I am so glad this is over. This clogged up my timeline like no other this past week. (And I am an A’s fan and I am an Eric Sogard fan.)
MLB, with MLB Network, held a contest where fans on Twitter can send tweets with the hashtag #FaceofMLB and the selected player’s name to be counted as vote for the Face of MLB contest. The final was between #DavidWright and #EricSogard.
But what exactly is the Face of MLB contest and what is the prize? It’s a contest to see who is the Face of MLB. What does that mean? Nothing. It’s a fictional prize that has no merit and it really is a filler space for the offseason to distract baseball fans and get them interacting and uniting for a value-less prize. It’s more of a contest to see which fanbase is more active on Twitter.
Essentially, it’s a pointless Internet popularity contest. A popularity contest. The silly stuff people have in high school.
People are upset over the results of an Internet popularity contest.
It’s smart marketing in terms of interaction with fans, but it is just filler. The contest means nothing. No charity money gets raised, no real tangible prizes are given away. It’s basically just empty sugar.
So when Eric Sogard, an unlikely favorite, lost to David Wright this morning following a late surge, A’s fans called out MLB for tainting the voting process for an award that holds no meaning.
It’s official now. The new green jerseys are here and I would expect them to be seen at the team’s fanfest this weekend.
This matches exactly what I predicted last month.
I am OK with this. It’s not great and it’s not bad. It’s basically a green version of their gold jerseys. I actually don’t mind it really, but I hope they don’t wear it all the time. It’s just a good marketing, merchandising opportunity.
My biggest concern is actually the inclusion of this new cap.
A mock of what the new green jersey will look like.
The Oakland Athletics teased some photos of their commercial shoots today and the above photo was shared on Twitter.
Notice in the background you see Coco Crisp’s #4 green jersey. It’s different than the regular green jersey they had been wearing in the past. They have the headspoon piping that goes around the neck and the number of the jersey is white with a gold trim.
This matches exactly what I predicted to be their jersey when their alternate cap was leaked.
I think it’s fine, although I wish the emphasis would be on the gold lettering, not the white lettering. But is this change necessary? Absolutely not. But in terms of marketing, the A’s need as much as they can and this is a new way to do it.
Surprised they would let this slide. But then again, teams have made these mistakes in the past.
Are these jerseys gone forever?
Remember when this cap surfaced and it was rumored that it was the new A’s road cap? Apparently there is a reason for it.
According to Chris Creamer of SportsLogo.net (who shared this in his site’s message board), the Athletics are ditching the green alternates you see in the above photo. The new ones could come this season. The design for the new ones aren’t known yet but the new road cap might be an indicator of what to expect. It could very well be a jersey that is a mirror image of their gold alternates.
The entire Athletics uniform set has received praise for being clean and simple. Their color scheme is the only one that uses green in baseball. The green alternate set has been part of the team’s rotation since 1994. However in recent years, the team has been wearing it a lot more often. When the team got the new gold alternates a few seasons ago, it was initially thought that the green jerseys would be set as the road alternate. When the players realized that that was not actually in their uniform guideline, they ended up wearing the green alternates way more frequently. This past season, they wore it half their games.
This appeared on eBay and apparently it’s the only place that has any information about it, so take it for what it is.
The listing claims it’s the new road cap for the Oakland Athletics next season. Full-time or alternate road cap? It does not say. All signs indicate that it’s authentic. The stickers are the right one for an on-field authentic. The images look legit. You can even find them in stores.
The Raiders have an Oakland feel. Sure, I dig that.
The Warriors have an Oakland feel too. That’s correct. But once they move to San Francisco, it will lose that touch.
But the A’s don’t have an Oakland feel? I’ve been going to A’s games since I was a kid and I don’t know what Adande defines as an Oakland feel. Even though the crowds are small, the passion is just as strong as any other fanbase I’ve seen. During the playoffs, you can’t match the passion and cheers from Oakland.
Yesterday I shared this photo on my Facebook. Is it OK for these to exist?
This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this. In fact, it’s been around a while. I’ve seen Giants caps in A’s colors. Dodgers caps in Giants colors. I’ve seen Yankees caps in Red Sox colors. It exists and it doesn’t look right.
The main reason is for fashion. If a person wants to wear green one day and an Angels cap, the cap above works. Even though it mixes in a rival’s colors, it aesthetically works. But is it right?
How much are we sacrificing for fashion? You’ll never catch me wearing an A’s cap in Giants colors. It just doesn’t work. If I have to wear some black and orange cap, I guess I’ll go with the Orioles.
But I suppose since the A’s are the only team in baseball that wears green, that option is limited for some.
Pitcher Tommy Milone has worn #57 since joining the Athletics. The team is giving away his signed jersey for a contest today.
However, the jersey features #47. I initially thought that was a mistake. But why would the A’s be giving away a mistake? After all, Milone signed it himself and it would make no sense for an athlete to sign a jersey that isn’t correct.
But on the signature, Milone signed #57 on it.
Maybe Milone changed his number and the Athletics might have accidentally (or maybe intentionally) announced it on Twitter. Or maybe this was a mistake.
It sounds crazy and it is very unlikely. Would either team be willing to make it happen? I doubt it. But the fact that this is thrown out there has to force somebody to make a move to relieve the A’s of being prisoners to the territorial rights. They need a new stadium and if they can’t be at the Coliseum, going to AT&T Park just doesn’t make much sense.
Now that this is out there, will something be done? I doubt anytime soon and they probably will lease the Coliseum for another year. But the more we think about it, the more pathetic this situation appears and it’s very clear that a resolution could happen sooner than later.