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Monday is Veterans Day, and the Mets have marked the occasion by unveiling camouflage jerseys that they will wear on five "Military Monday" home dates in 2014.
As you can see from the photo, the jerseys are various shades of beige and brown, colors far outside the Mets' blue-and-orange color scheme; quite frankly, they're ugly. That's par for the course, alas. The Padres, who have worn camouflage jerseys at home on Sundays (plus Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day) since 2008 in honor of the military based in their community, have a more harmonious color palette of midnight blue, white and sand, and their camo jerseys aren't much better.
While the jerseys themselves are a fashion affront, the program that surrounds them is laudable. On each Military Monday (April 21, July 7, July 28, Sept. 8 and Sept. 15), active and retired US military personnel with proper identification will receive complimentary tickets for themselves and up to three guests and a 10 percent discount on retail items sold at the ballpark. For other home games, active military personnel will continue to receive complimentary admission.
Additionally, front office staff, players and alumni will visit Veterans Administration hospitals on those five Monday dates to meet recovering veterans and the medical staff caring for them. At each Military Monday, a Mets player will present a "Veteran of the Game" with an autographed camouflage jersey.