This past weekend, Major League Baseball players gave their own spin to their uniforms during the second annual Players Weekend, an occasion created last season to celebrate the passion for the game that all ballplayers, young and old, have in common. Players wore colorful uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth league uniforms, just in time to celebrate the Little League Baseball World Series taking place in Williamsport, Penn. "The journey from youth leagues to Major League Baseball is one that players don't take alone," said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. upon the weekend's creation in 2017. "Major League players have been supported by family members, coaches, and organizations that helped them develop their unique skills and overcome challenges to reach the highest level of the sport. These games will allow the players to thank those who were important in their lives while showcasing their personality in a fun way that fits baseball's community-driven focus." Players relished in the opportunity to have a nickname placed on the back of the jerseys, as well as to wear and use uniquely colored and designed spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, and other equipment. Although Players Weekend officially took place from Aug. 24-26, the Mets and Phillies got a head start on the fun, donning their Players Weekend uniforms during the second annual MLB Little League Classic just around the corner from the LLBWS on Aug. 19. Throughout baseball, nicknames ranged from the inventive, such as Brad Boxberger's emoji-laden representation of his last name, to the obvious, as was the case with Mookie Betts, who simply used his real-life nickname, "Mookie" on the back of his jersey. Celebrating all Major Leaguers, Players Weekend was the perfect way to provide passion and excitement for both players and the fans, many of whom cherished the opportunity to catch a glimpse of their favorite players taking the field with the pure excitement of a newly-minted Little Leaguer.
Photos By: Boston Red Sox: Billie Weiss/MLB Photos; Baltimore Orioles: Todd Olszewki/MLB Photos; Cleveland Indians: Jason Hanna/MLB Photos;Chicago Cubs: Stephen Green/MLB Photos; Philadelphia Phillies: Jon Blacker/MLB Photos; Houston Astros & Los Angeles: Blaine Ohigashi/MLB Photos; Los Angeles Dodgers: Jon SooHoo/MLB Photos