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Where did those green St. Patricks Day uniforms come from?

Mar 17, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

St. Patrick's Day.jpgYou can blame/thank the Reds for all the green you see in teams’ uniforms today. It was them — or more specifically, their GM Dick Wagner — who started the tradition in 1978.  While it went over pretty well, the initial reactions were fun:

After workouts, the Reds dragged their perspiring bodies off the field
and retreated to the clubhouse — closed, uncharacteristically, to the
media — took a look and then did a double-take at their lockers …
green uniforms hanging in front of each.

“Did we get traded to Oakland?” catcher Johnny Bench asked.

Shortstop Davey Concepcion squinted at his green No. 13 uniform and said, “I’m not wearing that. I’m Venezuelan, not Irish.”

I’m usually opposed to messing with uniforms too much, but I’ve always liked the green-on-St. Patrick’s Day thing. It’s spring training, and spring training is casual. It looks good. And besides, it’s so much nicer than the the more historically-accurate St. Patrick’s Day tradition they used to do at the ballpark: having ushers go through the stands converting all the pagans.

  1. Andrew Vazzano - Mar 17, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Isn’t the more important question: Where do they go?
    I mean, most teams only wear them once a year. That’s a lot of ca$h to spend on a one-time deal.

  2. Charles Gates - Mar 17, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Much, much better. Outlaw motorcycle gangs tend to not like being bossed around by anyone, especially ushers at baseball games.

  3. Phil - Mar 17, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    I though St Patrick got rid of the snakes. How come there’s one in the picture?

  4. Cru11 - Mar 17, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    +1 to you, sir.

  5. Rays fan - Mar 17, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    Used to love going to Al Lopez Field each year to watch the Cincinnati “Greens.” It was a lot of fun.

  6. Bob - Mar 17, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    Has everyone forgotten the green Dodgers hats worn on March 17 during the O’Malley years?
    What has happened to institutional memory?
    Bob

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