Another city connect uniform is upon us, this time, it belongs to the Kansas City Royals. As always, I will evaluate it using the following three questions: 1. Does it actually connect to the city, as the name implies? 2. Does it look like it belongs to the team they represent? 3. Does it look like it fits the mission of exotic, but not obnoxious?
As a uniform itself, it looks okay. This uniform is emotionally unprovocative in every way. I cannot even say I dislike it, I just do not emote at all. The one word I would use to describe this jersey is “safe.” There are no risks taken in this uniform either in its design or in its colors. It looks fine as just a uniform, but it does not strike me as exotic enough to fit the goal of City Connect.
Looking at the connection to the city of Kansas City, I do not get it. I understand the attempt to look like fountains, but the logo does not give me the impression of water at all. The bottom of the K gives the look of gravity, but that is about the closest it comes.
SPECIAL AUTHORS NOTE: Since writing this piece initially, it has been brought to my attention that the design for the KC logo comes directly from the logo that the city uses to advertise itself. While this does add a lot of light to my understanding of the logo, I do believe my initial reaction is worth recognizing because it shows how someone from outside of Missouri interprets the uniform who has never seen the original logo it is based on. All other opinions in this piece remain to be true even after learning about the “City of Fountains” logo. END AUTHORS NOTE
As far as the uniform representing the Royals, it clearly does that. The crown is clearly visible and the letters chosen on both the front and the sleeve are clear references to the ream’s regular logos. I do think they could have been more adventurous with the shades of blue. I understand not wanting to depend heavily on the royal/columbia blues that the team already uses, but I cannot shake the feeling like the designer could have gotten more creative with different shades/designs of blue, especially since, again, the uniform is supposed to represent water. If I could ask one question to the designers, I would ask why they chose the same color palette of an already preexisting city connect uniform (Cubs) instead of taking more liberties.
Overall, I think this uniform is safe, and mostly underachieves what a City Connect uniform should be. New rankings are as follows:
- White Sox
- Red Sox
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