Detroit Tigers debut their City Connect jerseys: here's what the details symbolize

On Monday it was Detroit's turn to show off its City Connect uniforms.
Jul 30, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons number one overall draft pick Cade Cunningham
Jul 30, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons number one overall draft pick Cade Cunningham / Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Tigers introduced their new City Connect jerseys Monday. They will debut the jerseys this Friday against the Houston Astros and continue to wear them every Friday home game for the remainder of the season.

With these jerseys and new cap, the Tigers will be throwing two free block parties for the upcoming home stand outside of Comerica Park: the first on Friday from 4-7 p.m. and the second Saturday from 12-6:30 p.m. There will be live music, food trucks and a classic car show.

Several baseball social media influencers, including myself, will be getting a box that will have the new jersey among other items related to the City Connect debut.

“We are excited to introduce the Tigers City Connect uniforms and celebrate the past, present, and future of the Motor City,” President and CEO of Ilitch Sports + Entertainment Ryan Gustafson said in a statement Monday. “There are unique features on the uniforms, caps, and batting helmets we feel Tigers fans and Detroiters will appreciate.  Above all, the uniforms are symbolic of the revitalization and exciting future ahead for the Tigers and our great city.”

Here are what the details on the Tigers' City Connect uniforms mean

Vin Tag: The City Connect uniforms and caps will feature a VIN tag that is unique to the team. The numbers are 190135456884, which represent the first year of the team's charter membership in the American League (1901), alongside 35, 45, 68, and 84, which celebrate Detroit’s four World Series Championships in 1935, 1945, 1968, and 1984.

M-1: 313 Patch: The 313 patch on the left side is a tribute to Detroit's area code. Additionally, the M-1 patch nods to the M-1 road signs, also known as Woodward Avenue, which was the first paved road in the United States.

Tire treads: The treads that are down the middle of the jersey is reflected of the city's history with automotive and as the team said in their release: “tire treads represent the wheels keeping the Motor City and the Tigers accelerating toward the future."

This marks the first time since 1995 that the Detroit Tigers are wearing something that a white version of their classic home jerseys.

Tell us what you think Tigers fans, are you a fan of the new jersey and cap?