Friday, July 17, 2015

Game Worn (allegedly) Dodgers 2015 Memorial Day Jersey

I picked up this jersey from the MLB Auctions site.  This is Tim Wallach's "game worn" jersey from the Dodgers 6-3 win over the Braves on Memorial Day this year, May 25, 2015.  I'm not a huge fan of these "special" jersey's MLB seems to trot out for more and more occasions.  In fact I find it to be a bit of a vulgar marketing gimmick and affront to the integrity of many of the traditional teams' uniforms.  The Yankees, Dodgers, and other non-Marlin and Rays type franchises should not be degrading their uniforms in this manner.  Yet MLB knows suckers like me will open up their wallets for this stuff.  Granted, I'm a very high end sucker, and wouldn't shell out for a mere hat from the souvenir stand.  I go for the game worn stuff.

All self-important sanctimonious griping aside, this jersey is actually very nice looking in person.   It looks much better in hand than it does on t.v., the Dodger blue nicely compliments the camouflage (at least I think it's called camouflage, I'm not a big military surplus store shopper).

I'm also not sure it's fair to call this "game worn."  For one coaches don't "play" in the game.  That's a distinction that I'm willing to over look.  They're involved in the game, much more so than say a pitcher out in the bullpen who doesn't see any action, and far more than a paying spectator.  So that's not really my issue.  My issue is, that I don't think Tim Wallach ever wore this jersey.  From what I've seen this year, Wallach typically goes with a blue long sleeve coolbase Dodgers undershirt with the short sleeve Dodgers windbreaker on top.  Maybe he wears a jersey under it, but I kind of doubt it.  I mean, that seems warm enough, and who's going to know?  It's not like he's going to have to pinch hit.  Below all the jersey pictures, I've included some pictures from the Memorial Day game that these were worn.  The photos are from Jon SooHoo's Dodger Photo Blog.  I'm not sure if  I'm allowed to use them, but I didn't see anything that said I couldn't either.  So I'll leave them up until someone complains.



    Photo #3 at that link shows the last photo from a different angle. If you look at Wallach's neck, I can't be sure, but there is a hint of white showing between his neck and the collar of his blue shirt. Or it's farmer's tan lines. But there don't see to me any other photos that can confirm or deny what is under that top.

  2. It's an MLB rule that the coaches have to wear a uniform of both jersey and pants. As the Red Sox manager Franconia,due to some type of blood problem he has that causes him to be cold, would forego the uniform and just wear a coat and pants. Eventually MLB figured it out and started checking before each game of he actually had it on under his coat.