8 Days until Opening Day: Uniforms (Pt.1)
Ascetics have always been an important part of a baseball game to me. I’m very passionate about uniforms, caps and team logos, so much that I was one of the first to discover the Mets new alternate cap and batting practice uniform. So, as we inch closer to Opening Day (eight days!), I thought today would be a good day to showcase all of the Mets caps and uniforms, and give my personal rating on all of them.
First, lets look at the cap changes between last year and this year.
As you can see, the Mets downsized to three caps instead of four. The home alt was re-purposed as a practice cap, and the 1986 cap was cut altogether, though I’m sure we will see it again in the future.
The first cap I’m going to evaluate is the Primary Cap.
Rating: 10/10 (Since 1993)
First off, I should mention that I’m taking the New Era Logo out of consideration for this one. I hate it as much as anyone, but if I criticized that, then nothing would get a good rating. So this cap is basically a 12/10 that went down to a 10/10 with the New Era Logo. Personally, I love the Orange squatchee, I think it’s nice for the time, and the interlocking NY is a timeless, classic look. I wouldn’t change anything about the cap, and I proudly wear it often.
Rating: 8/10 (Since 2017)
I don’t think there is anything wrong with this look at all. I bought it at the Mets team store as early as it was available, and I think it’s a fine look. However, I do believe the design is messing with perfection. Does one really need the white underline? Can’t the Blue Uniforms just get paired with the traditional cap at this point? At least it matches the uniform, orange lettering with white background….
Rating: 8/10 (Since 2015)
I quite like this design as well, and I’m especially happy the Diamond Era is being phased out for the more regular and better fitting AC Polyester fabric. The reason this is an 8/10 however is that I believe the uniform it is paired with looks better with the primary cap, which should render this cap useless. Another issue with this cap (and the older home alternate) is that it was rarely worn in 2016. If this was worn a little more frequently, I think I’d be able to get behind it a little more.