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New Jerseys Coming Thursday

The Nats will unveil their new jerseys for next season on Thursday (Nov. 6) at noon at the ESPN Zone. Manny Acta, Elijah Dukes and Lastings Milledge will be there and after the jersey presentation, there will be a 30-minute autograph session. The event is open to the public.

If you want to buy the jersey, you'll have to go to the Nationals Park Team Store (on Half Street SE in the ballpark's Center Field Plaza); they're available Thursday-Sunday (Nov. 6-9).

By Tracee Hamilton  |  October 31, 2008; 9:00 AM ET
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New Jerseys? Fugettaboutit!

Posted by: frog7694 | October 31, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Well, hopefully these new threads might have Nationals emblazoned in a script design on the home uni, and maybe even a script Washington on the away digs.

Posted by: cokedispatch | October 31, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

New Uniforms? What for? Uniforms will not put fanny's in the seats, a better team will. Concentrate on the team!

Posted by: bruceburns | October 31, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

The last two times the Expos/Nationals franchise had a uniform makeover the team's record improved from the previous year. From 1991 to 1992 the then-Expos improved from 71-90 and sixth place to 87-75 and second place. From 2004-2005 the record improved from 67-95 in Montreal to 81-81 in Washington. I'm for anything that brings good karma to this team.

Posted by: leetee1955 | October 31, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Wow, they really sneaked this in under the radar, didn't they?

As much as it seems like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic or dressing mutton as lamb, I like the idea of it. This team should try as hard as possible to ensure next year's Nationals resemble this year's Nats in as few ways as possible.

Also, I've never been a fan of the font used on the jerseys. It seems inconsistent with the curly W, and precludes any of the throwback old-timiness other franchises can claim. It's like we were stuck in 1998, which is a horrific prospect by any stretch of the imagination.

I have a Nick Johnson away jersey. If the new unis impress, I will likely purchase a Flores jersey prior to the start of the season (although I may need to solicit the help of a fellow Constituent if they're only available at the team store).

Posted by: JohninMpls | October 31, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse


Several MLB teams have changed either their uniform or their logos after horrendous on-field seasons. I remember after the great Orioles disaster of 1988 - 54-107 record, 21-game season-opening losing streak - the team dropped that "Smiling Bird" logo for a more traditional look and improved to 87-75 and second place in the AL East. Even the Twins changed from the pullover jerseys in 1986 when they went 71-91 and finished fifth to the unis they now wear and improved to 85-77 in 1987 and won the World Series. I'm sure there are other examples, but can't think of any offhand.

Posted by: leetee1955 | October 31, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Tampa Bay changed their uniforms after last season (to go along with the updated name)

Posted by: Brian_ | October 31, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

A script Washington is definitely appearing on the road uniforms. This makes me happy.

Posted by: Zornado | October 31, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

"Wow, they really sneaked this in under the radar, didn't they?"

Under the Post's radar, yes. (But that's really not all that hard to do, is it? They kept the name of their Single A affiliate under Tom Boswell's radar for four effing years, and he's generally regarded as the Post's standard of baseball excellence - such as it is, anyway.) Nats320, on the other hand, published the full scoop on the uniform changes well over a week ago. Little if any change to the home whites, but some significant changes to the away grays and the alternate reds.

Posted by: RayKingsGutFeeling | October 31, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

If they change the red jerseys from DC to the curly W, then that's a much better look.

Posted by: AshburnVA | October 31, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Where is a picture of the new jersey's? The Lerner's are worthless.

Posted by: mjwies11 | October 31, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

They're changing the aways JUST where I wanted 'em changed. They're addding a script font for Washington ... WITH the curly W starting it.
I'm so pleased about this return to traditional script for the city name.
It drives me crazy to see away unis with team name. At least we had it right with a bold WASHINGTON but this script should be a strong improvement.
Don't know if there are any home jersey changes.

Posted by: TheSpaldingMachine | October 31, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, SBF has been talking about the uniform changes for 2 weeks now with a lot of details, but nothing here on NJ until now, and still next to no information about what the uni changes entail from Chico or anyone else here on NJ.

