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Nats Journal Video: Unis and Acta

We had a video camera at the new uniform unveiling downtown on Thursday, so below please check out what we'll call UniVision for a look at the new jerseys and ActaVision for Chico's Q&A with Manager Manny Acta.

Also, click over to Marc Fisher's Raw Fisher blog, where he reviews the Nationals' new duds. Short version: he's not a fan.

Harlan and Acta are after the jump ...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  November 6, 2008; 10:20 PM ET
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Thanks for the videos and the interview.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 7, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

OK so the blue uniform looks better on the cute girl, but its not because of the uniform - its the girl. The uniform is still an unsightly train wreck. And they plan to wear it 6-10 times in the coming year including the 4th of July. These uniforms are even tacky for a softball beer league. I'd prefer something with more dignity and grace -- like clown shoes and hats that shoot fireworks when you get a hit. Maybe we could paint the Washington Memorial to match. Its the wavy flag inside the competing logos that splurt all over the place to destroy any appropriate sense of asthetics. Back out the stars and stripes and the blue uniforms might actually be nice, but this is Dogs Playing Poker meets Jackson Pollock.

Posted by: natbisquit | November 7, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

The "patriotic" jersey is a mess. It pretty much guarantees TV ratings will continue to plummet, as no one wants to have to watch a game where half of the players are sporting that travesty.

I'm kind of through with the Fuddrucker's font. The away script is near perfect, and one can only hope that the influence of this classic design spills over onto the home jerseys soon. I used to really like the interlocking DC, but now it seems even more incongruent with the curly W than ever.

It's like there are too many competing designs. Something's gotta give here. I plan to make my voice heard by buying a new away jersey. Any suggestions as to which player I should get? I'm leaning towards Flores...

Posted by: JohninMpls | November 7, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Agreed, JiM. I'm all for adopting the Curly W as the primary logo. But then they have to ditch some of the other fonts. As it stands there is way too much noise.

Posted by: BobLHead | November 7, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I am going to buy blank backs...any time I guy a jersey with a player, guy gets hurt or traded or released (Wilkerson, Schneider, Cordero).

Posted by: Cavalier83 | November 7, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

"I am going to buy blank backs...any time I guy a jersey with a player, guy gets hurt or traded or released (Wilkerson, Schneider, Cordero)."

If we take up a collection for you, will you please buy Kearns?

Posted by: RayKingsGutFeeling1 | November 7, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

So are the Learners too cheap to put numbers on the new uni's? I suppose if the stadium and team are not finished products, why should the new uniforms.

Should have just changed the name to Senators Part III: Even Cheaper Owners.

Posted by: Batboy05 | November 7, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Well it seems we all agree:

New road uniforms, nice.

New home uniforms. HIDEOUS!

I can't even imagine a professional is designing this stuff, it is so bad.

The red/white/blue motif is especially tacky and says NOTHING about DC as a home town. Every other DC team has moved away from that approach. Like at least 10 years ago.

My idea for Sunday afternoon uniforms: The block W home uniforms of the original Senators. Really classy -- and they would sell well.

But this stuff? UGH!

Posted by: Meridian1 | November 7, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

As to the patriotic design, someone joked that they could just plaster the Washington Monument on there. Well, honestly, I wouldn't be averse to using distinctly Washingtonian symbolism. The Captials found a way to incorperate the Capitol dome (it's silhouetted at the bottom of the second logo, or "Weagle"). It would be nice to see something as subtle.

However, I think the league forced their hand a bit. All teams had versions of that ghastly hat last year. I wonder if all of the teams will also be made to create similarly horrific jerseys.

Posted by: JohninMpls | November 7, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and how can it be that we have the Walgreen's W on our hats and the Fuddrucker's font on our chests, yet neither company has promotions at Nats Park?

Can't we have 1/4-pound Sundays and Free Prescription Fridays?

Posted by: JohninMpls | November 7, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

For the record, the Nats are at least making noises about signing Teixeira and Dunn and/or trading for Holliday. So there's that.

Posted by: BobLHead | November 7, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"So are the Learners too cheap to put numbers on the new uni's?"

You really do need to give this Lerners are cheap stuff a rest, you know. Especially when you're grasping for examples that don't even exist. The jerseys modeled by Acta and Milledge yesterday HAD numbers on them. Did you not notice that? The jerseys modeled by the hot babes didn't, of course, for the simple reason that hot babes don't get assigned uniform numbers by the team. (Hmmm. Maybe they should just give them all the number 10. Do you think Belliard would mind?)

