The Houston Astros unveil Nike MLB space-themed City Connect jerseys, the team will debut them on April 20th

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – There’s nothing quite like dressing for your city.

Just ask the Houston Astros, who just unveiled space-themed Nike MLB City Connect jerseys that celebrate our city’s rich history in space travel while also nodding to the past with details representing the rainbow jerseys.

The new fits were shown off in a hyped video on the Astros’ social media pages on Sunday morning, complete with shots of the city’s skyline and of course various players in gear.

The naval uniforms feature unique rainbow piping throughout. The rainbow is a retro element of the Astros uniforms from the 1970s.

Here’s what each part of the uniforms represents, according to the Astros website.

  • hat logo: A new take on the traditional Star H logo brings the planetary tracks and rainbow gradient of the iconic logos of the ’60s and ’70s into the 21st century.
  • Astros cap badge: Astros is written in bold along the side of the cap in the popular space-inspired worm script.
  • Gold Nike swoosh: The Nike swoosh is embroidered with gold thread, symbolizing the gold multi-layer insulation that protects much of the mission gear in space.
  • Rainbow piping: The rainbow-colored piping sewn all over the uniform is “unique”, just like the city of Houston. Each jersey has its own gradient pattern throughout, showing the individuality and diversity of the players, fans and the city.
  • grid pattern: The grid pattern on the sleeves of the jersey is similar to the star charts used by astronomers to identify and locate stars, constellations and galaxies.
  • pants numbers: The unconventional placement of each player’s number on his right pant leg reflects the organization’s desire to forge its own path. This is again a link to the iconic rainbow uniforms of the 1970s.
  • Mission sleeve patch: Every space crew needs a mission patch to guide them through their journey. The four Houston area codes are emblazoned on the corners of the patch, surrounding the Astros’ takeover of the Texas state flag.
  • Space City Breastplate: Since the beginning of our country’s human spaceflight expeditions, people from all over the world have colloquially referred to Houston as the Space City. As the home of Mission Control, there is no better way to represent the city that continues to believe that human potential is limitless.
  • Color gradient socks: The design of the uniform’s most unique and distinctive feature utilizes our rainbow gradient pattern to represent the rocket engines that propel each shuttle into space.
  • jock day : The lunar lander symbolizes a pinnacle of human potential and alludes to Houston’s influence in propelling humanity to new heights.
  • Go to the start: The phrase is embroidered in Astros Orange along the inside of the collar as a constant reminder that our mission to achieve greatness is Go For Launch.

Fans could first get their hands on the gear at Sunday’s FanFest. The gear is also available online, where some jerseys cost around $160.

If you’d rather drop by in person to check out the collection, which includes rainbow gradient jerseys, t-shirts, hats and socks, the Astros Team Store is having extended hours this week.

Astros will debut the uniforms on April 20 when they host the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park. After that, the outfits are worn for home games on Mondays, or what the club calls “Space City Mondays”.

The Astros are among the seven ball clubs selected to wear the City Connect jerseys this season.

The Washington Nationals, who debuted their City Connect uniforms on Saturday, Kansas City Royals, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels, Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres are the other clubs wearing them for 2022.

Seven clubs wore City Connect kits in 2021, bringing the total number of teams representing their city in these themed kits to 14 by the end of this season.

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