Almost a different look for the Yanks on the road

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Thanks to the tireless uniform report Michael Kay used to give out on the radio, we all could describe the Yanks’ road uniform in our collective sleep — gray background, New York in blue across the chest outlined in white, yadda yadda yadda. But once upon a time, the Yankees almost changed that design. In a Uniwatch column published last week, uniform guru Paul Lukas with former Yanks’ PR director Marty Appel to discuss the near-change to the Yanks’ road digs.

As Appel described in his 2001 memoirs, he walked into then-GM Gabe Paul’s office to find the sample. “They were the opposite of the home pinstripes — they were navy blue with white pinstripes. The NY logo was in white. Gabe liked them. I nearly fainted,” he writes. “I think my dramatic disdain helped save the day and saved the Yankees from wearing those awful pajamas on the field.”

In his interview with Lukas, Appel rehashes this tale — which happened to take place in Robert Moses’ old office at the World’s Fair grounds — and talks about how his reaction ensured that George Steinbrenner never even saw this abominable uniforms. Interestingly, Lukas notes that the Yanks were the first team to commemorate anything with a sleeve patch, and the mock-up of Jeter and A-Rod in the alternate uniforms is a classic.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    ew. I’ll take the road grays any day.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    In 2010 they can’t do a better job of mocking that up? I actually don’t think they are that bad. I think the Yankees should wear those a few times a year so they can further fatten up the pockets of the Marlins and Pirates.

  • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

    NY road gray is one the classiest uniform that’s out there. For that matter, Boston’s road gray is nice too.

    • first time lawng time

      For that matter, Boston’s road gray is nice too.

      Fact: nothing Kevin Youkillis wears is nice. Ever

      • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

        Good point ! I think he wears nothing in his Boston harem, the ladies digs Cro Magnon and loong ABs.

  • http://twitter.com/Vermilion23 Vermilion

    Yeah I actually think they look kinda cool :P

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Mrs. OBP Jesus Maquinito

    That alternate looks like what the concessioniers wear

    • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

      Is that a dis to the concessioniers?

  • http://www.superkyle.tk maurice

    “The Yankees win the World Series in Cincinnati and it looks like they’ve decided to celebrate with a pajama party out in left-centre field”

  • Betty Lizard

    I laughed out loud when I saw the alternate uniform mock-up. Thanks for the laugh, which I sorely needed.

    They look like they should be made out of flannel and they would make GREAT pajamas.

    Really, I think those uniforms would totally sap any player’s powers.

    • CBean

      I kind of want them as pajamas. They should sell those.

  • All Star Carl

    Should use those in spring training

    • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

      Or, when they play the Rikers Island Jawbreakers!

  • saucY

    they’re not bad, but i’m glad they didn’t replace the road greys…

    wouldn’t mind seeing them as batting practice jerseys or something though…

  • first time lawng time

    LOL at Jeter’s face in the picture.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Where those jerseys cotton or polyester?

  • Kit

    I was expecting something really terrible so I was afraid to click the link, but not that bad. Still odd to look at.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    I feel like those alternate road uniforms might not be that bad but my lord those mock-ups are terrible D:

  • first time lawng time

    If they sold them as pajamas, they’d make a hefty bundle.

    • Spaceman.Spiff a/k/a Rivera Venue Blues

      There’s a market out there.

  • vin

    They should be forced to wear them after a loss. No way those 24 bums make Jeter wear that silliness. He’ll pull rank on them and make them win the game.

    Side note…
    Remember the turn the clock ahead game the Mariners played a bunch of years ago. Alex and Griffey were allowed to wear their hats backward and everything. I think they should’ve worn Back to the Future 2 hats.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turn_Ahead_the_Clock

    Forgot a lot of the teams participated.

    • vin

      http://www.jerseydatabase.com/blog.php?p=118

      That’s a whole lot of hideousness. Of course the Mets have the worst.

      • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

        Yeah, I don’t what’s going on there with the Mets uniform, yet somehow, I see Prince the artist wearing that in a concert.

      • Spaceman.Spiff a/k/a Rivera Venue Blues

        Not only do the Mets get kicked out of New York in the future, they get kicked off the planet Earth.

        • boogie down

          hahaha, IETC.

      • Kit

        I have no recollection of those uniforms at all, and I am extremely grateful for that. Those are seriously ugly. The Diamondbacks color scheme has really improved though. Good job, D-bags D-backs. And the “Mercury Mets?” The fuck?

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

          What, you didn’t like losing to a team in the WS with a purple/teal color scheme?

          (They still have ugly uniforms. I believe someone here said they look like arena soccer uniforms and, well, A+++ whoever that was.)

          • Kit

            I didn’t think much of it since I was still a kid, but in retrospect, I find it offensive that those were the uniforms of the winning team. At least their current uniforms aren’t purple and teal now. Ugliest fucking things ever. Worse than the Astros uniform (but not quite in Padres territory yet).

