Late last night Pete Alonso sprinkled a little pixie dust in the eyes of those clamoring for the Mets to bring back the black jerseys in 2021.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? Are they coming back?!?! "Got my home game on a Friday night cleats!" Wait. Is this now confirmed, or just a wish?
Him adding #BringBlackTheBlack in the tweet and BBTB (Bring Back The Black) on the cleats, seems like it's not official yet. Or maybe the first B now stands for BROUGHT?
This isn't the first time Pete has spoke his mind on uniform fashion. You'd think the Polar Bear might've felt at home in that all white Players Weekend get up back in 2019. That was quite the year for Pete, but if you remember he was not a fan....
There seems to be no middle ground on this topic with fans. Some would die for the black jerseys, while others firmly believe white, blue, and orange are the end all be all. I do agree that black looks blah on tv, and the stands look more electric with fans decked out in our beloved blue and orange.
Once again, let’s review. Mets colors are blue and orange. Lather, rinse, repeat. I’m just a guy with an opinion, but facts are facts. https://t.co/R0t0htK8bB— Howie Rose (@HowieRose) November 9, 2020
I'm all for the Mets wearing a black jersey and cap every once in a while. The idea of just Friday nights would work. In my opinion that's a little too much, but if they need to come up with a set schedule, then sure, that's fine. That would end up being 12 Friday's in 2021. The haters can just deal with it.
The black uniform era was when I really started to religiously hit more games, and became completely enthralled with the team. Sure, I've been going to games since birth, but as a teenager I feel like my era really kicked in. I was spending my own money on games, and hitting the ballpark with friends. I'm 40 now, but too young to remember 1986. Sure, they lost in 2000, but that timeframe was a really big influence on me.
I never want to see the uniforms make a permanent return, but as a fashion piece, I can tell you that black garments across the board are usually the hardest to keep in stock. T-shirts, caps, hoodies, pretty much everything available in black sells out. Look around. Black usually goes with everything, and is typically a part of everyones wardrobe in some way.
So with all that being said, it would be a very smart decision for the team to bring them back once in a while. They'd sell a TON of them, make stars like Pete Alonso happy, and give a lot of fans something to look forward to. Let's be honest, we all need that.
From working with licensing for T7L these past 7 years, I can tell you that the three color METS logos will not likely come back. So, to me it seems like a straight up reunion with the old black uniforms is unlikely. Keeping that in mind, I worked up this concept. It's simple, but could work.....
Distractions are needed right now, and if a piece of fabric can do that for people, have at it.