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  1. If it were up to me (ha!), of the throwbacks I'd go with the '69 set for home, a (modernized, less nightmarish) '56 set on the road, and the '39 set for all American holidays in lieu of whatever awful sets the MLB is pushing for July 4, etc.
  2. There are close ups of all the Reds' throwback uniforms on their twitter feed: Sorry, I'm not smart enough to embed it. https
  3. I don't think it's that Cincinnati is "southern" so much as it is a river city. It seems like most of the major cities that were oriented toward the Ohio River/Mississippi River are to some degree culturally separated for the rest of their state (Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, St. Louis, etc.).
  4. There have been several statements from Reds' beat writers that there will be some recognition (at least by the team) of the 150th anniversary of the Red Stockings, and some speculation that it may be in the form of an alt and/or usage of the Old English style "C" currently used on the Reds' BP hats (meh - Ed.). It would be nice to see to the league do some tribute as well, minus the labor relations nightmare that was 1994.
  5. Indeed. That's why I suspect some sort of change will come in '19, especially with an anticipated 1869-2019 commemoration in some form. Hopefully Castellini won't meddle as much with the unis as he has with the roster, but I'm not holding my breath!
  6. I think you're right that this is the first time for the Reds to wear the red alt on the road during the regular season. It will be interesting to see what happens going forward, including whether/to what extent there are changes in 2019. I could live with this look on occasion, but for me it only continues to accentuate how ridiculous those black-billed road hats are. If they're "switching things up" at the end of another lost season, I would think those would be the first to go!!!
  7. Exactly. It was a reintroduction, to be sure. But it was not BFBS in the same way as, say, the Mets.
  8. De gustibus non disputandum est. However, I still argue that while the motivation at the time was likely to ride some of the BFBS wave, the actual uniform itself was an homage to the early '60s look:
  9. There's plenty of black in the Reds uniforms prior to the 90s BFBS era and their '99-'06 set. In my opinion, the common denominator is not the use of black per se, but the use of dropshadow as an element. Imagine a new alt based on the '99-'06 set that returns to an earlier version of the logo incorporating black:
  10. In any event, I think change is coming in some form. Whether it's the age of the current set, the transition away from Majestic, the sesquicentennial of the original Red Stockings, or just a "change of scenery" based on the past few years. From a recent article by their in-house beat reporter: Source:
  11. My opinion: red/white on home uniform with any black being absolutely minimal. Red with black on road grays, with minimal white. The current set tries to "have it all" and, as a consequence, the road uniforms are just hard on the eyes.
  12. In addition to the above, I would love to see an alternate set that incorporates Mr. Redleg, like the one below sported by Frank Robinson: Interestingly, this look has now been adopted/adapted by the Reds' new rookie affiliate in Greeneville, Tennessee (albeit with their Davy Crockett adaptation of Mr. Redleg):
  13. Actual case study: Made for kids explanation (or so the Germans would have us believe):
  14. The "Mr. Red Race" was a feature up on the jumbo-tron during the Riverfront Stadium era. Now that they're at GABP, and in-person races (e.g. the Nats) are seemingly popular, the Reds have jumped on that bandwagon I suppose. Gapper was introduced with GABP, but never went away. I suppose he's for really little kids? The Mr. Red vs. Mr. Redlegs evolution is fun (we can't decide if we're old-timey 1800s Mr. Redlegs or clean-cut and definitely not Communist 1960s Mr. Red). Rosie Red (and the women's fan club that spawned her) is a treasure.
  15. I suspect it has to do with the trends at the time the Rockies debuted in 1993. As I recall, the black White Sox hats and jerseys (as well as other teams with black as a primary color) were all the rage...