April 17, 2007

UniWatch, ECB Style!

NOTE: Pictures were removed by Blogger (presumably). To see them, visit UniWatch here and look towards the links in the comments.

Apparently the Nationals honored the dead at Virginia Tech by donning Hokie Hats for tonight's game. Here are some pictures, courtesy of MASN.

As you can see, the Nats didn't splurge for VT batting helmets. In fact, since there are SIX different VT hats apparent above, not to mention at least one all-orange cap I missed, I'd guess the Lerners raided the Salvation Army Thirft Store before the game to obtain the hats.

And as much as I wish it were so, Andruw Jones shows here that the Nats weren't the only ones to treat the mid-50 degree weather as though it were actually cold.

8 Responses:

Brien said...

Awful Announcing has some more pictures on his site.

Jeremy said...

Thank you for sparing me the picture of all of the Nats fans dressed in Hokie orange last night. Oh wait, those were all empty seats in the lower bowl where the red paint has faded to orange in the 40-year-old dump that is RFK. DAMNIT.

Jeremy said...

Sorry Jason... here's your explanation for the different kind of hats that were used last night (courtesy of the Washington Post) and it doesn't involve a cheap owner. Actually, it involves flexibility and amenability to ideas of fans, something ownership and front office staff 30 miles to the north in the Warehouse could really benefit from learning:

"The idea sprang from an e-mail that Nationals fan Dave Lanham sent to team president Stan Kasten. Lanham, a resident of Calvert County, suggested that the team don the hats in tribute. Kasten liked the thought but didn't see the e-mail until after his afternoon meetings.

With about 90 minutes before first pitch, Harolyn Cardozo, executive assistant to General Manager Jim Bowden, was on the phone calling sporting goods stores. She dialed the number to the Sports Authority's store in Alexandria, and when she heard a voice, she had one simple demand: "Give me the smartest guy in the store who can get something done fast."

Paul Schneider, a department manager, soon was scouring the store for Hokies hats. Cardozo asked for 40 of them and they needed to be at the stadium before the Nats took the field. Schneider found about 20 on the rack and discovered a box full in a storeroom. He talked his managers into donating the 38 hats of various styles, then jumped in his car to cross the Wilson Bridge and weave through rush-hour traffic to get to RFK.

Fifteen minutes before the first pitch, Major League Baseball gave the team approval. Schneider arrived at the stadium during the first inning, and the caps made it to the Nationals' dugout in time for the team to take the field with them for the second inning."

J-Red said...

I think the most telling thing is that some nobody got an e-mail through to Kasten. Judging by the product on the field, you'd think he'd be busier.

J-Red said...

Don't know where my pictures went, but I'd be happy to talk to MASN if they have a problem.

Jeremy said...


J-Red said...

Here is the standard line:
"Any rebroadcast, reproduction, or other use of the pictures and accounts of this game without the express written consent of Major League Baseball is prohibited."

Clearly I don't fall under this prohibition. It refers to some pictures in existence - "the pictures", not digital property I create on my computer by converting broadcast images.

Jeremy said...

Dude, you are merely engaging in conversion. The pictures are being generated of the Major League Baseball product on the field for use by a Major League Baseball-licensed broadcaster. The fact that you are making secondary use of the pictures is of no importance.

"Any other... use of the pictures... of this game without the express written consent of Major League Baseball is prohibited." How in the world could you argue that you wouldn't have to write to Bud Selig in New York to obtain permission? You are using pictures of the game that MASN has taken. It doesn't matter that you are converting the picture to a digital format. The original pixellated source code of the picture stems from the game.

Maybe if you wanted to do your own watercolor of the image based upon what you saw on the television or in person, that would be different. So you're now our contributing watercolorer. Congratulations.

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