I didn’t happen to notice that ESPN.com was hosting a baseball version of “Battle of the Unis” until today, but I was happy to discover that the Detroit Tigers are alive and kicking in the quarterfinal round.
That isn’t the only matchup of teams with old-school classic looks, though. The No. 1-seeded Tigers, who still are dressed roughly the way they were when Al Kaline was in right field, take on the Cinderellas of the bracket, the No. 13-seeded Orioles, who handily beat the Royals.
The Winner of the Tigers-Orioles (54%-46% in favor of Detroit at time of post) vote will square off against either the Yankees or Red Sox (50-50 at time of post) in the American League championship round, as it were. Still alive in the National League are the Pirates, Cardinals, Cubs, and Dodgers. With Detroit, New York, and Boston still alive, the AL clearly has the more iconic threads of the two leagues.
I think we all know that Detroit’s home whites (baseball’s tuxedo’s, they’ve been called) are the best single uniform in the game, but their completely mediocre road uniforms may not allow them to take the overall crown. I’ll be voting for them, anyway.