April 23, 2012
For connoisseurs of all of the different looks that major league teams can sport, coupled with match-ups of alternative jerseys in the same game, the last three days of the season were quite a spectacle to behold.
Starting with Friday afternoon’s Fenway Park centennial celebration game between the Red Sox and Yankees; nee Highlanders that featured great period-looking numberless jerseys by both clubs and the Sox sporting a plain white hat, albeit with the MLB logo on the back.
Friday night showcased:
*Black jerseys for the Pirates at home, and the Orioles on the road.
*The Brewers wearing 1982 throwbacks at home, and the Mariners 90s era teal.
*The Astros playing as the Colt .45’s, with word making round in Houston over the weekend that the Astros may throwback to a look resembling their first Astrodome years (1965-70) permanently next season when they move to the A.L. West.
*The Marlins wearing gray for once on the road.
We love the A’s gold alternates which they wore Saturday night against the Indians. It’s a throwback to a mix of jerseys they wore in a 23-year era of always having either a gold regular or alternate jersey to choose from (1963-86), and a reminder how Charles Finley was so ahead of his time when he debuted those gold uniforms for the Kansas City A’s in 1963.
The Diamondbacks Saturday night home black jersey and cap ensemble is underrated to these eyes; they wore them again this weekend against Atlanta.
Yesterday it was softball at Kauffman Stadium, the power blue Royals hosting the dark blue Blue Jays, while in San Diego, as they have done since 2000 at home on Sundays, it was the military tribute with the Padres in the third incarnation of their Camouflage jerseys, and the second version of the alternate hat worn with the “Camis,” hosted the Phillies.
Please Note: Coming up this week on Authentically Speaking, we’ll take a look at the NFL draft accessories for the draft Thursday night, Ray Jannelli has part two of his “Jannelli Jersey Journal,” an inside look at nostalgia NHL jerseys, and Morris Levin with a timely piece on the Phillies Majestic Cool Base jerseys.