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Team colors: Nationals


Today is Inauguration Day (observed) in the United States. So why not focus on Washington's representative in Major League Baseball?

I suppose if I wanted to truly represent the uniform history of this franchise, I would include the clothing choices of the Nationals' precursor, the Montreal Expos. But I'm not going to do that, partly because I want to recognize only current teams, and partly because once this series is over, I'm considering recognizing bygone teams like the Expos.

Besides, since the Nationals' history is nice and short, that means this post is nice and short. Everybody wins.

So, when the Expos became the Nationals -- and no, I'm not really happy about it either -- the uniform colors remained the same, basically. Perhaps a little less emphasis on blue, and a little more emphasis on red, which works historically with the old Washington Senators' focus on red (circa 1961-71).

Now, whenever I think of the Nationals, I think of red. Stephen Strasburg. Red. Bryce Harper. Red. I even periodically see red. Although that's only when the Nationals are playing the Dodgers. Or when I pull the fourth version of a Harper card in a base set.

Topps reflects this in the color choices it has made for the Nationals so far in their young history. Topps started out mixing red and blue, and has since gone over to red, mostly.

Here is the breakdown:

2006: red and blue
2007: red and blue
2008: red and blue
2009: red
2010: red
2011: red and blue
2012: red

Nationals' team colors: red and blue
What Topps thinks are the Nationals' team colors: red and blue.


Enjoy the ball tonight.

I wasn't invited.

Comments

deal said…
The Topps Nats Inaugural Lineup Card has an incorrect date - the game was played on 4/4/05 not 4/2.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PHI/PHI200504040.shtml

Always bothered me - The Phungo Banner photo was taken the same date from a different angle. It is interesting to compare the two pix.

http://phungo.blogspot.com/


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