Nostalgia is all the rage right now, so the Royals and Mariners decided to hold a tribute to “Turn Ahead the Clock Night”, a marketing gimmick the two teams participated in 20 years ago. That night, the teams put a twist to “Turn Back the Clock” nights that had become popular, by imagining what baseball would be like in the future. So tonight, the Royals and Mariners are paying homage to the past by pretending like it’s the future. Got it?
Anyway, it is always difficult trying to imagine what people will dress like in the future. According to George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, we should be wearing soul-crushing all grey flannel jumpsuits. The recent futuristing movie Her has us all wearing super high-waisted pants. And Marty McFly promised us hoverboards by now.
According to the marketing departments of the Royals and Mariners, here is what baseball might look like in the year in the future.
Today’s unis in Seattle as we Turn Ahead the Clock. pic.twitter.com/ijfMKDhFR6— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) June 30, 2018
Wave of the future? pic.twitter.com/YkAYYe8Tem— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) July 1, 2018
Royals batting helmets are crazy pic.twitter.com/qHSUHQEndj— Born Salty (@cjzero) July 1, 2018
Tim Hill is on #TeamSleeveless. #Royals #TurnAheadTheClock pic.twitter.com/X9hVkmR5If— FOX Sports Kansas City (@FSKansasCity) July 1, 2018
Oh Sweet George Jetson they’re worse than 1998 #TurnAheadTheClock pic.twitter.com/YKxLl7G0x8— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) July 1, 2018
The Mariners seemed to take more liberties with their appearance.
These just look like the MTV Rock N' Jock uniforms... pic.twitter.com/SiNcdxqmAt— Shaun Newkirk (@Shauncore) July 1, 2018
️ MLB SHOULD MAKE A SLEEVELESS OPTION YEAR-ROUND pic.twitter.com/lkA29JLVAU— Lookout Landing (@LookoutLanding) July 1, 2018
Is there a correlation between sleevelessness and winning?
Hell, half the Mariners are going guns out. None of the Royals? That’s why this Seattle team is winning. On the 2015 Royals, 7 of the 9 guys woulda gone sleeveless.— Nate Bukaty (@nate_bukaty) July 1, 2018
Umpire John Tumpane (hey, shouldn’t he be dressed as a robot?) wasn’t into it though.
When the fun police try to meteor shower on your future parade pic.twitter.com/BPL59IEDFo— Lydia Cruz (@TheLydiaCruz) July 1, 2018
What do you think? Is this the wave of the future? A fun gimmick? A disgrace to the game of baseball? Permanent damage to your retina?