I know, I know, I know. I’m arguing against the best look the Mets have ever had, but hear me out on this one.
This year, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the 1986 Champions team, the Mets added a third alternate to their uniform set, and it was nearly identical to the original uniforms, down to the helmet squatchee, name plate, and underbrim.
The uniforms also had some interesting modern day quirks, like no breathable underarm and an off-set Majestic logo, which looked beautiful on Sunday day games, the day that they were worn at home throughout the season and during the 1986 weekend back in May.
Everyone enjoyed the alternate throwbacks, or “racing stripes” as they are called, and trust me I was one of them. I purchased a Cool Base version during the last regular season game of the year, and they were frequently sold out, so I’m assuming they sold well, however, I hope that we don’t see the racing stripes return in 2017, and here’s some reasons why:
The best part of the racing stripes uniform is that they are very rarely brought out. I remember how awesome it was in 2006 when the Mets wore the racing stripes uniform for one game. Everytime we see them trot on to the field with the famous stripes, my family and I invoke in historical conversations about the older teams, and it’s limited use is kind of the niche of the whole look.
It’s not the 2017 Mets Uniform. Yes, the Pirates wear heritage uniforms on Sunday as well, but that look is the 1980’s Mets look, not out look. We wear perfectly acceptable pinstripes, a classic road gray, and a visually appealing alternate set of Blues. That’s the look of this generation of Mets, and, if the Mets want to change every uniform to include racing stripes, so be it, I won’t complain, but, I’m more than content with the current uniform set.
It would need adjusting. While it’s an awesome look, there are some issues. First off, the 1986 patch celebrating the 1969 team works for a throwback celebrating 30 years since the 1986 team, as it’s the uniform they wore in 1986, but in 2017 it would be strange to have that patch on the uniform, as it’s not like the Mets wore the 1969 patch in 1987, or any other year that they wore the pinstripes that wasn’t 1986. Also, I’d really hate to see New Era logo on the classic cap with the gray underbrim (even though since it’s a throwback, the cap might be exempt from the logo, but I doubt it.)
It wouldn’t be as special next time we find the occasion to wear them. Yes, I was thrilled when they wore them for the first time in April versus the Phillies, I loved seeing them during the 1986 weekend, and all the way through the end of the year, but they became less and less special as every week went past. I always loved seeing them, just slightly less and less as the season progressed, I mean, when they gave away the Mike Piazza bobblehead on his weekend in July, it was strange how we wore 1986 throwbacks. Putting them away now will let us gain excitement for the next time we turn back the clock.
Maybe I’m being to harsh, I mean, I love the racing stripes, and I wouldn’t protest if they threw racing stripes on all of the uniforms, but if I was the man in charge (which I’m obviously not), I’d put them away for a little while, just so the fans continue to enjoy them, and so that they remain the uniforms of the 80’s, not the uniforms of the 80’s and 2016-2018, which could ruin their legacy.
I do, however, like the idea of a Sunday alternate. Perhaps the home blues, which were only worn four times in 2016, can become that uniform.