The Houston Astros became the latest team to unveil their City Connect alternate jerseys for the 2022 season. Here’s an in-depth look at the newest City Connect jersey, and some of the history behind it.
What is City Connect?
City Connect is a series by Nike that allows all 30 MLB teams to design an alternate jersey that pays homage to the city in which they reside. The MLB started the City Connect program last season with the Chicago White Sox and Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Miami Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, and San Francisco Giants.
The list for 2022 includes the Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, and lastly, the San Diego Padres.
City Connect allows the teams too, as the name says, connect with their cities. The White Sox jerseys were a pinstriped design with “South Side” across the front, and their cross-city counterpart Cubs had “Wrigleyville” across their jerseys.
The Astros’ City Connect jerseys feature “Space City” across the front, with a stylish color scheme throughout the jersey.
The Astros’ jerseys say Space City due to Houston being the home of NASA and space travel. The font on the jersey is also in NASA font, which is a cool detail.
The color scheme is a throwback to the Astros ’70s jerseys with the tequila sunset colors. The patch on the side of the jersey is the Texas state flag, with a touch of Astros. It features the four main area codes for the city of Houston as well, 713, 346, 832, and 281.
Other small details include the sleeves. The sleeves feature a grid pattern that is inspired by control monitor solar arrays. The signature Nike swoosh is gold that is inspired by heat shields used by astronauts.
Each jersey has “Go for Launch” stitched into the collar, and features the players’ numbers on their pants inspired by the 70’s jerseys again.
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