As Day One of Redsfest kicked into gear, fans received a peek into the 2014 locker room as new jersey designs made their debut.
The buzz began earlier this week as the Reds released their promotional schedule. With six Military Appreciation nights planned, it seemed apparent that a camouflage jersey would join the uniform rotation. After the team confirmed as much by including the unveiling as part of the Redsfest schedule, the waiting game began. We didn’t need to wait very long as Jay Bruce and Joey Votto took the main stage with the reinvented design around 6:30. The change marks a transition from last year’s design, when the traditional home jersey used digital camo in the logo, player name, and numbers. The New York Mets have similar plans to regularly use camouflage uniforms during the season.
The team chose none other than Jack Hannahan — the Celtic Superhero of the Cuyahoga — to show off the design for St. Patrick’s Day, which will be worn in a Spring Training game against Cleveland. Though the other features of the outfit (that is, whether the pants will feature green piping) are yet to be revealed, fans who can’t make the trek to Goodyear will likely find out on September 5 when Irish Heritage Night is celebrated in Cincinnati.
Several minor league players donned the latest installment of batting practice uniforms, part of an across-the-board design change that will first be instituted in the spring. A similar style, red with black accents, will also be used.
This isn’t the first year that Redsfest served as the focal point of change. Johnny Cueto debuted the Los Rojos jersey last season before it was commissioned in select games.