The MLB announced on Tuesday that the Boston Red Sox have updated their wardrobe with new uniforms, straying away from the team’s traditional navy and red colour scheme and adopting the yellow and blue of the Boston Marathon. The Red Sox will wear these uniforms — which are part of a collaboration between the MLB and Nike for a “City Connect” series of jerseys and gear — in their games on Patriots’ Day weekend, including the holiday Monday, which is when the Boston Marathon is normally run.
The perfect look for Patriots’ Day weekend in Boston.
— MLB (@MLB) April 6, 2021
As noted on MLB.com, the Red Sox uniforms have remained virtually unchanged for close to 90 years. The navy and red combo paired with the team’s iconic ‘B’ logo is a staple of the sport, and while that ‘B’ will remain on the Red Sox hats with the City Connect uniforms, the colours are in for a big change.
Baseball fans might not associate the team’s new blue and yellow threads with anything, but runners will certainly recognize the colours, as they have been tied to the Boston Marathon for decades. The uniform colours are neat, but they aren’t the only connection to the Boston Marathon. On the left sleeve of the players’ jerseys, there will be a race bib with the number 617 on it, which is the area code where Fenway Park, the team’s stadium, can be found.
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Colors here obviously inspired by Patriots Day & Boston Marathon pic.twitter.com/CYaNfO5NrI
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 6, 2021
Unfortunately, there won’t be a race to coincide with the team’s release of the uniforms. While the Boston Marathon is traditionally held on Patriots’ Day, this year’s event was postponed until October 11 due to COVID-19. The 2020 race didn’t even happen because of the pandemic, but organizers are hopeful that the 2021 running of the storied marathon can go ahead as planned.