By Phil Hecken
What you see above is the “latest” in baseball fashion (I won’t even call it a uniform) from adidas. That particular outfit is for the Louisville Cardinals, who will be breaking them out today for the Super Regionals.
Now, the splash is actually cropped — here’s the full “poster” that adidas put out to promote this uniform:
Obviously, the jersey harkens back to the Tequila Sunrise/Rainbow Guts Astros uniforms of the 70s and 80s, but what’s up with the pants? And, um…the white belt? Seriously, that looks like stuff my Dad wore during the bicentennial.
Look more closely at the “uniform” and you’ll notice the pants are uncuffed, making it look even more retro-ish (and I’m not sure that is intentional).
The pants are what gets me though. They’re (I think, it’s hard to tell with these ‘mockups’) red. OK, we’ve seen red pants in baseball before — with the Caveman Indians. But with a multi-striped pullover and solid color pants, that reminds me more of possibly the worst baseball uniform in the history of ever:
But at least those uniforms, and the Astros, balanced out the uniform with sansabelts, stirrups and white shoes (completing the 70s look). This outfit? I’m not so sure what they’re going for.
Fortunately, we have adidas to explain this (and two other, almost as loud uniforms introduced yesterday, which follow). Aside from Louisville, NC State and Mississippi State also received new togs for the remainders of their baseball season. They’re not quite so garish:
NC State, seen above, doesn’t look so bad — although a look evocative of the “beach blanket bingo” White Sox (a look they’re throwing back to this year) is not necessarily forward thinking.
Finally, the Mississippi State Bulldogs are sorta splitting the difference between the Cardinals and State. Their tops are Astros-esque, with seemingly normal white pants. Neither look shows any kind of hosiery, which doesn’t bode well for aesthetics.
Adidas contacted Paul with all of the above, and Paul was kind enough to forward it to me. In that e-mail, an adidas rep described the uniforms thusly:
Both new looks are retro-inspired and feature the latest adidas uniform technologies to make the Cardinals, Wolfpack and Bulldogs faster, lighter and cooler on the diamond.
The jersey and pants include CLIMALITE material coupled with dye-sub technology, creating a superior lightweight uniform system with unrivaled moisture transport and durability.
For more info and images of Louisville, North Carolina State and Mississippi State’s new adidas baseball uniforms, check out www.Facebook.com/adidasBaseball and follow the conversation on Twitter via @adidasUS and #teamadidas.
Of course, the corporate-speak of “faster, lighter and cooler” makes its way even into e-mails to the various uniform critics. They should know better, but I guess they think someone other than gullible recruits and hardcore disciples might actually believe it.
I won’t render any additional judgments until I actually see how these things look on the field. And I hope the players have the good sense to sport proper hosiery and not wear the pants like they’re shown.
Readers? What say you?
Yesterday on the diamond, there was a somewhat odd occurrence, as North Carolina faced off against South Carolina. On the particular uniforms they wore, neither used the team name nor the full name of their state, with both clubs wearing the shortened “Carolina” monicker. The result was a “Carolina” versus “Carolina” matchup (click each image to enlarge):
(Thanks to Dan Rakowski for those two screen grabs).
We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.
So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.
Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.
Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.
And so, lets begin:
We begin today with Lewis English, (an apropos name), who has some rugby kits for a fairly popular TV series:
I am an avid fan of Game of Thrones and also love the Uni Tweaks on the weekends. I thought I would combined these two passions, and being from the United Kingdom (And Rugby being a suitably aggressive sport) I have created a uni set for the Lannister Rugby Football Club) which surely must exist in Westeros.
I have tried to stay with the traditional rugby aestheticand have subverted the old Northern Rock logo found on the Newcastle Falcons into “Casterly Rock” The home of the Lannisters in the series.
I hope you like it and I plan to do more on this theme over the coming months.
Keep up the great work, I love your weekend work!
Next up is Jacob Morris, with an alternate for a team who doesn’t have one:
Since the Devils haven’t ever had an alternate jersey in their history, I’ve taken it upon myself to create one. I’ve flipped the black and red elements of their home jersey, incorporated a pants stripe, and added an alternate logo that actually looks like a devil. It’s always bugged me that a team with the name Devils doesn’t have an actual devil anywhere in their branding. The logo used in the design is a recolored version of Central Connecticut Blue Devils logo.
We close today with Garrett Newman who has some slight tweaks (and new pants) for the Chargers:
These are my concept of the Chargers. They are the same design as the current uniforms, but instead feature the powder blue that everyone loves as opposed to the dark blue. The home uniform is the same, except it has a white facemask and no neckroll. The away is all white, but I also made one with alternate pants/striped socks. Thank you for taking your time.
And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.
Because we love the stirrup here at Uni Watch, this section is devoted to those of us who sport the beautiful hose on Fridays — a trend popularized many years ago by Robert P. Marshall, III. For many of us, it’s become a bit of an obsession, but a harmless one — a reflection of our times. Where we once had Friday ties, which has been replaced by Casual Friday — we now have Stirrup Fridays. It’s an endearingly simple concept — no matter where you work (or even if you don’t) — break out a fresh pair of rups to compliment (or clash with) your Friday attire.
It was a rainy Friday for a good chunk of the country, so that (possibly) yielded a smaller than usual set this week. But a couple are oh-so cute, and one of the Friday Ruppers needs to be adopted!:
Clara Jane Hick:
Comrades Phil and Robert,
I realize that two-in-ones are frowned upon, but babies and real shoes don’t mix. I’m all about the two-in-one shoe/sock.
Buster (from Jake Graham):
Today’s doggie stirrup model is Buster. He is wearing the green and white of my alma mater, Tazewell High School, whose girls softball team participated in the state tourney for the first time this week. Buster’s identity doesn’t need to be concealed, as he is actually an adoption puppy that desperately needs a home.
This is what happens when you wear vintage Brewers stirrups with red sanis…something the Cubbies should be wearing. :)
And that ends today’s look at Stirrup Friday — all of you who participate, send me your pics and a brief (~50 words) description of their relevance, and I’ll run ‘em here on Saturday (and sometimes Sunday too!). Be sure to visit Robert’s House of Hose for news on rups.
And now…here’s …
Sorry, Phil and I have been busy and unable to co-ordinate this week, so there is no image winner. That being said, I do want to have some winners this week, and since the “beer showers” took sooo long for TCK manufacture, I want to offer something to those who pre-ordered those, please get in touch with me if you have been one of the patient folk who have waited so long for for them, I will have something special for you. Also, With regards to the “beer showers”, they came in on Friday, and I promptly packaged them up and sent them out within the hour, I would think people will have them early week.
I will have something new to offer next week which has already been ordered, so the wait will not be as long. But for those who don’t want to order from me for whatever reason, check out these beauties, or these that I found in the online second hand store. I love that orange and scarlet pair.
from each according his stirrvp,
to each according his strype.
On that note, that’s it for today. I was hardly on line the entire day yesterday, and I (fortunately) missed every single inning of the Mets 20-inning debacle, as well as the Blue Jays 18-inning victory. And I didn’t even see the Belmont. Sometimes, you need one of those days.
Hope everyone had a good Saturday and has a better Sunday. I will catch you all next weekend — until then, have a great week!
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“Each person’s definition of the “defining” look for a team is based on their own experience and nostalgia. Childhood memories are probably the biggest driver of what each of us would consider the “defining” look for an MLB team. I would expect agreement on the “defining” look would be shared among those in the same age bracket.”
— Dave Long