When the Philadelphia Phillies take the field at Citizens Bank Park Thursday on Opening Day, you may notice some small differences to their red pinstriped jerseys. Or perhaps you won’t.
In addition to employing a slew of new players, the Phillies, per Paul Lukas of Sports Illustrated, have “made subtle adjustments to their jersey scripts:”
Per Lukas, the lettering in “Phillies” has changed on all four jerseys that use the modern script. (He also noted that the stars are a darker shade of blue.)The Phillies had gone to the wider script used in the picture above beginning in the 2016 season. The new script appears to arrive somewhere in between the one that has been used for the last three seasons, and the one that had been used prior to the 2016 season:
While a correct point, Lukas saying that the change to the font on the jerseys is most noticeable on the Phillies red alternate jerseys may prove to be a moot point. If you hadn’t noticed that change in Spring Training, there’s a good chance you won’t get to during the 2019 season.
A year ago, the Phillies didn’t wear their red alternate jerseys, which also double as their Spring Training jerseys, once during the regular season. The jerseys, introduced ahead of the 2016 season, had been used during weekday games played at Citizens Bank Park. But most weekday games at Citizens Bank Park are on Thursdays, and in 2018, the Phillies began wearing their powder blue throwback jerseys – which were a road jersey at the time they were a primary jersey – on all Thursday home games as part of their #ThrowbackThursday promotion. That will continue in 2019. In the less-than-a-handful of weekday games played at Citizens Bank Park in 2018 that didn’t fall on a Thursday, the Phillies wore their cream alternate jerseys, not the red ones. The cream jerseys, which have been worn since 2008, had previously been worn on all day games at Citizens Bank Park. Since 2016, they’ve essentially become the Phillies weekend jersey for day games at Citizens Bank Park, but they found their way into weekday games a few times in 2018.
Speaking of the cream alternate jerseys, the subtle changes to the script also found their way to the Phillies caps. The hats that go with the cream alternate jerseys, per Lukas, best exemplify this :
The Phillies uniforms weren’t the only thing to get a bit of an aesthetic makeover this offseason. As you have likely noticed on team merchandise and in press conference backdrops, the Phillies have a new primary logo for the first time since the early 1990s:
In hindsight, the new logo perhaps should have been a precursor to some of the uniform changes. At the very least, the new logo should have tipped fans off that the stars in the Phillies logo were going to be a darker shade of blue moving forward.
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