First trip to Banner Island tonight, as the Ports debuted their new (or at least one the two new) alternate uniforms which are worn for home games on Fridays. Frankly I like the new color scheme, but the logo, as I have mentioned before, is appalling. But the silver lettering on the Navy blue looks sharp to my eyes.
Two games now into the season and it’s apparent that the Ports have some very solid pitching. Starter Blake Hassebrock did give up two runs on four hits, but four pitchers combined on a four hitter with eleven strikeouts and zero walks. Catcher Ryan Delgado opened the scoring with a mammoth home run to left. As the In-n-Out Burger “Double-Double Batter of the Game,” if he hits a double a section of the crowd gets free “Double-Double” burgers. I feel that a Home Run is technically a double-double, and if In-n-Out Burger really wanted to impress us, they’d give everybody in the park a free double-double if the “Double-Double Batter” hits a home run… Just my opinion, of course…
It was only a matter of time before the Ports bats woke up, and with some help from Bakersfield Pitching hitting two consecutive hitters, the tie was finally broken in the bottom of the 8th with a two run homer from Tony Thompson, leading to the 4-2 win and a 2-0 start to the 2013 season.
It was great to get out to the Ballpark, have a hotdog and some peanuts and just enjoy the sound of the crowd and the game for the first time this season!
I could spend a great deal of time and energy looking up words in my thesaurus to describe my opinion of the new “alternate logo,” but I will simply say that I am appalled.
STOCKTON, CA -The Stockton Ports unveiled their new alternate look at 2pm Friday, November 16th. The new identity is part of a six-month creative enhancement of the Ports franchise. “This is truly an exciting way for the Ports to re-affirm our commitment to Stockton. We feel this new logo embodies the rich history and can-do attitude of our city” said Team President Pat Filippone.
The Ports new logos honor Stockton’s heritage as the largest in-land port in California and the Asparagus Capital of the World. A new character, 5 O’clock Dock, is the centerpiece of the identity, brandishing his baseball tattoos and asparagus club. Navy, Shipyard Gray and Asparagus green make up the club’s new alternate colors. The Ports are the first professional sports team to use Asparagus green.
The Alternate uniform feature navy tops with white trim and showcase the team’s riveted “Stockton” lettering across the chest. The new navy Alternate Cap features 5 O’clock Dock brandishing his asparagus club.
The development process began last June when Jason and Casey of Brandoise met in Stockton with fans, staff and community members to learn about the stories, history, and personality of the Ports and Stockton. Brandiose developed the logos, uniforms and is dreaming up enhancements for the 2013 fan experience.
Merchandise featuring the Ports new look is available now at Banner Island Ballpark at the Ports Team Store.