The Colorado Rockies and Nike Jerseys: Stocking Stuffer
“Nike’s taking over and look at all the new jerseys and designs that are coming out for other teams and I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL THEY DO SOMETHING FOR THE ROCKIES BUT I HOPE THEY DON’T MESS IT UP!” – Every Rockies fan on social media this past month.
We all hoped something cool was going to come from Nike taking over the jerseys this year (especially with the changes made with the Brewers, Padres and Rangers) and predictably the Rockies are keeping their jerseys the exact same as they pretty much always have been (they’re taking the same approach with the roster so why not?). Do they need some sort of changes? Probably not a ton.
Would changes be welcomed? Absolutely!
But what parts of the jerseys should they change? The home pinstripes are pretty solid (pardon the pun) and the purple alternates have become absolutely beloved in the past couple seasons. That leaves some leeway with the road grays and the Rocktober black vests as the most likely jerseys to be affected if and when Nike and the Rockies decide to try to spice things up.
One of the most welcomed ideas on social media was implementing some sort of green alternate (think more forest green or something similar to the color of the seats at Coors). This idea has been thought of in the past (and also was used in the 1998 All Star Game when it was held at Coors Field). Use this as the basis of a new alternate would be a great, fresh way to kick off a relationship with Nike and help further the Rockies’ brand beyond just purple.
As for the hype about the Nike swoosh needing to be on the front of the jerseys, it’s really not all that big of a deal. Would it have been better to put it on one of the sleeves instead of the chest? Absolutely. But it’s not going to ruin jerseys. Ads on NBA jerseys are much more prominent and even those don’t completely infringe on the designs of the jerseys and are starting to blend in more than anything. The Nike swoosh is much smaller and less prominent and won’t be a big deal for very long.
If the social media push for changes to the jerseys keeps coming, I think we’ll be likely to see new designs implemented with the Rockies. They may not stray too far from current state, but honestly they don’t need to stray too far. They just need to freshen up some.