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.
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.
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.
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.