The orange alternate jerseys the San Francisco Giants have sported on Fridays are getting a makeover for 2014.
The Giants official Twitter account showed shortstop Brandon Crawford holding up one of the alternates on Friday:
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) January 31, 2014
The script is the same—maybe with a little less white border—as the Giants wore on their home jerseys from 1977-82 and on all of their uniforms from 1978-82. That script was also on the Giants’ logo for 45 years, dating back to their last 11 seasons in New York through their first 25 years by the Bay. The first logo, at left, was in use from 1958-76; the orange (right) was added in 1977 and remained in use until 1982.
The piping and the fact they are button-down as opposed to the pullovers that invaded the game in the 1970s and 1980s is a definite plus. The earlier version of the jerseys in the ‘70s and ’80 bore the uniform number on the front, which is not shown in Crawford’s photo. That could be as simple, however, as the uniform not being customized yet, so we shall wait and see.
In any event, a thumbs up from this quarter.
The uniform tease comes the day before the 21st annual FanFest on Saturday at AT&T Park. More than 20 players are expected to attend, along with manager Bruce Bochy, for the free-admission event that runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pacific. Free parking is available in Lot A, according to the MLB.com.
The alternate uniform will be officially unveiled during the fashion show which will be held atop the home dugout.
FanFest will also include question-and-answer sessions with Giants personnel, autograph sessions and broad access to the stadium, including self-guided clubhouse tours, and the field will be open for fans to walk or play catch.