Here it is, my annual breakdown of the various different uniforms that the Rockies wore all season long. First up, here's an example of what each uniform is:
When I say "Home", here is what I mean; the classic white with purple pinstripes jersey and pants.
When I say "Road", it's the grey version of the Home set, with purple numbers:
Here is the "White Vest", a white, pinstriped uniform that has no sleeves and a big "CR" on the front:
Here's a look at the Black Vest, by far the team's most popular choice in 2008:
And finally, the team's Purple choice, which is basically the coolest jersey on the planet and yet was somehow not worn at all in 2008. I think the team must've been trying to preserve the awesomeness.
And so, without further adieu, here is the breakdown of what the team wore when, how we fared that day, and who the starting pitcher was. Last year, it was suggested that I keep track of the starters, since it's more than often their choice as to what the uniform of the day is. So below all of the results, I've listed how many times each pitcher wore each jersey. Also, the final tally, with win totals, is down below. Jerseys are color-coded for your convenience (and to make it look pretty).
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Some interesting tidbits:
- Check out that stretch from June 17 - 29, when the team wore only the Black Vest for 8 out of 10 games.
- Or the stretch from July 25 - Aug 1, when the Black Vest was worn not just for 8 games straight, but 8 days straight.
- Generally the team will wear the same jersey as long as they are winning, and switch it up if they are losing. This is particularly evident from April 30th - May 6, when the team couldn't find a winning uniform combination and ended up wearing all 4 combos over 4 games before winning one in the White Vests (in which they lost the next day).
- I expressed surprise at this last year, and I will again this year: the White Vest is only worn at home, making it a true "Home Alternate". This means that in order to see the Rockies play in any variation of White, you have to come to Coors (for those curious, I looked it up last year and there actually is no rule stating that the visiting team must wear white - it's just a traditional holdover).
- The team has not worn the Purple jerseys in regular-season action going back 198 games. This saddens me.
- On a related note, Hirsh was the pitcher that was fondest of the Purple back in 2007, wearing it for 11 out of 19 games. In his one game back in 2008, he elected to wear the Black Vest (more than likely because the team had won the previous day in it). Curses, Hirsh! You were supposed to bring Purple tidings with you back from the DL.
- The Road jerseys were not worn over a 44 game stretch (the longest such stretch in 2008) from August 4th to September 24th.
- The second-longest stretch was a 32 game run from July 7th to August 12th during which the team didn't wear their Home jerseys, despite playing 15 games at home.
- AL teams we played in June last year (CHW, CLE, KC, DET) only saw our Road or Black Vests (probably due to the fact that only 3 of those 9 games were played at Coors).
- Ironically enough, the other two types were both worn when Minnesota came to town back in May.
- The Mets never saw either of our "standard" jerseys, only our sleeveless options.
So what can we learn about all of this? Absolutely nothing, of course. But what would baseball be if not for some useless statistics that some people spend hours laboring over? Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go figure out the WPA of my fantasy second year first baseman in Baseball Mogul 2009...