Tuesday, November 11, 2008

More on the Uniform Changes...

Like I said, I care more about how the team changes on the field -- not so much the wardrobe they wear -- however, some more tidbits came out on the team's new threads courtesy of the Baltimore Sun.

The Orioles' logo and the bird on the team's caps have undergone alterations. There are also changes in each of the team's three jerseys, some more subtle than others. But surely, no change will attract as much attention -- and be met with as much applause -- as the addition of "Baltimore" to the team's road jerseys for the first time in 36 years.

"Anytime we have a situation where our fans are requesting something of the club, we, of course, listen and try to accommodate whenever possible," said Greg Bader, Orioles director of communications. "One of the things that we said is if and when we do engage in some sort of uniform change, it would not be strictly a reactionary move to do something that didn't help our brand and, in turn, help the organization and our fans in that regard."
It's wonderful that the team has been in tandem with the wishes of the fans for a change in the uniform, but I think it also -- more or less -- improves the bottom line and get us all, especially those who stuck through the team through thick or thin to get us at least excited about something.
"Peter Angelos gave us some very clear direction as to what he wanted to see," Bader said. "He wanted to make sure that we honored the past, paid homage to the great history that we have and that we directly showed our connection to our city, our state, our region and to the fans. We need to have a vision, to look to the future. While we make take elements of past looks and uniforms and identity, we should create our own identity based on the path that we are traveling."
At this point, considering how far the team has fallen for many off the sports landscape regionally, it's a nice gesture to at least restore some connection with the team and the community.

If this had been done sooner, perhaps more fans would be willing to spend money -- um, in the park.

And here at the changes...
Home jersey: The Orioles' script across the home whites will stay the same, though two elements have changed. There will be an orange and black stripe around both sleeves and down the pants, replacing a thin, black line in both areas. There will also be a circular patch on the left sleeve, featuring a Maryland flag and the text, "Baltimore Orioles."

Road jersey: "Baltimore" will be across the front of the gray jerseys in orange and outlined in black and in lettering very similar to how "Orioles" is scripted on the home jerseys. The Maryland flag patch on the left sleeve will be surrounded by the text "Orioles baseball." On the right sleeve, the "Orioles" script, which stretches across the home jerseys, will be written in smaller form. The uniform pants will also include orange striping.

Alternate jersey:
The black jerseys the Orioles have worn on most home Fridays since 2005 will have "Baltimore" scripted on the right sleeve and be adorned by the Orioles baseball and Maryland patch on the left one. Bader said that allows the club to wear the alternate jerseys in Friday games on the road, as well as at home. The black cap with an orange brim and "O's" on the front will remain.

Cap/logo: The Orioles will not have a different cap for home and away games next year. Their 2009 cap, which is orange-billed, will feature a slightly different look because of changes made to the team's bird logo. The bird looks more like a traditional oriole with its head tilted upward and it feathers more outstretched and a more pronounced head, chest and neck area. The bird's feet are also more perched rather than flat. The logo will be outlined in gray, eliminating yellow from the team's color schemes. The team's batting helmets will also feature an orange bill rather than being all black like previous season models. The "swinging bird" logo will be on the left sleeve of the player's jackets and warm-up tops.
I don't have a problem at all with the old uniforms -- I prefer a simple and clean look -- I'm not a fan of busy elements at all; thus, it looks like the new threads will be livened up from what we have seen recently.

However, I just hope it's not too busy trying to embrace the state and region.

Sometimes less is more when it comes to jerseys.

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