The Red Sox will continue to wear their yellow City Connect uniforms
The Boston Red Sox are taking a page out of Coldplay’s book and keeping it all yellow.
Over the weekend, the Sox surprised fans when they brought back their City Connect jerseys, the sunny nod to the Boston Marathon, that they debuted in April.
They’ve now won six straight, including the last four in the eye-popping yellow and blue.
As such, Alex Cora confirmed after Tuesday’s win over the Mets that they’ve decided to keep wearing them until they lose in them, which means these bright babies could be worn in October.
The yellow Red Sox uniforms are polarizing, but the meaning behind them is important
Xander Bogaerts, whose epic home run off the Green Monster light tower helped propel the Sox to victory, acknowledged that the uniforms are obviously a departure from the norm:
"“I know it’s not white and red. I know we’re not the Yellow Sox. But we need wins right now. So if it’s yellow, it’s yellow.”"
While fans and the media are divided on whether the unis are epic or awful, there’s no denying that the meaning behind them is special for both the city and the team. After all, the uniforms are yellow and blue for the iconic Boston Marathon, which the Red Sox have honored every year since 1959 by playing an early day game.
When the 2013 Marathon Bombing tragedy broke the city, David Ortiz and his teammates took it upon themselves to heal as much as they could in what became the historic Boston Strong season. The Sox went from dead-last in the division in 2012 to October heroics in 2013, definitely a model this team would like to imitate after the dreadful 2020 season.
The City Connect jerseys were first worn by the team for Patriots’ Day weekend. They have a ‘617’ patch in the style of a racing bib on the left sleeve which evokes the ‘617 Strong’ jersey that hung in the Red Sox dugout after the bombing. Eventually, that jersey was draped in the World Series trophy that the team carried to the marathon finish line during their championship parade.
The lettering on the Nike jerseys is in the style of Boston’s MBTA, America’s first underground subway system, which opened in 1897. Take that, New York.
As my fellow BoSox Injection writer Sean Penney noted today, it’s fitting that as the Red Sox sprint to the finish line, they are wearing their marathon uniforms.
It’s even more fitting that this year, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Boston Marathon will also be held in October.
The 87-65 Red Sox are currently 1.5 games up in the AL Wild Card standings and have already won more games than their 2019 win total. But with a crucial final Fenway series this weekend against the Yankees, who are also in the race, the Sox need all the luck they can get.
Long live the Boston Bananas.