As Opening Day waits just two weeks away, the Quad Cities River Bandits continued to gear up for the pending baseball season on Thursday by unveiling their brand new uniforms at a Modern Woodmen Park press conference.
"The uniforms really turned out great," said team owner Dave Heller. "Our fans love the new name and the new logo, and we believe the new uniforms are the best looking ones the Quad Cities have ever seen. River Bandits players are going to be proud to take the field in the black and red, and fans are going to love the sleek new look."
Modeled by members of the St. Ambrose University baseball team, the four new uniforms were showcased to represent home, road, alternate and batting practice jerseys.
The home top is a sleeveless white uniform with red trim and buttons down the front that will be worn over black shirts. The chest features script lettering with the word "River" in black above the word "Bandits" and red with a black outline, while the back has black numbers with red trim.
The road uniforms are red with white script on the front and white numbers with black trim on the back. The chest features the words "Quad Cities" written in script, with an image representing Centennial Bridge above the word "Quad." There is also black trim on the sleeves.
On both uniforms, the numbers are sized consistently on the back.
"Both the home and road uniforms have a very classic look to them," said Vice President/General Manager Kirk Goodman. "It was important to us to have 'Quad Cities' across the chest of the road uniforms because we want to represent our community as we travel around the league. We wanted to have more then just a logo to make a statement about who we are and where we come from."
While the home and road tops have a classic look, the alternate and road jerseys have an edgy, exciting feel to them. Both are black with large alternate logos on the upper left chest and a patch of the interlocked "QC" logo on the left sleeve.
"We wanted to get away from the silly colors, the uneven numbers, and the cartoonish feel of the past," added Assistant General Manager Keith Lucier. "These new uniforms are clean, crisp, and sharp but also traditional. I think our fans are really going to love them."
The alternate top is a button-down with red trim around the neck, on the sleeves, and down the front. It features an oversized version of the popular "ball guy" logo on the upper left chest and has white numbers with a red outline on the back.
The batting practice jersey is a moisture management pullover with red trim on the sleeves. The oversized logo on the upper left chest is the River Bandits second alternate, featuring only the head of the raccoon seen in the new River Bandits' logos. The back of the shirt is black with white numbers.
ABOUT THE RIVER BANDITS: After an off-season full of upgrades, the Quad Cities River Bandits will open the 2008 campaign at Modern Woodmen Park on April 3! Merchandise featuring the new team name and logo is currently available by visiting the Modern Woodmen Park team store, and season ticket packages, mini-packages, and the all-new You-Pick-10 Plan are on sale at the park or by calling (563) 3-BANDIT!
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