Posted by: RayKingsGutFeeling1 | November 7, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

The alternates are basically the same (save the flag DC logo). Big DC logo, Big curly W. Bright red, bright blue.

For the alternate, I'd rather see a sleeveless jersey that players wear with undershirts (ala the Pirates and Rockies).

Posted by: jctichen | November 7, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

First time posting after the ID cutover - this is SF Fan.

Anyhow, I just gotta respond to the person proposing the GIANT PHALLIC SYMBOL (otherwise known as the Washington Monument) on the unis.

What were you thinking?

Posted by: swang30 | November 7, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

I like the road uniform, very classy. The Reds cammy look still takes top billing for the stupidest design. It looks like Virginia the first day of hunting season. Compared to that I could live with the blue flag motif--if only for a day.

Posted by: driley | November 8, 2008 7:10 AM | Report abuse

ON ANOTHER TOPIC.... I went to see the Wizards play the Knicks last night. Friday night, big opposition franchise in the house, and the box score reads 20K+. I will tell you the place was less than half empty. A large portion of the fans were NY Knicks fans. Camera shots from the floor were embarassing due to the empty seats.
So, in fairness to our Nationals, I mention this here since the Post undoubtedly will not mention this in articles, or donate columnists to write features about this. In fact, I would bet no one at the Post is going to predict the demise of the Bullets franchise since there seems to be a lack of support! Hmmmm.

Having said that, I truely wonder what the agenda of the Post, or Washington media, or local tv collectively.

Not fair to the Nats. Ted Lerner must have pissed off the powers that be somewhere along the line.

Posted by: BIGJoe1 | November 8, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

From Keith Law's recent ESPN chat, when asked whether Smoker & Willems will ever be any good:

"Both guys have lost velocity since signing. There is so much going wrong in that organization that I don't know where to start. Two people - one FO person, one writer - told me at the GM meetings that "Bowden must have pictures of someone" to still have his job. And oh, by the way, Bowden blew off the designated meet-the-media times both days and apparently bragged about intending to do so."

Chico, any reason why Bowden blew off the media?

Posted by: LosDoceOcho | November 8, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

LDO - If the question was about Smoker & Willems, where did the rant about the Orginization spawn from? I sometimes wonder if Law was somehow wronged by the Expos/Nats in the past, since devotes a fair amount of vitriol toward them now. Much in the same way Pasquerelli was/is with the Redskins & P. King was toward Monk (re HOF ballot).

Posted by: BinM | November 8, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

BIGJoe1 - Let's be honest. Every other team in the greater DC area plays 2nd-fiddle to the Redskins. This is an event-driven area, and football (the NFL in particular) provides EVENTS (Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays for a short time only; step right up)! Everything else is just filler - The Caps, Wizards, Nationals, DCU, even the Baltimore franchises. Just look at the number of writers /columnists /interns the WaPo (& national media as well) assigns to NFL coverage as opposed to the other sports. Almost every other sport is being, or already has been marginalized. The Nats are the newest kids on the block, they'll either get beat-up or ignored by the general population & press until they make some noise (threaten to make the playoffs) or fight back (Win the division / wild card).

Posted by: BinM | November 8, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse is reporting that Willie Randolph agreed to the Bench coach position under Ken Macha in Milwaukee. Thoughts from the 9,000?

Posted by: BinM | November 8, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Today saw the new jerseys up close for the first time. The road grey is vaguely reminiscent of what the Expos wore on the road during their last desperate days in Montreal. If you turn around the red alternate with the back facing you, it looks just like the Reds' third jersey (unconscious yearning on the part of JimBow, perhaps). The navy blue alternate is so busy in person it can give you vertigo.

Posted by: leetee1955 | November 8, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

leetee - On the unis, I really wish the team would 1) keep the "Fuddruckers" font for at least 2009 on the standard homes (maybe drop the gold highlight), 2) hold onto the new road greys & the 'Homestead Greys' throwbacks as long as possible (they're sweet), 3) use the red DC BP jerseys as a 1st home alternate, and 4) Scrap the blue 2nd alternate design completely. The blue jersey just isn't good - the collar piping, the 'stars-n-stripes' highlight in the DC... ugh. Won't be buying one of those anytime soon.

