5. Player’s Weekend (2017)
In 2017, the Blue Jays rocked some amazing threads for Player’s Weekend, one of the few instances on the calendar when baseball allows something called “fun” to trickle into its air-tight vacuum of corporate control.
These uniforms featured two-tone blue, with royal blue on the body and powder blue on the sleeves. This created that oh-so-important balance between old and new that can be the difference between a history-conscious look and something that’s just straight off the wall.
Adding to the casual feel of the event was the fact that this jersey too didn’t have buttons. The “Blue Jays” on the front was also written without its traditional arch, playing even further into the laid-back vibe.
And then there are the nicknames. From “100 Miles Giles” to “Bringer of Rain” to “Go Go,” the team went all out. Some didn’t age well (“Sanchize,” we’re looking at you,) but the weekend was a marketing success.
The fun took a hiatus in 2019, and with the pandemic wreaking havoc on the season this year, didn’t even happen in 2020. With what promises to be a tumultuous offseason looming, here’s to hoping that MLB doesn’t forget how to have some fun in 2021.
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