A Uniform Decision

Since taking over from Rich Dozer in October 2006, Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall has made an effort to connect with the fans. He has a very open communications style and is willing to listen to comments and suggestions from Diamondbacks fans. I’m sure there are times that he receives too much feedback as fans give him countless suggestions. To his credit though he accepts each comment and makes the fans feel as though they are an important part of the team. One of the communication tools that Mr. Hall uses is the monthly on-line chat forum at the Diamondbacks web site. I always make a point to attend these chats. Some of it is to voice my suggestions and some of it is to try and put my finger on the pulse of the fans. At the end of the chat I try to assess the information provided and see how it may impact the Arizona Diamondbacks and its fan base. Sometimes I come away from these chats with a brief glimpse of what life is like from within the organization. And there are sometimes like this month when I come away with a nugget of information that I may not have otherwise uncovered.

The March chat was going fairly smoothly and a couple of my questions have already been answered when Derrick Hall provided this juicy tidbit of information. The Arizona Diamondbacks have made a decision on which uniforms will be worn during the season. When the team unveiled the new color scheme last fall there were four jerseys. Since most teams have a home jersey and an away jersey that meant that the Diamondbacks had twice the choices of other teams. In years past the decision of what jersey to wear was left to the starting pitcher. I sometimes thought that was kind of funny. With all the preparation that a starting pitcher had to deal with, deciding what shirt to wear was probably pretty low on their priority list. I had never heard any of the pitchers complain about being forced to make this decision so I guess it was working fine. This year though the pitchers have been relieved of this arduous decision. President Hall stated that the Diamondbacks will wear the white jersey as their primary home jersey. With that they will wear the Sedona Red hat with the Sonoran Sand and Black “D” logo. For away games the team will primarily wear the gray jersey along with the Sedona Red hat. On Saturdays at home the team will wear the alternate black jersey with the Sedona Red “A” logo. On Sundays the team will wear the alternate Sedona Red jersey with the Sedona Red hat. The team will wear the Sedona Red alternate jersey on the road for Tuesday games and Sunday games as well. This uniform policy will remain for the 2007 season. This is great news for fans as we now will know what shirt to wear when we get up in the morning. This is the best news since the invention of Graminals. Now we won’t have to worry about arriving at the stadium wearing the wrong shirt that would just be embarrassing.

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