It’s last week’s news, but we never discussed it here: MLB’s lastest attempt to separate you from your money with Spring Training uniform and cap redesigns. Nevertheless, it is a reminder that Spring Training is almost here. I don’t know if you noticed, but it’s February. Our long national nightmare is soon over. No, not the U.S. election, silly. That’s just beginning. Congratulations, Iowa Republicans. You have an eye for talent, although I am convinced their ballot says, “Pick the batshit craziest candidate” in which case, they’ve been on point three elections in a row. No, no, my friends, baseball is almost back.
Some of the teams are keeping their jerseys and opting for alternates, but a few are going with some complete redesigns.
All teams will wear AZ or FL Highway state stylized patches on the caps and jerseys with the MLB logo in case everyone forgets where they are. Other helpful hints: If you see a cactus, you’re in Arizona. If you see a palm tree, you’re in Florida. If you’re Latino and a cop randomly asks you for ID, you are in Arizona. If you see something unbelievably stupid that makes you question your faith in humanity, you are in Florida.
A few teams are opting for a full blown redesign, and the White Sox jersey looks pretty sharp to me, using their old batter up logo:
I’m not crazy about the Rays’ look. I understand they’re going for the optimism and the sun Spring Training brings weary fans by featuring the yellow sunburst. I still think the sunburst works best as a small accent. It looks like a splatter of paint to me when it’s big. Still better than the Devil Rays old uni, but that’s not saying much. My kitchen dishrags are better than their old uniforms.
The Dodgers are going to wear a script D (“Dodgertown”?) on their cap as an alternate, which is a little jarring, but I do kind of like it.
I’m not fond of the Blue Jays’ Spring Training cap. It looks too much like the Toronto Maple Leafs cap. Maybe that’s what they were going for, but I would have liked a little red or their badass bird. They are mean little birds, always pushing all the other guys off the bird feeder. Cardinals don’t stand a chance.
Wear sunglasses when looking at Los Tigeres Sping Training caps. That’s a lot of orange in the sun and your retinas may never recover.
There are some other changes. Kansas City is adding a crown over their KC initials over their initials because they want you to know they are royal. It’s a little busy for my taste, but I’m sure it’ll please their fan base. Texas has added an outline of Texas behind the big T on their cap because if there is one thing Texas is proud of, it’s Texas.
So, what do you all think of the new caps and jerseys?
As an aside, I attend Spring Training games, and I promise (threaten) to bring you reports from the ground. This year I will attend mini-Fenway for the first time, so I am looking forward to that in spite of the proximity to lots of Red Sox fans. Spring Training is different. It’s like a game in September in which both teams have been eliminated, except instead of despair there is a scent of hope in the air, and all the call-ups are showing off. Everyone is chill, the weather is nice, the beer is cold, and nobody cares who wins or loses. You just want to check out the prospects, and enjoy the sights and sounds. The pitcher’s wind-up, the pop of the ball in the catcher’s leather, the crack of the ball off the wood, the grass gently blowing and glistening. Baseball isn’t ending. It’s coming.