The Washington Nationals are approaching their seventh season since moving to DC from Montreal and are unveiling the fourth round of jersey changes on Wednesday night, November 10.

Washington Nationals players Tyler Clippard, Ian Desmond, John Lannan, Drew Storen, Ryan Zimmerman and Jordan Zimmermann will join Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo in unveiling the team’s new uniforms during an exclusive fashion show.

This first-of-its-kind event at the ballpark will include a pre-show cocktail reception and raffle drawing. Following the fashion show, invited guests will have the opportunity to mingle with players and purchase the new jerseys. The invitation-only affair will be held from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Stars and Stripes Club at Nationals Park. 

Nationals players will also take part in an autograph session the next morning, Thursday, November 11, at the Nationals Park Team Store. Select players will be on hand to sign autographs and meet fans from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (one player each half hour).

The Nationals Park Team Store will be the ONLY place in town to purchase new Nationals jerseys from November 11 to November 17. Fans will also receive 15% off the price of a new Nationals jersey when they trade in any MLB jersey at the Team Store through December 1.

STORE HOURS:
Thursday, Nov. 11 – Saturday, Nov. 20: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 22 – Friday, Nov. 31: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Store will be closed on Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Hours are subject to change.

There is a lot of speculation as to what will be revealed on Wednesday night.  The inaugural season of 2005 introduced the home whites with block letters and that is the only uniform that has remained the same (except for changing fabric to quick-dry). Many think that the home whites will change the block letter to script and remove the gold. 

Photos of the prototype jersey were circulated on Twitter over the last couple of weeks and I was not sure of the origin, however, thanks to a comment on this post, got my answer and have removed the photos. You can see the prototype jersey here, which is pretty much what I was expecting to see tonight. What do you think?  Could the hat look like this?

Keep in mind that players may change their numbers too so wait to confirm before purchasing a jersey. There are plenty of fans that bought the Zimmerman #25 jerseys after Ryan wore that number during his September call up in 2005, however, changed to #11 in 2006.  Pitcher Drew Storen announced that he changed his number from #58 to #25.


Here is a stroll down memory lane for you of the previous jersey unveilings in 2005 and 2008.

After the first season, the Nationals unveiled new blue spring training jerseys and caps with interlocking DC and the red alternated and cap with interlocking DC.  The November 19, 2005 event was open to the public at Modell's in the Springfield Mall.  Charlie Slowes was emcee and Nationals OF Jose Guillen and Relief Pitcher Gary Majewski modeled the new jerseys for fans. If you missed the event, here are a few photos and video. Enjoy.

Fans at Modell's at Springfield Mall, 11/19/2005



OF Jose Guillen and RRP Gary Majewski about to unveil new jerseys in 11/19/2005

Gary Majewski modeling the new blue spring training jersey
and cap with interlocking DC, 11/19/2005

Charlie Slowes with Jose Guillen modeling the
new red alternate jersey and cap with interlocking DC, 11/19/200

Jose Guillen posing for fans, 11/19/2005

Gary Majewski and Jose Guillen signing for fans, 11/19/2005

Fans watching the jersey unveiling at Modell's at Springfield Mall, 11/19/2005

"Baby" Screech was there too, 11/19/2005

The Nationals unveiled the long-awaited away greys with the Washington script on November 6, 2008 at an event open to the public at ESPN Zone downtown Washington, DC.

The red alternate jerseys made the change from interlocking DC to a Curly W and added white piping.  A second alternate jersey was introduced -- the blue stars and stripes interlocking DC jersey was designated to be worn for military nights and holidays such as Fourth of July.

Charlie Slowes was emcee and Nationals Manager Manny Acta and OF Lastings Milledge modeled the new jerseys for fans. If you missed the event, here are a few photos.

Fans waiting for unveiling, 11/06/2008

Lastings Milledge with new script away grey jersey, 11/06/2008

OF Lastings Milledge and Manager Manny Acta
took questions from fans, 11/06/2008

Milledge and Nats Pack model new jerseys, 11/06/2008

Fan waiting for autographs, 11/06/2008 

Long line of fans waiting for autographs, 11/06/2008

NEW: Red alternate changed from interlocking DC to
Curly W and added white piping, 11/06/2008

NEW: Away greys with Washington and no more gold, 11/06/2008
 
NEW: Second alternate jersey - Blue with a stars and stripes interlocking DC, 11/06/2008

 
Home whites remained the same except changed fabric, 11/06/2008


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Nats News Network. All Rights Reserved.

7 comments

  1. Anonymous // November 10, 2010 at 11:23 AM  

    For a team that doesn't have a large fanbase, the last thing they need is an "invite-only" event. They can reward the high-rollers at another event and they have plenty of those.

  2. Anonymous // November 10, 2010 at 2:20 PM  

    When they did the last new jersey event back a few years ago for the public at the ESPN Zone, only about 200 showed up.

    They make an event "invite only" and that is when everyone wants to come.

    Who cares, they will be online at 7pm on Nationals.com

    By the way, Nats Fangirls had that same jersey up 2 weeks ago.

  3. Mark S. // November 10, 2010 at 2:56 PM  

    To Ms. Cheryl Nichols, those are pictures of my prototype jersey that I posted on a Uni Watch website and those pictures were downloaded without my permssion.

    I allowed a friend to take a picture wearing the jersey which was in the Nationals Fan Girls website and that was done with my permission.

    Mark S.

  4. Cheryl Nichols // November 10, 2010 at 3:53 PM  

    Mark S.-
    My apologies, the photos have been removed. I posted the pics today and explained that I didn't have an origin of the photos. They were all over Twitter the last couple of weeks and I saw them a hundred times. I now link to the photo on the Nats Fangirls blog. Thank you.

  5. Cheryl Nichols // November 10, 2010 at 3:57 PM  

    Anon 2:20pm:
    The event at ESPN Zone was not highly publicized and I was surprised at the turnout. Several blogs posted that jersey over the last couple of weeks and tweeted the photos. I waited until closer to the event to put up the old photos as well.

  6. Anonymous // November 10, 2010 at 4:19 PM  

    Ms.Nichols,
    You might not agree with what I wrote but I didn't write anything unsuitable for print. I was just pointing out, you make it a point that you make it a big deal that your pictures are not available for re-printing.

  7. Cheryl Nichols // November 10, 2010 at 4:42 PM  

    Anon 4:19:
    I am a little confused by your message. I don't know if you are a different Anon than the others, however, I thought I answered the previous comments. I don't moderate comments either and encourage feedback.

    I don't recall a specific instance, however, it is a big deal. I work hard to get good photos and take pride in my work. I always give credit and in my post, I explained that I didn't have an origin of the photo because it was viral (still is on other blogs and haven't seen anyone complain). I don't plagiarize other's work either. Always give credit.

    I have not turned down a request from another blogger to use my photos with permission. I respect other's work and expect the same in return. Thanks for your comment.