The Orioles this morning unveiled their new City Connect uniform. Here are the primary takeaways, as shown above:
- The jersey leak from earlier this month turned out to be accurate.
- As we suspected, they’re going with a script “B” cap, similar to what Buck Showalter wanted them to have when he was skippering the team 10 years ago.
- I had actually convinced myself that they’d go with orange pants — in part because it would look more like a real-life oriole, and in part because I figured there was no way they’d go mono-black, especially with such a plain jersey — but it turns out that they’re going mono-black.
Those are the basics. Here are the details:
Looks nice enough (although it would look even better with an orange “B”). Buck Showalter must be smiling.
There’s also a matching batting helmet:
At first glance, there’s very little going on here. But it turns out that the sleeve cuffs and collar have a colorful interior lining (supposedly symbolizing how Baltimore’s mosaic of neighborhoods is more interesting on the inside than it may seem at first glance to outsiders, or some such silliness):
So if the players roll up their sleeves and/or leave their jerseys unbuttoned, there are flashes of color, like so:
As for the dots and speckles on the chest lettering: “The speckled details and imperfections represent the shared grit the Orioles and the Baltimore community possess.” Insert eye-roll emoji here. (You can see the rest of the “storytelling” here.)
Also: Note that the “B” sleeve patch sometimes appears on the right sleeve and sometimes on the left. You know what that means.
The Pants and Socks
This uni release is just a jersey/cap lifestyle merch dump, so they barely bothered to show anything below the waist. This shot is intriguing, though:
Can’t tell if the colored pattern is on the interior of the pant cuffs or the top of the socks. Either way, it appears that high-cuffed players will have some additional flashes of color.
In short: No baseball stories in this one — just full-on tourism-bureau stuff. As for the aesthetics, I think it’s hideous, but I’m not the target audience, obviously.
This uniform will make its on-field debut this Friday, May 26. It will be worn again the next day, and then for most of the Orioles’ remaining Friday home games. You can see a list of those games here.
Just one more 2023 CC unveiling remaining, for the Pirates. As you may recall, we saw a possible T-shirt leak earlier this month. The official unveiling is scheduled for June 22 — one month from today.