For the 2013 season, New Era released a whole new line of Spring Training/Batting Practice hats. Some were awesome, others not so much. The Padres fell into the category of worst hat ever. It was two-tone with the navy blue on the front and white on the back. Really? White on the back? Early on in Spring Training, I was wondering why none of the photos showed the players wearing the new hats. It’s because they despised them. I gave it the benefit of the doubt, as I tend to do here in Padres Public as the minority “blue” supporter, but once I saw it in person and on the players, I agreed with the masses that the hat was terrible.
Fast forward to 2014. I am pleasantly surprised that they made a change! The two tone is still there, but reversed with white on front and blue on back. This is much more appealing to the eyes. This same two-tone, white front design is shared by a number of other teams too and definitely works. I think this hat will now go better with our Spring Training-BP jerseys. Thank you for making the change Padres, I will now buy and wear this hat proudly.
***UPDATE*** According to SportsLogos.net, this hat is intended to be an “alternate batting practice cap”. I hope the Padres decide to ditch the 2013 model altogether and go with the new one.