Et tu Yankees? I never thought I would see the day, but it appears that my worst fears have come true....the New York Yankees have very quietly introduced road jerseys in Majestic's Cool-Base material. By its very nature, Cool-Base is a very thin and cheap looking fabric; letters and numbers almost appear as though they were ironed-on, and white jerseys are practically translucent. As if that wasn't bad enough, there is also the issue of having only one shade of gray and ugly, discolored mesh vents under the armpit.
I thought I had noticed something different about the Yankees road jerseys earlier this season, but it wasn't until this past series against the Angels where I could get clearer views. Below you will notice the tell-tale vents under the arms of David Phelps and Brett Gardner.
Now, all hope may not be lost. It seems that this issue may be based on players' preference because as you can see below, both Hiroki Kuroda and Mark Teixeira, (as well as several other players) are still wearing traditional doubleknits as there are no vents under their arms.
Thankfully, Cool-Base has not yet crept into the home uniforms. The thought of printed-on pinstripes, being able to plainly see the logos on the undershirts of the players, and blank, off-white gaps under the arms is enough to send a tingling chill down the spine of even the most hardened of baseball purists.