Dodgers reveal simple, elegant Nike City Connect jerseys

Adam Weinrib
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 26: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his walk-off home run against the Chicago Cubs in the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 26, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 26: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his walk-off home run against the Chicago Cubs in the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 26, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images) /
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The Los Angeles Dodgers were set to come last in the pre-set schedule of Nike City Connect jersey reveals, then surely watched in horror as the results emerged from the rest of the MLB teams before them.

Dodger Baseball is all about tradition, after all. Did you see what they did to the Red Sox? They turned them Marathon Yellow and gave them UCLA hats.

Did you peep the Giants’ reveal? They’re wearing smog and bright orange hats.

Fans surely braced for the outright bizarre. Perhaps a Lakers crossover jersey or a Hollywood sign? On Thursday, though, traditionalists were likely satiated by the extremely safe LA City Connect reveal, which pays tribute to the city’s multi-cultural heritage and vibrant street art.

It’s an all-blue “Los Dodgers” jersey, featuring accents on the sleeves and matching blue pants. Consider it an upgraded version of the one-color Players Weekend jerseys from a few years back with a much different (and better) scheme.

Bottom line, this works.

The Dodgers are embracing tradition with their City Connect jerseys.

Could the Dodgers have gone overboard and worked with Nike to show off something wild? Sure. But you just couldn’t expect the team and designers to create a massive disconnect between their tradition and the imagery they wanted to evoke.

The red numbers on the front remain. The lettering is simple and familiar. The small accents of the jersey, as well as the message they represent, are timeless and unique to the city. We get it.

Also…more colored pants throughout the game of baseball, please. Don’t let the Phillies’ burgundies have all the fun here.

So, what’s the verdict, Dodgers fans? Will you be rocking these in October? Will you be arguing vehemently online that these jerseys blend tradition with urban identity, or will you be rushing to Photoshop to try to whip up a quick alternate featuring Grauman’s Chinese Theater handprints?

Don’t worry. There’s always next year. And the year after that, and every year in perpetuity, as long as this Nike contract lasts. Judging by the way they handle the NBA, there’ll be a new uniform for you to buy annually.

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