The Los Angeles Dodgers were among the seven MLB teams selected for a Nike City Connect jersey this season, though their design has yet to be officially revealed. However, an apparent leak from the alleged Dodgers City Connect jersey surfaced in an advertisement for Nike on Sunday night.
By clicking the link that led to Nike’s website, the jersey was not one of the products listed. The look from LA – slated for release this week – is a blue top with “Los Dodgers” on the chest and black trimmings on the sleeves. On the left sleeve there is also the team logo “LA” in white.
The Boston Red Sox were the first to debut a Nike alternative jersey on April 17th, followed by the Miami Marlins (May 21), Chicago White Sox (June 5), Chicago Cubs (June 12), Arizona Diamondbacks (June 18) and San Francisco Giants (July 9)
The Dodgers played the Diamondbacks when their “Serpientes” design was first worn – and again in late July. The Dodgers also saw the Giants in their Golden Gate Bridge look for a game at Oracle Park last month.
Looks like the #Dodgers City Connect jersey is … out? Clicking on the ad takes you to Nike’s website, but it’s not available for purchase. pic.twitter.com/LVa8eCSuvW
– Matthew Moreno (@ MMoreno1015) August 16, 2021
Fan reactions to every Nike City Connect jersey have been mixed. The White Sox ensemble was arguably the most widely accepted, followed by the Cubs’ relatively modest design compared to other alternative looks. The Giants received a lot of criticism for the gradient look.
“Nike is uniquely suited to our relationship with the MLB because we like to push the limits of creativity at all levels, but this is always done for the reason to support the players and advance the sport”, Sonja Henning, Vice President of the North American League- Partnerships at Nike said in a statement when plans for the City Connect series were announced.
“We use the same alert energy to hear athletes’ insights and apply them to visualize new and familiar relationships between clubs, cities and fans.”
Justin Turner challenged the Dodgers’ blue third jersey
Earlier this year, Justin Turner spoke out in favor of the Dodgers using their blue spring training top as an alternate street jersey for the regular season.
His suggestion was supported by the fan base, but that reaction didn’t carry over to the Dodgers’ City Connect jersey.
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