Jersey Monday: Johan Santana

The Mets first spring training game is just a day away, so that means it's about time for me to spotlight a baseball jersey here on Jersey Monday.

I got this Johan Santana home replica jersey at a Mets game a couple years ago. At the time, the only Mets jerseys I owned were either blank on the back or of the throwback variety, so I wanted something that would last me a few years. Since Santana had just signed a huge long term contract, I figured this would work.

The nice thing about this jersey is it's one of MLB's upgraded replica styles. Until recent years, MLB replicas had single-color names and numbers on back, which made them a poor substitute for the authentic jersey. Despite this lack of quality, they still cost more than NFL or NBA replicas. However, rather than lowering the price, MLB upped the quality of the replica. Now, for some teams, it's actually hard to tell the difference between a replica and authentic on quick glance (the easiest way to tell is to check the back collar -- the authentics have an MLB logo there; for the Mets, the replicas also lack the front jersey number, though for teams like the Red Sox, that's not part of their style anyway).

The Mets won the game at which I bought this jersey. Since then, I've attended four more games wearing this jersey, and the Mets have won just one of them. I don't think it has anything to do with the jersey though. Mostly, it's just because the team kind of sucked last season.

Hopefully this year, Santana will stay healthy, and the Mets won't be a complete disappointment, like they were last year. The road toward success begins tomorrow.

Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 150 of them, that could be awhile.