- From left: Desmond, Clippard, Storen, Jordan Zimmermann, Lannan, and Ryan Zimmerman model the Nationals new uniforms for the 2011 season.
All right, you've waited all week for the Nationals to unveil their new uniforms, and no doubt you've worked on a couple designs of your own while you've waited. And finally, after much anticipation, the Washington Nationals unveiled their new uniforms for the 2011 season Wednesday night at a special fashion show and cocktail party attended by a few hundred season ticket holders, sponsors, VIPs, much of the local media, and, of course, Nationals brass.
A breakdown of the uniforms is after the jump. TBD's own Jenny Rogers was also there to talk fashion with some of the Nats. Her edition of the List is here.
As you might have already been able to guess, the white uniforms (modeled by Ryan Zimmerman and Drew Storen) are the primary home jerseys and will be worn on weekdays. The gray jerseys (Tyler Clippard) are the primary road jerseys, while the red jerseys (Ian Desmond and John Lannan) are the alternate home look and will be worn on Saturdays and Sundays. The blue jersey worn by Jordan Zimmermann is the special "patriotic" jersey and will be worn on special occasions (Memorial Day weekend, July 4th weekend, September 11th).
Some general notes:
-The piping has been moved to the end of the sleeves.
-The blue road cap with the red bill will be worn with both the primary gray road uniforms and the special blue "patriotic" uniforms.
-The team's new primary logo, which you might be able to make out on the screen behind the players and on the left sleeve of the jersey worn by Ryan Zimmerman, is a red curly "W" on a plain white background enclosed by the words "Washington Nationals" written in white block letters (I'm sure all you copy-editing nerds can tell what kind of font it is) on a blue circular background with red and white trim. Only the gray primary road jersey has writing other than the curly "W," with "Washington" written in script on its front. This logo change is a shrewd one, as it drastically lowers the chances of this ever happening again (unless, of course, the Nats uniform people can't spell "Washington").
UPDATE-12:00 a.m.: Ian Koski over at Nats Daily News has a better look at the new primary logo, with a side-by-side comparison to the old one.
-There's no gold anywhere to be found. Unlike last year, when gold trim could be found on all the jerseys (home, road, alternate, and patriotic), this year the front office appears to have put the kibosh on that. "I never understood that," general manager Mike Rizzo told the media after the unveiling show. "We're in Washington D.C., the nation's capital, red, white, and blue -- and we have gold on our jerseys."
-Instead of the gold, there's lots of alternating red, white and blue piping (blue and white with the red jerseys, red and blue with the whites, and red and white with the patriotic blue). Only the gray primary road jersey lacks piping along the placket, though it does have red piping along the sleeves.
-Not to keep harping on this, but yeah, that's a lot of curly "W"s. It's an understandable change for practical reasons (see above), not to mention the fact that now no one can possibly miss the connection when radio guy Charlie Slowes announces that "a curly W is in the books" after every Nats win.
"Our ability to develop the Curly W into something that's iconic and instantly recognizable and understood is exactly what we're about," Nats COO Andy Feffer said Wednesday night.
"The curly W is our logo," Rizzo said flatly. "And we decided to go with that."
-Ryan Zimmerman, who lost out to Scott Rolen in the balloting for the NL Gold Glove Award among third basemen, took his loss in stride when asked about it by reporters. "You never think that you're supposed to win one of those [awards] because it's so tough," he said. "Scott's one of those guys I looked up to as a younger player. He's a model of consistency."
Zimmerman also expressed hope that the Nationals would be able to keep free-agent first baseman Adam Dunn, as well as sign free-agent starting pitcher Cliff Lee (Rizzo had previously said, rather cryptically, of the Nationals' free agent plans, "We have a lot of irons in the fire"). When I asked him which of the two he would rather have if he were starting a team, Zimmerman responded thus: "We have Stephen Strasburg. We already have the guy you'd want to start a team."