Sunday, November 23, 2008
More On The New Uniforms
Having to be near Nationals Park yesterday for some unrelated to baseball business, I stopped by The Nationals Team Store next to The Centerfield Gate before heading home. It was interesting looking over the New Uniforms and Tee-Shirts now available for sale.
Jesus Flores is being pushed by Our Washington Nationals as a Major Core Player, not just Ryan Zimmerman or Lastings Milledge. Every New Uniform & Tee available included personalized ones of Our Number 3. No New Nick Johnson Jerseys, but plenty of Our Number 24 in last year's models--Now Currently On Sale.
Interestingly, the "DC" Wavy Flag Logo on the front of the Home Variant Authentic Jersey is slightly smaller than the "DC" logo on the replica uniforms. Even the Team Store Employee on site agreed with me on this fact. By my estimate, about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch in difference.
The New Road Jersey is really appealing, although it's sort of odd to see Gold Trim on the back number, but not on the front number. And I am not sure about wearing that jersey with the Navy Blue Cap. I am going to have to get use to it.
The Red Curly "W" alternate still hasn't stood out for me. The White Piping running down either side of the front button holes doesn't set well with me for some reason. I am not really sure--Why? Maybe, because I actually liked those Red "DC" Alternates worn from 2006 through 2008.
And finally, those Blue Patriotic Uniforms are still OK with me. I know that many of you commented that you simply don't like it. But, this jersey is only going to be worn for very special occasions with White Pants.
By the way, all the new authentic unis are Cool Base Jerseys. They are very soft and light weight. In fact, they have to be described as featherweight. A very nice feel.
While looking over the new jerseys, I couldn't help but think how Our Washington Nationals have promoted certain players each year for authentic uniform sales since The Inaugural Season of 2005.
How times have changed.
2005: Brad Wilkerson, Zach Day, Terrmel Sledge, Jose Guillen, Vinny Castilla, Cristian Guzman and Livan Hernandez
2006: Hernandez, Ryan Church, Brian Schneider, Chad Cordero, Nick Johnson and Alfonso Soriano--eventually Ryan Zimmerman
2007: Church, Cordero, Schneider, Zimmerman, Johnson, Austin Kearns & Felipe Lopez--eventually Dmitri Young
2008: Cordero, Zimmerman, Kearns, Johnson, Lastings Milledge, John Lannan & Dmitri Young
2009: Zimmerman, Milledge & Jesus Flores (so far).
Really digging the Gray Washington Script Tee Shirt. It really stands out.
If you are still interested, there was still some decent stuff On Sale at The Team Store for Inaugural Season Nationals Park Merchandise. Saturday, I picked up the red version of the Nationals Park Cabana Shirt. Also available were some of those long sleeve Navy Blue Nationals Park Tees and a few Polo Shirts by Antigua--everything still 50% off.
PS--When I was at Nationals Park Saturday Afternoon, Ballpark Tours were taking place. 10:30AM and 1:30PM, usually four days a week. Check the schedule to be sure.
PSS--Also noticed was the Monument Realty Building being constructed above the Navy Yard Metro East Entrance/Exit is nearing completion. But, virtually no new retail/bar & restaurant construction progress in site. None. The currently economy is certainly not helping the revitalization of the ballpark district.