Disclaimer: this is not meant to be a comprehensive, detail-oriented history of the Toronto Blue Jays logo and uniform. If you want that, go to www.sportslogos.net. It’s all there. In fact, go there all the time. It’s good. Right now, we’re going to have a baseball card version of the Toronto Blue Jays’ uniform history. It all started on a snowy day in a shitty stadium…
In the beginning, there was blue. Oh boy was there ever blue.
1979 Topps - John Mayberry
Along with the blue, there was white. And there were mustaches. Great mustaches.
1986 Donruss - Dennis Lamp
There was sometimes blue and also other kinds of blue all at once.
1985 Topps - Dave Stieb
On other occasions there was just more blue… with glasses.
1988 Fleer - Rance Mulliniks
They got buttons in time to win the World Series. Twice, if you recall.
1990 Score - Kelly Gruber
1994 Upper Deck CC - Paul Molitor
Then, even though they didn’t three-peat and there was a strike, they looked pretty good.
1996 Topps - Alex Gonzalez
Just in time for the Roger Clemens Era of Trying Way Too Hard, they shoveled red upon us… all kinds of red.
1999 Topps Open. Day - Roger Clemens
Red was on the hats, the pants, and the sleeves – and some pretty good ballplayers, until they left.
1999 Topps Open. Day - Shawn Green
Red was, inexplicably, even in the middle of the numbers, and it made them look kind of purple.
2000 Bowman - Vernon Wells
A new millennium hit, and they cleaned things up a little bit. You might say they almost had it right.
2002 Upper Deck - Carlos Delgado
But for every step forward, there was a step back, like this monstrosity:
2004 Topps - Eric Hinske
And then this absolute T-debacle – although somehow the juiced bird was appropriate for the Era of the Juice, in which I don’t think Mike Sirotka actually ever pitched.
2002 Topps - Mike Sirotka
And then, they became the Black Jays… with some unusual characters sporting the Jay, and also they had grey hats.
2008 Upper Deck - Frank Thomas TC
2006 Topps - Russ Adams
Sometimes, you know, they didn’t even look that bad, and we thought we could get used to it. But it just wasn’t right.
2007 Topps - Troy Glaus
They tried to spruce it up, and they made the squiggly Toronto into a blocky Toronto. But we couldn’t relate to it. It wasn’t ours.
2008 Topps - John McDonald
2011 Topps - Ricky Romero
Finally, in recent years, they teased us with all the blue. Just once in a while, on Fridays, when we were drinking and emotional. At those times, we knew we missed blue. Legend blue. It even made us drink Blue, I think… Ah, the sweet barley blend of nostalgia.
2010 Topps - Fred Lewis
Today, the Blue Jays will show us that you can, in fact, go back once you’ve gone black.
Welcome home, Blue. You’re my boy, and you look glorious.
UPDATE: The Blue Jays absolutely dominated the new uniforms today. Just completely made the redesign their bitch. Unreal.
See more of the unis at Drunk Jays Fans, which, incidentally, is an area of the interwebs that you should be reading.