During the Mets 2014 opening homestand, they displayed all three of their home uniforms. That is three jerseys in six games. On the upcoming road trip we are sure to see both road jerseys. That is five different uniforms, which is just too many.
No team needs five uniforms. They need to get rid of two of them. But which ones?
Well, here are the home jerseys:
The cream pinstriped jersey introduced a couple of seasons ago is a classic, reminiscent of the early days of the Mets. It is a very sharp look and should not go anywhere.
Everybody loves the new alternate blue uniforms, which essentially replaced the black jerseys that everybody grew to hate. This one, too, should stay.
Then we have the white, which is a nice looking jersey, but the cream uniforms render it obsolete. There is just no need for it anymore and it should be sent backing.
Now to the road uniforms:
The road gray is also a classic, and since they got rid of the black backdrop on the lettering, it also looks like the Mets early uniforms. Of course it stays.
Which brings us to the blue. The road blue does not measure up to the home blue because of the lettering. It is almost a silver and it just looks weird with the blue and orange piping. There is no reason to have two “New York” road uniforms.
What the Mets can do to vary their look on the road is to wear the blue home jerseys on the road sometimes. There is no rule that says a road jersey has to have the city name on it. At various times in their history, the Dodgers road jersey just said “Dodgers,” for example.
So three uniforms — home and away, and an alternate to be worn anywhere. It just makes more sense. Plus it might save some money for the penny-pinching Mets.
Speaking of money, teams introduce different uniforms in part for marketing and sales. Well, they can still sell the white and road blues because they were worn in games. You can probably still find black jerseys somewhere!
While we’re making changes, can we get rid of the alternate hat that the Mets wear with the blue jerseys?
The white backdrop on the “NY” looks wrong, like some cheap knockoff logo. The orange bill is not particularly attractive, either. The classic Mets hat is perfect the way it is, and it goes with the blue jerseys as well.
Also, I am not crazy about the Mr. Met patch on the blue uniforms. We all love Mr. Met as a mascot, but does he really belong on the jersey? It looks kind of silly.