By Phil Hecken
Last night, the Tampa Rays, nee in 1998, threwback to a uniform that never existed — until last year that is. As you’ll recall, in a wonderfully gimmicky promotion, the Rays “invented” a fauxback road uniform they would (in theory) have worn had the club been in existence. That game took place against the Detroit Tigers, who they outfitted in a 1979 road throwback.
What happens when you wear a fauxback you’re worn before? Well, it becomes a throwback, doesn’t it. And that’s just what the Rays did last night.
This time around the Rays played the Chicago White Sox, who last year wore their own throwbacks for home Sunday games — the wonderful 1972 uniforms which look a lot like today’s uniform, but with red subbed for black. So, the Rays outfitted the Sox in those.
Unfortunately, because the game was a national game on FOX, I was stuck with the Mets/Brewers, so I didn’t get to see it. But from the highlights and game photos, the game (aesthetically) didn’t disappoint. Here’s some shots (click to enlarge):
Great looking game (if you’re into the fake uniform the Rays invented), and I do have to hand it to the Rays, who certainly attempted to replicate the feel of a 1979 ballclub, as everyone cuffed and wore stirrups with gold sanis, and the game was on ‘astro’turf in an anticeptic dome. Well done replicating the flavor of many a 1970′s game.
A few quibbles: Instead of outfitting the White Sox in their 1979 Disco collar/untucked unis, they simply had the Sox reuse their 1972 throwbacks. How awesome would it have been if the Rays had gone all out and put the Sox in these beauties? Off the charts, awesome, that’s what. Also, and very surprisingly, the Sox did NOT have red helmets, like they wore last year, instead wearing their normal black ones. Not a great look:
Other than that, though. It was quite the game.
Initially, I was not a fan of the Rays fauxback, but it has grown on me, and the concept of inventing a uniform for a team that didn’t exist. Pure 70′s (and a pure Padres ripoff, as you’ll see momentarily). But the designer came up with a logo and wordmark, which was cool:
If only they had shown a *little* imagination and not basically lifted the uniform from the 1978 Padres, who, with a color swap of brown and gold for navy and powder blue, were pretty identical. Check out the 1978 Padres:
I mean, that’s the Padres 1978 road uni right down to the font! The only thing different is the placement of the front uni number:
Still. even with the pseudo-uni-theft, it was a fun concept that I’d like to see ONCE (and once only) a year. My only hope is next year, the Rays will go all out and outfit their opponents in some seriously crazy 1979 uniform (like they could have done with the Sox).
Readers? What say you?
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 Simon Pure, with a Mavericks concept (that wasn’t chosen by Mark Cuban):
The Mavericks want fans to design the uniforms, but Cuban won’t pay for the concepts.
So…here’s my design. Going back to the old green and blue.
Too bad the road jerseys describe what I think of those guys…
Next up is Adam Vitcavage, with a nice new Diamondbacks look:
I’ve attached three images of a Diamondbacks tweak/concept.
I kept the current numbering and NOB as well as the new “db” logo (but just as a arm patch) that everyone here seems to love. I brought back the “A” on the home jersey and the old “ARIZONA” script (slightly modified) for the away so it looks more like the original uniforms with modern colors. I also brought back the pinstripes, because those were awesome during the 2001 World Series.
As for the colors I’ve darkened the maroon as well as the copper (it’s the same exact copper as the original).
Hope ya like!
We close today with Jeff Proctor who has a remake for the Sacramento Kings:
This is my first uni tweak after reading for years. With my beloved Kings staying in Sacramento after the terrible Maloofs selling (thanks Vivek and KJ!), it is a great time for new unis. The vertical stripe recalls the old Royals jerseys, and the blue and purple represent the time in Sacramento. Keep it simple with plain shorts. Above all, the black has to go. It has been replaced with a cream color as it just looks better.
And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.
UPDATE: Missed this one (forwarded to me by Paul yesterday) — it looks like the Rangers wore a patch last night for the West, TX citizens affected by the explosion back a few months ago:
— The Emblem Source (@theemblemsource) July 6, 2013
Some Gems From Ricko
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Ricko is still around. Not sure if he’ll start up Benchies again, but I am trying to convince him to bring back “50 Years Ago” (although it would be something like ’52 Years ago’ if we do it this year) for the football season. In the meantime, Rick sent me three wonderful photos that I’m going to share here. Unfortunately, they’re not “From The Ricko Files,” but a few great shots he found on the Interwebs (click each to enlarge — Rick’s description is below each). I guess football season is just around the corner, eh?
Thanks Rick! Good to hear from you. How bout a nice ‘welcome back’ for Ricko!
Bit of a kerfuffle for the sausage race…
last night in Milwaukee. Seems that Mets catcher John Buck and the racers somehow got entangled. It’s always humorous to see how the twitterverse “describes” such events:
John Buck just interrupted the sausage race by running through the racers. Brewers fans boo. He's now in Randall Simon territory.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) July 7, 2013
#Mets C John Buck booed lustily by the Miller Park faithful for interfering with the Sausage Race. Randall Simon in blue and orange.
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) July 7, 2013
LMAO BUCK GOT STUCK IN THE SAUSAGE RACE, WHAT A WEINER
— Jill Wheelerlander (@SitAndValdespin) July 7, 2013
John Buck just ran THROUGH the sausage race at Miller Park, and was heartily booed by the home crowd.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) July 7, 2013
— Brewtownsports (@Brewtownsports) July 7, 2013
Well…did he interrupt, interfere, run in or merely get in the way? He made the mistake of jogging out to the plate to take warm up pitches when he ended up in the sausage race runners. It’s all perspective! (Unless of course, he had money on the race — then we’re talking scandal of Randall Simon proportions. Lets hope it was just an accident.
That’s going to do it for today. I had MAJOR problems with my Mac last night, so this entire post was basically done on my MacBook Air — I’m not complaining, mind you, but the MacBook doesn’t have a mouse — and when you’re very used to a mouse, it makes a lot of the coding (due to cut/paste) much more time consuming. Nevertheless, here it is.
Everyone have a great Sunday, and I’ll catch you all next weekend.
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“There’s something about a grown man, taking up crayons or colored pencils to draw sports uniforms, that gives me hope for the human race.”