As part of the City Connect series featuring MLB and Nike, the Nationals are among seven teams that will wear new, unique alternate uniforms that celebrate their cities. For the Nationals, that means cherry blossoms on the hats and jerseys.
For decades, the cherry blossoms have been a quintessential symbol of spring in DC
In recent years, the Nationals and the start of the baseball season have worked their way into that mix. This year those two elements have come together.
As part of the City Connect series that includes MLB and Nike, the Nationals are one of seven teams that will wear new, unique alternate uniforms this year designed to celebrate the cities they play in. For the Nationals, that means they have cherry blossoms on the hats and jerseys.
“When you think of Washington, you think of cherry blossoms, you think of monuments, you think of government,” said Jonathan Stahl, the vice president of experience and hospitality at the Nationals.
“Part of the City Connect program is to broaden our audience and expand who our fan base is. We wanted to create something that was unique to our fan base here that we’ve had for so long, but also speaks to others who may be coming to town. So when we looked at what we could do and the history of this city, we felt that the cherry blossoms look amazing and they are amazing.”
The other seven teams scheduled for this year are the Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres. Only the Nationals have unveiled their new designs.
Hundreds of fans were ready to spend their money as soon as the team shop opened at 10am
“I grew up in DC, so I love the cherry blossoms, so it’s great to record in the Nats,” says Kat Callahan, who lives in the Navy Yard. “I love it,” she added, though she also said she wished there was more pink in the uniforms.
John Iaquinta of Severna Park took an early lunch break to sneak in for some new gear.
“I love the design, so I had to come get one,” he said. His hands were full of shirts and hats, because he bought not only for himself, but also for his girlfriend, her parents and also his family. The cost of replica jerseys was approaching $200. The authentic jerseys were around $450. Hats were $50.
“I don’t leave with a lot in my pocket, but I have a lot of stuff,” he admitted.
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