The best laid schemes of mice, men, publicists and catchers ….

A.J. Ellis pink fingernails

Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis (left) had no problem wearing pink fingernail stickers on Mother’s Day weekend. (Getty Images)

A random note about today’s game …

A publicist for the company Game Signs, which makes the colored fingernail tape sometimes worn by catchers, issued a special Mother’s Day press release this week. It read, in part:

“… You will see several Major League Baseball catchers (including A.J. Ellis) with pink fingernails for Mother’s Day. These are a special Mother’s Day edition of a product from Game Signs, a nationwide provider of bright signal enhancement stickers for baseball catchers. In the spirit of accuracy, we are preemptively sending you this information as we are anticipating that grown men with pink fingernails playing baseball might turn the heads of a few people. The brightly colored signal enhancers are specially designed, durable, reflective, stickers that are applied to the fingernails of the catcher’s signaling hand.”

Well, Ellis didn’t start today. He started Saturday night’s game against the Miami Marlins and wore the pink stickers. Tim Federowicz got the start Sunday in the Dodgers’ typical day-game-after-night-game arrangement and didn’t wear the stickers. Ellis said he might wear the stickers if he came into the game off the bench.

Out of curiosity, I asked pitcher Paco Rodriguez if the colored stickers actually help seeing a catcher’s signs from the mound.

“It depends on the lighting on the field,” Rodriguez said. “There are some ballparks where it makes a difference.”

At Dodger Stadium?

“It’s fine.”

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.