If you want to buy your own authentic jersey, I hope you’ve got a fair amount of cash and don’t mind looking a bit… doofy.
With player name and number, authentic alts will set you back $332.99 plus shipping and any applicable tax from the MLB.com shop. They also have the new air belt feature, which is intended to make life better for baseball players who will be tucking their jerseys in, but it probably isn’t a look most fans are going to want to sport themselves.
If that’s not your thing, there are also Cool Base versions of the jerseys which are a bit more affordable at $119.99 plus shipping and any applicable tax. But they’re missing the 25th anniversary sleeve patch and the front number.
I don’t expect either version of the new Mets’ alternate jersey to find its way into my closet. This is my favorite home jersey style, but if I’m spending that kind of money on a wardrobe item it needs to be something that can be worn for something more important than a trip to the ballpark.
Then there’s the bigger question: what player should I get? It doesn’t look like Jose Reyes is going to be back. I haven’t been too happy with David Wright for the past couple of years, so I don’t think I want a jersey with his name on the back.
Johan Santana? I’ve already got a 2009 black alternate jersey. Ike Davis? I’d be more comfortable with the choice if we’d seem him play a full season. R.A. Dickey? Maybe, but will he still be a Met in 2013? I think he’ll be eligible for free agency after next season.
I guess I should wait until the spring… maybe the decision will be easier then.
So what do you think of this patriotic Mets jersey I spotted at WalMart this morning? I didn’t check the price, but I think it’s cheaper than the Stars & Stripes “trucker” caps the Mets actually wore on-field, so there’s that at least.
Lelands is currently auctioning off Nolan Ryan‘s 1970 New York Mets road jersey. This unique item will not come cheap – bidding has already gone over $33,000. But if you win, you’ll have a great item to hang on your wall (or wear to the next Mets game, if you’re will to risk somebody spilling mustard on it.)