Looks like we may have a dreaded “retail leak” of another piece of the Pirates City Connect uniform. 😬
Wouldn’t say the jersey being gold is a foregone conclusion. In comparison to other, already released team shirts in this style, secondary color options are also being… pic.twitter.com/NzsYom0z4e
— Pittsburgh Clothing Company (@PGHClothingCo) May 1, 2023
The Pirates aren’t scheduled to unveil their City Connect uniform until June 22, but we may have gotten a hint about the design via a T-shirt leak that began circulating yesterday.
As noted in the tweet embedded above, the yellow shirt doesn’t necessarily indicate that the CC jersey will be yellow. (Indeed, our first hint about Atlanta’s CC design came from a blue T-shirt leak, and that jersey eventually turned out to be white.) Still, let’s take a closer look at the T-shirt and see what we can glean, starting with the front design:
My first thought: It appears as though the lettering is arched from below, which would match the style of the Pirates’ jersey lettering from 1997 through 2005, plus it also matches the lettering style of a plaque found on the Roberto Clemente Bridge:
Also, if you look closely, you can see that there’s some sort of pattern in the T-shirt lettering:
As Twitter-er Brad Scott points out, that pattern appears to match a symbol found on a light tower at the foot of the Clemente Bridge:
I don’t know what that symbol represents. Anyone..?
Now let’s look at the back of the T-shirt:
I have no clue about the back design, except I’m pretty sure I don’t like the typeface.
I have one major thought about all this: If this uniform is going to include any visual references to the Clemente Bridge, it is imperative that they find a way to incorporate the bridge’s bike lane symbol into the design. Why? Because it’s the world’s coolest bike lane symbol:
Wouldn’t that make a nifty sleeve patch? I’m gonna hold out hope for that until the inevitably disappointing unveiling next month.
(My thanks to Twitter-er @nrkastroll for bringing this leak to my attention.)