The Good, the Bad, and the Plain Ol' Tacky of Baseball Uniforms
Seeing how I have only been alive for 19 years, I have many a change in Baseball uniform. The Phillies Alternate Home Day Game Uniform, The Tampa Bay [Devil] Rays name and color change.
Whatever happened to the "uni's" of old? Solid Colors, Polo "button down" Shirts, Long Sleeve Polos.
Here are some of the weirdest, coolest, ugliest, and the flat out oddest jerseys, pants, patches, caps, and colors that I have ever seen.
PS: Anytime you can name your article/slide show after a very famous and popular Western movie you can't go wrong.
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs: Kyle Kendrick Looks "Sharp"
The title of the caption says it all, in it's pun-filled goodness. "Kendrick Sharp." Apparently it was Ballpark Wedding night up in Allentown, PA. Has two lovey-dovey, lovebirds "tied the knot," "took the dive," "exchanged vows," insert your favorite wedding moniker (here).
I think that no baseball team's uniform should mix a tux with baseball spikes or pinstriped pants for that matter.
I have to admit...Kendrick does look good in a "tuxiform."
Uniform Grade: ugly. Weddings and baseball just don't mix, then again maybe it was Kyle proposing to is girlfriend after the game; so he came prepared.
1979 Philadelphia Phillies: The All Burgandy Edition
For one night back in 1979, the Philadelphia Phillies decided to changeup their home uniforms. The colors? All Burgandy, with white stripes down the side of the jersey and pants; plus a white "P" and white lettering.
They lost that night and never wore the uniform again. EVER. It was bad luck.
Uniform Grade: Ugly and unlucky all they kept was the cap. Hmm...that uniform looks like the pajamas I used to sleep in when I was a kid!
Now this I do approve of. It is a salute to all of our brave servicemen and women fighting to protect us overseas. Throw in some of those New Era 59FIFTY "Stars and Stripes" caps.
Why mock the camo? I think, as stated above, that it is a very slick and cool nod to our servicemen and women stationed either overseas or at San Diego's military bases.
PS: The camo isn't fooling anyone! He knows the changeup's coming!
Uniform Grade: Cool
A Barry Bonds Original circa 1999
What Bonds is wearing, must be what a team's, not a player, but a team's logo looks like on steroids. The "SF" is HUGE. Maybe Bonds's pecs stretched out that "SF".
And it's a vest too?! This just keeps getting better and better. Who designed these uniforms, they look like they are better suited for a high school or college baseball team. Not a Major League team.
The ORIGINAL Tampa Bay [Devil] Rays "Uni"
The originals aren't always the best. I guess Tampa Bay figured that out last year, when they overhauled the uniform colors. So this is the original Tampa Bay [Devil] Rays home uniform.
So I guess you start to win when go from this....
The Current Tampa Bay Rays "Uni"
to this, you win championships. Brighter colors+ better outlook+ nothing to lose+ eccentric manager- "DEVIL"= AL Champs.
If they didn't change uniforms, maybe they don't win the AL Pennant. Maybe Boston does. I don't know? But did exercising the word "DEVIL" from their name really do something.
How could I forget the Washington Natinals fiasco. Not only are they not even considered a major league team anymore (not my own opinion), their seamstress or sewing department forget spell check.
There's an "O" in "NATIONALS." Should I spell it for you? "N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L-S"
Not to mention, they even sent out one of their own players with an upside down "N"
I guess somebody was either fired before the game or after the game.
Just an epic uniform FAIL.
Christmas in April?
Curt Schilling, a potential, no future Hall of Famer looks like a Christmas tree. I'd be looking that frustrated to if I looked like a 6'6" Christmas Baseball Tree.
I can understand the green uniforms on Saint Patrick's Day in March during spring training. But during the season? Unless in your team's past history, their colors were once green or any other color in the uniform today, don't go changing the colors now.
Unless your: Baltimore, Kansas City, or Pittsburgh
2009 New York Mets Patch
I guess Domino's Pizza is licking it's lips for a class-action lawsuit. Let's see trademark infringement... copyright infringement... defamation of character.
The "House that Bailouts Built;" it's patch looks like the Domino's Pizza logo. But, I will forgive the Mets on this one. Just this once, seeing how it was CitiBank who authorized the logo.
Rocking the 1950's style jerseys
Who said that home uniforms had to be nothing by pinstripes? Look at the Alternate Home uniform for the Phillies.
It harkens back to the days of the Whiz Kids and the post WWII days. The Phillies current Alternate Home uniform, I believe is either taken from their 1946 through 1949 years.
United States Stars and Stripes Caps
This is the 2009 59FIFTY New Era Stars and Stripes design. In 2008, last year, it was navy blue with stars and stripes in the MLB logo on the back and the team logo on the front.
This year's as you can discern for your self is red. I think these hats are the coolest things. The are sharp looking and when you buy on of these hats it supports "Welcome Back Veterans," so you know that part of the money is going to a good cause.
Sorry it had to be a Yankee hat. Nothing's more American than the Yankees.
Canadian Stars and Stripes Cap
The lone team on foreign soil gets its own special Stars and Stripes cap. The Toronto Blue Jays have the Canadian flag inside the team logo on the front and in the MLB logo on the back.
Like I said before these caps are a slick and sharp way to show support for our servicemen and women.
American? Canadian? What's the difference?
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