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The Cubs’ alternative City Connect kits revealed

The MLB and Nike City Connect kits unveiled on Tuesday with the launch of the Chicago Cubs‘alternate uniforms played for the first time on Saturday at Wrigley Field against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The uniforms are mostly navy blue, with light blue accents reminiscent of the Chicago flag. They also show “Wrigleyville” on the front in a font similar to the ballpark marquee. The city’s 77 neighborhoods are marked with their names on the sleeves of dugout jackets and bullpen jackets.

“We understand the impact we are having on not just the neighborhoods around us, but all of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods,” said Lauren Fritts, vice president of marketing at Cubs, in a press release. “Cubs fans don’t just live on the North Side.”

On the left sleeve of the jersey is a patch of the city of Chicago – a circle with a Y in it, symbolizing the north, south and the main arms of the Chicago River, which converge at Wolf Point. The symbol is discreetly depicted on buildings across town. The four six-pointed red stars represent the flag of Chicago.

The star is also present with the iconic Cubs “C” on the cap. The line “Respect Our Neighborhood” is sewn over the size label of the jersey.

The cubs will also highlight nine local organizations and youth programs: the Young Chicago Authors, the Test Positive Aware Network, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, Healthy Hot Free Meals, SkyART, Inter-American Magnet School, Inner-City Muslim Action Network, New Life Centers by Chicagoland and UCAN Chicago.

The jerseys were leaked online on Friday and received a lukewarm reaction from fans on social media. MLB and Nike will reveal three more City Connect kits this season Arizona Diamondbacks Release scheduled for June 18th, the San Francisco Giants scheduled for July 9 and the Los Angeles Dodgers August planned.

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