The New York Mets are about to introduce the black jerseys after months of speculation regarding the matter. One of the most polarizing subjects among hardcore fans, the re-introduction of the equipment was announced by team owner Steve Cohen.
Cohen, who took over the team just a few months ago, said on Monday that the Metsâ€™ players will use the black uniform in â€œa few games.â€
â€œIt is the most critical question that needed to be answered — more important than anything else we could even imagine,â€ Cohen said, laughing, on a YouTube Q&A with fans. While replying to a follow-up question, the owner called the black jerseys â€œanother example of celebrating Mets history.â€
The Mets wore the black jerseys regularly from 1998 to 2012. Some historic players have been outspoken in their support of the equipment, associated with the Metsâ€™ 2000 World Series trip and the 2006 postseason run.
Metsâ€™ slugger Pete Alonso loves the black uniforms
Even current members of the team have advocated for them to be back, including Metsâ€™ first baseman Pete Alonso.
â€œThe reason why I love the black uniforms so much [is] when I think of the New York Mets, I think of Pedro [MartÃnez],â€ Pete Alonso said last year. â€œI think of Mike Piazza. I think of Edgardo Alfonzo. I think of Cliff Floyd. David Wright wore the blacks. Carlos BeltrÃ¡n wore the blacks. I think of so many just electric players that wore the black.â€
â€œIâ€™m just picturing in my mind everybody in the stadium with a blackout jersey,â€ Alonso said recently. â€œI think it would be so intimidating, just a sea of black shirts out there in the outfield with music banging out of the speakers, lights going. It would bring a lot of swagger and a lot of moxie.â€
The Mets will show a lot of that swagger with the black uniforms.