2011 Nationals New Uniforms

Posted by Cheryl Nichols | 11/11/2010 05:45:00 AM | , , , , , , , , , | 6 comments »

The Washington Nationals unveiled their 2011 new uniforms in an invite-only fashion show in the Stars and Stripes Club at Nationals Park on Wednesday night, November 10. 

Early speculation was that the home white jerseys would change from block letters to script, however, when Ryan Zimmermn and Drew Storen stepped onto the stage wearing the new home bright whites, jaws dropped. Both fans and media seemed surprised to see that "Nationals" had been dropped completely from the uniform and simply has a Curly W on the left chest like the alternate jerseys. 

"I really like the clean look especially the white uniform how the white pops out," Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo told media. "We wanted to go with our base logo and we really think that the Curly W is our brand."


Nationals COO Andrew Feffer explained, "We wanted something unique and different. We don't want to be a 'Me-Too' brand of the Phillies or the Mets or the Braves or anyone else. We wanted something to differentiate ourselves, not only within this marketplace but within baseball. And I think you can see from that it's something very unique and different. And it will stand out. If you lined up all the jerseys of all the teams across a wall and you looked at that, you would immediately see that the Nationals stand out as something different."
The new Nationals Primary Logo

Tyler Clippard is wearing the new ROAD jersey and hat.  The road hat changed from a dark blue solid hat to a two-tone blue with red bill. This jersey looks basically the same as last season, however, piping was moved to the end of the sleeve and the new primary logo was added to left sleeve.

The gold trim has been removed from the numbers and the MLB silhouetted batter colors have changed to red, white and blue.

Jordan Zimmermann is wearing the PATRIOTIC/BLUE ALTERNATE uniforms which will be worn for special occasions, including Memorial Day, Fourth of July and September 11.  The color is a darker blue and the interlocking DC is now a Curly W with stars and stripes. The piping was moved to the end of the sleeve and the new primary logo was added to left sleeve. The road hat will be worn with these uniforms which changed from a dark blue solid hat to a two-tone blue with red bill.
 The gold trim has been removed from the numbers and the MLB silhouetted batter colors have changed to red, white and blue.


 

Ian Desmond and John Lannan are wearing the RED ALTERNATE uniforms which will be worn for Saturday and Sunday home games as well as occasional road games.  These are similar to the reds worn last season. Blue piping was added to the white piping and the new primary logo was added to left sleeve.


The red hat with a white Curly W is the same except that the MLB silhouetted batter colors have changed to red, white and blue.


The gold trim has been removed from the numbers and the MLB silhouetted batter colors have changed to red, white and blue.


Drew Storen and Ryan Zimmerman are wearing the new HOME uniforms which will be worn for weekday home games.  The white is a brighter white, a red Curly W with blue outline was added to left chest and red numbers with blue outline were added to the right chest. Blue and red piping was moved to the placket, piping was moved to end of the sleeve and the new primary logo was added to left sleeve.


Name and numbers are red with blue outline. The gold trim has been removed from the numbers and the MLB silhouetted batter colors have changed to red, white and blue.



Mike Rizzo closed the event by introducing Screech and the Racing Presidents who were also wearing the new jerseys.




Players thoughts on new jerseys -

"I love them. They are all really nice and they did a great job with them." - Jordan Zimmermann

"I definitely like the white ones better." - Ian Desmond

"Like the Dodgers uniforms" - Ryan Zimmerman

"Clean and simple" - Drew Storen

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6 comments

  1. Jenn Jenson // November 11, 2010 at 10:37 AM  

    Great photos, Cheryl.

    I'm pretty sure you win the prize for getting the best smiles.

  2. Anonymous // November 11, 2010 at 11:12 AM  

    They did fine overall but messed up the details. Why a patch with a curly-w right next to the big curly-w? Maybe they should have used the leaked (unused) script "Nationals" on the home Saturday & Sunday red alt jersey?

  3. Cheryl Nichols // November 11, 2010 at 11:49 AM  

    Jenn - Thank you. :)

    Anon 11:12am - Mike Rizzo and Andy Feffer explained that they wanted to go with the Curly W as the primary logo so each jersey has the same patch in the left sleeve. Keeps it consistent. I have always liked the Curly W, but I was surprised that the home whites didn't have Nationals written out. Do you like the new look overall? Which one is your favorite?

  4. Anonymous // November 11, 2010 at 12:07 PM  

    I like the road unis the best, which actually are the only ones that remained virtually unchanged. I would've liked to see them keep DC on the "second alternate" and put Nats on the front with the script like the leaked ones suggested.

    I think it lacks a local feel. The curly W should be on the alternate only. It doesn't appeal as much to the locals IMO, but trying for a broader one. I would also like to see the DC caps again for the alternate ones. I like the changes they have made though to the hats.

    Thanks for the pics!

  5. Kathy // November 11, 2010 at 12:42 PM  

    Seriously, Ryan is so handsome. I love all the jerseys but it certainly helps having eye candy wear it!!!!

  6. Anonymous // November 11, 2010 at 2:27 PM  

    Cathy, he's single!