While more teams continue to roll out their Nike City Connect uniforms, don’t expect the Red Sox to bring back the unique threads they rocked on Patriots’ Day weekend anytime soon.
Boston unveiled their bold Boston Marathon-inspired uniforms in early April and debuted them during the first two games of their four-game series against the White Sox at Fenway Park on the weekend of April 17.
As they were described in a team release this spring, “the City Connect uniform adopts colors that honor the spirit of Patriots’ Day weekend, and features ‘Boston’ in a stencil font across the chest paying tribute to the Boylston Street finish line. The numbers ‘617’ are highlighted on the left sleeve as a nod to the area code for Boston and Fenway Park. The numbers appear within a racing bib, honoring one of the city’s most iconic annual sports traditions.”
With the Red Sox opting to sport blue and yellow as their uniform’s primary colors for the first time in franchise history, the unveiling of the new duds was initially met with some blowback, but — as noted by ESPN’s Joon Lee — the team “sold out of the new jerseys and the City Connect merchandise that was released along with them at the Fenway Park team store.”
That being said, the Red Sox as of this moment do not have any plans to don their City Connect uniforms again this season despite the fact that other clubs — such as the Chicago Cubs — have worn theirs in parts of two separate series against the Cardinals and Marlins at Wrigley Field earlier this month.
“At the moment, we don’t have any specific plans to wear our City Connect uniforms,” Red Sox executive vice president and chief marketing officer Adam Grossman told BloggingtheRedSox.com via email. “Doesn’t mean that it won’t happen, but we don’t have any plans. We do know that we will be wearing them Patriots’ Day weekend next year.”
In addition to the Red Sox and Cubs, the Marlins, White Sox, and Diamondbacks have also unveiled their City Connect uniforms this season. The Giants and Dodgers are slated to do so in early July and late August, respectively.
By the end of the 2023 season, all 30 MLB teams are expected to have their own version of a City Connect uniform, per Lee.
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