Most of you saw the tweet, Facebook post, fanshot about the baseball uniform news that came out yesterday. Thanks in large part to the official UVa equipment twitter account posting it yesterday. Most of the reactions that I saw were VERY negative. Some just didn't like them, some thought they looked a little VPISU-y, and some gave us some snark! Although, it appears about 32 of you out there do in fact like them.
Now, before I get into the main reason for this article, let me preface it by saying that I have no idea if these will be used once, twice, or every Saturday that Brandon Waddell pitches. What I do know, is that the picture that we all saw, and that most grabbed their pitchforks because of, came from the American Baseball Coaches Association Convention. Basically, the uniform came from a trade show. Like hundreds, if not thousands, of other baseball-centric companies, Rawlings has a booth at the show that showcases their product.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>New <a href="https://twitter.com/UVABaseball">@UVABaseball</a> unis by <a href="https://twitter.com/RawlingsSports">@RawlingsSports</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UniSwag?src=hash">#UniSwag</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoHoos?src=hash">#GoHoos</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wahoowa?src=hash">#Wahoowa</a> #1186 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RoadToOmaha?src=hash">#RoadToOmaha</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UVaBase?src=hash">#UVaBase</a> ⚾️ <a href="http://t.co/NqzZbP0VGk">pic.twitter.com/NqzZbP0VGk</a></p>— Matthew Althoff (@UVAEquipment) <a href="https://twitter.com/UVAEquipment/status/552237017917308928">January 5, 2015</a></blockquote>
With the success that the Hoos have had over the past few years, Rawlings has gotten SUPER pumped. Since Coach O'Connor took over, the program has been a Rawlings program, and with that success has become a flagship program for the Rawlings name (think Oregon and Nike or UNC/Duke Basketball and Nike). There is a good chance that the jersey is more of a one off that was made strictly for the Convention. There is also a chance that Rawlings made it for the Convention to show everyone what UVa might wear this season.
The reaction from the UVa public was overall negative, but the players that I have seen haven't commented much about them. I guess time will tell, but if it means UVa baseball gets a million 5* recruits like Oregon football has gotten in the last decade, I don't think those fans will get too upset about an orange camo jersey.