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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.”
On last week’s #SDLive* on Fox Sports San Diego, UFC fighter Phil Davis was presented with a Padres hat in Pittsburgh Pirates colors. Davis lives and trains here in San Diego, but was born and raised in Pittsburgh, so the Pirates are his team. Someone at FSSD got the bright idea to combine the two for him.
*Don’t ask me why I was watching this show. I really don’t remember. I’m pretty sure I hadn’t had any beer that evening, so I wasn’t inebriated. Rest assured, I switched channels shortly after this hat showed up.
This segment (if you can call it that) did get me thinking:
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.
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So, just to be clear, Jeff Pearlman of SI writing for Esquire, wearing an ’84 Padres cap is the equivalent to working at a Taco Bell? The hell kinda thing is that to say? BP from Lobshots here, that’s an article from last summer, and I take issue with almost everything Pearlman said. Everything except the part about Tony Gwynn being a legend and the ’84 Padres hat being the best all-time. As fans, we are fully immersed in the era of the throwback. More now than ever, our jerseys, our hats, our everything is throwback. We happen to live in the best city in America, and our two professional sports teams just happen to have the best throwback gear, the Padres’ brown and mustard, and the Bolts’ powder blues. The hats you see above were a rarity at Padres games just a few years ago, and now, they’re everywhere… might as well learn a little bit about ’em.