A few Yankees awkwardly strutted down a makeshift runway this afternoon to unveil their own Players Choice Signature Series jerseys, T-shirts and baseball caps.
CC Sabathia, Joba Chamberlain, Andy Pettitte, Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira displayed their unique creations in a press conference held at Yankee Stadium. (Curtis Granderson also designed his own apparel, but was not available to model it for us.)
Each design featured the individuals' distinct creative vision (i.e., Pettitte decorated his jersey number and Yankees logo using camouflage fabric to compliment his love of hunting, Chamberlain drew inspiration from his tattoos and Sabathia paid tribute to his beloved Oakland Raiders using a black and dark gray palette.)
Though their designs differed drastically, each player paid tribute to the city of New York using various images of Manhattan and the old and new Stadium.
“The cool thing is we’re all different,” said Teixeira. “Everyone’s hats are different, everyone’s jerseys are different, everyone’s T-shirts are different, so hopefully they’re all going to sell and we can have fun showing off what we made.”
The Yankees Players Choice Signature Series items will go on sale for the first time at the Stadium during Wednesday’s game against the Orioles. The merchandise is also available here on mlb.com and at metro-area Modell’s.
Working with the MLB Players Association, the players began designing their apparel in spring training. The process was completed in two months.
The Yankees are just one of four teams participating in the series. The Phillies (Cole Hamels, Raul Ibanez, Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth), Mets (Jason Bay, Jeff Francoeur, Johan Santana and Jose Reyes) and Twins (J.J. Hardy, Justin Morneau, Joe Nathan, Nick Punto, and Kevin Slowey) will unveil their personalized apparel on June 4, 9, and 10, respectively.
“We never get the opportunity to design stuff, so I think it’s pretty cool for all of us,” said Swisher.