New York Mets fans can rejoice as the long-awaited return of the alternate black jerseys is finally here. Owner Steve Cohen said back in March that the jerseys would return this season, but now a date is set. Mets players will wear black on Friday, July 30 and every Friday night home game that follows.
Mets Black Jerseys
The jersey was first introduced in 1998 and remained an alternate option for the Mets until the 2012 season. That was the 50-year anniversary season of the franchise and ownership decided to return to the traditional blue and orange jerseys that the team had been wearing since its first season in 1962.
Of course, the first player that comes to mind when seeing the orange and black mashup is Hall of Famer Mike Piazza. In fact, the Mets made their first trip to the World Series in 2000 wearing the alternate jerseys with the help of a great season from the exciting catcher.
The Mets expect the announcement to bring more fans to the ballpark and will be giving away 12,000 black Francisco Lindor t-shirts to fans on that first night.
Overall, the black jerseys will be worn five times during the regular season. It remains to be seen if the team would wear them at all in the playoffs. The Mets currently have odds set at -260 to win the NL East division and odds set at +900 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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