The Cubs and Cardinals are playing two games in London this weekend. Here are the key uni-notable details from the first game.
1. Home vs. Home
The Cardinals are the home team for both of these games, so they wore their usual Saturday home uniform. In a surprise (at least to me), the Cubs also wore their home pinstripes, creating a home vs. home matchup. Here’s how it looked in action:
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 24, 2023
This isn’t unprecedented for a London game. In 2019, the Yankees and Red Sox also went home vs. home. The Sox were the home team for those games, but the thinking was that MLB wanted the Brits to be able to see the famous Yankee pinstripes. Not sure what the rationale was this time around, but it’s an odd way to present America’s pastime to a foreign audience.
It’s not yet clear, at least to me, which uniforms will be worn for the Sunday game.
2. Cap Patches
Both teams wore MLB World Tour patches on the right side of their caps.
3. Right-Sleeve Patches
The MLB Would Tour patch was repeated on each team’s right sleeve.
4. Left-Sleeve Advertisements
The Cubs replaced their usual walking bear left-sleeve patch with a series-specific ad for Advocate Health Care. The Cards kept their existing Stifel sleeve ad, but with a slight twist: They usually alternate it from sleeve to sleeve depending on the player’s handedness, in order to maximize TV exposure, but it’s consistently on the left sleeve for the London games.
5. Helmet Advertisements
Almost all MLB games played outside of the USA and Canada for the past 23 years have featured helmet advertising, and this London series is no different. The ads alternate sides based on whether the player bats left- or right-handed.
(If you want to see a rundown on the uni ads used in previous non-USA/Canada games, look here.)
Also notable: the way West Ham United’s stadium was transformed into a baseball venue for this series. There’s a good overview of that process here.
(My thanks to Tim Dunn for the stadium article.)