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New Uniforms Unveiled


At least from a sartorial standpoint, the Nationals received a makeover today. The best element of their new uniforms, the script "Washington" that runs across the away grays (see above), attempts to honor both the old and the older. Of course, when a team receives new uniforms, even the not-so-old becomes old, and fans are pushed into this previously unmapped realm of nostalgia, where no doubt by July 2009 we'll all be pining for 2008 Throwback Road Jersey Day. (We only end up wishing for something once it's gone. I don't have this on record, but I'm guessing that Nolan Ryan didn't much like the 172 Technicolor stripes that wrapped around his torso when he pitched for Houston in the mid-1980s. Now, that jersey sells for $280.

When it comes to jersey critiques, I feel no real journalistic need for sober, unbiased reflection. I might as well just give you my review of the new threads. (And please, offer your own thoughts. I want to hear 'em.)

(The full rundown of changes is available below, in PowerPoint form.)

Uniform Unveiling.ppt

The Home unis, first of all, have hardly changed. That's a good thing. The home whites were always the cleanest and most classic unis in the Nats' closet. You've got a new shoulder patch for '09, the interlocking DC, but other than that, the unusual features remain: same narrow "Fuddruckers" font, same red type, same blue-gold beveling.

The Alternate reds have, in essence, swapped the DC logo for a Curly W logo. Last year, a big DC was on the left side of the red uniform's chest. This year, you get the W, and the interlocking DC has been relegated to the shoulder. (If you can get one theme of all these changes, it's that the Nats are trying more than ever to make the W their main logo, DC their secondary logo.) The red unis will be worn for Sunday home games, and on select Saturdays.

The Nats also introduced Alternate blue informs, a tragedy of design that will appeal to third-graders, and perhaps Toby Keith. A massive interlocking DC, filled with a stars-and-stripes pattern, sits on the left side of the chest. In conjunction with the alternate blues, the Nats will also wear blue caps (adorned with a red brim) with the DC logo, also filled with more stars and more stripes. I can tell ya -- even up close the hat is so busy with lines and stars and outlines and interlocking letters that it just ends up looking like an oil spill. The good news is, Washington plans to wear these jerseys only a couple times all year, including on July 4.

That said, the Road grays are excellent, the absolute best part of the redesign. A simple, red "Washington" -- using a font borrowed from the Curly W -- runs across the chest, at a slight upward tilt. The DC logo rests on the left sleeve. Previously, the Nats used blue as their primary color for all lettering (both on the front and back of the jerseys). This change gives the team's home and away uniforms more connectivity.

By Chico Harlan  |  November 6, 2008; 4:25 PM ET
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I love the new road uni, but my only concern comes from watching The Cardinals road uniform a few years ago when they wore blue caps and red-trimmed uniforms -- looked bad. I assume the Nats will still wear blue caps which will give it that same non-connected look.

Posted by: rushfari | November 6, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I was there, it was kind of a let down the blue specials are very busy, the new road great, I have not really been a big fan of the Sunday Reds in July August they must be very hot.

Chico any truth to the rumor that Jim Bowden was involved in the Salamander acquisution the Zoo received from Cincinnati? It only last here two years as reported in Wednesday Metro section.

Tainted goods or was there an MRI and our crack medical staff just missed it.

Follow link and scroll down.

Posted by: mintbucket | November 6, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I used to rag my Mets fan friend about the various uniform combinations that club has. Now, I have to say the Nats are in the same boat. The road grey with the red accents and the navy blue caps makes the Nats look like a knock-off version of the Cardinals (if only the Nats had anything resembling Pujols at first base). The Red alternate jersey is okay, but the alternate red "DC" cap looks to be a collectors' item now. The blue jersey could be a little less busy and neither the red nor the blue should have all that piping down the chest and around the collar. As for the home whites, on the PDF it doesn't show if the gold trim has been reduced or eliminated. Maybe if they look better, they will play better next season.

Posted by: leetee1955 | November 6, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the review, Chico. You could give Robin Givhans (sp?) a run for her money over in the Style section. I will have to switch over to the 'puter with PowerPoint to look at the presentation. But $280 for a popsicle jersey? COSTANZA!!

