Maybe they left his shirt in "San Fran-cic-so.” A Giant misspelling resulted in outfielder Eugenio Velez wearing a weird jersey Wednesday. A pair of letters were transposed in "Francisco.”
So when Velez made his season debut in the seventh inning during a double switch, his uniform read "San Francicso.” No one seemed to notice until well after the Giants’ 10-4 win over the Astros.
"No, no, I didn’t know,” he told The Associated Press by cell phone from the team bus on the way to the airport. "That’s the first I’ve heard.”
"Incredible!” the Dominican backup said in Spanish.
Velez is in his fourth year with the Giants. He walked and scored the final run against the Astros. His teammates’ jerseys were spelled correctly. The Giants said they would fix Velez’s gray uniform before their next road game on April 16 in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.
This was the second year in a row that a major league uniform spelled trouble.
Last April, Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals wore jerseys reading "Natinals” for three innings of a game. The company that made the uniforms apologized for the mistake.