The Red Sox have unveiled new, special edition uniforms to be worn on Patriots’ Day weekend this year, the team announced Tuesday.
In collaboration with Nike, Major League Baseball’s official uniform provider, the Sox are the first of seven teams this season to roll out their “Nike MLB City Connect Series uniforms.”
Rather than the traditional navy blue and red look, the Red Sox will be donning yellow jerseys with baby blue trim and stencil lettering in the middle two games of their four-game series against the White Sox on Patriots’ Day weekend later this month.
The new uniforms are a tribute of sorts to the Boston Marathon and the spirit it encapsulates in Boston and throughout New England.
“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 team said in a statement. “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.”
As previously mentioned, the Sox will wear these new City Connect uniforms against the White Sox on April 17 and April 18. They will still wear their traditional white “B Strong” jerseys on Patriots’ Day (Monday, April 19), as they have every year since 2013.
“We viewed the City Connect collaboration with Nike as an opportunity to celebrate the spirit of a weekend that is uniquely Boston,” Red Sox executive vice president and chief marketing officer Adam Grossman said. “The departure from our traditional style pays homage to that iconic weekend, and recognizes Boston’s boldness, culture and creativity.”
(Picture of Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, and Alex Verdugo: Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Nike)