Throwback, Throw Up, Throw Strikes

Many of you are probably aware the Mets will take the field against the Giants this weekend wearing “throwback” jersey that pay tribute to the Mets’ National League predecessors. The cream-colored jerseys with the oversized NY logo recall the New York Giants unis of 1904-1907 and invite fans to imagine Bobby Parnell and Jerry Manuel as if they were Christy Matthewson and John McGraw.

I have no problem with the Mets playing a game or two each year with a commemorative jersey, it’s the kind of thing the team doesn’t do nearly enough of which is surprising given the opportunity for merchandising that fuels the Wilpon powerplant. The Mets have also made a point to inform fans they finally got around to Metting up the new place, hanging up a few new photos and banners. I wonder how the Great Wall of Famous Former Met Signatures is coming along? I will see on Monday.

Anyhow, while you peruse the throwbacks this weekend, keep in mind the near certainty that a new look is en route next season, and that this outfit, though seemingly a throwback, is also a likely barometer of the future. Remember that the Mets asked fans about a cream-colored home jersey, removing trim on the placket, and an oversized NY logo on the breast (check, check and check). I would not be surprised to see all three elements incorporated in some fashion next season — at least one influential Met insider I know of is strongly in favor of it.

This is also a good time to point out a running tabulation of Met results by Uni Style as tracked from across the Atlantic by Checked Swing. Home whites/blue caps are killing the competition, trim or — bet on it next year — no trim.

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One comment

  1. Jon Springer says:

    Submitted by DyHrdMET (not verified) on Fri, 08/14/2009 – 10:50pm.
    I had a few ideas for some better throwback jersey nights on my blog RememberingShea.

    simply put:

    Giants @ Mets – both teams wear the jerseys they wore the last time they called the Polo Grounds home (Giants road jerseys though).
    Dodgers @ Mets – tribute to the negro leagues and black ballplayers – Dodgers wear road jerseys from Jackie Robinson’s rookie year and the Mets wear NY Cubans jerseys.

    Andy Green, Welcome to Paradise

    Submitted by Gene F. on Sun, 08/16/2009 – 10:11pm.
    With the Mets taking the Longview and not being American Idiots about the whole thing, David Wright has wisely been put on the disabled list with a case of Brain Stew and so tomorrow will be Green Day. Andy Green will finally get a shot at Citi Field, a.k.a. the Boulevard of Broken Dreams. As the Bisons tell Andy ‘Good Riddance,’ we hope he has The Time of His Life. Hopefully he won’t be a Basket Case, but when he got the call he said ‘When I Come Around I’ll need a uniform.’ One would assume that #4 is ready for recycling now that Angel Berroa and his Geek Stink Breath are gone. As for the rest of the season, Wake Me Up When September Ends.

    Green’s #

    Submitted by Dave Mackey (not verified) on Mon, 08/17/2009 – 9:12am.
    According to the Mets roster, Green will be in 29. I think Robinson Cancel was last in that number.

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