that darker caps generally look more aesthetically pleasing on the road. I'd rather see them a night or two a week at Fenway, the way the Phillies, White Sox, Pirates, Brewers, and Diamondbacks wear their throwbacks. Same for the Twins' red cap and Homerdome throwbacks. Actually, can we put that Twins uni on the best pullovers list?
  6. The difference between a postseason series and the regular season is that the postseason series is a head-to-head matchup. If you lose a postseason series, you have yourself to blame unless there's a Maier/Denkinger/midges type situation. In the regular season, you can go into Queens with their biggest slugger and most of their rotation out at the beginning of the year and sweep them then have the team fighting you in the division go in at the end with them at full strength and get swept. In the end, if we're questioning whether or not the Wild Card belongs, doesn't a team's success in head-to-head play answer that? And isn't that a better measure of the quality of a team than season record? Those are great. I was just going off the top of my head and some old All-Star Game team pictures. I'm unsure of what you mean about the Tigers and Padres, unless you just mean that ones a button down and one isn't. I assume that when we're discussing best pullovers we're taking the entire uniform into account. Most of the rest of the pullovers were almost the same as their button-downs. I think the Tequila Sunrises and Angels are gorgeous too, but they'd just been talked about. The classic Toronto look is the late 80's-early 90's set with the off-center bird, but if we're talking about what are the best pullovers, those Toronto unis were gorgeous, and their away may be the best of the powder blue aways. I never liked the lack of contrast of the wordmark on Kansas City. And taking the entire uniform into account, Boston's pullover may have been a little empty, especially without the button-down's plack piping, that hat and the navy and red stirrups that the team should be wearing today push it into the upper eschelon.
  7. Thanks. I often think my usual "I've been gone for a while, so lemme address everything I've wanted to address and hit the quote button on" posts are annoying to people. Oh, there's no connection. It's just while we were discussing abbreviations, I just got curious. I don't know the etymology through the years of the pluralization of RBI. MLB is in a weird position. Given that it's merger has been more of a common-law marriage than the actual hard merger the NFL and NBA went through, the final straw not being truly broken until the 90's, it's name doesn't fit the mode. Everything else is a league, but this is two, so you can't say that. Since the "the" article doesn't fit at all, I've more often than not heard euphemisms used, like "the Majors", "the Major Leagues", "the Show", "the Bigs", or something like that. I think it's more becoming a thing in modern days comes from two things: 1. The other leagues are becoming more prominent, so more people are bigger fans of them and just assume you address them all the same or are less familiar with baseball's unique position. 2. The globalization of the world has led to more awareness of the NPL, KBO, and Caribbean leagues, and they refer to American baseball by a different term trying to better differentiate the professional leagues and to be more sensitive and PC. It was a long time ago that I last posted, so I can't remember if I'd said this before or just thought it the first time I read your post. The difference between the All-Star Games in different sports isn't just chalked up to the ability to see players face off that have never faced off before. It's a matter of the quality of play. Football and basketball have so much physical contact in normal play that nobody is going to play the game as well and as intensely as they would if it counted. Hockey is the same, but while I regularly hear people complain about the other two, I'm less familiar with how well the NHL All-Star Game does because usually nobody's talking about it. It's American League vs. National League. The best of one vs. the best of the other. I don't think you need much besides bragging rights to make it interesting. Seeing all these guys on the same team is just gravy. And if you want to see matchups that you don't usually see, the current Interleague model means you're playing a team once every 3-4 years. And if you're interesting in seeing your team face off in a ballpark you don't usually get to see them in, that's 6-8 years. Dodgers or Giants coming back to New York? About once every decade, and I'm