The Detroit Tigers have one of baseball’s most iconic uniforms. Any changes they’d make — aside from MLB’s holiday uniforms — would be minimal at most. But as we learned Thursday, even slight changes are too much for some Tigers fans.
The Tigers announced a tweak to their uniforms for 2018: They’re making the Olde English D on their uniforms and cap match, because they hadn’t in the past. They’re taking inspiration from the team’s 1904 and 1905 uniforms for the new D. Have a look at these before and afters:
Not a *HUGE* difference, right? The D on the jersey is the biggest change. The Ds on the caps are also a bit bigger. Here’s the Tigers explaining a little more about the change in their announcement:
Due to varying manufacturer interpretations of the Olde English ‘D’, inconsistent production capabilities and early technology limitations, Detroit Tigers uniform logos have changed more than 50 times since the club was founded in 1901 – including 22 updates to the home jersey. The “cap ‘D’” mark will now be worn on home jerseys and be the sole Olde English ‘D’ logo used on official Detroit Tigers merchandise. Additionally, the club announced the enlargement of the logo on both home and away caps, sized comparably with other Major League team headwear
This move by the ballclub honors a storied tradition and heritage. The ‘D’ had been used on the jerseys of the Detroit Tigers of the Western League in the late 19th century, and it was first used by the Tigers in the Major Leagues in 1904.
You’d think a unified look would make sense and fans would be like, “Ok, fine.” If you think those things, let us introduce you to a place called Twitter, where Tigers fans had these things to say (and these are the ones without curse words):
One of the best uniforms in sports history ruined…just sad!
— Marc Najor (@Marc_Najor) January 25, 2018
This is disgusting. The oldest logo in sports gone to try and sell more jerseys for this dumpster fire team. #joke
— Chris Ruemenapp (@CCRuemenapp) January 25, 2018
Sorry but it just looks awful
— Patrice In MI (@PattiMShep) January 25, 2018
Really? Wanting to make money on jerseys because the team won't draw flies this year? Pathetic. I'm embarrassed to be a Tigers fan. You won't get my money this year
— Bob smith (@Indict_them_all) January 25, 2018
No. No, it’s not. Please re-think altering your franchise’s iconic symbols. God I hate this.
— T.C. Cameron (@ByTCCameron) January 25, 2018
— Matthew Brando (@michaelmannman) January 25, 2018
I understand the attachment that fans have to logos, I really do. But it’s not like the Tigers started using yellow Ds or Helvetica lettering. The Tigers are sticking to their roots and bringing some semblance of unity to their look. It’s not like they’re the Padres.
This fan gets it. Because two if Tigers fans see each at the ballpark this year, one in the new jersey and one in the old, the meeting will still go like this:
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