How about that — the Nats are getting back to their Montreal roots.
No, not their Washington Senators roots. More like their Montreal Expos roots. I’m referring to their new road jersey, which was unveiled yesterday. The good news is that the script is a nice reminder of the old Senators days; the bad news is that it’s rendered in red, but they’re still gonna wear their navy road cap (the old road jersey, you’ll recall, had navy lettering to match the cap), so the net effect is somewhat Expos-esque, and not in a good way.
Also not good:
They’ve dropped the beveled uni number on the front but they’re keeping it on the back and on the sleeve logo. [Correction: Turns out the front uni number will be beveled -- the ones at the unveiling were wrong.] Toss in the script and you’ve got MLB’s worst mish-mash of typographic styles. I was never in love with the beveling to begin with, but at least it was consistent — this is just a mess.
Oh, and there’s also a new red alt jersey that looks a lot like someone else’s and a new blue alt jersey that they apparently picked up at a 99¢ store or something. It’ll be paired with this cap (not to be confused with this cap), creating an effect that Marc Fisher has aptly described as “something that would have emerged from the design studio of Up With People! if they’d hired the staff of the Independence Day parade.”
But I’m sure you don’t need my help to laugh at the alternate jerseys. The real shame is the road jersey, because they could have created something nice and instead just played mix-and-match.
Party-line coverage here, video coverage here (a very good report) and here, some photos from reader Mike Page, who was at the unveiling, here, and you can actually download a Power Point file detailing all the changes here.
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