This is San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford on the right giving a sneak preview of the new jerseys his team will be wearing Fridays. There are subtle differences, but the script definitely is an homage to the orange tops the Giants wore in the late 1970s and early 1980s — as worn by Hall of Famer Joe Morgan in a 1982 game. The buttons update the pullover look, a common debacle of an earlier era, and the piping around the neck and down the front of the torso give the jerseys another distinction from the '82 ones. Crawford's orange jersey doesn't have a number, either, but that could be because it hasn't been personalized yet. They should put a number there.
Some critics hate the solid-color look, but the button-down look plus the presence of a belt in the pants curbs the "softball look" that so many like to complain about. The Giants have one of the classier home uniforms in the majors, but they've struggled to produced a lasting complementary alternate jersey for years — no matter which color it is. They've had orange alternates since 2010, but the script "Giants" was identical to the regular home and road uniforms and it just didn't work.
This one has a chance to stick, and to sell. Brandon Belt likes 'em too.
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) January 31, 2014
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