Last week the MLB held a Turn Back the Clock day in 4 cities. Also known as Throwback Wednesday? One of the more peculiar match-ups was the Reds wearing their 2000 era uniforms playing the Braves in their 1970 era uniforms. Predictably the Reds uniforms looked very close to their 15 year old counterparts. The Braves on the other hand, not so much. First of all the material is just wrong. Is it possible to duplicate that retro grey flannel look and still have the comfort and fit of today's uniforms? If somebody can figure that out, they may just have a goldmine. The other obvious difference was the lack of the Indian Brave on the sleeve.
I chose to compare the homerun trot of Freddie Freeman against the homerun trot of Hank Aaron on his 1972 Topps In Action card for this week's TBT pairing. You can see Ivan De Jesus Jr. in the background of the Freeman card sporting the Reds retro uniform. Although the inspiration for these two unis are three decades apart, the fit and the material makes it look like they could belong on the field together. Overall it was a pretty weak effort on the part of the Braves who have some of the best looking uniforms in baseball and some great throwback uniforms to choose from.