Just like that first fifty degree day or the first time the Mets tweet an image of some random player suiting up in Port St. Lucie, the Spring Training uniform release is just another sign that we are one day closer to Opening Day in Queens.
Well today, we got our first look at those uniforms, and, while they are nearly identical to last year’s, there are some details that are rather noteworthy.
The cap is made of the new breathable Prolight material (which apparently costs $40). While I had high hopes for this material, I’ve had to go up a size, and it feels more like a rain coat than a nice cap.
It’s safe to say this is not my favorite cap, and I’ll be sticking with the AC Polyester material.
The patch, on the other hand, is quite nice. Unlike the “roadsigns” theme from years past, they now have a “home plate” theme, with that beautiful Florida Teal Blue, fantastic!
The uniforms will retain that annoying white name pattern from last year, which didn’t look good on-field, and I was secretly hoping they’d ditch them, but apparently it sells well, and that’s what most important, right?
As you can see, the patch will be a physically embroidered patch this year, like the Mets skyline logo, which is nice, even though I don’t mind chrome during Spring Training (but this would be nice in the Postseason).
So, nothing is really new, but in the uniform world, small and subtle is still interesting to discuss, and that sums up these designs perfectly.