On a more frivolous note, SBF also had a lot of stuff in his blog about Teddy running in the Marine Corps Marathon last weekend. Not even Steinbog mentioned that, I guess he is too busy taking gratuitous shots at the Nats to cover the kind of idiotic stuff like this that is right up his alley.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | October 31, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Though it's not a commitment to a better on field product, at least this is a shot at better marketing. The present nationals logo looks remarkably similar to the Fudruckers logo... not too inspiring and certainly more difficult to market than something more traditional. The Curly W just looks strange juxtaposed against it. Though the home unis are staying the same, hopefully the road unis will inspire later changes. It was bad enough that MLB gutted the minors.. bad branding to boot was just plain mean. Hopefully the head shed will really start to take its marketing seriously... starting with the branding and then moving into better strategic partnerships. Thanks to Nats320 for breaking this a week ago. Speaking of which... I understand that the team was bad this year, but I'm becoming a Coverage is Lacking convert. FJB may be next.

Posted by: rcollinlee | October 31, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Forget the curly W --- It screams of the 60's. They should go back to the 20's Senator uniforms and hat. And then maybe the pitchers would start throwing like Walter Johnson...

Posted by: jctichen | October 31, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

i am really excited about this. was it last offseason we had our week long discussion about the uniforms?? with the new features, can we still access older posts? where is the archivist?

Posted by: theraph | October 31, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Generally hate uniform changes but like the script on the aways.

And if this was out there for two weeks, where was the Post? So sick of every gust of wind in Ashburn being covered by all three reporters while major stories for the Nationals get missed.

I held out on the CIL griping for a long time but it's just become very obvious to me.

I guess if the Nats can get more than 9k watching their games the Post will cover them. Then again, maybe if they cover them, more than 9k will watch!

Posted by: Avar | October 31, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

"Pena; maybe we can look at him at 1B next year if healthy and continue with our first choice OF of Dukes, Millege and Kearns?"

Whaddaya mean "our"? Kearns sure ain't in MY first choice OF. Or second or third choice, either. My gut feeling tells me I'm not alone with that sentiment around here either.

Posted by: RayKingsGutFeeling | October 31, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

You are not alone Ray. If we don't acquire someone else, I don't see why anyone would assume Kearns to be our third OF ahead of WMP.

Posted by: ArlingtonNatsFan | October 31, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Not surprisingly, the Post is all over the new jersey announcement for that other team in town. ( Well in advance, lots more details, links to photos, the whole bit. No, not the Redskins. The Orioles. Oh, wait, they're NOT in town, are they? Unless, of course, you're reading the WASHINGTON Post.

The Post would probably cover the new jersey announcement of a little league team in New Jersey before it would think to say anything about the new jerseys being worn by the major league baseball team it shares a city with.

Posted by: RayKingsGutFeeling | October 31, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

@CiL: Steinbog as much as admitted he was all about the NBA & that MLB is a waste of his time in his latest Gil-centric post today. I'm almost sorry that Lindsay Applebaum was re-assigned to 'the dark side' when "Crowd Noise" was killed; He'll only turn her into a soulless, cheese-sniffing, GA-worshipping sycophant. Just one more WaPo journalist turning a blind eye to the Nationals.

@leetee: Gotta appreciate your optimism regarding the uni changes. Let's hope.

@RKGF: I'm with you in that CiL has been pointing out all along that the emperor has no clothes; It used to anger me (when Mr. Svrulga had the Nats' beat), but I can't help but agree now. Carig seems to be getting current Orioles info to the masses much easier / faster than Harlan has recently with the Nationals; Granted, there have probably been fewer moves by the O's in the off-season, but still... the Nationals' coverage is weak.

Posted by: BinM | October 31, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

...and people have the nerve to take issue with people who complain about the Post's Nats Coverage.

the folks complaining are absolutely correct.

Posted by: MrMadison | November 1, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

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