October 14, 2016

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 07:00 AM - 16 comments

Question for you team jersey wearers:
I'm thinking of getting a Cubs jersey and want to know about sizing. If you wear an XL or L or M or whatever size t-shirt, would you get the same size jersey? Are they comparable sizes or are baseball jerseys larger than t-shirts? For example, is a size L baseball jersey the same as an L sized t-shirt or XL sized t-shirt?
I know it seems like a weird question, but before I spend a fair amount of coinage on something like this, I need to know about the sizing. Thanks!

posted by NoMich at 08:58 AM on October 14

Last time I was in Chicago, I ordered a two egg omelet and out came a three egg omelet. I thanked the waitress for the extra generosity and she said that adding the third egg was standard procedure. No big deal. You order two eggs, they assume you really want three.

Not sure if this translates to apparel sizing or not. If I had to guess, I'd say that Chicago garments are sized under different guidelines than LA garments.

My late stepfather, who was a lifelong Cubs fanatic, would probably say: don't order a 1969 Cubs jersey. It'll shrink in the wash.

posted by beaverboard at 10:12 AM on October 14

Baseball jerseys are larger than t-shirts because they are designed to be tucked in (by players), and allow for more freedom of movement for the arms (throwing the ball).

In my current collection from around the world, I have ones that are measured "Medium", "Large", "XLarge", and they all fit me almost exactly the same.

I think for baseball jerseys, you always want to error on the side of bigger is better. If it's a little loose on you, it can still be comfortable. If it's a little tight (especially on the shoulders or under the arms), it's really annoying.

I'm 5'11", 170lbs, and my shoulders are a bit broader than expected for my size. I wear a "L" Jays jersey from 5 years ago quite comfortably, but if I was just a LITTLE bit taller or broader, it might be considered "restricting". I wear a t-shirt underneath it (for comfort) and have no problems.

All American baseball jerseys use the exact same sizing (and have been for a while), so if you can get your hands on ANY jersey as a fitting example, it'll give you a good idea.

posted by grum@work at 01:45 PM on October 14

False advertising!

(game WORN, is a better description...definitely not USED)

posted by grum@work at 01:45 PM on October 14

Thanks grum!

'm 5'11", 170lbs, and my shoulders are a bit broader than expected for my size. I wear a "L" Jays jersey from 5 years ago quite comfortably, but if I was just a LITTLE bit taller or broader, it might be considered "restricting". I wear a t-shirt underneath it (for comfort) and have no problems.

That's what tells me to go with the size that I should probably go with. I'm a tiny bit shorter and a kinda bit bigger around, so I'll go with the XL especially since I'll be wearing a t-shirt under the jersey.

I have my eye on this.

posted by NoMich at 01:57 PM on October 14

I have my eye on this.

Oh, I like that. The price (if you can get it for that) seems REALLY good.

My parents are heading to Ireland in the near future and I'm hoping they can pick up a jersey that can add two more items to my collection:

- first Irish jersey
- first hurling jersey

I currently have 25 jerseys from 6 sports (baseball, hockey, soccer, football, cricket, rugby) from 18 nations (USA, Canada, Germany, England, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, France, India, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Monaco, Italy, "West Indies", Greece, Denmark, Netherlands). I'm always looking to add more nations/leagues/sports to my collection.

On my want list:
- Irish hurling
- more soccer from any nations I don't have already
- any European national handball team

posted by grum@work at 03:03 PM on October 14

On my want list: - Irish hurling

My across-the-street neighbor is an avid hurler and hurling fan who hails from the perennial powerhouse of Kilkenny. We arise at 5:00 am every year (and begin drinking Guinness at 5:15) to watch the national finals, which Kilkenny pretty much always win.

After a decade of this viewing ritual, I was presented with my vey own Kilkenny jersey last St. Patrick's.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:24 PM on October 14

My must-have jersey right now is a Sri Lanka test jersey.

posted by NoMich at 03:52 PM on October 14

Is it this jersey? If so, that's nice.

The Kilkenny jersey is a nice bright colour combination that I don't have in my collection. I have vertical stripes (Inter Milan) and yellow (Chennai SuperKings), but not both.

I have an India national jersey from about 8 years ago, and a Chennai SuperKings IPL jersey from about 3 year ago. People have stopped me in the street/mall/subway/stadium in Toronto to ask about both of them, and I had a guy working at a PetroCan station ask to take my picture with me while I was wearing the national jersey so he could "send it home to his friends".

I've also been stopped/talked to while wearing the Ajax jersey, Barcelona jersey, AEK jersey, Charlton jersey, and Monaco jersey, but the Indian ones have easily drawn the most attention.

posted by grum@work at 04:08 PM on October 14

No, the white test jersey. Like this. I just love their national flag and it's right on the jersey. Although, I gotta say, this ODI jersey looks pretty good.

posted by NoMich at 08:41 PM on October 14

If anyone needs a Perth team jersey let me know, I'm here for the next week ;)

posted by billsaysthis at 10:09 PM on October 14

Do you see any team Australia test cricket jerseys for sale?

posted by NoMich at 10:20 PM on October 14

If anyone needs a Perth team jersey let me know, I'm here for the next week ;)

If you can find me a Sam Kerr Perth Glory Women jersey I will be forever in your debt!

- more soccer from any nations I don't have already

I love my Afghanistan jersey. Originally just bought it to support the women's team (a portion of each jersey sale from Hummel goes straight to the team), but it's probably the nicest jersey I've owned.

posted by goddam at 12:58 AM on October 15

Bill, try the nearest branch of Rebel Sports if you're looking for replica jerseys in Australia. They stock all types of football and cricket.

Do you see any team Australia test cricket jerseys for sale?

After the recent tours of Sri Lanka and South Africa, if you turn up for net practice, they might give you a genuine one of your own.

posted by owlhouse at 03:54 AM on October 15

Will keep eyes peeled.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:45 PM on October 16

I found a Rebel Sports shop at lunch time but they were totally short on Glory gear. Seems odd since the season just started 10 days ago but the only thing in stock was a generic polo shirt. Lots of other club gear (Fremantle Dockers, English and Spanish soccer clubs). Didn't see an Australia test cricket jersey either, just Socceroos gear.

Will keep looking.

posted by billsaysthis at 04:31 AM on October 17

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