The Pirates this morning unveiled their new City Connect uniform. The launch had been plagued by numerous leaks over the past several months, all of which turned out to be accurate.
As expected, the design features a yellow cap with a black brim and a sublimated pattern, a yellow “PGH” jersey (with a sublimated gradient that hadn’t been apparent in the leaks), and black pants.
Here’s a closer look at the sublimated pattern on the cap:
Here’s how it looks on the jersey:
The pattern has three elements. Here they are, one at a time:
The city seal that they’re referring to is this, which includes a checkerboard pattern:
Kinda hilarious that they used “asteroid” instead of “hypocycloid.” I guess they wanted it to sound more sci-fi or something. My bad — it’s “astroid,” not “asteroid.” And sure enough, an “astroid” is a type of hypocycloid. Interesting!
Yup, that’s what the rivers look like:
Although it’s harder to see, there’s also a pattern sublimated in the chest lettering and rear numbers. Here’s the breakdown on that:
Here’s what they’re referring to:
I’m proud to say that Uni Watch readers correctly sussed out most of these details based on the earlier leaks.
One other interesting detail: In an apparent MLB first, the city name appears on the right-hip belt tunnel and the team name on the left-hip tunnel:
In short: a fairly basic fauxback-ish Pirates alternate uniform with a bunch of retail “storytelling” silliness that we can safely ignore because none of it will be visible on the field or on TV.
This uniform will make its on-field debut next Tuesday, June 27, and will then be worn for six Friday home games, as follows:
- June 30, against the Brewers
- July 14, against the Giants
- July 28, against the Phillies
- Aug. 11, against the Reds
- Aug. 25, against the Cubs
- Sept. 29, against the Marlins
For additional info on this uniform, look here.
This is the final CC release for this season. There are still 10 teams that have not yet joined the CC program. Those teams — the A’s, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Guardians, Mets, Phillies, Rays, Tigers, Twins, and Yankees — will get their CC uniforms in 2024.