Posted by: BinM | November 8, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Cardinals' offer for Matt Holliday includes Ryan Ludwick, Skip Schumaker and Mitchell Boggs. Rosenthal thinks the Cardinals would try to sign Holliday to an extension if traded to St. Louis.

Rosenthal also weighs in on the gap between Holliday's .997 home OPS and his .891 road OPS this year.

The Phillies and A's remain in the mix for Holliday, and the Nationals are involved as well. Rosenthal says that if the Rockies are likely to get quantity rather than quality if they deal Holliday to Washington.'s Matthew Leach asked Ludwick about the possibility of being traded. Ludwick said that even though "St. Louis feels like home," he knows trade talks are part of the business.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | November 8, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Regarding Holliday to the Nats - He might not be the best answer here. Understand, this is a small sample size, BUT...
He is 1 for 11 (.091) at Nationals Park, with 1 double & 1 RBI; Against the Nationals pitching staff (3-4, 5.66ERA, .253BA vs. COL in 2008)!!

Posted by: BinM | November 8, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

If I may add (although I'm not a fan) Dunn was 1 of 9 (.111), with no EBH or RBI at Nats' Park in 2008. The Nationals' pitching staff results against CIN (3-4, 3.44ERA, .243BA). He was better than Holliday in the sample size given, but I don't think he's the answer either.

Posted by: BinM | November 8, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

You shout that like it's a *bad* thing ...

I'll withhold comment until I actually see the jerseys live, but at first video impression, the blue ones aren't that bad. Maybe it's the revivified patriotism talking, maybe the Adderal, but I don't mind the "busy" design -- "stars&Stripes" is like a unitary image (to me), it's not busy in that I don't have to process much in the image.
I *like* having DC in the logo, but maybe that's my ZIP code talking--I like living here. The road "Washington" does look busy to me, and I'm trying to figure out why, besides the sheer length of it. Dunno.
But I have to say, my very first reaction, on seeing these, was "Somebody got PAID to
'design' these???" What's next, pinstipes?

Anyhow, I just gotta respond to the person proposing the GIANT PHALLIC SYMBOL (otherwise known as the Washington Monument) on the unis. What were you thinking?
Posted by: swang30 | November 7, 2008 6:15 PM

Posted by: CEvansJr | November 9, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

CE_Jr: It's clearly the Adderal talking; sorry for the cheap shot.
Onto other business - Can we PLEASE get a new thread going here? I'm sick of talk about the new unis' & other stuff. Chico, Web Editor, anybody?... [crickets]

Posted by: BinM | November 9, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Love the new road grays and the new "Sunday" red uniforms - I really despised the previous version of the road uniforms - the new red "Washington" on the front looks kinda classic. The "patriotic" unis just look stupid.

Hey, where's the Nats Journal when you need it? The rest of the blogernet is running rampant with rumors of Nat's offer to Teixeira - one rumor is $200m for 10 years.
I truly believe this team is three ingredients away from having a team that SHOULD play over .500 and might compete this year or next - a true lefty (or switch hitting) cleanup hitter, a staff ace, and a true speed threat at leadoff. This team needs to do SOMETHING to energize the small fan base and begin growing it, so a bold move like this is necessary - and it's the type of move that defines an era of management, so something this huge is the only thing that can save Bowden & Acta.

Posted by: ajtrue78 | November 9, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, why is it that I have to hear about those rumors about Teixeira from the Ballpark Guys, quoting Baseball Prospectus?

Where, exactly, is the Washington Post?

Posted by: shepdave2003 | November 9, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't like the "DC" Logo, but I respect that other people seem to really like them. I see them on the street all the time. It's like the one thing that people are responding to well.

Posted by: Section506 | November 10, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I agree with the statement that the new Alternate Jerseys are all a matter of proportion as to how big the W is or how big the DC is. Of course the girls look good in the new Jerseys! Duh! They have good figures, BUT, they are not wearing player jerseys! They are wearing Women's Jerseys which are cut smaller. So the Stars and Stripes DC logo looks better because its smaller!

Away Jerseys - Why didn't they have the writing in Blue on Gray to go with the Blue Curly W caps.

Alternates - Maybe they should have kept the DC logo on the red since so many people liked that one. Have a Curly W stars and stripes on blue to go with the Curly W stars and stripes hat that benefited Veterans last year! All sales of stars and stripes goes to Walter Reed or Navy Medical rehabilitation!

Posted by: CALSGR8 | November 10, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

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