For the last decade, the Chicago Cubs have restricted the
use of their alternate blue tops to road wear only. From the
1997 genesis of the ‘walking bear’ sets to 2008, the blue
alts could be worn at home or on the road whenever the
starting pitcher of that day chose to; current Chicago Dogs
ace Carlos Zambrano was known for his particular fondness of
these tops. In 2009 the Cubs altered their sets in two
blasphemous ways: the worst crime was the removal of the
red-brimmed cap from all road uniforms, but the error we are
here today to discuss is the removal of the blue alternate
from home jersey circulation. It has remained an option for
the starting pitcher of any road game, but that liberty has
not existed at Wrigley Field.
I am all for revoking the freedoms from our populace and
there is something civilized about a lawful guarantee that
at least one team in 81 Cubs games is to represent the
traditional clash between white and gray, but Sammy Sosa
modeled the blue top at home so beautifully from 1997 to
2004 that all should be convinced that the top belongs in
tandem with white, pinstriped trousers.
It was in the blue top at home that Sammy Sosa hit his
20th home run in June of 1998. His 60th home run in 2001,
which cemented him as the first and only man to hit 60 home
runs in three separate seasons, was done with a royally
clothed torso. To wear this fine jersey in the Friendly
Confines is to remind future generations of Sosa’s glory.
And what a fine jersey it is, perfectly modeled to the physique of Sammy Sosa. Sammy liked to wear his sleeves short and tightly held against his protruding biceps. This cannot be pulled off by lesser men but should an individual with similar muscle arrive in the North Side, his arms will be gracefully noted by pure royal blue in a sight that must be seen in Chicago.
The 1990s were not a time which feared the control of the
old. Teal, purple, black, and cool blue were the colors
proudly displayed on the flags of the young revolutionaries.
The ultimate trophy of our boldness was the combination of
alternates in these colors and the home pants bearing
pinstripes of the upmost tradition. We embraced the past but
expressed our admiration by dragging it with us. That is the
importance of wearing the alt at home. To keep it on the
road shows weakness we must exterminate if our nation is to
be built with any commitment.
The sun is finally rising, and change is coming. On June
25th and 26th against the Atlanta Braves in Wrigley Field,
the Cubs wore their blue jerseys. This is the fist instance
of the shirt’s collective home wear since 2009. As
Fascionistas we must commend the Cubs for embracing this
part of their culture.