The Washington Nationals announced today that the club would unveil their new uniforms Nov. 10 at Nats Park with a fashion show in the Nationals Stars and Stripes Club. The reports are saying that the major changes will likely come to the home uniforms, where the traditional block lettering will be replaced with a script version of the teams name to better match the cap. Craig Calcaterra had some great insight for the initial mismatch:
"They way I heard it — I’m assuming from Paul Lukas, but it could have come from someone else — was that the Nats’ home uniforms were originally going to look just as they do now, but that the cap was going to have a blocky W that matched the jersey font. Someone — maybe someone in MLB marketing — saw this and freaked out that the old Senators’ script W wasn’t going to be used. Not long afterwards the team caved and we have the mismatch we have all come to know and love."
Well that makes a lot of sense...Personally I don't remember the initial controversy way back in 2004/05, but I was busy with other things at the time like trying to figure out how to talk to girls and winning the National District Baseball Championship (Go Generals).
If Calcaterra's memory serves him correctly, it would be a classic Washington Nationals moment. Make a bad decision, get heat for that decision, make a worse decision in an effort of saving face, and sticking to that decision stubbornly until someone gets fired or leaves. Oh, well, they're just jerseys.
I do look forward to a more aesthetically pleasing team out there on the field in 2011, but nothing looks better than well played baseball.