The Pirates’ City Connect uniform was the subject of four separate leaks and a full-blown unveiling. Despite all of that, they managed to keep one surprise under wraps until last night’s on-field debut: the helmet design.
As you can see above, the CC helmet has a two-tone shell that looks spray-painted (sort of like history’s worst NFL helmet) and the same “PGH” lettering as the jersey — even though the cap just has the team’s regular “P” mark:
Here are some additional looks at the helmet, from various angles:
Well that’s certainly, uh, something. But the weirdest thing is that we sometimes complain about teams not going the extra mile to match their batting helmets to their special-occasion cap designs, but in this case it’s the other way around! Why would you go out of your way to create a distinct batting helmet logo if you’re not gonna do the same for your cap? Bizarre.
Meanwhile, I noticed something else strange about these uniforms: The MLB logo on the rear jersey collar is solid black:
Or at least it appears to be solid black. With the right lighting and a professional photographer, you can make out the silhouetted batter (which is more than we can say for the sublimated pattern in the numbers):
As it turns out, the logo on the back of the cap has the same treatment:
The logo situation was visible in the unveiling pics, but I didn’t notice it until watching last night’s game.
Meanwhile: The opposing team, the Padres, wore their tan road uniforms, making this the rare MLB game in which neither team wore white or grey: