The Cardinals have a classic uniform, and they know not to mess with it too much. So, when I first heard about how they’d introduced new home alternates to be worn for Saturday home games, I was a bit apprehensive, hoping it wouldn’t be an awful bright red jersey like the ones used by the Braves and Red Sox.
I needn’t have worried.
The new jersey is cream colored (which is kind of hard to see in this image) and a sort of “Fauxback”. It’s based on a 1930′s Cardinals road jersey, but that was only used as inspiration… this jersey is not meant to duplicate that uniform.
I have to say, this is one of the nicer alts in the Majors. I would definitely buy one if I were a Cardinals fan. I think it might actually look a little better as a “off the rack” jersey; I’m not sure the number on the front doesn’t detract from it a tiny bit.
The one thing I will say is that this jersey makes it 16 teams – more than half – which have placket piping on at least one of their jerseys.
Other changes introduced by the Cardinals:
- The navy blue cap is now an alternate, not a road cap.
- The TV numbers on the front are slightly smaller than they used to be.
- The chain-stitched “Birds On A Bat” logo is supposed to be more detailed, but I haven’t seen any images which illustrate that.