Last weekend, the White Sox debuted their City Connect uniforms, which, according to Nike, reimagines a teams look and “celebrates the bond between each team and its city.” The next team up was just up the road, as the Cubs released their version, to be worn for the first time Saturday against the Cardinals, and which they claim “ties together all of Chicago’s neighborhoods.”
The jerseys and pants are mostly a dark navy blue, with Wrigleyville across the front in the shape of the marquee on the front of the stadium. The hat, navy with a light blue brim, has a six-pointed star, from the city’s flag, in the middle of the traditional C. The sleeve patch features the municipal device of Chicago, representing the north, south and main branches of the Chicago River.
Much like the White Sox edition, these uniforms could have been much worse. The initial leaks of the jersey looked like trash, but combining them with pants of the same color makes it work much better. Including the star from the flag is a little obvious, but it is underplayed and using the municipal device, which, to be honest, I wasn’t aware of before this, was a nice change of pace. Again, as a one-off, these won’t be so bad, but I’d hate to see them become part of the regular rotation.