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The Washington National unveil new jerseys. They’re OK.

Nov 11, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

Nationals new jerseys

Some people have told me that I should have waited to do my writeup on the Nats’ jerseys until after they unveiled their new duds last night.  I don’t think it makes a difference.  The new outfits are neither the best nor the worst the Nationals have ever sported.  They’re worth discussion, but they don’t change my analysis.

As for that discussion: I like the curly-W on the new home whites well enough. It’s certainly an improvement over the block “Nationals” they’ve been using. It’s being referred to as “an authentic bond with the past,” but the old Senators never put a curly W on the actual jersey. They had block Ws and script “Senators,” but the W’s were always on the caps. I like the look — it’s kind of like the Tigers English D, no? — but I don’t know I can call it my favorite. Give it time, maybe.  I was thinking that a script “Nationals” to track the road grays (which I really like) would be the best move, but what do I know? The W is probably less generic than a simple script would be.  This could grow on me.

The other changes are the red and blue alternates. You know how I feel about solid alternates — batting practice jerseys, blah — and this is no different.  They’ve included a red, white and blue W on the blue alternate which is not my taste, but hey, they’ll probably sell a lot of them. They’re only going to be worn on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Sept. 11th and military appreciation days anyway, so it’s not like we’ll see it often.

Other changes: the road cap gets a red bill. Eh, I liked the solid blues, but this isn’t an atrocity. There’s new piping and things too, but I don’t get too animated by that sort of thing unless it’s distracting, which this isn’t.

Ultimately the Nationals are a team still searching for its identity. As far as uniforms go, I suspect they’ll find it in whatever it they happen to be wearing when they win the division the first time.  For now though, I think this looks pretty good. Just wish they’d can the solid alternates.

  1. BC - Nov 11, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    The red uniforms are a complete abomination, should be burned immediately and the designer should be tarred and feathered and beaten soundly about the head and neck. The rest look pretty good though. I agree, I like the whites.

  2. section138 - Nov 11, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    You really just wanted a second post so you could link to that Mike Morse “look, my bat is my penis” photo again. Which is, hey, you know… cool.

  3. Jonny 5 - Nov 11, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Not bad. They can’t misspell Nationals on their jersey’s now at least..

  4. fivetoolmike - Nov 11, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    I actually kind of like the red ones. The blue ones are totally batting practice, though.

  5. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 11, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    They’re as boring as all uniforms are these days, with the exception of maybe the A’s and White Sox.

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