In general, I have no problem with one-off turn-back-the-clock days. For the most part, things are researched and executed pretty well. At first glance, Saturday’s Pirates-Nationals game — which featured both teams wearing Homestead Grays uniforms — looked perfect. (As a bit of background info, the Grays were based in Homestead, Pa., near Pittsburgh, but also played a lot of “home” games in Washington, D.C., hence, both teams wearing Grays uniforms.)
But here’s my pet peeve with Saturday’s unis — and one-off throwbacks in general: They don’t spend the extra $500 and get matching helmets. Dark blue/black caps: cool. Red helmets with current-day Nationals logos on them: lame. I know how much helmets and stickers cost — not that much, especially if you’ve already dropped several thousand dollars on the uniforms. Finish the deal. For the love of obsessive studies of athletics aesthetics, finish the deal.
Totally random side note: Thanks for being generally pleasant and civil while Paul was away last week — it’s much appreciated. I know Vince and I can’t deliver uni news quite like Paul, but we were happy to do so. Thanks again. — Bryan