Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Who has the Best Uniforms in College Baseball?
The Debate is on. This is a question that sluts itself around to each and every baseball blog, message board, and fan website there is, and it usually ends with each person voting for the uniforms of their favorite team.
And when the Ole Miss fan disagrees with the LSU fan who thinks that the Tigers' Gold jersey is the nations best unit, the proud LSU fan of course responds with, "How many rings have you won in your uniforms? That's what I thought!" It's like clockwork, and it's what every online baseball debate that's meant to be fun and light-hearted comes down to - people taking things personally and losing sight of the initial question.
Well we're talking style here people, so don't let your loyalties confuse you. I'm not gonna say there is one ultimate "best in show" uniform in college baseball right now - I do like the LSU Golds, Ole Miss has some classic combos, the Stanford pullover is timeless, and I even like what Under Armour has done with Auburn and South Carolina's look.
Texas pretty much put the white hat on the map and Miami's "U" on the hip is an example of the school's flashy style, while UNC offers an understated elegance in their light blues. Michigan represents the Midwest well in their classic colors, and UConn's old-school stirrups go perfectly with their ageless look.
But for my money, there's no uniform out there that's better than Clemson. Clemson's all white uniforms are where tradition meets flash, and Jack Leggett and company cover all their bases. They've got the all white batting gloves, custom white and orange cleats, and the mix of orange and purple is unusual, but it works. I can't tell you another sports team that combines these colors, but Clemson does it, and they do it well.
At least four different hat options, jersey tops up the wazoo, and the thickest piping in the country. The best part about it: I don't even think they have gray pants. I've seen them play for years and I think they only wear white bottoms, which is awesome (if you're good, of course). "We'll play at your place and we're gonna wear white pants because we're Clemson and we don't give a crap about the home team - we wanna look good."
Yes, it sounds like I'm chugging the Clemson Kool-aid and going back for seconds, but I assure you I was not a Tiger - that's just how classic their uni's are. All players have to wear their pants low - hell, they don't even give out colored socks to wear underneath in case your pants ride up at the ankle. What do they wear? White socks.
The only knock I had against Clemson's repertoire was that on the back of their hats, underneath the paw reads OMAHA. Whoah, really? What if on the back of UCLA's basketball jerseys they sewed in Final Four? We get it, you're traditionally a powerhouse and expect to get to Omaha - if you don't the season was a bust - but writing it on your hats? Seems a little extreme.
I of course thought this way up until they actually did make it to Omaha last year and then I couldn't believe how sweet it was that they have Omaha written on their hats - They called their shot! What swagger! See, you have to expect to be there!
So there you have it- in my mind, Clemson has the look to beat in college baseball. Now if we could only get them to flatten out their outfield they'd be on to something.