As many of you know, all 30 MLB teams will have new BP jerseys next season. This is sort of like hearing that there’s gonna be another Rocky movie — vaguely interesting, but honestly, who gives a shit?
As it turns out, though, the first of the new BP jerseys to be publicly released is also by far the most interesting one of the batch, so it’s worth talking about. It’s the new Cincy design, which you can see pictured above. That photo began circulating yesterday afternoon, in advance of the Reds’ FanFest event this weekend.
Pretty weird that they went with a script, right? Even weirder, it’s apparently based on a much smaller script that was used for two utterly forgettable seasons a million years ago, back when Marge Schott was still a little girl trying to tune in Nazi rallies on the short-wave. I’m all for a team honoring its visual history, but what an obscure chapter to resurrect.
I’ve seen all the other new BP designs, and while I’m not at liberty to show them to you, I can tell you this: Not a single one of them feels retro-ish, and all of them are very much in keeping with their teams’ respective identity system. Only the Reds have used the new BP garb as a canvas for something new (even if it’s based on something old). I kinda like it, at least the part you can see there in the photo.
A few other things:
• The Reds’ BP jersey — like almost all the 2011 BP designs — has some ugly side panels (that’s the part I don’t like).
• As you can see in that last link, the drop shadow and all the other trim is supposed to be black. But the drop shadow in the photo looks a bit blue, no? Probably just a trick of the light.
• As you’ve probably noticed by now, this jersey has a full-length button placket, instead of the two-button front of recent years. That holds for all of the new BP jerseys.
And in case you’re wondering, the retro script isn’t slated to appear anywhere else in the Reds’ 2011 graphics program — there’s no script alternate jersey or anything like that. I suppose there could be a one-off throwback (or not, I have no idea), but definitely nothing more significant than that.
Late-breaking update: Here’s a photo where you can see the black side panel.
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Uni Watch News Ticker: Rough time for LeBron James last night. First the Cavs tried to confuse him by wearing red at home, and then TNT had him taking his talents to Oregon. TNT apparently used last year’s jersey template, too, because the NBA logo is on the wrong side (screen shot courtesy of Mike Hasselbeck). … Lots of counterfeit jerseys showing up in Ottawa (with thanks to Dane Drutis). … This is just too good: South Carolina has a guy named Heinz who wears, of course, 57. And yes, he’s really on the roster (with thanks to Ronnie Poore). … Two great color-on-color video clips for your consideration: Auburn/UGA in 1969 and Auburn/Tennessee from 1970 (great finds by Patrick Campbell). … Don’t blink or you’ll miss it: If you go to this video clip, you’ll briefly see the rare sight of the Bruins pairing their white sweaters with their gold socks. “They did it on a few occasions in the early 1970s,” says Brian Codagnone. … We’ve all seen high school teams ripping off college and pro logos, but come on. That’s George Washington High in San Francisco. Lame (with thanks to Christian Cisneros). … Hey, speaking of which, Tris Wykes is doing a story for his local paper about high schools that are taking some logo liberties. If you know of any schools that fit this description give Tris a shout. … Why did the Chiefs suddenly break out the red pants on the road last weekend? Apparently for good luck (with thanks to Chris Heintzelman). … Leondrus E. Thornton sent along a good video of the Arizona football field being painted. … Latest college hoops team to go BFBS: UNLV (with thanks to Randon Alford). … Indiana State is using DC Comics-style artwork for its program covers this season (with thanks to John Pollock). … The triple-A Round Rock Express have changed affiliations, going from the Astros to the
Rangers Texases, which of course means a new look. Further info here (with thanks to James McClure). … I believe the Bucs will be wearing their creamsicles this weekend. … Watched The Ice Storm on IFC last night (first time I’d seen it since catching it in the theater when it first came out in the late ’90s — still brutally, devastatingly good). It includes a brief scene of kids playing flag football. It had been ages since I’d seen that, and I’d kinda forgotten how weird it looks for the kids to have those flags hanging off of them. … Good work by Joe Lombardo, who writes: “At the end of the first half of the Eagles/Texans game, Matt Schaub got injured and Dan Orlovsky had to come in to play the last down. He couldn’t find his helmet, so No. 88 Garrett Graham and No. 12 Jacoby Jones each offered him their own. He wore Graham’s helmet for the last down of the half.” Thurman Thomas could not be reached for comment. … Two Washington Caps notes from John Muir: “Goalie Michael Neuvirth is awaiting a shipment of new stickers, so he played against Dallas while using Semeyon Varlamov’s stick. And new defenseman Scott Hannan’s gloves are extra colorful, because they’re his old Colorado gloves that were spray-painted.” . … Scott Fendley noticed two early-’70s Astros cards with non-matching NOB fonts. The one on the bottom is wrong — must’ve been a spring training rush job or something like that. … Jason Varitek is apparently set to re-sign with the Red Sox, which means MLB’s only captaincy designation will be back for another year. … I don’t know for sure who the Buffalo Bisons were affiliated with in 1985, but I think it’s a pretty safe bet that it was the White Sox. Didn’t know that design had been used in the minors. … What is this? It’s a comparison of the Bosox cap logo and two different Brooklyn Dodgers throwback cap logos. It’s all part of an admirably obsessive investigation by Dan Cichalski — full details on his blog. … UNC basketball blogger Benn Wineka has written a piece about the team’s 2010 sneakers.