not sure if they're actually rigidly alternating home field for these series. That's rare enough for it to still feel like a special treat. What is arbitrary is what that team is champion of. A grouping of the closest teams beholden to imagined lines of division. What's in a division? I like divisions because they create a culture and relationships between a close-knit group of teams. What it doesn't do is show you who is the best team. All teams play each other, so in a hypothetical situation, a weak Western Division can be beaten down on by better teams in the other two divisions. Meanwhile, Detroit and Tampa Bay are powerhouses in the East. Without a Wild Card, the better team in Detroit goes home while Chicago wins the West and goes to the playoffs even though they're inferior just because they're slightly to the West of Detroit. That's completely arbitrary, and so the title of champion is as well. Division championships are fun for bragging rights, but if you want to actually find the best team, if you actually care about who ears the right to advance, then the Wild Card is the best choice. They're currently hamstrung by being in a one-and-done situation with the winner burning their ace before the ALDS. If you're not deserving, you'll get bounced. If you're actually good enough to hang, then you can fight through the adversity. THAT is earning the right to advance. If you want to make the divisional race analogous to the ALDS, well that's unfair because it's not an actual head-to-head competition. Ahh... I mean, it seemed evident to me, but I kinda realized in the moment when I was writing my post that I'd based all my ideas of the rivalry on context clues rather than it actually being stated anywhere, and you're someone who actually lived it, so if I was wrong you'd know. So I decided to play it safe with the wording. Oh, like I said, I know there would be other moments, but that was more just a fun exercise I enjoyed in looking back at the fruits reaped from Selig's crazy crusade. My feeling on the subject are not rooted in homerism. I listed the Yankees' New Dynasty as one of many things that may have not occured. I also listed the Red Sox in 2004, and if I were going just based on personal gain, we'd still be changing "1914!" to this day. I don't think fans of Red Sox, Rockies, Angels, and Cardinals would trade their runs for the personal satisfaction of saying "I did it the right way." If it hadn't been for a fortuitous losing streak, the Yankees may still have their grounds crew leading the Stadium in the Macarena. I agreed, but couldn't think of too many of the top of my head. Boston comes close. Maybe Toronto or Detroit? They all look like they're missing something, though, whereas this one kind of has everything. Diamondbacks, Buccaneers, Jaguars, Browns, Hawks, Clippers On the Red/White/Blue front, I've often said that every team looks different that uses the colors. Here's how they'd look in my perfect world... Team: Crown/Brim/Shirt/Lettering/Socks BOS: Navy/Navy/Red/Red/Red | Navy/Navy/Red/Red/Red CLE: Navy/Red/Red/Red/Red | Navy/Navy/Navy/Red/Navy MIN: Navy/Navy/Navy/Navy/Navy | Navy/Red/Navy/Navy/Navy LAA: Navy/Red/Navy/Red/Navy | Navy/Red/Navy/Red/Navy TEX: Red/Red/Red/White/Red | Blue/Blue/Blue/White/Blue ATL: Navy/Red/Navy/Red/Navy | Navy/Red/Navy/Red/Navy WAS: Red/Red/Red/Red/Red | Navy/Red/Navy/Red/Navy CHC: Blue/Blue/Blue/Logo/Blue | Blue/Blue/Blue/Blue/Blue And, of course, the Angels need a gold Halo. The only two that would have similar combinations would be when the Nationals play at SunTrust, but the white/gray split, wildly different piping, and the chest insignia vs. one of the most recognizeable wordmarks in the sport keep them both looking far from similar. I somehow forgot to quote it, but I did a quick and dirty mockup of what a modernization of the old Mariners script would look like for the person who mentioned that.. Dangit. I went through making a schedule for April, figuring out how teams wore their socks to give a good appraisal of how the league was doing. Then life got crazy and most of May was gone before I got the chance to discuss. By then, nobody talked about socks, so it seemed like the time had passed. Now it's coming up again. XD
  8. @TheGoldenTriangle, see, this is more supposed to be the feedback time. Well, actually, I just happened to be sitting around and it wasn't much work, so this was shorter, but it's not supposed to be as long as it was for the last few rounds.
  9. When you say championships... you mean just division/pennant/conference/championship? Like, no wild card and such? Or just everything?
