Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A Uniform Mess

Errors show up on professional sports uniforms from time to time. It's not unheard of for a player's last name to be misspelled. (Hey, you try spelling Yastrzemski correctly!) What's not as widespread, however, is a spelling mistake on the front of a jersey. When a team name is spelled wrong, it's hard to miss.

Such was the case back on April 17, 2009, when the Washington Nationals hosted the Florida Marlins in a Major League Baseball game. Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn, two of the best players on the Nationals, played the first three innings of that game wearing Natinals uniforms. No o. Oh, no.

Adam Dunn (left) and Ryan Zimmerman of the Natinals

Fittingly, the Nationals lost this game in extra innings. The team finished with the worst record in baseball (59-103) in 2009. That spells B-A-D.


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    1. Agreed. The team name had to be stitched, letter by letter, on jerseys that were then inspected, washed, hung in the players’ lockers and, eventually, worn. The process was not as quick and easy as, say, making a keystroke or writing a menu item on a chalkboard. Plenty of opportunities existed for someone — anyone — to notice the nonuniformity of these uniforms.