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On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Rays unveiled the 1979 throwback uniforms they will be wearing on June 30. Of course, the Rays didn't exist in 1979, so it's more of a fauxback than a throwback.
The team says the uniform is "intended to be a lasting fixture for Rays fans, fully embracing the style of the era while keeping the Rays' modern colors."
These fauxbacks are a lot like the hypothetical futuristic uniforms from the "Turn Ahead The Clock" concept worn over 14 games during the summer of 1999 (which I wrote about here).
That was viewed as a disaster at the time by everyone (including me), but now it seems like a fun thing, and the world would be a little less interesting if it hadn't happened.
I feel like the same is true of this promotion: It seems sort of stupid, but it's a fun idea.
I'll be curious to see if other teams try it.