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Friday, February 17, 2017

Rockies’ new color of purple drawing mixed reviews in clubhouse – The Denver Post

Now it’s actually purple.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 17, 2017 at 08:17 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: February 17, 2017 at 08:30 AM (#5403551)
Based on that photo I think I prefer the older color.

I remember back in the 80s in the Red Sox yearbook they would ask the players a bunch of questions. One of them was "what is your favorite uniform" to which Dwight Evans answered "any Major League uniform" which I liked.
   2. Astroenteritis Posted: February 17, 2017 at 08:40 AM (#5403558)
Since purple is my favorite color I like the new ones much more. Purple uniforms tend to not look very purple in less than ideal lighting, but this one should hold up better.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 17, 2017 at 08:43 AM (#5403563)
That's a nice Prince tribute.
   4. PreservedFish Posted: February 17, 2017 at 09:34 AM (#5403597)
I like it. Go Purple. Why not?
   5. Tom Nawrocki Posted: February 17, 2017 at 11:15 AM (#5403694)
I'm a Northwestern alum and a Rockies fan. I love purple.

But honestly, I never noticed anything wrong with the Rox' original shade of purple.
   6. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 17, 2017 at 11:39 AM (#5403732)
But honestly, I never noticed anything wrong with the Rox' original shade of purple.

It was blue.
   7. Bote Man Posted: February 17, 2017 at 11:51 AM (#5403751)
Shouldof gone with lavender to get the womyn on board.
   8. zack Posted: February 17, 2017 at 12:21 PM (#5403789)
Much better, the old color was way too navy (especially at night), and there is far too much navy in baseball.
   9. Tom Nawrocki Posted: February 17, 2017 at 12:36 PM (#5403806)
It was blue.


Nah, it was purple. I have a Dexter Fowler t-shirt that I wear all the time that is definitely purple. No one ever thought I was wearing blue.

This might be why you were confused: "On TV, Why Is Purple Blue?"
   10. Perry Posted: February 17, 2017 at 03:06 PM (#5403924)
Nah, it was purple. I have a Dexter Fowler t-shirt that I wear all the time that is definitely purple. No one ever thought I was wearing blue.


In person, you're right. But on TV, it definitely looked blue sometimes, especially at night. And the reality is that more people see them on TV than in person, so looking right on TV is important. That said, I preferred the former, darker shade.

Of course, the REAL solution is to scrap the purple tops altogether and just wear their (very nice) white pinstriped unis at home and gray on the road, and keep purple only as a trim color, in whatever shade.
   11. Ziggy: The Platonic Form of Russell Branyan Posted: February 17, 2017 at 03:12 PM (#5403932)
Today I learned that I'm colorblind.
   12. Styles P. Deadball Posted: February 17, 2017 at 03:18 PM (#5403941)
I've taught at a school for 20 years that has purple & white as our colors and it is a major pain in the ass to match up the shades of purple out there. Our baseball stuff (which looks amazing) is more like the new Rockies purple while our football stuff looks like the older, bluer version.

Our football head coach hates when I wear my baseball jacket on Friday nights (he says it's not our purple). Too bad. The baseball program has better looking stuff. I'm not wearing the goofy low profile Nike hats that the football staff receives, either. Those are for practice.
   13. Greg Pope Posted: February 17, 2017 at 03:21 PM (#5403945)
It was blue.

Nah, it was purple.


I thought it was white and gold.
   14. Perry Posted: February 17, 2017 at 03:58 PM (#5403984)
I've taught at a school for 20 years that has purple & white as our colors and it is a major pain in the ass to match up the shades of purple out there. Our baseball stuff (which looks amazing) is more like the new Rockies purple while our football stuff looks like the older, bluer version.


When I was in high school in the early 70s my high school's colors were purple and gold, as they had been since forever. In 2013 when I went to a class reunion for the first time I was shocked to learn they were now blue and gold. Reason: They had such a hard time getting a consistent shade of purple, they changed the school colors. Purple must just be a hard color to work with.
   15. Greg Pope Posted: February 17, 2017 at 04:40 PM (#5404019)
They had such a hard time getting a consistent shade of purple, they changed the school colors.

I think that the Netherlands flag used to be orange, white, and blue, but the orange wouldn't stay orange in the sun or the weather or something. So they changed it to red.
   16. BDC Posted: February 17, 2017 at 04:53 PM (#5404023)
That purple-as-blue effect was bizarre the one time I watched the Vikings in Cowboys Stadium with the huge video board – like it's not the same team in replay that it was live.
   17. Zach Posted: February 17, 2017 at 05:14 PM (#5404034)
They should have gone with Imperial Purple.
   18. Bote Man Posted: February 17, 2017 at 08:15 PM (#5404163)
the orange wouldn't stay orange in the sun or the weather or something. So they changed it to red.

It used to be that on bumper stickers the red components (letters, graphics) would quickly fade in the Sun, which could be comical depending on what the red letters were. I don't know if a different red dye is used these days, but it was fun during political season back in the day.

Pantone makes its living off ensuring that the color you want is the color you get from the printer. There is also the electronic presentation of color which has its own hazards.

Cameramen frequently check the white balance of their cameras during a game to ensure consistent color registration, so maybe the Rockies' home network could diddle with their color processing to make the purple more purlper?
   19. Styles P. Deadball Posted: February 18, 2017 at 10:06 AM (#5404269)
When I was in high school in the early 70s my high school's colors were purple and gold, as they had been since forever. In 2013 when I went to a class reunion for the first time I was shocked to learn they were now blue and gold. Reason: They had such a hard time getting a consistent shade of purple, they changed the school colors. Purple must just be a hard color to work with.


I didn't plan to mention it, but my high school was also purple & white (with gold, silver, or black as accents depending on the era). I found out not too long ago that the school was officially always purple & white, but wore navy blue for years (in the 60s mostly) for that reason. By the time I was there in the 80's, we were purple again.

It's not quite as big a deal as it used to be, because schools get new uniforms so much more often now. In the old days (up to about 10 years ago), schools would wear the same uniforms for up to ten years, so the onus would be on matching replacements to what you already had. Now, schools have a bunch of different color/uniform combos and add something every year, even if they don't junk the old stuff or pass it down to the sophomores.

For example, I teach in a relatively small school (about 600 students). Our football team has purple, white, black, and grey jerseys to go along with purple, white, and black pants. We never wear the same combo twice in a season. Baseball has white, gray, black, camo, and purple jerseys with white, gray, and black pants. Some combos we wear more than others, but with three hats and two different pairs of socks, we rarely wear the same thing, either.

When I was in HS playing baseball, we wore white at home and gray on the road.

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