By Phil Hecken (back with battery-mate Paul Soto)
You may recall a short while ago, I was joined by Paul Soto, UW Graphics Guru, who created some amazing “Fauxback” baseball uniforms. With several teams wearing no city identifier on them, either home or away (like St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Milwaukee, the Angels), and others, like the Rangers now only wearing the city name on their home and roads, we bantered about several more ideas for uniform concepts for major league teams, and I asked Paul if he could create some new uniforms where the “home” and “away” jersey’s are ‘reversed,’ just to see what they might look like. Paul obliged. I have to say, after seeing his efforts, some of the uniforms you are about to see could certainly be explored as possible new uniforms, while others are simply just very interesting. Still others would most likely not work, but are still interesting possibilities, especially for teams who absolutely, positively, have to wear an alternate. Paul adds, “For some reason city names on some of the home jerseys, visually, look better. Perhaps it’s the long script that fully covers the chest on the jersey which leaves little negative space. The best examples being the Kansas City, Detroit, New York (Mets), Los Angeles (Dodgers), Houston and Florida.” With that, I’m pleased to present Paul’s “reversed” MLB uniforms. Love to hear your thoughts.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Paul “kinda likes the ‘Los Angeles’ script. But no matter what I do with it the script looks off center.” Since the Angels are a team with no city name on their jersey, reversing the “home” and “away” scripts doesn’t work. That’s most likely why the Angels home and roads both say “Angels.” Well, there’s that and the fact that they don’t really play in Los Angeles. Since this is one of a few teams who don’t have an “away wordmark” on their jersey, this isn’t so much of a ‘reversal’ jersey as it is a ‘concept’ one.
Atlanta Braves Home and Away: Paul thinks it “Looks great no matter what jersey it’s on.” I agree, this is a sharp uniform to begin with, and I think either one of them could be ‘reversed’ and look just fine.
Milwaukee Brewers: Ah. The jersey that started it all (in its away form — see the “fauxback” link for the full story). Paul states, “First they need to get ‘Milwaukee’ on the road jersey…Looks marvelous.” While I totally agree this city name script would look great (and SHOULD be mandatory) on the Brewers road uni, I happen to think the home “Brewers” should stay on the home jersey. Still, an interesting thought. (Another of the ‘concept’ jerseys, rather than a reversal of the “home and away” wordmarks.)
St. Louis Cardinals: Again, a team who doesn’t display their city name on their road jersey, this concept from Paul might be a tough sell, since that “Cardinals” with the “bird on bat” is one of the more iconic logos in baseball. However, Paul believes the Cards are “Another team that needs to get the city name on road jersey. Gorgeous script!”
Chicago Cubs Home and Away: Paul feels this ‘reversal’ is kind of “Meh…I think the original road uniform does need a re-tooling. I dislike the road script more and more everytime I look at it. The primary logo on the road jersey just doesn’t look right.” After having seen Paul’s thoughts for a new road jersey (and not this flipped one), I agree that the reversal of either wordmark doesn’t work. This is one that should probably be left alone.
Arizona Diamondbacks Home and Away: OK. Paul and I disagree on this one. Paul states, “I really really like the typeface the Diamondbacks used when they re-designed their uniforms. The road script looks great on both road and home jerseys. Now, the shortened ‘D-Backs’ script doesn’t bother me at all. I just wished they used it on an alternate instead of their home jersey. ‘Diamondbacks‘ fully spelled out just looks too minor league-ish no matter how it’s angled.” I can’t stand the new D-Backs uniforms (not that their first sets were any prize), so this ‘reversal’ doesn’t really do much for me either way. I like how Paul created the two “alternate concept home” jerseys for the Arizona squad though. Interesting to see how the word “Diamondbacks” would look spelled out. The answer: “Not Good.”
Los Angeles Dodgers Home and Away: Wow. Even though the current Dodgers uni set is a classic, BOTH of these ‘reversals’ still look sharp. I really like the away jersey with the “Dodgers” on it. Paul agrees, “FANTASTIC! Road and Home…next!”
San Francisco Giants Home and Away: I think the “Giants” on the away jersey looks top notch. Not so much the “San Francisco” on the home. Paul somewhat disagrees, stating “I like them both. ‘San Fran’ on home jersey looks sharp.”
Cleveland Indians Home and Away: Paul says, “I adjusted the “C’ in Cleveland on this one. Just a minor tweak here, I capitalized it and look how much better it looks.” This is one of those reversals that doesn’t do much for me, either way. I wish they’d wear those sweet cream alternates full time, but that is an argument for another day. As far as their current unis, I’d probably say ‘leave well enough alone’ but one could certainly like the looks of the reversals.
Florida Marlins Home and Away: Now here’s an interesting one. I wonder how long the Marlins will even say “Florida” on either jersey — will they go to “Miami” or “Portland” in the near future? The switch to me looks better on the road jersey, since I’m just not a fan of that particular pinstripe number. Paul likes both: “Sharp! I always loved the tail on their home and road script.”