As noted in the previous thread, I really like the script road jersey. The alternate red is okay, though to me the W and DC fonts clash a bit. But they tended to win in the old red ones, so (Manny gave me the sign to) "go for it." The flag design is a rather busy and brings to mind the special caps that all of the teams wore earlier this year (for Sept. 11, I think).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 6, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Guess it still beats going up to Baltimore.

Posted by: Batboy05 | November 6, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

My God the red, white and blue lettering on the shirt and hat are the ugliest thing I've ever seen.

Please, someone, stop this from happening.

The Nationals have established a cool, professional, appealing asthetic since their arrival in Washington. Please don't ruin it with this Bicentennial disco garbage.

Posted by: WisdomVision | November 6, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

There is actually precedent for a Washington team wearing blue caps while the jerseys contain red script. From 1963 to 1967 the expansion Nats sported my all-time favorite cap that was navy blue with red piping while "Senators" on both home and road jerseys was red script outlined in navy blue.

Posted by: leetee1955 | November 6, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

1: I agree the new roads look great.

2: I also agree the red script will probably clash with the blue hat.

3: While the Senators once wore a blue hat with red script, that blue hat contained a red "W". I think that makes a big difference.

4: I disagree that home jerseys should have remained untouched - the script looks a million times better.

5: I will always hate red alternates, but the white piping that has been added will go a long way towards making the jerseys easier to swallow.

6: The second alternates are hideous.

Posted by: Tank2 | November 6, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, why didn't they put the road Jerseys in Blue Script to go with the Blue hats?

As for Stars and Stripes, maybe for the 4th of July and special occasions but it is a bit busy. Why not keep the Curly W stars and stripes and continue sales of those to go to the Vets!

Posted by: CALSGR8 | November 6, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Heck, I'm still waiting for the team store to start selling Homestead Grays jerseys...

Posted by: Juan-John | November 6, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Love the new road uniform. Agree they should use a red hat with that. Home uniform should be changed as well to the cursive font.

Alternate reds are great. Alternate blues are an abomination. An abomination I say! Somebody get rid of that tacky flag coloring.

Posted by: drischord | November 6, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

i like the idea of the nats trading for Delmon young we would have a very good if not great outfield. plus on mlb trade rumors there is reports the Nats will make a run for Tex plus if they sign him they will lose there second round pick so they should just sign one more really good free agents like Oliver Perez and make him the opening day starter trade Burgess and Martis to get young that team is 75-85 wins IMO. Here is the lineup. Opinions?

1.Guzman SS
2.Milledge CF/LF what ever they decide
3.Zimmerman 3B
4.TEX 1B
5.Dukes RF/CF what ever they choose
6.Young LF or RF if dukes play center
7.Flores C
8.Hernedez/Boni 2B
9.Perez P

Posted by: j-dog1 | November 6, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

A friend of mine e-mailed and asked if the Nats are really serious about that navy blue alternate jersey? She said it looks tacky - like someone stole the logo of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets. She also said once the players wear them and see how stupid they look especially with the accompanying cap both may be one-season wonders.

Posted by: leetee1955 | November 6, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

j-dog: ..."one more really good FA like Oliver Perez & make him OD starter". WHAT are you smoking? Oliver Perez is not, and will probably never be a #1SP - he's a 3-4 on average, and a reach as a #2. If the Nationals go outside the orginization for a #1 pitcher this year, look toward Lowe, Sheets or possibly Mussina as FA solutions; Trading opportunities may bring others into the mix. Love the report that the team are willing to enter the bidding-war for Teixiera - just don't think we'll win it. We'll probably end up with a stat-hungry wanker like Dunn.
Regarding your OD lineup, try this instead:

1-2B)Hernandez/Bonifacio platoon
3-CF) Milledge
4-1B)N.Johnson/ Teixiera(option1)/ Dunn(option2)
6-RF)Dukes/ Kearns
8-LF)Harris/ Davis/ Dukes
9-SP)Lowe, Sheets or Mussina/ Lannan/ Redding/ J.Zimmermann/ Hill, Bergmann, or Balestar

Posted by: BinM | November 6, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Please update your post with a clarification: Are they still wearing blue hats on the road or red ones? Neither Nationals Journal nor gave the answer to this. I see some of the comments assume the hats'll stay blue, but i haven't seen that confirmed. Thanks.

