Nationals display new uniforms
Club will have total of four different jerseys in 2009 campaign
WASHINGTON -- The Nationals unveiled their new jerseys on Thursday afternoon at the ESPN Zone, as manager Manny Acta, outfielder Lastings Milledge and women from the "Nat Pack" helped display the new uniforms.
The home, road and alternate jerseys have changed, and the team also introduced a second alternative jersey, which will be worn on the Fourth of July, Sept. 10 and other games dedicated to the military.
"[The jersey changes] are good for the fans who want to buy memorabilia," Milledge said.
As far as the home jersey goes, the Nationals removed the "Nationals Park Inaugural Season" patch on the right side of the sleeve and will leave it blank. The left side of the sleeve had a DC logo patch with stars, and it will now have a standalone red DC logo patch.
The road and the first alternative jersey will have similar changes on the sleeves. However, the road jersey will no longer have the block-style blue Washington logo across the chest. The jersey will now have a scripted red Washington logo with blue and white accents that integrates the "Curly W."
On the back of the road jersey, the blue-block lettering on the back of the jersey is now replaced by red lettering.
For Acta, the road jersey reminded him of the Expos' road uniform he wore while a third-base coach in Montreal from 2002-04.
"It does have a lot of similarities to the Montreal Expos one, but if you look around the league, too many uniforms look alike," he said.
The club will have two alternate jerseys. The first alternate jersey, which will be worn every Saturday and Sunday at Nationals Park, will continue to have the red colors. The difference is that there will be a white "Curly W" instead of the white DC logo on the front of the jersey. The Nationals also replaced the blue numbers on the rib cage and the back of the jersey with white numbers.
The Nationals will also have a second alternative jersey. The jersey is blue with a DC logo that has stars and stripes on the front. There also is a new cap with the uniform. It features the DC logo that has stars and stripes on the front.
The jerseys are available for purchase at the Nationals' online shop.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.