Here’s my promotional replica Blue Jays jersey of Edwin Encarnacion and José Bautista. 20,000 of these replica jerseys were given out at Rogers Centre on Sunday, May 25th, 2014. As the days are getting hotter, and the Jays are playing better the hype around this team is growing. I say this because by the time I got to the SkyDome (an hour before gates open) there was already a huge lineup. Needles to say, people wanted this jersey. The only problem was the Jays staff and Twitter were reluctant to give out details about the jersey. As a result many people were disappointed to find out that the jerseys came in a size XL, and that you weren’t allowed to choose a player’s jersey. This caused a lot of people to be disappointed and wanting to trade jerseys (usually for a Bautista). Fortunately I wear XL, and I was able to grab a jersey of each player.
The actual quality of the jersey isn’t as great as a Majestic brand replica jersey. The polyester material is lighter, the stitching can easily come apart, and the name/number/logo is heat pressed. With regular use (let alone heavy use), the jersey is bound to come loose and the name/number/logo to rub off. Yet considering all those issues, the jersey is still nice to have because it is a collectable that you could only get coming to a game. For me this means that even if years from now the jersey looks like it survived a nuclear blast, I will still be proud to wear a part of Blue Jays history (the same way people still hold on to 92’93’ t-shirts).