The Baltimore Orioles, like most major-league baseball teams, wear white jerseys featuring the team name for home games. The city name goes on the gray away jerseys.
Monday night was different. It was the Birds’ first home game since they played to an empty stadium amid safety concerns during protests over the death of Freddie Gray. Fans dubbed it ReOpening Day and worked to pack Camden Yards with cheering fans looking a sense of unity in the city. So the team joined in, wearing specially-made home whites with “Baltimore” (instead of “Orioles”) in orange script on the front.
The new uniforms were enough to coax manager Buck Showalter out of his black pullover:
MASN’s Roch Kubato reported Showalter’s stated reasons for going sans-pullover: “I’m very proud of Baltimore. Everyone wore it. And it fit.”