  10. Sorry for the incredibly long layover. Life just keeps getting in the way. Hopefully it's calm now... until I leave for a week in two weeks. @Whittier S, I hope you're still around to receive this. @LakeShow24, here's your LA sig. @29texan, I didn't realize until now that you still have an old sig from before. So I upgraded the grapghics for the new thread like I did every other one. I couldn't find all of the old pictures, so I updated them as well. Hope you like.
  11. I think it's "Celebrate Maryland Day", not celebrate "Maryland Day". The typeface doesn't really make the parsing there clear. Huh. I thought it was an "ATM Machine" thing, where it doesn't work when you spell it out. I'm curious what your stance on RBIs vs. RBI is, since it's the same matter. Given it's a score bug, I imagine it's more focused on showing off the team colors in a graphic than being the exact representation of a team's cap. That's how baseball works. It's a streaky sport. Somewhere in all this the Bucky Dent game came up. The Yankees didn't perform as well as the Red Sox all year, but got hot at the right point. Same for the Phold, which happened long before divisional play. The playoffs reward the hottest team, not the best. Nobody really cares anyway. But it's that way across sports. If anything, baseball is the best in terms of quality of play, especially compared to football and basketball. If anything, it's the height of play. The novelty shouldn't be in players who never get to see each other facing off. It should be in players who never play together being on a team. And it's bragging rights for your league. Carl Hubbel's famous performance was less that he got to strike out players that he didn't normally see ("How cool is it that Hubbel got to face Foxx?!") and more than Ruth, Gehrig, Foxx, Simmons, and Cronin were on the same team one after the other in the lineup to make that moment happen. I'm rooting for New Orleans and Vegas, although those are good options as well. And the World Series should already have all the meaning in the world because YOUR TEAM IS IN THE WORLD SERIES!!! But, in truth, I think playoff series are plussed by having met earlier in the season. It gives it a bit of a rematch feel and you have something in your mind to go back to. It's like 90% of things in this world. There is no right answer. There is no perfect setup. Records do not accurately show what is the best team. High-record teams can feed on crappy teams while two incredible teams in a better division may have a lower record as they face each other and better caliber teams. And you can't compare the record of a team in one division to a team in the other division because increased inter-divisional play means you don't play the same teams, even if interleague weren't a thing. If you wanted a pure race, you'd go with the pool method mentioned above. But even that doesn't give you the best team, because more than most other sports, baseball is built on luck. It's the bounce of a ball. One team wins in Cleveland while another doesn't because of a seagull or a swarm of midges. One team visits Wrigley while the wind blows in and another while it blows out. Fan interference costs one team a bases-clearing double, keeping the runner on third. And that doesn't even bring up injuries. If that seperated the division winner from a team sitting at home, it's unfair. Sometimes the best team wins the division, sometimes it doesn't. I'm confused by your beliefs as your expressing them. It sounds like you're defending the idea of a pure divisional race not for better and fairer competitive balance, but just because of the arbitrary title of "champion" sounding better in the playoffs. If the second team in one division is better than the first in the other, then I agree with the earlier statement that an imaginary line drawn in the sand does not benefit the sport's integrity holds true. The marathon nature of the season is meant to iron out the highs and lows, but it still doesn't work 100%. People talk about the NBA regular season meaning little, which makes sense because over half the league gets in. But with baseball, I don't know how you can say that. A few teams get in, and that season is where teams punch their ticket. I remember coming down to the end of the season just out of the playoffs and remembering a game in St. Pete where Damon dropped an easy fly and gave up the game. How things could have been different with one or two games back that had been lost over stupid stuff. In the end, my way of looking at all of this is less from a competitive view and more from a cultural view. I want divisions because I like being a part of the American League East. I love seeing the Red Sox multiple times during the year, and have never grown tired of the series. If anything, more meetings means more people get a chance to visit the ballpark. I love that Baltimore hates us for invading their