The Colorado Rockies have joined the City Connect jersey club. As always, this author will rank them among the others after discussing with the following criteria in mind:
- Does it actually connect to the city as the name implies?
- Do they look like they belong with the team’s brand?
- Are they adventurous without being obnoxious?
So this look is clearly a state connection instead of a city connection. This makes sense given how the team is the Colorado Rockies and not the Denver Rockies. As a life-long New Englander, I must say they look like they should be the Vermont Rockies (Green Mountain Boys anyone?). Jokes aside, the aesthetic makes perfect sense. The uniform reflects wilderness and adventure, especially highlighted by the longitude and latitude coordinates on the sleeve. The hats get this right because it looks like something you can buy at Bass Pro Shop or North Face. The uniform really accomplishes its goal. It is also unique because no other brand in Major League Baseball can be interpreted into this outdoors theme, so I am glad the Rockies took advantage of that.
In a way, this uniform is the reincarnation of the ”Turn Ahead the Clock” jersey from 1999. I would be genuinely surprised if that jersey was not referenced along with the retro Utah Jazz during planning stages. While the 1999 trial was far too obnoxious, 2022 toned it down just enough to be out of the regular but not laughable. In fact, this uniform has a level of maturity to it that I feel is targeted mostly towards middle aged fans. It took them over 20 years, but they finally figured out how to put the mountain on a jersey.
These uniforms undoubtedly look like they belong to the Rockies. The mountain on the chest is the same mountain on the regular logo, only in green. The hat gives an homage to the proper purple mountain, as a reminder. Though This uniform does leave me itching to know what it would look like in purple.
Did anyone else see what Rockies vice president Jim Kellogg said in an ESPN article?
”There were other ideas bounced out there and about, going a little more wild or crazier than this.”
If this is the toned-down of the jersey options, I am dying to know what else was on the table. Do not get me wrong, I think the Rockies did a great job, but Kellogg cannot open that door for us jersey fanatics and not follow up on that some day.
As much as I would like one of these in my collection, they are not a “must buy” in the way that a few other teams are. I will say this, I always felt like City Connect as a whole had trouble with hats, but the Rockies may have the best grasp on that challenge.
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