New York Mets Home and Road: Ah…my Mets. I have to say, this is truly an interesting flip. I have always liked the “Mets” on the away jersey (a look they have previously used), but seeing the “New York” on the home might take some getting used to. I do love that “old Giants font” though. Paul somewhat disagrees, “I don’t care too much for the ‘Mets’ wordmark on the road jersey. Feels like it gets lost in the grey. ‘New York’ on home jersey just pops!” (As an aside, Paul has come up with some sweet new alternates for the Mets, but we’ll get to those another day.)
Washington Nationals Home and Road: Night and day. They really need to ditch the current font that remains on the homes, and the “new” home concept is, in a word, awesome. The away is, in a word, horrible. Paul concers, “I actually like this (new home) better than what they currently have!”
Philadelphia Phillies: Another team who doesn’t use a different jersey from home and away. Now we know why. Paul agrees, “…now I see why they don’t spell out ‘Philadelphia.’” Interestingly enough, this full spelling of Philadelphia was considered at one time. Might look better on the road grays, but for now, “Phillies” is just fine.
Pittsburgh Pirates Home and Away: Well now, this one looks really good, both ways. I could certainly see (and accept) a future flip for either the home or the away. Paul agrees, and feels the “Road script is dashing on the home jersey!”
Texas Rangers. Not applicable. They have a city name on both their home and roads.
Tampa Bay Rays: Another team that doesn’t put their city name on their away jersey, so this is more of a concept. And it works, and it would look great on the away. Paul notes, “The original road jersey concept I did with the city name didn’t feature a tail on the ‘A’. Home jersey does feature the tail on the ‘R’ and I wanted to see how it looked if the road and home wordmarked were tied in together. I think it looks best without the tail though.”
Cincinnati Reds Home and Away: Here’s one where I love one half of the flip (the roadie) and don’t like the other half (the home). Not too fond of the drop shadow “Cincinnati” spelled out on the home (although this is exactly what happens with the “New York” Mets flip), so maybe it would grow on me over time. 50% win and 50% fail in my book. Paul is kinder, “I really like the flip flop on these! The colors and the logo/number balance just work for me.”
Boston Red Sox Home and Away: Another very interesting reversal. The “Boston” on the home looks great. The “Red Sox” on the away, not so much. Paul thinks, “Both work really well! Especially the home wordmark on the road.”
Kansas City Royals Home and Away: Yet another interesting switcheroo. The “Kansas City” at home has possibilities, as well as the “Royals” on the road uni. Definitely a concept worth pursuing. Paul is even more effusive in his praise, “I LOVE “Kansas City” on the home jersey. Sans the outline it looks great!”
Detroit Tigers Home and Away: Such an iconic uniform. It’s not easy seeing the classic Olde English “D” on the away jersey, yet it somehow works…but somehow it doesn’t. I’m not a fan of the “Detroit” on the homes however. Paul sees it differently, “‘Detroit’ looks fantastic on both road and home jerseys. The old english ‘D’ looks best on home.” Different strokes, different folks.
Minnesota Twins Home and Road: This is one uniform which I do NOT like with pinstripes, especially on the road. That being said, I much prefer the “Twins” on the away to the “Minnesota” on the home. Ditch the pins on the road, and that’s a sharp look. Paul states, “City name on home looks good here…wish I could say the same about the team name on road jersey. Maybe it’s the grey pinstripe uniforms.” At least we agree on the road pins. Blecch.
Chicago White Sox Home and Away: OK, now here’s one where I am a big fan of the “Chicago” being on the home, but not the “Sox” on the away. To me, it just doesn’t look right. This one would probably be best left alone, but I wouldn’t be averse to one day putting “Chicago” in script on the homes. Paul agrees with me, “The road script looks sharp on the home jersey. Home layout on the road jersey looks kinda mundane too me.”
New York Yankees Home and Away: How do you even think about tweaking the most iconic uniform in all of sports? You don’t, but still, it’s interesting to see how it would look if the Yanks pulled a flip. Can’t say I’m a fan of either look. Paul feels differently, “‘New York’ on the pinstripes looks so cool.”
Well, that’s the old switcheroo. Definitely a few unis in that bunch that look great, and would certainly be worth considering for a possible alternate, or future uniform. Some should just be left well alone. Other teams just need a new uniform, period. Tweaking the home and roads doesn’t help an already bad uni. What’s the saying, “you can’t polish a turd?” Lets hear how you feel about the concepts. And another three cheers for Paul on a fantastic graphics job!
