Yesterday was a big day for people who obsess over baseball jerseys. MLB announced August 25-27 would be Players Weekend, where each team will wear funky colored jerseys with custom names on the back. The whole thing is a collaboration with the MLB Player Association to pay homage to youth baseball and where the players came from . . . something like that. Players can also wear custom cleats, crazy colors, and wear gear that supports a cause/charity. Darren Rovell has a complete write-up on this.
I personally like this. Baseball has long been associated with old people and boredom, and anything as small as this to help put a little more youth into the game is a plus.
But there’s a group of fans who are not happy about this, Yankees fans. Here’s a small sample from Twitter:
Oh lord, folks. The city of New York is on fire. Blood is going to spill in the streets. Chaos will ensue from this horrific decision. All because the New York Yankees baseball club will feature nicknames on the back of the jersey. That’s it . . . names.
If you somehow haven’t figured this out, the Yankees have never worn names on the back of their jerseys. It’s ironic that the team who first wore numbers will be the last to feature names, but that’ll ruin the great Yankee tradition. It’s a shirt, get over it.
Are the nicknames silly? You’re damn right. Are the colors obnoxious? You bet. Most importantly, is this permanent? Nope. That’s right, Yankee fans and baseball purists are freaking out over a uniform that’ll be worn for 3 out of 162 games. That’s it.
The promotion is being marketed as connecting to the youth, but let’s be real: it’s just so fans drop $200 on a flashy jersey with a player’s nickname on the back. And I don’t hate it. It’s only a weekend deal, so everyone settle down. After the last weekend in August, it’s back to business as usual. But even if they changed the uniforms, does it matter? You’ll still watch, you’ll still pay money to go to the games, and hell, you’d probably buy that new disgusting jersey you complained about so much.
For anyone who says, “it’s about the name on the front,” the Yankees literally built a section named after its rookie outfielder.
“But Zach, what about the Yankee tradition and history?” Yeah, about that…
We’ll get through this together, Yankees fans, just like we did on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and 4th of July. Besides, it’s August; no one cares about baseball this month.
Now let’s take a look and rank them!
Could pass as legitimate alternate uniform
- Red Sox
- Blue Jays
Decent, but not one I’d be thrilled to see again
Good job, good effort…but no
- White Sox
Burn these after please
- Yankees (yes, I called out Yanks fans for being soft, but using the full “Yankees” font on the front looks worse than a sponsored little league team)
F- hats that should be burnt after
- The rest of them