As you may recall, we learned back in December that the Dodgers’ jersey script, which used to break between the “o” and the “d,” will be breaking through the “d” (a much worse-looking state of affairs) in Nike’s new tailoring template.
But over the last five days or so, lots of people have checked in with me to ask if the script break had been restored to the old version. The short answer is no — I’ve confirmed with the team that the “New” version shown above is what we’ll be seeing on the field this year. But I understand why people mistakenly thought the issue had been fixed, because there were two separate indicators that have been sowing confusion.
Let’s start with…
The Dodgers held their annual DodgerFest event this past weekend. Lots of players were on hand, and all of them were wearing jerseys with the old script break, between the “o” and the “d”:
Looks like they fixed the script break, right? That led to a lot of inquiries like this one:
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Unfortunately, all of those players were wearing last year’s jerseys in the old template. If you look closely, you’ll see that there’s no sun collar, the placket seams are wider, and the front numbers are bigger and aren’t perforated. I’m not sure why the Dodgers didn’t give the players new-template jerseys (especially since they’ve used the new template for other public occasions), but that’s the choice they made.
So that’s the first reason people have been understandably confused about the Dodgers’ script. As for the other reason…
2. The Nike Ads
Nike has been running lots of ads for its new “Vapor Limited” jerseys — that’s Nike-speak for a replica-level product, not an authentic. And as you can see above, they’ve been using a photo (not a mock-up) that clearly shows the script breaking between the “o” and the “d.” Problem solved, right?
Nope. I don’t know why the replica-level jerseys have the old script break, but I’ve confirmed with the Dodgers that the on-field jersey will definitely have the split “d,” and that’s that. If you look closely at the mock-up for the Elite retail jersey (that’s Nike-speak for “authentic”), you can see that it does indeed show the placket running through the “d”:
I’m not sure why the replica and authentic jerseys have different script breaks (and honestly, I don’t even care, except to the extent that it’s caused confusion about what the team will be wearing on the field), but I’ve asked a Fanatics rep about this. He replied, “Ha — that is quite the Uni Watch question! Let me see if I can find out.” Stay tuned.
Bottom line: Despite two different indicators to the contrary, the Dodgers have not fixed the script break, and we’ll be stuck looking at that stupid two-piece “d” for the foreseeable future. Also: We now know for sure that the placket breaks shown on new-template replica/Limited jerseys are not necessarily indicative of the on-field versions.
Meanwhile, getting back to DodgerFest for a minute, Uni Watch reader Austin Donley attended the event and did some side-by-side jersey comparisons of the old shade of white and Nike’s new shade of not-quite-white (and as you can see, he was using an authentic new-template jersey, with the split “d” and the perforated numerals):
Thanks to the new template and the crummy script break, I’m fairly certain I’ve run more Dodgers-related content over the past six weeks or so than in the previous several years combined!