I’ll get around to baseball in a moment, but first I need to say: In the history of sports, no fan base has ever reacted favorably to the sight of new uniforms. (OK, maybe I exaggerate. San Diego fans might have exulted when the Padres got rid of the brown jerseys. And Georgia folks seemed to like the black jerseys against Auburn in 2007. But not the black helmets against Florida in 2009.) Put simply, this is human nature.
People like familiarity. Every newspaper/magazine/website redesign is always met with scorn, even if it’s clearly an artistic upgrade. That Georgia’s Nike-designed Pro Combat uniforms — unveiled at Photo Day in Athens — are a dramatic change, but that’s kind of the point.
Because — more generalization here — players love new uniforms. (Does that mean players aren’t, you know, people themselves? No, but they get to wear the uniforms, as opposed to behold them.) Players love new uniforms because they make them feel new and sleek.
Esteemed colleague Chip Towers has been chronicling the whole uniform debate, and it’s pretty amusing — but not unexpected. To his credit, Mark Richt gave Bulldog backers two weeks to steel themselves. And then, after the Boise State game is over, it’ll be back to standard uniform procedure for South Carolina. But it gives us something to talk about in the interim, does it not?
OK, about the Braves. They’re going great. They’ve taken five of six against the Giants and Diamondbacks. They’ve thrown a hammerlock on the wild-card race. (They lead by eight games at the moment, meaning they’re closer to Philadelphia than the Giants are to them.) The NL postseason grid is all but set: Phillies, Brewers, Braves and either the Snakes or the Giants.
And with that, the floor’s yours. We can talk baseball. We can talk uniforms. We can even talk baseball uniforms. It’s Sunday, which means the Braves are wearing the red jerseys. Join me, won’t you?
Oh, yeah. Almost forgot. I hate the Braves’ red jerseys.
By Mark Bradley