OK Mets, I get it. You want to sell merchandise. By now I imagine every John Franco fan from Staten Island has bought his black #45 t-shirt, owns three Piazza jerseys and now has a Santana. I’m here to help you make even more money off those guys.
You ask, what brings on yet another rant about black uniforms tonight? From the inbox:
Of course it would make sense for the teams to look different. The NFL would never allow this. Baseball, who cares – everyone wear alt jerseys, screw tradition.
There is a force for evil in Flushing, and Charlie Samuels (the equipment manager) I fear it must be you. You must be the one who dressed the Mets like a softball team from New Jersey today. You must be the one who hates the pinstripes. You must be the one who doesn’t realize you can’t see the NY on the hats on tv when they wear the blue/black hat. (As much as I hate black Mets stuff, the all-black looks better than the hybrids.)
First let me state that I am right (about everything, but especially the black uniforms). I will use as my source the words of…wait for it….the New York Mets!
The Mets’ colors are Dodger blue and Giant orange, symbolic of the return of National League baseball to New York after the Dodgers and Giants moved to California. Blue and Orange are also the official colors of New York State.
So now that we’ve established that black doesn’t belong, but that the Mets need to sell as many “alternate” jerseys as possible to numskulls, let’s look at the options.
1. Wear Blue Jerseys.
They wore blue jerseys in the early 80s. They don’t look so great, but at least they are blue. Slap a Murphy 28 on the back and you’ll move a bunch – so long as Charlie issues them now and then (how about Sundays?)
2. Wear Orange Jerseys.
As I walk around Citi Field I see tons of Santana jerseys. Let’s pull out orange every 5th day and you’ll move a ton. It could even be a quirky tradition that they only wear orange on Santana Day, and when he moves on we can pass the tradition to the next ace. I just made that up on the fly, but I kind of like it.
3. Honor the New York Giants
Invite Willie Mays to come by, and start a tradition where the Mets sometimes wear their New York Retros. These have tons of black, and would pair nicely with the old Giants black/orange caps – so the morons that buy black and blue jerseys can wear these instead. Plus the Mets would actually acknowledge the Giants for a change. Stick a Mets circle logo on the sleeve and change the number font to Mets version so the Cooperstown Collection doesn’t get upset.
So how about it, Mets? We can rid ourselves of the black jerseys and you can still make money and dress in silly color combinations. Deal?