I like the color brown for Padres uniforms. I like the “Bring Back The Brown” movement. It shows our commitment to Padres history and folklore. However, out of this vocal minority wanting to bring the Padres back to our roots, to our brown and yellow days, I feel just a tad off their beaten path. I like the navy blue too. I LOVED it when the Padres went to blue and orange in the 90s. I thought it looked so cool! But, in the last 15 years, our uniforms have transformed to bland, removing the orange all together and replacing it with “sand”. Then, back in 2011, they really embraced the boring navy and completely minimized the sand color to next to nothing but an outline. This was a mistake. You need a second color. You need an accent color. And, with the unveiling of the new 2016 All-Star logo, we now will have that accent color! Ladies and gentlemen…YELLOW IS BACK!
This morning, the Padres interrupted a lengthy presentation by Padres chairman Ron Fowler, San Diego Mayor/Boltman booking agent Kevin Faulconer, and Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to unveil the official logo for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game. After rumors had swirled for the better part of the last year or so that the Padres were looking at making the 11th major uniform change in franchise history, many keyed in on this moment as the one to reveal which direction that change may head. Many (including myself) were hoping for a return to the team’s brown roots.
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?
BUMMER ALERT: #Padres boss Ron "The Sultan of Suds" Fowler says it's "Not likely" the Friars will return to mustard-and-mud color scheme.
— Bernie Wilson (@berniewilson) May 25, 2014
— Bernie Wilson (@berniewilson) May 25, 2014
Disappointing indeed. But, then Fowler said something that really hurt…
This past Memorial Day weekend, the Padres hosted the Cubs and brought back the 1984 uniforms in remembrance of that glorious season in which the Padres got to their first World Series. The Padres went full bore this weekend. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday they wore 1984 uniforms, changed the colors of the various displays on the scoreboards and ribbons to brown. Players like Garry Templeton, Goose Gossage, a very young Tony Gwynn, and yes, even Steve Garvey flooded the thoughts and memories of those cognizant enough to remember.
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening in the pub. Then your scientific theory that “brown = offense” gets blown out the water by a Cubs’ pitcher not named Edwin Jackson. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (22-28) were defeated by the Chicago Cubs (18-29) last night, 3-2. If not for Carlos Quentin‘s 2-run pinch hit home run — his second PH homer of the season — it would have likely been a shutout. Travis Wood (5-4, 4.35) pitched 7 1/3 innings, shutting down the Friars’ offense until Quentin came up to bat for Alex Torres in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Billy Buckner (0-1, 4.76) — who was added to the roster to replace Robbie Erlin — pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up 3 earned runs on 6 hits and 4 walks with 4 strikeouts. One of those hits was a solo home run by Cubs’ third baseman Luis Valbuena, which knocked Buckner out of the game.
This afternoon at 1:10 pm PDT, the Padres and Cubs wrap up the series. Ian Kennedy (2-6, 3.79) takes the mound for the Padres against the Cubs and Jason Hammel (5-2, 2.91). The first 25,000 in attendance get a pair of Padres brown Knockaround Fort Knocks sunglasses.
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening in the pub. And then you have a Cardiff Crack tri-tip sandwich while the Padres are scoring 11 runs and your world is changed. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (22-27) demolished the Chicago Cubs (17-29) last night, 11-1. Tim Stauffer (2-0, 1.90) made his first start in two years in place of the injured Robbie Erlin, who was placed on the disabled list this week with the dreaded “elbow soreness.” Stauffer pitched five scoreless innings, giving up only 2 hits and a walk with 5 strikeouts.
Cubs’ starter Edwin Jackson (3-4, 4.94) was roughed up, lasting four innings while giving up 8 earned runs on 9 hits and 2 walks. Two of the nine hits were home runs by Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal. That was all the offense the Padres needed, but the brown 1984 jerseys had a few other runs in them to be unleashed.
Tonight, at 7:10 pm PDT, the Friars send out newcomer Billy Buckner to start against the Cubs and Travis Wood. It’s Baseball Night in San Diego again, with every fan in attendance getting either a Tony Gwynn, Ed Whitson, Graig Nettles, Kevin McReynolds, or Steve Garvey replica brown 1984 jersey.
I’m exceedingly cautious with all my hat and jersey purchases. I’ll think for a month or more about a new hat or jersey before making the commitment to add it to my collection. There’s a lot to think about–price, whether I should buy it online or try it out first, how it might match with my existing wardrobe…these things are important to any fashion conscious sports fan.
After months of careful internal debate, last week I finally settled on a 1969-70 brown hat and headed to a sports apparel store. The Padres store charges prices in the mid $40s for throwback hats, so I’d suggest looking elsewhere.
Once inside the store I located my hat of choice, but only a single row of them. The owner noticed the look of confusion on my face about only finding size 7 hats in my preferred style. “We only have size 7 and 7 1/8,” he told me. “Those hats don’t sell well.”
*This is kind of old now, but I never got a chance to write about it
I’m a huge Jimmy Kimmel Live fan. I watch it all the time and have even been to a couple shows in person. When he made the switch to 11:35PM on January the 8th, I tried getting tickets right away for that show, but in the end I failed (stuck on the wait list).
During that show Jimmy was interviewing Jennifer Aniston and apparently he’s pretty good friends with her fiance Justin Theroux. They recently went on vacation together and Jen just so happened to show off some pictures on the show from that trip. Here is one of those pictures: