FORT MYERS, Fla. — Carlos Gomez was wearing his socks up high, knee-length, on Saturday. So was Alexi Casilla. Same for Michael Cuddyer on Sunday.
A rash of turn-back-the-clock sensibilities? The newest fad? Somebody lose a bet to Joe Crede? Think again.
"I don't want to pay $1,000," Gomez said. "They said they'll take $1,000."
"They" is Major League Baseball, and the Twins outfielders are reacting to a letter teammate Denard Span received last week advising him of the rules about uniform pants and warning him another violation will cost him a grand.
"I didn't even know it was a rule," Span said. "But it was accidental anyway."
The letter from league disciplinarian Bob Watson said pants must not extend underneath a player's spikes; they must end at the heel. Span said that's how he wears his pants anyway, but in a game last week in Fort Lauderdale, his pants got snagged, and they stretched beyond his heel. During the game, he was photographed sliding into second base that way, and the photo ran in USA Today.
A day later, he got the letter, so Span figures that's how the league spotted him. "I'm a little worried about it, because I didn't even know it had happened. Who's to say if it could happen again?" Span said. "And $1,000 is $1,000."
Monday, March 23, 2009
Knee-High by the 4th of July.
Tammy just posted a link to this Pio Press story, and it deserves a blog post of its own.
Don't you think that just to be on the safe side, every Twins player should just wear high socks, as a precautionary measure? I have to say, if Denard Span were somehow unwittingly responsible for making the entire Twins line-up going knee-high with their socks, he would earn a place in the Those Girls Hall of Fame. I'd be eternally grateful to him and his accidentally too-long pants.
Posted by Sarah at 1:13 PM