The unveiling of MLB and Nike’s City Connect uniforms continued on Tuesday with the introduction of the new Chicago Cubs alternate uniforms, which will be worn for the first time on Saturday at Wrigley Field against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The uniforms are mostly navy blue with light blue accents to evoke the Chicago flag. They also feature “Wrigleyville” across the front in a font similar to the ballpark’s marquee. The city’s 77 neighborhoods are acknowledged with their names on the sleeves of dugout and bullpen jackets.
“We’re aware of the impact we have not only on the neighborhood surrounding us, but on all of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods,” said Cubs vice president of marketing Lauren Fritts in a press release. “Cubs fans don’t just reside on the North Side.”
The jersey’s left sleeve features a patch of the Chicago municipal device — a circle with a Y inside it, symbolizing the north, south and main branches of the Chicago River, which converge at Wolf Point. The symbol is subtly featured on buildings throughout the city. The four six-pointed red stars represent the Chicago flag.
The star is also present with the iconic Cubs “C” on the cap. The line “Respect Our Neighborhood” is stitched above the jersey’s size tag.
The Cubs will also spotlight nine local organizations and youth programs, including the Youth 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 of Chicagoland and UCAN Chicago.
The jerseys were previously leaked online last Friday and received a lukewarm response from fans on social media. MLB and Nike will unveil three more City Connect uniforms this season, with the Arizona Diamondbacks scheduled for June 18, the San Francisco Giants scheduled for July 9 and the Dodgers scheduled for August.
White Sox rookie Seby Zavala first in MLB history to hit his first three career home runs in same game
Zavala became the first player in big league history to hit his first three career home runs in the same game, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The 27-year-old catcher played his 18th game in the majors — he was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on July 6 to replace the injured Yasmani Grandal.
Batting ninth, Zavala hit a solo homer in the third off Triston McKenzie. Zavala connected for a grand slam off McKenize in the fourth for a 6-1 lead and a solo drive against Bryan Shaw in the seventh.
Seby Zavala is the 1st player in MLB history to hit his first 3 career home runs in the same game (pending inclusion of Negro League stats). pic.twitter.com/o4WxLM4MtQ
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 1, 2021
With a chance to become the 19th player to hit a record-tying four homers in a game, Zavala singled in the eighth and finished with six RBIs.
Zavala — who will turn 28 on Aug. 28 — played at San Diego State, finishing up with the Aztecs in 2015. Later that year, he was a 12th-round selection by Chicago in the June entry draft. He hit 20 home runs at Triple A Charlotte in 2019.
Michael Kopech (3-1) took the loss for the White Sox, allowing five earned runs in just one inning of work.
Perhaps more important to the long-term outlook of the White Sox staff, newly acquired Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth in his first appearance after they acquired him from the Cubs at the trade deadline Friday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. on 10-day injured list with shoulder trouble
SAN DIEGO — Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday, a day after partially dislocating his left shoulder for the third time this season.
Tatis, the National League’s starting shortstop in the All-Star Game, was injured Friday night while sliding awkwardly into third base in the first inning against the Rockies. He was in pain as he was led off the field by manager Jayce Tingler and a trainer.
Tingler said Tatis was “a little bit more sore than maybe some of them we’ve had in the past.”
The Padres, who are in third place in the NL West and in control of the second wild-card spot, are keeping their fingers crossed that the electrifying 22-year-old Tatis will be back in 10 days.
Tatis leads the NL with 31 home runs. He’s hitting .292 with 70 RBIs.
Philadelphia Phillies minor leaguer Daniel Brito suffers medical emergency, postponing Triple-A game
Philadelphia Phillies minor leaguer Daniel Brito suffered a medical emergency during Saturday’s game between the Rochester Red Wings and Lehigh Valley IronPigs, forcing the Triple-A doubleheader in Rochester, New York, to be postponed.
The IronPigs third baseman began to wobble in the bottom of the first inning of the second game and had to be helped by the Red Wings manager — who was coaching in the third-base box. Brito then lay on the field for approximately 20 minutes and was administered oxygen by a paramedic, according to the Democrat and Chronicle. An ambulance eventually arrived and Brito was taken to a local hospital.
“In the best interest of the players and coaches for both teams, today’s Red Wings doubleheader has been suspended due to a medical emergency on the field in the bottom of the 1st inning,” the Red Wings said in a statement posted to Twitter.
Brito, a 23-year-old from Venezuela whom the Phillies signed in 2015, had recently made his debut in Triple-A.
Rochester won the opening game 3-0.
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