The St. Louis Cardinals, arguably the most beloved team in all of baseball, are getting a slight makeover for 2013.
The Cardinals unveiled a brand new alternate jersey on Friday at a news conference at Busch Stadium. The jersey will bear the script "St. Louis," rather than the "Cardinals" fans are used to seeing and will come in an off-white cream color that is similar to what the team wore in the '40s-60s.
The new unis also feature red piping down the front that resembles what the team wore in the '50s. Based on the old school familiarity, suffice to say that these jerseys should make Stan Musial smile.The team will wear them on Saturday home games this upcoming season.
Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III told MLB.com, "What I view this alternate jersey as is it's a little bit old and a little bit new. The components of it come from Cardinals eras in the past. All of those elements combine to create what I think will be an instantly familiar look to people. It's just that we have never seen all these elements together before."
The Cardinals were one of only four teams in all of baseball to not have an alternate jersey. Not anymore.
The change is also coming at a popular time to make such a move. Not only are the Astros going back to their old-school logo and design while switching to the AL West, but the Marlins, Mets, Giants, Phillies, Braves, Indians, Orioles, Blue Jays and Padres have all made changes to uniforms in the past year.
The Cardinals had been considering an alternate jersey for the past few years, but DeWitt wanted to make sure he got the perfect design.
"I walked down to the clubhouse earlier this season and canvassed some of the players as well as our tradition-minded staff and got the thumbs up," DeWitt said. "The idea of adding an alternate jersey is something that has been simmering for a while in terms of whether we wanted to enter or not."
The traditional Cardinals home and road jerseys will also have enhancements for the first time since 1998. Those two unis will have more detailed embroidery to the "birds on the bat," which include more detailed eyes, crests and beaks. The bat will also have a more three-dimensional quality while the number on the front of the jersey will be a half-inch smaller than before.
Players will also wear red caps and belts on the road, instead of blue. The team will also introduce new batting practice hats very soon.
1932: Group portrait of baseball players Gabby Street, Tex Carleton, Ray Starr, Dizzy Dean and Bud Teachout of the St Louis Cardinals posing in uniform on a baseball field. (Photo by Anthony Potter Collection/Getty Images)
Photo Credit (jersey): St. Louis Cardinals