home and the Jeffrey Maier game. I love the history we have with Tampa whose rise knocked us out of the playoffs for the first time in over a decade, and the role they've often played as spoiler over the years. I love the jeers hurled from the Bleacher Creatures towards Bautista, who played the game back by offering to throw a ball to the fans then turning around and running to the dugout. And we get to play more of these games where we double our gains in the standings. The recent realignments have also troubled me for the same reason. Interleague Play was an event with it's own logo. It was special. Now, it just happens to happen every once in a while. I'd prefer even leagues with two weeks of interleague. The two-Wild Card system, though, is a good step. People complain that the divisions don't mean anything, but this actually punishes those who don't win. Even if you win that one game, you've burned your ace for the upcoming series. I went back and checked to see how things would be different with the old system. On the plus side, Montreal would have made the playoffs in 1996. On the other side of the coin, the Marlins would be down a championship, their two wins likely the only thing that kept them alive as long as they've been here. Now they have a level of hope, whereas there might not even be a team there. Speaking of which, rather than the moment and series that saved baseball in Seattle, they would have hit the buzzsaw that is Cleveland. Mattingly never would have seen the playoffs, and the team wouldn't even get in until 1998, if Big Stein hadn't blown up the team before then. Arizona wouldn't have been around to create an iconic world series. The Angels would still be cursed. Aaron Boone would be a nobody and there would be no comeback to reverse the curse. There would be no Rocktober. And it's hard to look at all the moments that have been made possible only under the current system and want to trade them in for something else. Of course there would be other moments, and historical records wouldn't be exactly the same under different circumstances, but we'd lose so much. So many fanbases would be left with nothing. I don't think we've oversaturated the playoffs at this point, so I'm in favor of there being more of it. Things evolve and change over the years. It's just the fact of the matter. Except for the most intense rivalries, teams really go in and out of them over the history of the sport. In the 70's and 80's, the Yankees and Royals faced off a number of times, and while I wasn't around yet, I'm sure the two fanbases hated each other. Now... it's just another series. Nobody thought twice about the Angels until they became the only team to have a winning record during Torre's tenure, leading to a lot of fear and hate in the 2000's. Outside of my team, look at what an event Blue Jays vs. Rangers has become, even thought they're not in division. A few years ago, it was just another series. The Reds are no longer in the same division as the Dodgers, but instead they're now facing the Cardinals a number of times a year. The two teams exploded into a brawl over a friendly tap on the catcher's gear. What... what state do you live in? What I don't get is why this is necessary at all. Looking at the teams this is compared to, they have wordmarks that link up. All script on the Marlins' jerseys never cross that line. So, who cares if they're spread out or in fractions of an inch? You don't end up with a weird gap. It looks exactly the same!
  12. Man, what a year this has been. Sorry I've been so spotty. @DiePerske, I just decided screw it on the trophies, since there's so little information... @itsmb8, I was just able to fit everything. Didn't think I would at first. You didn't specify on BM, so I just included the Bundesliga wins. @AliesjeMacDee, I wonder who your husband is. @Crabcake47, the first thing I saw was your avatar, so I was going to congratulate you, before I saw the sig and your name and realized who you were. Sorry, man. I also updated everything as I've made the logos and colors more accurate across the board. You posted this as I was writing this, so lemme go set this up.
  13. I'd rather we leave the flannel in the past for them, especially given how much their colors pop off the white, but I'd love to see someone photoshop an old-style tomahawk onto the current home to see how it looks.
  14. Huh. They skipped them over until the second month. Weird. Must've wanted their first run at their home field to be with their beautiful classic whites.
  15. Actually, I'd meant before the change to the road cap. I prefer the 1993-2013 version. Although at least we can both agree that the current look is a miss. Looking through the Braves' April, it looks like the only alt they wore were the Navy alts on the road. Did they ditch the creams and reds, because I didn't hear anything about it. I guess the tomahawk is in full force now.