To a whole generation of Mets fans, the black jerseys were sacrilegious. To another, it was their version of the racing stripe jersey. It was the jersey associated with a run of Mets success and some beloved Mets like Mike Piazza and Edgardo Alfonzo.
With Piazza being inducted into the Hall of Fame and this being the 20th anniversary of that beloved 1999 team, it may be time to dust off the black jerseys and bring them back into the fold.
Three years ago, the Mets did reinstate the aforementioned racing stripe jerseys in honor of the 1986 Mets. It would be fun for the Mets to do that this year, but with this also being the 50th anniversary of the Miracle Mets team who won the World Series, you’re not likely to see that happen. That goes double when you consider it hasn’t been announced.
That said, it is possible to do it next year. However, there may not be many Mets fans who seek to celebrate a season which ended with Piazza flying out to end the World Series leading to World Series MVP Derek Jeter and the Yankees celebrating at Shea Stadium.
And yet, there should still be room for the Mets to bring the jerseys back in some way, shape, or form.
First and foremost, they should be limited in use. One of the main issues was how they eclipsed the pinstripes jerseys. Given how black jerseys attract heat in the summer, it would seem they would be best suited to Friday nights only. Of course, if the team wins in them and feels some luck, they should expand the usage further.
The next step is coming up with a new hat to match. The blue bill with the black hat coupled with the two toned NY was way too busy. Put another way, they were pretty terrible. If the Mets wanted to go with a black cap, it may well behoove them to keep the two toned NY but keep the bill of the cap black.
With a much better cap and a limited use, the jerseys will be much better received. It should also prove a hot seller and popular jersey with the fan base. Hopefully, this will result in the team spending like it did 20 years ago . . . Hopefully.