Hype is building around the new-look New York Mets ahead of the 2021 MLB season. They made a huge trade for superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor and starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco, while adding players like James McCann, Taijuan Walker and Trevor May in free agency.
New York's additions have them primed for a World Series run. They have the fifth-best odds (+1200) to win the title in 2021 on WynnBET. The Mets are buying into the new-look trend by bringing back some fan-favorite jerseys this season.
Mets owner Steve Cohen broke the much-anticipated news that the team will don its famous black alternate jersey once again in 2021. Fans have been clamoring for these threads to rejoin the rotation, and they'll get their wish this season.
The black alternates have their place in the team's storied past. As the official jersey alternate for the Mets from 1998-2012, key players like David Wright, Mike Piazza, Carlos Beltran and Pedro Martinez all helped cement the jerseys' cult status by helping lead the team to success while wearing them.
New York rocked the black jerseys in the 2000 World Series against the Yankees. They donned them when they clinched the NL East title in 2006 as well. The threads harken back to an era of success that the current Mets are striving for. That makes this the perfect season to bring them back.
The Mets' front office is determined to make this year different. Their all-in moves signal not just hopes of returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2016 -- they want to win the World Series.
With the Mets and Yankees (+500) among the expected World Series contenders, fans could even be treated to a Subway Series rematch of their 2000 showdown. It'd be perfect if this talented roster avenged their loss while wearing the black alternates.