MLB City Connect Uniforms: Where Do Cubs Uniforms Rank Among New Nike Jerseys?
City Connect hopes to connect with a new generation.
Baseball, long stuck in its radical, traditionalist ways, is doing something cool alongside Nike in 2021 and the years to come: All 30 MLB teams are given some really sick alternative uniforms, dubbed the “City Connect” line. , which are supposed to capture the essence and reputation of the cities represented by the teams.
So far in 2021, four of the teams’ uniforms have been unveiled, with three more to come next month. The Red Sox, Marlins, White Sox and Cubs all got new alternate looks, with the Giants, Diamondbacks and Dodgers still on the reveal list.
Really, this is a welcome sight for MLB and its partnership with Nike: one of the easiest ways for MLB to catch the eye, sell merchandise, and push the game into a new generation is to push back. the limits with its fashion choices.
Of the four uniforms released so far, all have been refreshing – albeit a bit jarring – designs. The Red Sox were the first, swapping their iconic red and white for a Boston Marathon-inspired look, and Nike hasn’t looked back since. Sort of.
Thus, on the four uniforms published, here is their classification:
Nike City Connect Outfits
4. Bear cubs
Cubbies cannot own all of Chicago – or even the best City Connect uniform in Windy City this year – but the look is pretty pretty.
While muted blue is OK, there is something cool about seeing “Wrigleyville” on the front of uniforms in the same font as the famous Wrigley Field marquee. Hats are great too.
Where the Cubs are losing points is the real lack of design inspiration: as the uniforms campaign tries to make it look like “Wrigleyville” is the focal point of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods (or something like that). ), the reasoning is… really just a little weak. There is no “connection” here. Just a branding image for the stadium.
Best uniform characteristic: The hats, featuring the Chicago six-pointed star, are instantly some of the best in baseball.
Worst uniform characteristic: Blue is a bit dull and lifeless, especially compared to the other uniforms on this list. Maybe they really should have gone for ivy green.
3. Red Sox
Inspired by the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the Red Sox traded their iconic white and red for yellow and blue, the city’s iconic colors. The idea is definitely out of the box and even though the socks (or sox) weren’t red, they are quite appealing.
The Red Sox have gone bold with colors that don’t match their uniform palette but mean something to the city of Boston, and they wore them for Patriots Day this year. The font on the chest reflects the stencil on Boylston Street, the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
It’s always best to be bold with uniform designs, and these, while wobbling on the edge of “not that”, are certainly a welcome look for the Red Sox.
Best uniform characteristic: The bold new colors may not be familiar to Red Sox fans, but they are familiar to Bostonians.
Worst uniform characteristic: But really, no red at all? We feel a bit missed.
2. White Sox
Really, the White Sox City uniforms could be tied for No.1 here, but there’s something about the “Southside” outfit that doesn’t fit. But, overall, they’re some of the best redesigns yet.
Fortunately, Nike didn’t play around with the Sox ‘classic black, white and silver color scheme unnecessarily, pairing this palette with their Gothic “Southside” logo writing on the chest. Overall, the uniforms are true to the franchise, but still offer a really fresh look and a good feel for some of the best uniforms in baseball.
Where they lose points: they probably could have done without the stripes. There is something wrong with them that hurts their eyes.
The hats, which simply say “Chi”, are also not afraid of the city’s attitude and reputation. This is how you embrace the spirit of a city with a personality. Take notes, Cubs.
Best uniform characteristic: The “textured” uniforms that represent the architectural style of the city are just … * chef’s kiss. *
Worst uniform characteristic: Maybe they could have done without the scratches?
The Marlins who have gone for more black in their uniforms compared to the actual colors of the Miami palette in recent years is a bummer, but their city uniforms are not. Add to that the fact that the Marlins have graced the history of the former minor league baseball club, the Havana Sugar Kings, and you have a recipe that mixes together perfectly.
The Marlins go for a bright red (“Legacy” red), paying homage to the Sugar Kings, in addition to a shoulder patch that also reflects the patch of the departed team.
Yet the very design of the uniforms is closely tied to the rich history of the Havana-based baseball club that tried to break into the majors. This is how you create an alternative uniform: a new design with real meaning. Great job, Marlins.
Best uniform characteristic: The “Miami Marlins” patch, which is made to look like the Sugar Kings logo.
Worst uniform characteristic: They will only wear them occasionally.