Shut Up, Ron Fowler 2: Troll Harder

Retro weekend.  Three out of four games against the Chicago Cubs honoring the 1984 National League Championship team.  And brown.  Lots of brown.

You might think this would be a perfect time to announce that the Padres were working on new uniforms that somehow incorporate brown into the color scheme.  I mean, they’re honoring their past, right?  They wore the brown 1984 road jerseys two nights in a row, at home.  And gave away 40,000+ brown replica jerseys to fans on Saturday.  Brown is arguably the most identifiable color used by a Major League team.  Ever!

No brainer, right?

Then Bernie “The Woirst” Wilson of the Associated Press revealed the following:

Disappointing indeed.  But, then Fowler said something that really hurt…

That’s right.  The “vocal minority” is apparently back, baby!

I thought that whole concept finally died when Tom Garfinkel took his talents to South Beach.  With the exception of The Vocal Minority, that is.

And, if that wasn’t enough…

The reaction on Twitter was pretty much what you probably expect it was:  Anger and confusion.

But, singingfriar may have hit the proverbial nail on the head:

Here’s the thing:  Nearly everyone that has any influence over the issue at the Padres seems to believe this so-called “vocal minority” wants the 1984-style road jerseys that the team wore on Friday and Saturday.  While those jerseys are popular, and look sharp, that’s not what the Bring Back The Brown movement is trying to do.  The whole concept is intended to modernize the Padres look with something that incorporates the color brown back into the design.

There’s enough teams out there that have blue and white.  There’s plenty of teams that have blue and red.  There’s even a couple that use blue and orange.

No one — I repeat, no one — has brown.

Grow a pair, Padres.  The worst MLB can do is say “no.”  At least then you can say you tried, instead of stringing us along with teases, hints, and heavily promoted retro weekends.

As for you, Ron Fowler?  You’re starting to get a reputation of saying the wrong things at the wrong time.  Do us all a favor and just shut up and write the checks.  Let the PR department handle the press queries, because you’re horrible at it.


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  • USMC53

    Well said.
    Keep beating the drum. They can’t ignore their fanbase forever.

    • Oh, I wouldn’t make that challenge at all. San Diego sports history tells us otherwise.

  • Shaqapopolis

    To be fair, I do want the 84 jersey’s back. However if you told me current uni’s or a variation on the theme brown, I would go with the brown. Those mock ups floating around looked good to, especially the one with Rizzo in pinstripes (I can’t believe I liked pinstripes). Once we’ve brought back the brown we can then get to work on getting the players to show a little more sock…

  • Bryan

    I don’t really find it too difficult to believe that a majority of Padres fans don’t want brown uniforms. Sure there’s a lot of noise about it on Twitter but what, only 16% of Americans use Twitter? I have several friends, with varying degrees of investment in the Padres, who don’t like the idea of wearing brown, whether it’s incorporated with yellow and/or orange or another color. Yes it’s the Padres’ original color, but I don’t think it’s particularly aesthetically pleasing nor a color that the average fan would be stoked to wear to the ballpark. I understand the need for forging an identity and absolutely agree that the current uniforms are boring, but is the insistence on brown the answer to those problems? I’m in my late-20’s now and don’t ever remember the Padres in anything but dark blue, so there is a considerable portion of the fanbase who are more apt to associate the Padres with that color. My ultimate point is that I don’t think the Padres’ front office is being incredulous when stating that a “minority” of fans are advocating the brown. I do hope that the team can find a design that is recognizable, unique, and modern, but I don’t think incorporating brown is the only way to do that.

    • Friarfanatic

      Why not just show the “research”they did then? Calling it a “Vocal Minority” without anything to back it up makes it seem like they are just trying to push a grass roots movement under the rug, and quell its momentum.

  • Neal White

    The snark level in these tweets paint an ugly picture of the Bring Back the Brown movement.

    • Twitter = snark. Doesn’t matter what you’re passionate about.

    • Friarfanatic

      I mean, how dare they be upset when they are pushed to the
      side and ignored! Too snarky?