According to a report from ESPNNewYork.com, the Mets are planning to use those blue uniforms worn earlier this month during “Fiesta Latina” on a “limited basis” next season. Hopefully this will eventually lead to the death of those dreadful black alternate uniforms.
The Mets will be wearing these blue jerseys next season. Hopefully Ryota Igarashi will not.
“We did receive quite a bit of feedback, almost all of it anecdotal, but fairly extensive and fairly uniformly positive about the blue jersey,” Mets VP Dave Howard told the website. “It’s something we wanted to try. We had been discussing it internally. And we had been hearing from fans — and observing on blogs and things like that — of people having a view that they’d like to see more of the blue and orange.”
Yes blue and orange, which are the Mets colors, not black. Those uniforms never made any sense. Black is not, and has never been, a Mets color (don’t get me started on the black outfield wall at Citi Field). I know a lot of people are nostalgic for the black uniforms because they wore them during the 1999 and 2000 seasons — the only time the Mets made the playoffs in consecutive years — but I just think they’re awful.
However, the new blues doesn’t necessarily mean the old blacks will be going to a well-deserved grave.
“It’s something where we could potentially wear both. I’m not saying what we would decide to do, but we could use both,” Howard said. “The black jersey still is popular at retail, so people are still buying it. It’s still something fans do purchase and do wear.”
Incidentally, the blue jerseys cannot be an official alternate for 2012 because the Mets missed the deadline to tell the league. But they can be used on special occasions next season, and will likely become official for 2013.
I’ve had a feeling for a while that the Mets would get rid of the black jerseys next season. It is a good time to do it. It is the 50th anniversary, and the Mets can say they are celebrating by “going back to the basics.” Either way, changes will be made.
“We are planning on actually doing some modifications to our uniform palette for next year as part of our 50th anniversary celebration,” Howard said. “That’s something we’ll announce, I think, after the season. The plan is to unveil it in November.”
While they’re at it, the Mets should get rid of these two hat logos as well.
I don’t like the black, obviously, nor do I like the white. I always thought these looked like phony knock-off logos.
The Mets have a history of ignoring their history. It’s time to change and honor it.