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Friday, March 01, 2019

The Nationals use a mannequin to keep their uniforms straight

I try to avoid “back in my day-ism” as much as possible because it’s simply not a good look on a person. Or a logical approach. Stuff changes, Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse, and a default assumption that it’s always for the worse blinds you to the better. Be open to the possibility that new things can be good before reflexively, and inaccurately, assuming that everything was perfect for a two week period when you were 12 or 22 or whatever.

One has to work at this, however, and we all have areas in which we need to work harder. A particularly tough topic for me is uniforms.

I’m a classicist when it comes to baseball livery. Yes, there are new styles and patterns that I can appreciate once I work through my predispositions, but I have to work and since no one likes to work I tend to default to the basics: clean white home uniforms, basic gray road uniforms and a minimum of solid-colored alternate tops which, frankly, only the Oakland A’s tend to do particularly well. My list of best uniforms skew sharply traditional: I think the Dodgers, Tigers and Yankees — the teams whose uniforms have changed the least over the ages — tend to look better than most teams and always have.

All right, let’s see how many jokes we can make concerning the mannequin and Bryce Harper in the comments!

 

QLE Posted: March 01, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mannequin, nationals, uniforms

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Meet the Man(nequin) Keeping the Nats Uniforms Straight

That’d be the mannequin stationed inside the Washington Nationals’ clubhouse since spring training kicked off. Situated in front of the double doors that lead out to the practice fields, Manny—as he’s known around Nats camp—has one job and one job only: to save ballplayers from making a fashion faux pas.

And he might be making history in the process.

In the past, the Nationals’ dress code du jour was pinned to a bulletin board, posted on a wall across from a fridge full of water bottles. But that was before things got complicated.

This year, Washington’s spring training wardrobe, already more varied than most teams’, expanded even further to feature three caps, three jerseys and two pairs of pants. In other words, on any given day, there are 18 distinct uniform combinations that could be in play. Clearly, the Nats needed a new sartorial security system.

Absurd Joey Blotto Posted: February 27, 2019 at 03:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, uniforms

 

 

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