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2008-01-23 07:30
by Bob Timmermann

The Boston Red Sox are going to wear an ad for a data storage company, EMC, on their uniforms during their four-game tour of Japan, including the two season-opening games against Oakland. Because nothing says data storage more than "Boston Red Sox."

Earlier tours of Japan had been sponsored by AM/PM markets (which can be found about every four blocks in Japan's larger cities). This was the best picture I could find on short notice.

When I was in Prague, I went to a game in the O2 Extraliga, aka a hockey game.

The Czechs love their ads.




And here's a link to a better photo of the team's uniforms from a couple of years ago.

2008-01-23 07:45:59
1.   The Mootz
From the pictures, it looks like you went to a hockey game and a NASCAR race broke out.
2008-01-23 07:48:19
2.   Bob Timmermann
The refs wear ads on their uniforms.
2008-01-23 08:00:04
3.   ToyCannon
Unless those are fans dressed as empty seats it looks like a WNBA game.
2008-01-23 08:35:39
4.   Bob Timmermann
It's a 15,000 seat arena I estimated, but they only sold about 5,000 seats.

My seat cost about $14.

2008-01-23 11:08:32
5.   Eric Enders
MLB rule 1.11 (h) explicitly prohibits this: "No part of the uniform shall include patches or designs relating to commercial

Of course, baseball is always willing to ignore its own rules when they're inconvenient.

2008-01-23 11:44:59
6.   bobsbrother
Those rules only apply in North America.
2008-01-23 11:49:40
7.   Eric Enders
Sweet. Someone tell Schilling he can try out the spitball.
2008-01-23 12:00:07
8.   Bob Timmermann
From the article:

"MLB teams are not permitted to wear corporate logos on their uniforms but the rule will be lifted for the four games the Red Sox will play in Japan."

I doubt Schilling will pitch against Oakland. I would think that the Red Sox will start Beckett and Matsuzaka.

2008-01-23 12:42:47
9.   rbj
7 Curt tried the spitball, but wound up eating it instead.
2008-01-23 12:43:54
10.   Josh Wilker
The following sponsor would have been more appropriate:

2008-01-23 19:27:20
11.   bobsbrother
Doesn't the Yankees logo count as a corporate logo?

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