The Philadelphia Phillies have joined the fray in Major League Baseball’s embrace of colorful jerseys. They’ll wear lightweight, red, Flex Base jerseys in six “Business Person Special” afternoon day games on April 14, May 18, June 8, June 20, July 6, and August 4.
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) February 1, 2016
According to the team, it’s the first time since May 1979 that they’ve gone with a full-color jersey in a regular season game. Or, as Phillies beat writer Matt Gelb puts it:
Phillies haven’t worn red in the regular season since… OH GOD. pic.twitter.com/JLaXKmVIoQ
— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) February 1, 2016
“We’re excited to bring a new, colorful look to Citizens Bank Park this year,” said Phillies senior vice president of marketing and advertising sales David Buck, quoted on Phillies.com. “We have great respect for the history of our uniform, so by going with a simple, classic design, we feel we’ve been able to balance a new look with our storied tradition.”