Baltimore Orioles’ City Connect jerseys inspired by MICA Globe posters, honors neighborhoods of inner city
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The Baltimore Orioles unveiled their City Connect jersey on Monday, becoming the fifth MLB team this season and 19th team overall to debut a design. The Washington Nationals’ popular City Connect jersey was released last season and cherry blossom-themed.
The Orioles’ black and white design is basic on the outside — the only Orioles Orange is on the Nike logo, player name, and jersey tag — but on the interior, there’s a multi-colored, patchwork design featuring the neighborhoods of the city.
The jersey presents how Baltimore is viewed in more of a cookie cutter way from people who don’t live there. The inner, vibrant layer represents Baltimore residents and its culture that frequently gets hidden and overshadowed.
The bold Baltimore wordmark on the front of the jersey is inspired by the Globe Collection and Press at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) and the posters printed there that have advertised incoming bands and musical acts in the city for decades.