Well, I *was* up most of the night, and I *was* making customs during the night, but the cause and effect are a little bit different than that.
Y’see, I work in IT and this weekend we did our monthly rebooting of servers (along with software updates and the like). This month it was my turn to stay up and babysit and do a lot of small tasks, but the way our procedures are currently set up, I click on something, wait a minute or two, click on the next thing, wait a minute or two.
Since I was sitting there in the wee small hours of the morning and decided I may as well do something else in the recurring minute or two of downtime. On my personal laptop I had a number of images which I never got around into making into Hot Stove customs, so I figured I’d make use of my tiny little fragments of down time.
I’m feeling OK at the moment, but I got hardly any sleep last night so forgive me if I start to babble or not make sense. I’m really hoping I don’t say something blatantly wrong or stupid.
So we’ll start with of of the newest Blue Jays, Hyun-Jin Ryu. This one actually is from a couple of weeks ago, but I wasn’t going to do a post with just one custom.
The photo is from a press conference, which is why he’s wearing a shirt and tie under his jersey… but I decided to try removing the press conference background and do an old school Topps trick of making the background solid blue. It’s not quite the same blue (old Topps used solid cyan ink), but it’s close enough for government work.
For a guy who just signed a contract for a shitload of money, Gerrit Cole looks pretty unhappy… Maybe it’s because he had to shave.
I should’ve lightened the photo and gotten more of the Yankee Stadium background, but this is what happens when I make customs at 2am. Unlike a certain famous sportscard blogger, I am most decidedly not a night owl.
Equal time for the Mets, even if signing Betances won’t quite have the impact of a Gerrit Cole.
I do like the way this one came out, though.
Back in December… I think it was December… the Rangers unveiled their new uniforms which I suppose are meant for their first season in their new ballpark which replaces their horribly old former stadium which was built in the 1990’s if you can believe it. I didn’t bother putting new backgrounds in for these, I didn’t think it was worth it. Anyway, here’s manager Chris Woodward in the new home uniforms.
Looking at this custom I see the folly of having off-white borders when the photo itself is very much not off-white. I do that so the custom is not solid white, but here it looks a bit silly. I’ll have to ponder that before I use that on any future templates.
If I’m not mistaken, this is the first time since 2008 that the Rangers’ jersey actually says “Rangers” on it. Shocking, I know.
Joey Gallo seems startled by the new powder blue alternates. It’s funny how a number of teams have gone powder blue alts lately, but at least they’re all teams which had used powder blue in the past. I’m not sure I’m a fan of the powder blue cap.
That’s about it for now… I did make other customs, but the mistakes on those are too great for me to post them here… They should show up next week after I’ve made some corrections.