Thursday, November 06, 2008
2009 New Uniforms Unveiling--ESPN Zone
Today was The Official Day--Our Washington Nationals unveiled their 2009 Uniforms before a packed audience at The ESPN Zone in Downtown, Washington DC. Radio Broadcaster Charlie Slowes was on hand to usher in The New Era along with Our Manager Manny Acta and Outfielder Lastings Milledge. Due to a scheduling conflict--Outfielder Elijah Dukes could, unfortunately, not make the event.
Charlie & Manny got the festivities underway with a brief chat about the off-season, then Our Number 14 got off this zinger when Charlie asked him about whether the freshness of new uniforms can help a young team."I don't really care what uniform I am wearing," stated Acta, "all I want are some more Curly W's. That is what really matters to me"(to a huge roar from the assembled fans).
But everyone in attendance did come to see those new uni's and shortly thereafter the Runway Program Began.
The Home Whites will remain basically the same, except now gone are The Nationals Park Inaugural Season Patch on the left sleeve and The "DC" Circular Patch on the right, replaced on the left sleeve by a larger "DC" Logo in white and gold trim standing alone--similar to The Los Angeles Dodgers "LA". Worn with The Red Curly "W" Cap.
The New Red Alternate was next. Red Based White Curly W (with Blue Accents) Jersey with White Piping around the sleeves, collar and down the jersey front. Number to be placed on the front lower right side with White & Blue Accents. "DC" Logo in White with Gold Trim to be worn on the left sleeve--just like the home whites. White Letters with Blue Accents on the back. White Numbers with Gold, Red & Blue Accents on the back. Worn with The Red Curly "W" Cap and White Pants with Blue & Red Side Piping.
The third jersey unveiled was The New Alternate Blue with "DC" and Wavy Stars & Stripes DC Logo on the left chest. White Number on the right lower front with Red Accents. White and Red Piping around the sleeves, collar, and down the jersey front. Washington Nationals Patch to be worn on the left sleeve. White Letters with Red Accents on back. White Numbers with Gold & Red Trim Accents on the jersey back. To be worn with the new Two Tone blue with red brim matching "DC" Stars & Stripes wavy cap and White Pants with Blue & Red Side Piping. This Uniform Combination WILL ONLY BE WORN ON VERY SPECIAL OCCAISIONS, Charlie Slowes mentioned 6 to 10 times per year--at most. The Press Kit lists July 4th, September 11th (10th in 2009) and Military Appreciation Days as Scheduled Games this Patriotic Look will be worn.
Finally, The New Gray Road Curly "W" Script Washington Jersey. Curly "W" and "ashington" in script with Blue & Red Accents. Red Number on the lower left rib cage with Blue & White Accents. "DC" Logo on the left sleeve. Red Letter on Back with White & Blue Accents. Red Numbers on Back with Blue, Gold and White Accents. To be worn with Navy Blue Curly "W" Cap (the same from previous seasons) and Gray Pants with Red & Blue Piping down the sides.
I really like the Curly "W" Script Away Jersey. Both Manny Acta and Bill Ladson from Nationals.com (who covered The Expos in Montreal) both agreed this uniform reminded them of the last Away Uniform worn by The Expos before they moved to The Nation's Capital.
The New Blue Alternate with Stars & Stripes is fine with me. They are better than some of those camo Uniforms other teams wear every now and then. And with White Pants, they should stand out. The Cap is different and more importantly, this uniform is to represent Our Country and Our Nation's Capital. Nothing wrong with that. I like what this uniform represents.
It was hard to get a feel for The Red Curly "W" alternate without all the trim and decoration added. The Ladies modeling the uniform tops were wearing replicas without all the extras--and The Red Curly "W" was the only one not shown in it's entirety.
After the presentation ended, I asked Charlie if the Blue "Washington" Away Dugout jacket will change with the Script Away Uniform--he was informed a New "Washington" Script Dugout Jacket will be worn in 2009.
Avid Nationals Fan Jeff was the very first person to actually buy The New Road Jersey. He headed over to The Nationals Team Store before the ESPN Zone Event, purchased the New Script "W" Away Uniform, then had Manny and Lastings sign it as a commemorative.
Original Section 320 Faithful Abby was on hand, with not only her parents, Becky & Mike in Tow, but along with her four week old baby brother--Joey. Even Our Manager Manny Acta got into the act of holding A Brand New Nats Fan--starting him young.
There was a Autograph Session after the uniform unveiling for anyone wishing to partake. 2008 Team Photos were handed out to everyone in the autograph line.
More coming later. I chatted with Phil Wood on his thoughts about Our Washington Nationals New Uniforms. And also, The Media sat down with Manny Acta and Lastings Milledge for about 15 minutes to talk after the conclusion of the Uniform Event. Not only the new uniforms were discussed, but also a little baseball. I just need some time to transcribe that availability.