- Tess Quinlan at Yahoo! Sports7 mths ago
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – When asked if he had spoken with any of the legendary New York Cosmos from the 1970s, defender Chris Rodd said, "Well, we went to lunch with Pelé."
He shrugged, almost as if to ask, "Does that count?"
Any sports fan in the world knows Pelé, so yes, it counts. The Brazilian superstar, who sparked a Cosmos championship run in 1977 in the old North American Soccer League, returned with his teammate Carlos Alberto to see the club's first match in 29 years – a 2-1 victory over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium on Saturday night.
In early June, the Cosmos' players and coaches attended a lunch with Pelé in New York, and he offered them advice on life – on and off the pitch. According to Peri Marošević, one of just 14 signed players at the time, Pelé talked about his passion for the club, declaring that it was the new Cosmos' turn to be successful and to not worry about the greats that came before them.
"It was really an honor to be able to sit down with a legend like that," Marošević said.
- Tess Quinlan at Big League Stew9 mths ago
Jarrod Saltalamacchia can barely fit his last name on the back of his jersey. At 14 letters, it’s the longest in the majors. While the Boston Red Sox player has just one last name to fit, the Fort Wayne TinCaps had a slightly bigger number to fit: 6,000.
The San Diego Padres Single-A affiliate is hosting a Social Media Night on Thursday, where their jerseys will contain more than 6,000 Twitter handles. The TinCaps creative director, Tony DesPlaines, laid out each of the 6,000 Twitter handles and was able to fit them all on the jerseys. Good thing there's no 140-character limit on jerseys like there is on Twitter.
Broadcasting and media relations assistant John Nolan explains how the idea was created:
“The TinCaps' marketing department came up with the concept of the jerseys in the offseason and used the handles of those following @TinCaps as of March 11 for the jerseys, which were produced by Wilson Sporting Goods. The jerseys are white, with "@TinCaps" printed in red across the chest, and the green-printed Twitter handles adorned throughout."