I have no problems with the decision to add an alternate home jersey. My own personal opinion, though, would be that it become an alternate road jersey for Saturday games well.
Is everybody going to be happy about this jersey? I don’t know. It’s retro and old-school so I don’t have any major issues with it.
“We are excited about the new uniforms,” announced Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III. “We think the design improvements will be popular with both players and fans — particularly the addition of the alternate jersey on home Saturdays.”
According to a press release by the Cardinals, the traditional home and road jerseys will see some upgrades as well:
All the team’s jerseys (home, road, home alternate) will feature more detail in the embroidery, consistent with the graphical logo used by the club since 1998. The richer detail is made possible by advances in the manufacturing process. In addition to being one of the most recognized logos in baseball, the iconic Cardinals Birds on Bat logo is one of the highest quality logos in MLB. It is produced using chenille stitching directly embroidered onto the jersey, a more painstaking method than the traditional twill patch application used by other teams.
The size of the jersey numbers drop from 4 inches to 3.5 inches. When one comes to think about it, it’s not that much of a change.
Now the one change I don’t like: removing the navy caps as the main cap on the road. I don’t like this one bit. I don’t think I’m alone. Per the Cardinals, the navy cap will become an alternate on the road.
Meanwhile the Cardinals team store at Busch Stadium will have extended hours on Black Friday this week as they will open up at 8 PM and close at 6 PM. Don’t be that crazy shopper who starts camping out on Thursday.