          • first time lawng time

            I remember laughing at this conversation when I first saw it.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder


              vin says:
              They’re better than the ridiculous purple pinstriped with cut-off sleeve business they used to wear.

              tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder says:
              Sure, in a “shooting myself in the foot with a nailgun is better than getting my nuts caught in a wood chipper” kind of way.

              • first time lawng time

                LOL. That’s a runner-up in the comment of the year.

              • vin

                LOL, I remember that. Very funny.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          The Diamondbacks color scheme has really improved though. Good job, D-bags D-backs.

          It’s improved from “fucking disgusting” to “garish and tacky”, so… yeah.

          • Kit

            Right. This. It’s still not cute to look at, but at least I don’t want to stab the person who designed the uniforms in the throat. So…there’s that.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        So those are… atrocious.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Lukas has some great photos of that Turn Ahead The Clock night right here. Those things were hideously ugly.

      • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

        WTF, why do ppl equate ‘vivacious’ colors to future?

      • vin

        Lou Piniella looks thrilled.

        http://farm4.static.flickr.com.....1709_o.jpg

        • Thomas

          I like how the compass starts in the pants and proceeds out.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            TWSS

        • Kit

          I thought of this at the sight of Lou: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibMt44069GI (Sorta NSFW)

          Now I’m just curious as to what they’re pointing at…

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        Wow, those are… wow

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Whenever I think of Johnny Damon, this is the mental picture in my mind:

        http://farm2.static.flickr.com.....8ef9_o.jpg

    • MikeD

      The Yankees should have announced their participation for Turn Ahead The Clock day, keeping the look of their future uniform a secret. Then walked out on the field with the same uniform they wear today and have always worn.

  • Jon in CUO

    I miss Big Stein.

    When he was asked why his Yankee team wouldn’t wear the “uniforms of the future,” Steinbrenner said “We already are.”

    http://poastcards.wordpress.co.....the-clock/

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Eight teams, including the Dodgers; Yankees and Cubs, said no to the promotion and uniform changes. It was George Steinbrenner who had the best line about the TATC uniforms. When he was asked why his Yankee team wouldn’t wear the “uniforms of the future,” Steinbrenner said “”We already are.”

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      When a member of the Mariners staff said that the new style didn’t look traditional, Griffey reminded him “It’s the future…anything is possible!”

      /KevinGarnett’d

  • JerseyDutch

    People would’ve called us the Bronx Blueberries…

  • Stratman9652

    Has anyone seen the “fashion” uniforms in the Yankees shop in red with blue logo? I think they would look pretty cool as an alternate.

    http://shop.mlb.com/product/in.....25.1472482

    • first time lawng time

      Not bad. But the Yankees don’t need an alternate uniform. They don’t need to conform to what the rest of baseball is doing.

    • Kit

      …That’s terrible. Burgundy? Gross.

      • Accent Shallow

        Seconded.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      (slaps some sense into Stratman9652)

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Nothing related to red. Red for for the bad guys.
      See: Red Sox
      See: Los Angeles Angels

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        See: Communist Ohio, which is full of illegal immigrants posing as citizens

        /Rose’d

      • Thomas

        Red its the color of menstrual blood.

    • Jon in CUO
      • first time lawng time

        Who’s that pitcher?

        • Kit

          I typed something retarded. I’m easily confused, sorry.

          • Kit

            And to answer your question, it’s Ian Kennedy.

            • first time lawng time

              Cool. Thanks.

        • Jon in CUO

          Hint: he had an 8.17 ERA in 39.2 IP for the Yanks in 2008.

          • first time lawng time

            I didn’t start watching the Yankees until last year. So I wouldn’t know that. But thanks though.

    • Thomas

      My god those previous uniforms (the Joba, Teixeira, ARod, Granderson ones) are a travesty. They soil the good Yankee name.

      • first time lawng time

        Those uniforms are creative but Grandy sucks batting righthanded. lol whatevs

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    Oh yeah I read about this in some book I read. Thank Mo they didn’t change them.

  • Simon

    This would be perfectly fine as an alternate uniform.

    http://www.google.com/imgres?i.....#038;ty=77

    • Simon

      Why the hell is A-rod bunting? He shouldn’t even bunt in spring training!

      • Jerome S

        When he was fast, he was fast…

      • Accent Shallow

        A-Rod is arguably one of the best bunters some scouts had ever seen.

  • icebird753

    Those are really good looking… wow I actually like the design

  • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

    The Rockies sleeveless jerseys are the coolest uniforms in the majors. That being said, away greys are simple, classy and rhyme. what else do you need?

  • Mister D

    I actually like the alternate jerseys, assuming they kept the pants gray. If the bottoms matched the tops, then no.

    Not that its a big deal. I like the Yanks’ road grays just fine. Its not like we’re stuck with some horrible uni.