How does a team connect to its city if it doesn’t represent a city?
The Angels haven’t represented a city since 2005, when owner Arte Moreno decided his team would no longer be the Anaheim Angels. He adopted the Los Angeles name to better convince advertisers of the huge media market his team plays in, he said, but he hasn’t added “Los Angeles” to the uniform — until now.
Angels’ City Connect uniforms pay homage to enduring Southern California themes: surf culture, the beach and the Pacific Ocean.
The promotional video features montages of beaches in Orange and Los Angeles counties with spoken references to “Surf City” – Huntington Beach – and Pacific Palisades.
When narrator John Stamos says “City of Angels,” the video shows Angel Stadium.
The uniforms unveiled Monday include a sleeve patch that reads “Los Angeles Angels.” The Angels said the patch “pays tribute to the early railroad that connected Southern California and brought people from all over the world to enjoy the coast.”
The shirts and shorts are off-white, with “angels” in red letters “in the sand,” with the “e” and “l” connected to resemble a wave.
“As a club of trout and salmon, the end of the ‘s’ is nothing more than a ‘fishtail’ end of a surfboard,” the Angels said.
The numbers on the jerseys are set with diamonds, an obvious baseball-themed tip of a legendary Huntington Beach surf shop’s cap. The asymmetrical stripes reflect vintage surfboard designs.
The jersey also includes a surfboard on the label below. The socks are accented with waves.
The Angels aren’t the first team to sport a sand color on their jersey. The San Diego Padres currently wear tan shorts for street games and sometimes a tan pinstripe jersey as well.
The Angels are scheduled to wear their uniform for the first time on Saturday.
https://www.latimes.com/sports/angels/story/2022-06-06/los-angeles-angels-appear-jersey-first-time-city-connect-uniforms Los Angeles Angels unveil their City Connect uniforms