The Mets unveiled their camouflage jersey on Monday, and just as I suspected, it is quite ugly.
Word leaked on Sunday that the team would wear the jersey on five “Military Mondays” to honor the troops. I wrote that while I liked the idea of paying tribute to the men and women in uniform, I did not think it was a good idea for the team to wear camouflage; the design is perfect for blending into the jungle, but it does not make for an attractive baseball uniform. I thought a simple arm patch would suffice.
The Mets may say they are doing this for the troops (and I’m sure that they do indeed have some altruistic motives), but this is also a marketing scheme. The news release posted on the team’s website ends with “The new Mets camouflage jersey will go on sale exclusively at the Mets Team Store at Citi Field Friday, November 22.” What a surprise.
It does not say that the proceeds will go towards any military charities, so it is safe to assume the Mets will pocket the profits. Very nice.