CLEVELAND -- The Indians were the home team for Monday's season opener at Progressive Field, but they didn't wear the home whites.
Rather, the home team wore the home cream -- a color that harkens back to the old Tribe uniforms of the late 1940s.
Jason Michaels looked at the jersey hanging by his locker before the game, turned to a clubhouse worker and joked, "Hey, what kind of detergent are you guys using?"
No, this was no laundry mistake. Opening Day gave the Indians a chance to show off their new alternate uniforms, which give the Tribe a decidedly throwback look. In addition to the cream-colored tone, the uniforms feature block "Indians" lettering on the front chest, a Chief Wahoo logo on the left sleeve and a dark navy blue cap with a block "C" logo. In keeping with the old-school look, players' names are not featured on the back of the jersey.
"I'm a fan of the home whites," designated hitter Travis Hafner said. "But we'll try these out."
Actually, Hafner did point out that the new uniforms feel lighter and have a more breathable fabric, so George Costanza would be proud.
The Indians will wear the alternate uniforms, which general manager Mark Shapiro helped design, on Sundays and holidays.
As for the players' takes on the new look, well the jury was still out before Monday's game.
"If we win," Michaels said, "I like 'em."
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.