Authentic Washington Nationals Stitched Jerseys: What To Know Before Buying


When you are shopping for your next Washington Nationals stitched jersey it is important to understand which jerseys are really stitched and which just have screen-printed graphics. If you don’t know the differences, it can be easy to get it wrong. This article can give you some guidance. There are two main types of MLB jerseys. Here’s what you need to know before you buy:

  • Nike Authentic Jerseys – These are the stitched Nationals jerseys. This is is the closest you can get to wearing what the Washington Nationals players wear. Embroidered graphics and authentic paneling. This is the most premium MLB fan jersey you can buy. Click here to view these Nationals Authentic jerseys at MLBShop.com (paid affiliate link takes you to MLBShop.com).
  • Nike Replica Jerseys – These replica jerseys are not stitched. They are a more affordable alternative to the Authentic jerseys. Although they look very similar, they don’t have all the premium finishes that the Authentic Nationals jerseys have. These replica jerseys have heat-sealed graphics. Great if you are on a tighter budget. Click here to view these Nationals Replica jerseys at MLBShop.com (paid affiliate link takes you to MLBShop.com).

In this article let’s take a closer look at the stitched Nationals jerseys so you can have a better idea what to expect. We will also link out to our other MLB jersey resources in case you want to read more about these jerseys.


Authentic Washington Nationals Stitched Jerseys

Which Nationals Jersey is Stitched?

As we discussed above, the Nike Authentic MLB jerseys are the MLB jerseys that have authentic embroidery. Most teams offer their authentic jersey to fans in the home, road, and alternate colors so you can choose which one you prefer.

For example, here’s what the home version of the Washington Nationals Authentic Jersey looks like:

This is the current price of this authentic Nationals jerseys available at MLBShop.com (paid affiliate link takes you to MLBShop.com). Because these are the stitched Nationals jerseys, they will be more expensive.

These Nike Authentic jerseys are quite popular and coveted by many baseball fans. As we discussed earlier, this is the closest you can get as a fan to wearing what the Nationals players wear on the field.

These Nationals Authentic Jerseys do have the mesh paneling on the back side of the jersey below the belt. I believe this is actually referred to as an “Air Belt”. Here’s a close look at the “Air Belt” mesh paneling on the bottom of a Nike Authentic MLB Jersey:

stitched-jersey-paneling

This “Air Belt” was incorporated in 2016 when MLB made changes to the jerseys based on, in part, input from the players. This mesh paneling increases air flow and reduces body heat for the players. And because the Authentic jerseys are made to mimic what the players wear on the field, your authentic Nationals jersey will also have this mesh paneling.

Are Replica Nationals Jerseys Authentic?

The Nike Replica jerseys are the more affordable option, and no they are not authentic. The replica jerseys will look very similar to the authentic jerseys, but have fewer premium design features, which keeps production costs down, and allows them to be sold at a more affordable price point.

This is the current price of the Nationals replica jerseys available at MLBShop.com (paid affiliate link takes you to MLBShop.com). No, these replica jerseys do not have the authentic embroidery, so if you are shopping for a stitched Nationals jersey, you will need to stick with the Nike Authentic Jerseys we discussed earlier.

The graphics on these replica jerseys are heat-sealed. Overall, the replicas still look very nice. And even though they aren’t authentic jerseys, this is still a cool way to rep your favorite player or team, especially if you are operating on a tight budget.

Authentic Nationals Jersey Sizing Information

Nike became the official outfitter of MLB in 2020. The previous outfitter was Majestic. Having owned both Majestic and Nike authentic jerseys, I can tell you that overall, the sizing is very similar.

In my experience, MLB jerseys do fit a little bit big, but I usually order my normal sizing. If you want to read more in-depth regarding sizing, visit our articles linked below:

Other Washington Nationals Information

If you are interested in attending a Washington Nationals game, understanding where to park and how to enter the stadium can be a bit confusing. So can the policies and procedures surrounding MLB games. Below are some helpful resources to get you started:

Nationals Stitched Jersey Color Information

As we discussed earlier, the most all MLB teams will offer the Nike Authentic Jerseys to fans in the home, road, and alternate colors, but it is important to understand that availability can be an issue, especially during baseball season when sales increase.

The Washington Nationals home jersey is white. It has a red and navy blue pinstripe straddling the buttons and meeting behind the neck. These same stripes are at the bottom of each sleeve, as well. There is a red cursive “W” on the left chest which is outlined in navy blue. The Nationals logo is on the left sleeve. Some versions have the player’s number on the front chest, slightly lower than the “W” across from it.

The Washington Nationals away jersey is grey with “Nationals” written in cursive across the chest, slanting slightly upward. The “s” loops around and comes back to underline all of the letters across the chest. The player number is just below the text on the left ribcage. The Nationals logo is on the left sleeve.

The Washington Nationals have several alternate jerseys but the most common one that mirrors the home design, using a red jersey with a white “W.” There is also an alternate that uses the same design as the away except with a navy blue jersey and white script outlined in red.

The last thing to remember is when you are buying an authentic Nationals jersey, you will need to buy a stitched Nationals jersey. All Authentic Nationals Jerseys have stitched on graphics, not printed on.

Joshua Lloyd

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