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The Nationals are getting new uniforms

Oct 26, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

Ryan Zimmerman, Danny Espinosa

They way I heard it — I’m assuming from Paul Lukas, bit it could have come from someone else — was that the Nats’ home uniforms were originally going to look just as they do now, but that the cap was going to have a blocky W that matched the jersey font. Someone — maybe someone in MLB marketing — saw this and freaked out that the old Senators’ script W wasn’t going to be used. Not long afterwards the team caved and we have the mismatch we have all come to know and love.  There was even a pic of the prototype block W cap accompanying the article if I remember correctly, but I can’t find it.

Anyway: the mismatch is about to be no more. The Nats are going to unveil new uniforms in a couple of weeks, and the big design change is going to be that the word “Nationals” on the jerseys will switch to a script font to match the curly Ws. The current road uniforms — which look a hell of a lot better than the home uniforms if you ask me — already have the script font.

I consider this to be progress.

  1. Utley's Hair - Oct 26, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Will it be spelled correctly? You know, with the “o” and all?

    • gmc173 - Oct 26, 2010 at 2:47 PM

      Is the script being used so that if they do mis spell the jerseys it wouldn’t be as obvious?

  2. Detroit Michael - Oct 26, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    How soon until the Nationals schedule their first “Turn back the clock” game with the original vintage Washington National uniforms?

  3. woodenulykteneau - Oct 26, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    It was either that or the Fuddruckers lawyers finally noticed…

  4. solidzac - Oct 26, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    My biggest problem with the Nats’ uniforms – and I’m certainly not the first one to say this – is their inability to pick a color scheme. I can understand wanting to incorporate red, white, and blue, but their refusal to, you know, actually use all three in one uniform design defeats the entire purpose. I personally prefer the Navy blues and would love it if they stuck with something of a simple blue, white, and grey scheme a la the Senators, but really, pick either the red or the blue and be done with it.

    • Richard In Big D - Oct 26, 2010 at 7:20 PM

      In the 38 year history of the Rangers, their uniform colors did not include any red, but consisted of various combinations of blue, gray and white for 30 of those years. In those 30 years, the Rangers won their division or the wild card exactly ZERO times. In the other 8 years, their uniform choices included a red optional uniform, ar a red and white home uniform with a red cap. Of those 8 years, they have finished first in their division 5 times (including 1994, when there was no postseason). Abandoning red (especially for a team in DC, where the Rangers started) can be very dangerous. Be careful what you wish for.

  5. Utley's Hair - Oct 26, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Whoa…does this mean the TRUE Gnats fans–and by “true” I obviously mean season ticket holders (and bloggers, of course), who as everybody knows, are the only ones who should be eligible for anything whatsoever–will get automatic upgrades to the new unis? Or will they be forced to shell out the moolah for the new ones, ’cause that may mean that not all of them will buy them, and that will make it tough to figure out who are REAL TRUE Gnats fans?

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