Having reached the end of their seven-game road trip, the Los Angeles Dodgers were scheduled for a 5:10 p.m. PT start against the Colorado Rockies. However, just as the case was during the Dodgers’ last visit to Coors Field, Mother Nature intervened.
First pitch Wednesday was delayed two hours and 10 minutes, then there was another 16-minute delay in the second inning. Chad Bettis retired the Dodgers in order in the first inning, ending the inning by striking out Adrian Gonzalez.
The at-bat wasn’t necessarily anything out of the ordinary as even the hot-hitting Gonzalez is prone to coming away empty at the plate from time to time. However, the All-Star first baseman was wearing a different road jersey than his teammates, as alertly pointed out by @dodger_fan20 on Twitter:
Gonzalez changed over to the more appropriate jersey by the time he came up to bat in the third inning:
Gonzalez follows in the footsteps of Juan Uribe, now with the Atlanta Braves, who had a similar snafu during an April road game in San Diego. In Uribe’s case, he first donned the grey “Los Angeles” road jersey before changing into a “Dodgers” jersey.
Whereas some alternate jerseys greatly differ from its predecessors, the organization reverted to its roots by placing a road jersey with “Dodgers” donned across the front back into circulation. It was what the team wore for one season after moving to Los Angeles in 1958 and again from 1970-1998.
The club’s “Los Angeles” road jersey has been worn from 1959-1969 and 1999 to the present. There was no explanation given last season when the Dodgers opted for their alternate jersey when on the road, though as the year wore on, it’s seemingly what they favored. They’ve remained relatively balance with their road garb this season.