Oh…one more thing — how could we tweak the Yankees just a bit more? How about we take away their stripes? Yeah, now that’s the ticket.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Reader Fab Panelli saw this on the NASCAR site — apparently you can now buy NASCAR apparel for St. Patrick’s Day. He asks, “Is this going too far?” … Uni Watch Charter Member Michael Romero saw this interesting take from a graphic designer on the Yankees ridiculously (and we mean ridiculously) huge smack on the back of the cap patch … Chris Andringa sends along this link to the start of a 51-picture gallery by the Des Moines (Iowa) Register, featuring girls state tournament basketball dating back to the 1940s. Lots of satin, stripes, untucked jerseys (by design), vertical (and diagonal!) team names, etc. … Nick Church reports on this blog entry from the Redskins concerning how the Haynesworth jersey was assembled prior to the press conference. Nick remarks, “Too bad it wasn’t tackle twill stitching.” … Longtime reader Pat Tiffin sends along “these ugly game worn jerseys for charity.” … Brinke Guthrie found this photo of President Barack Obama with some new Chicago Bulls swag. Brinke also noticed a certain “10 years” at a stadium kinda thingy and wonders if they’ll be “wearing that thing” — he adds, “Who cares about 10 years at a stadium anyway?” … Here’s a very interesting use of helmets by the U.S. Army, sent to UW by Jake Elwell — did this use predate or postdate the use of such helmets by the NFL or college teams, anyone? … Matt O’Bryant sends along this interesting bit on how Inmates Now Wear Pink in KY County Thanks to Cincinnati Bengals. … During Friday night’s game versus the Canadiens, the Flyers’ Antero Niittymaki temporarily switched to his plain white backup mask after his main one was damaged by a shot. Billy Ramirez, who sent that in, thinks “The backup mask looks quite nice with the throwback jerseys.” … Cork Gaines noticed that Dioner Navarro of the Rays went double-flapped the other day … UW stalwart James Huening found several interesting bits: the first one remarks that the NCAA is moving away from placing temporary vinyl stickers on existing courts by having specially made floors with NCAA logos painted on them installed at nine of the 13 venues for this year’s tournament — up from last year’s five. James also found a somewhat related story, wherein teams who won the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament have been buying the floors from the host venue, all for a mere $100K. In addition, James notes that on Friday Night, the Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews scored a hat trick — and it was Hard Hat Night — so there was lots of headgear on the ice (There are about a half-dozen better photos in this gallery, but it’s a pain in the ass to navigate. They’re about halfway through and there are about 75 photos in there.) … Uni Watch founder Paul Lukas noticed this photo of Dontrelle Willis, and remarks, “That’s a lot of unbuttoned buttons,” on D-Train … Does Oregon baseball have a bright side? Reader Matt Takimoto points out that “If you check out the video on the front page of addictedtoquack.com you’ll see the Oregon baseball team in action at their home opener, and you’ll see a multitude of high pants and stirrups.” Mark says, “Yeah the uni’s look silly, and the stirrups are low, but its still nice to see.” … Tim Lewis checks in with a couple goodies as well: Dan Loney of BigSoccer.com has 5 posts on his blog over the past couple of weeks relating to uniforms the US Men’s National Team have worn. There are some classic old photos in there. (Interestingly enough, reader Dave Walker also sent along that very same link under separate cover. Dave writes that “Dan, by the way, is probably the best soccer blogger in the country.”) Tim also notes that FootballShirtCulture.com has posted an article stating the men in the UK find a girl wearing a soccer jersey to bed sexier than lingerie or being naked. “The article doesn’t say how the research was conducted, but it’s funny nonetheless.” … Jeremy Brahm was busy over the weekend collecting stuff of interest for the ticker. He begins with this piece on how Chelsea FC in the Premier League just got a new coach, Guus Hiddink. He has now installed a rule that the players must wear Armani suits. Also from Jeremy, here is the logo for the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, the Mascot, a sparrow, with no name yet, and points out that Harbin, China is hosting the Winter games right now … Jeremy further points out the logo for the 2011 World University Games in Shenzen, China (Logo on the left, mascot “UU” middle and slogan right) … Chris Hilf notes that there’s all KINDS of stuff about the Pirates wearing their pants high in the minors … Reader Steve H. comments, “The company I work for had their annual Christmas party this past year (Dec 08) at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WVa. Down the hallway leading toward the movie theater, there was a collection of old photos of past presidents and celebrities who had visited the resort. I’ve attached a photo of Lou Gehrig from 1932 (here’s a closeup of the description) I thought you might enjoy…classic!” … Richard Stover wants us to check out this guy’s eBay store. Plenty of unique logo items … Scott Vandeloo sends along this amazing Toronto Maple Leaf website on the “off chance we hadn’t seen it.” … Jeff Landset asks, “Does this look embossed to you (the number on the shorts)?” Jeff wonders if they were sewn in there … Finally, Brett Crane “attended the funeral services [Saturday] for Jazz Owner Larry H. Miller. I know that you had mentioned that you enjoyed the patch that the Jazz put on their jerseys, so I thought you might like this picture of the floral arrangements from [Saturday]. Also, I can’t find a picture of it, but all the Jazz coaches were wearing a lapel pin in the same shape as the jersey patch. My, how I’d like to get one of those.”