The Nationals introduced a new set of alternate uniforms on Saturday morning, in what seems to have become a WinterFest tradition.
The uniforms, with a blue base, a script “Nationals” in white, and red and white piping, have been mentioned as potential one-offs for the 2018 All-Star season, in the same way the San Diego Padres wore a new home uniform for their 2016 All-Star Season.
This will be the first time since the 2010 season, barring 2017’s Players’ Weekend, that the team has incorporated a “Nationals” wordmark on the front of a uniform.
Last year, at nearly the exact same time, the team introduced new patriotic white uniforms for the 2017 season.
Hello from Nats WinterFest. Here’s the new alternate jersey. pic.twitter.com/rcwj57PtKI— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) December 16, 2017
Winner winner !! Toys donated and @aNatsFan was the lucky winner of photos and autographs with @whatwouldDOOdo and @treavturner . Thanks guys for hanging out with our #FlatKids at @nationals #NatsWinterFest pic.twitter.com/HRRZDPDS75— Jen Underwood (@vandygirl1998) December 16, 2017
Media: SEAN! Sean! What are your thoughts coming into next season?!— Eireann Dolan (@EireannDolan) December 16, 2017
Sean: I’m thinking about how many button down shirts I can wear at one time
Media: Do you use that smartwatch to communicate with the bench?
Sean: This is a 1991 Casio Calculator watch pic.twitter.com/l9wDU03TBV
The team has not specified when they will wear the new threads; in the past, the team has worn its traditional home whites on weekdays at home, its traditional road grays on weekdays while away, its red alternate uniforms on weekends, and its blue patriotic uniforms when the occasion called for it.
However, since the 2016 season or so, the team seems to have given up on a regular uniform schedule, and, barring wearing its road grays at home or its home whites while on the road, has begun wearing its patriotic and red uniforms with varying levels of consistency.