When the Mets wore their blue Los Mets jerseys a few weeks ago, literally dozens of readers asked me if it might have been a test-drive for a blue alternate jersey next season. I said I had no idea, but I hoped so. Deep down, though, I was pretty sure the answer was yes, because the Mets tend to telegraph their moves pretty obviously. And now that has been confirmed. According to that story, the Mets will wear a blue alternate at least a few times next season and will probably put a blue alternate into the team’s regular jersey rotation in 2013.
I can now contribute an exclusive bit of additional info to the proceedings: According to multiple sources, all of whom I trust, the black drop shadow will not be appearing on the Mets’ home uniforms next season. Halle-freakin’-lujah!
This still leaves a bunch of questions unanswered:
• Will the drop shadow be banished from the road grays? (I think so.)
• Will the black and blue/black caps be scrapped? (Not sure, but my hunch is no.)
• Will the black undersleeves, socks, and belts be scrapped? (Probably depends on what happens to the black-inclusive caps.)
• What about the black jersey? (Not sure.)
• Will the elimination of the black drop-shadow — and any other possible changes I’ve just outlined here — be permanent, or just a one-year thing to mark the team’s 50th-anniversary season? (No idea.)
• Speaking of the anniversary, that ESPN article mentions that next year’s uniform will include “significant elements of the original 1962 uniform.” Does that mean they’re planning to eliminate the uni number from the front of the jersey, since that wasn’t added until 1965? (Hope not.) Maybe they’ll change the orange squatchee back to blue? (That’d be nice.)
I know some of you out there already know the answers to these questions. Surely you’ll want to clue in your old buddy Paul, won’t you?
Meanwhile, the news about the new uniforms is being warmly received in Metsville, especially by Mets Police blogger Shannon Shark, who summarized his feelings with an extremely effective visual aid.
By Brinke Guthrie
Good grief, look at this — a genuine Pittsburgh Pirates World Series trophy for 15K. We are family, indeed.
That’s this week’s featured eBay item here at Collector’s Corner. As for our other finds of the week, let’s take a look:
• Reader Mike Hersh found this great vintage Portland Beavers baseball pennant.
• Hmmm, was “Unconditional Surrender!” a Steelers slogan in the 1970s? It was on this T-shirt.
• Nothing beats 1970s NFL stuff from Sears, like this Falcons helmet plaque.
• I really like this 1970s Nordiques/Stingers program.
• I used to write to pro sports teams and they’d always send back schedules and stickers, like this mid-’60s Astros car window decal.
• Vamos Gigantes with this late-’70s bumper sticker.
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That other thing I do: New post over on the Permanent Record blog.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Tennessee football is changing its shoes and socks from black to white. “Sadly, the orange in the cleats doesn’t match the jerseys,” says Chris Howell. … New third jersey for Chelsea (from Nick Orban). … New hockey jersey for Boston College (from Nate Ewell). … Ino Patron of the Thunder Bay Border Cats — a team in the Northwoods Collegiate League — wears some mighty nice stirrups (photo by Daren Landers). … Can’t figure out what to do with that old, unwanted NFL jersey? Someone else has figured out a use for them (“Ticker gold!” says Rob Ullman). … Last Sunday’s “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” comic was uni-based. “Should’ve been ‘Oregon Ducks used to look good, believe it or not,'” says Jim Vilk. … New uni number for Ravens WR Lee Evans (from Bryan Starkey). … JD Denison attended the recent Comic Con in San Diego, where he spotted Dolph Vader. … Some Marshall players are wearing red-striped helmets. Brice Wallace says it’s for freshmen. … The Braves still haven’t added that Ernie Johnson Sr. memorial patch. Not sure why. … New goalie mask for Martin Biron and maybe Ilya Bryzgalov (from John Muir and Matt Pesotski). … I realize the Packers are pretty much part of the fabric of Green Bay, but it seems a tad inappropriate for the team’s logo to be used on the local police badges, no? (As noted by Joe Kardel.) … Here’s a video clip on USC football uni history (from Ed O’Farrell). … Northwestern is asking fans to give their feedback on several potential court designs (from Britton Thomas). … Two contributions from Terry Duroncelet: Saints burgers and an NFL sideline official in a burgundy polo shirt. That’s new to me. Definitely isn’t an on-field zebra, because those aren’t NFL zebra socks. Anyone know more?