MLB’s City Connect collection got a new addition, as the Colorado Rockies have unveiled their new jersey. In true Colorado fashion, it’s inspired more by the outdoors than the city.
The jersey feature the distinctive shape of the Rocky Mountains in pine green, an obvious ode to the state’s license plates — made even clearer by the use of the same font.
The numbers on the back are piped in purple, and the sleeves have a yellow patch to signify Denver’s mile high altitude.
“We wanted it to be a classic look, a Colorado look and there were other ideas bounced out there and about, going a little more wild or crazier than this, but we thought this would appeal not only to our younger fans and the younger generations, but we thought it would appeal to our older fan base,” said Rockies vice president Jim Kellogg in a press release. “It’s classic, it’s clean and that’s what people think of Denver and Colorado when they enjoy a ballgame.”
The reviews have certainly been mixed.
Lookin like some license plates… These are terrible
— S. (@SidneyGray1007) May 27, 2022
I have never seen a team design their unis based on a license plate. And despite this, I kind of like it.
— Anthony Sandstrom (@ATrainSandstrom) May 27, 2022
Kellogg said that there were three different concepts the team was considering, but the iconic license plate was the right choice.
While there has been some pushback, plenty of people also seem to like the jerseys.
Clear preseason favorites to win the Thursday night softball league. 👍
Only thing missing is a cooler and a guy wearing #69.
— John Nichols (@JohnNix605) May 27, 2022
Okay those are tough 🔥
— Lucas Hentschel (@hentschelhockey) May 27, 2022
“If you think about the state and city, you know how beautiful it is with the lakes and the snow,” Kellogg said. “There is the history of downtown Denver and Union Station. There were a lot of concepts and colors that we could have pulled from, but this was the right fit.”