Early last March, two leaked sock designs suggested how the Padres’ and Rockies’ City Connect uniforms might look. Those leaks turned out to be accurate. Now, nearly a year later, a new batch of apparent CC sock leaks has emerged.
The new purported leaks — six in all — were brought to my attention yesterday by our own Alex Hider after he saw them posted on Reddit, although I think they were floating around some other platforms for at least a day or two prior to that. Like anything else on Reddit, they should be taken with a grain of salt. But it’s also worth noting that the few MLB sock leaks we’ve encountered over the past few years have all turned out to be legitimate. With those caveats in mind, here are the six designs:
I wouldn’t have known this myself, but someone in the Reddit comments says that the Texas/spur logo and rope/lariat-themed striping are shout-outs to the old Dallas-Ft. Worth Spurs, a Double-A team that played in Arlington from 1965 through 1971:
If this turns out to be legit, I’d count that as a plus, because it will mean they’re telling a baseball story instead of a tourism-bureau story. Here’s hoping that’s the case.
I have no idea regarding the design theme (I was hoping for salt boxes), but at least they’re sticking to the O’s team colors — well, except for that mishmash on the upper foot, which I believe is a map of Baltimore (reversed on the left foot, presumably properly oriented on the other foot).
Again, at least they’re sticking with team colors — and maybe even using the throwback shade of gold. The lettering around the calves appears to be “BYO,” or maybe just “YOYO.” I ran that by our resident Pittsburgh expert, Uni Watch proofreader Jerry Wolper, but he had no idea what it might signify.
I like those ticking stripes! When I asked our own Alex Hider, who’s a Cincy native, about them, he said, “No idea about the stripes. This is a huge stretch, but to me the ‘C’ logo kinda evokes the layout of Crosley Field.” It does seem like a stretch, but I hope he’s right, because that would be an interesting design theme for them to be exploring.
Finally, a design I understand — I’m assuming that’s Mount Rainier wrapping around the shins. Looks like they’ve created a new “S” logo, too. Also: The shade of blue matches the Seattle Pilots-themed CC T-shirt that leaked about six weeks ago. (And no, I don’t know why this one doesn’t have the team logo in the lower-right corner like the others.)
Again, the “715” and “The A” graphics match the T-shirt leak from last month, suggesting that this uniform will honor Henry Aaron’s record-breaking 715th home run. As I mentioned when writing about the leaked T-shirt, the 50th anniversary of that home run is in 2024, so it still makes more sense for this uni to be rolled out next season, not this season. But we’ll see.
Yes, it’s all very silly. And it might not even be legit. But hey, at least we didn’t have to talk about ad patches today!