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KCBS Sports Fans: Giants’ Shoes Stylish, But Lack Polish

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Nike Lunar MVP Pro Pregame shoes. (Stan Bunger/CBS)

Nike Lunar MVP Pro Pregame shoes. (Stan Bunger/CBS)

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KCBS News Anchor Stan Bunger (who along with KCBS Sports Anchor Steve Bitker are the on-air duo known as KCBS Sports Fans) offers his unique sports analysis.

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Nice kicks, eh? Those are Nike’s “Lunar MVP Pro Pregame” shoes and they’re very popular among San Francisco Giants players and coaches. Of course, they come in other colorways too, so you can bet other teams are sporting them as well.

Those are the cleatless models, ideal for jogging in the outfield during spring training or for a starting pitcher on his off-day to wear while lounging in the dugout and spitting sunflower seeds.

Nike makes a similar-looking metal-cleated model worn by many big-leaguers, including the Giants’ Angel Pagan. He may want to re-think that part of his game-day wardrobe.

Angel Pagan #16 of the San Francisco Giants argues with home plate umpire Bob Davidson #61 against the San Diego Padres in the first inning at AT&T Park on April 21, 2013 in San Francisco. Pagan was arguing over a pitch that he thought hit him in the foot but was not called. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Angel Pagan #16 of the San Francisco Giants argues with home plate umpire Bob Davidson #61 against the San Diego Padres in the first inning at AT&T Park on April 21, 2013 in San Francisco. Pagan was arguing over a pitch that he thought hit him in the foot but was not called. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Pagan was hit on the right foot by a pitch from San Diego’s Eric Stults in the first inning of Sunday’s Giants-Padres game. Pretty much everyone in the ballpark knew it and television viewers could easily see the pitch glance off Pagan’s toe. But home plate umpire Bob Davidson missed the call and no amount of pleading from Pagan or Giants manager Bruce Bochy could get him to re-think the situation. Pagan ended up grounding out

Fans of a certain age had to be clamoring for the Giants to track down the ball and show it to Davidson; surely, the smudge of shoe polish on the ball would convince Davidson to change his mind.  After all, shoe polish had played a similar role in two legendary World Series games. Nippy Jones of the Braves in 1957 and Cleon Jones of the Mets in 1969 were both awarded first base after umps were shown shoe polish-smudged balls.

Ah, but that was then and this is now. Those shiny Nikes never see shoe polish. Progress? You be the judge. But if I was Angel Pagan, I’d be re-thinking my footwear choices.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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