Posted by: jdsp2000 | November 6, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Agree about the 2nd alternate blues - scrap 'em now! The alternate reds look o.k. - just wish they were paired with the interlocking DC cap in red, instead of the planned blue cap. The away greys look clean, and should match well with the red "curly W" cap.
Can't wait to read what Paul Lucas writes about them on - good thing they didn't incorporate any purple into the designs.

Posted by: BinM | November 6, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

On another line of thought - did the WaPo send any beisbol writers to the Winter GM meetings? Just asking.

Posted by: BinM | November 6, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I don't know . . . the blue jersey looks pretty good to me on the Nats homepage :)

Posted by: lowcountry | November 6, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Bin M what are you smoking why sign Sheets who cant pitch a whole season and going to have a pretty big amount of money going to him and we are rebuilding franchise why sign a injury prone starter? and Mussian wow he is either done or going back to the NY thats been said a lot of times by him. And D lowe why sign a 35 year old pitcher for a rebuilding team makes no sense. And whats wrong with Perez hes still 28 and has room for inprovment. plus we will have to see about TEX you are probaly right but who knows and just wondering why do you have Willie Harris and Lenard Davis over Dukes and why in left field with the canon arm that he has its either right or center field. And Boni even thought i think he will be good he still stikes out to much even in the winter leauge so far, so i still think either 2 or 8 in the line up until more dicipline. Like the rest of the starters that you picked.

Posted by: j-dog1 | November 6, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Just saw the powerpoint presentation, which shows the away hats will remain blue.

Posted by: jdsp2000 | November 6, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

OMG, what a train wreck. We just lost any chance of signing a free agent. Please, please admit the mistake and retire the blue uniforms before they get worn. Excruciatingly bad. Terribly nauseating.

Posted by: natbisquit | November 6, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

why wasn't Dukes there?

Posted by: deposetejada | November 6, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I asked about Dukes and the official answer was that a scheduling conflict came up and he couldn't make it.

Posted by: misschatter | November 7, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Road grays are wonderful. I do like getting the Curly W used for more than just the cap also. It's going to be hard to convince any FA that has aspirations for a pennant run to come to DC. I also don't think the farm system is sufficiently stocked eneough to attract any decent trades. I'd say we're still 2 or 3 years away in that regard. We're not the next Rays just yet.

Posted by: cokedispatch | November 7, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

"I love the new road uni, but my only concern comes from watching The Cardinals road uniform a few years ago when they wore blue caps and red-trimmed uniforms -- looked bad. I assume the Nats will still wear blue caps which will give it that same non-connected look."

This summarizes my views precisely about the new road uniform. Either blue lettering or changing the cap is called for. For example, a red cap with a white W and blue bill would go well and allow the Nats to sell a different road cap.

I don't care much for the other uniforms, although the red alternate is better with a curly W than with the "DC" logo.

The home uniforms need to be changed. I thought they were, but they appear to be the same or virtually the same. Simply, the style of the lettering does not comport with the more elegant, simple "Curly W" red cap.

Posted by: dclawyer2 | November 7, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Thinking more about the home uniform - the Red alternate would actually make a very good home uniform if you just alternate the colors - the jersey should be white with a red # and red curly W on it where the white ones are on the alternate.

Posted by: dclawyer2 | November 7, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Finally, I like the whole contrasting cap thing like the Phillies and Cubs use, but the red, white and blue uniforms (and cap) hopefully will stay in the closet.

Posted by: dclawyer2 | November 7, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

NB: Can we retire the "DC" and primary logo all together? The road uniform would look better with a curly red W rather than the DC. The curly W is better logo than either. Or we could go back to the capitol dome with a baseball that they used in the early 60s...

Posted by: dclawyer2 | November 7, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

The alternate red and blue uniforms are the textile equivalent of syrup of ipecac: It's enough to make one vomit. The white piping is hideous, and the stars-and-stripes version of the interlocking DC logo for the alternate blue is so busy it makes your eyeballs rattle.

Posted by: COL_DFox | November 7, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

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