Good morning, and happy Juneteenth! Hope everyone had a good weekend, as I did.
Now then: The last time the Royals wore their full powder blue throwbacks (including the pants, not just the jersey) was on Opening Day. At the time, they said the plan was for the full powder blues to be one and done, but fan response was so positive that they also said there was a chance they might be worn once more. That’s what happened yesterday, as the Royals decided that MLB’s pale blue chromatic theme provided the perfect opportunity to wear the powder blues. Additional photos here.
In other Father’s Day uni news:
- The Royals weren’t the only team thinking about how to coordinate their wardrobe with the holiday. The Rangers also decided that Father’s Day was the right time for their powder blues:
- The Rays also wore light blue. But first baseman Yandy Díaz seemed to be mixing Mother’s Day with Father’s Day:
- The weirdest development came in Boston, where the Red Sox wore their City Connect uniforms. That makes sense, because that uni includes a lot of light blue — but MLB had already announced that the team’s Father’s Day cap would be based on their primary cap, not the CC cap. That resulted in a very strange jersey/cap combo, although they did wear their CC batting helmets (additional pics here):
- I had been told that there were no Father’s Day socks this year, but that apparently meant that there were no retail socks, because plenty of players wore them on-field (even though it often looked ridiculous). Here’s a sampling:
- But some players, like Angels pitcher Tyler Anderson, wore their teams’ usual socks instead of the holiday hose:
- As usual, the Brewers went the extra mile by rendering all of their batting helmet decals in holiday colors and adding a side decal to match their cap’s side patch:
- Astros skipper Dusty Baker, who usually wears wristbands featuring a rendering of himself, switched to a new design with a depiction of his dad:
- Atlanta catcher Travis d’Arnaud wore a blue mask, as did most plate umpires:
- As you’d expect, some players wore Father’s Day footwear. Atlanta outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr.’s included a little hang tag, which he left on during the game (sort of the shoe equivalent of leaving the sticker on the cap brim):
- Speaking of Atlanta: In a move that isn’t uni-related but still seems relevant, infielder Charlie Culberson’s dad was supposed to throw out the first pitch yesterday, but that plan was scrapped when the team DFA’d Culberson shortly before the game. Ouch.
If there are any holiday gear developments that I missed, feel free to post them in today’s comments. Thnaks!
(My thanks to Ignacio Salazar and Shane Linville for their contributions to this post.)