“Padres-Clothes Make the Man-But Not the Team”
GQ Magazine lays it all out infront of you. The lattes in men’s fashion clothing…the snazzy suits, the color combo ties, the plaid shirts, the pointed dress shoes.
GQ should do the same to major league baseball’s wide array of uniforms.
Ah the great debate this summer, the Padres uniforms, and its choice of colors.
Not a lot of debate of losing streaks, who’s hot-vs-who’s not, not even trade rumors, or trade reaction to the Brad Hand to Cleveland deal.
No it’s about uniform colors.
The Padres began life with the ‘Taco Bell’ look. Brown and Mustard yellow.
Sometimes the design layout was acceptable, many times it was not.
It was followed by brown, with pinstripes, and then brown and white with yellow and orange piping.
Then came the blue uniforms, in all shades of blues, and different lettering depending on the year.
We had blue-white-orange, a nice touch. Blue pinstripes, with orange piping, In fact, the snazzy look was the one team wore when it went to the World Series.
That was followed by a wide array of bad blue choices.
Blue and White.
Throwback designs from the old Pacific Coast League days.
Blue and Sand colored piping, with road uniforms that looked like pajamas..
We fast forward now to Blue and Cream White, a rather bland look, almost equal to the bland last place teams the fans have had to endure’
And now ownership is deep into debate with fans in focus groups, about ‘bringing back the brown’. Brown and gold, maybe brown pinstripes, but surely not chocolate brown and mustard yellow.
The Yankees and Dodgers designs go back to the 1930s. The Cardinals birds on a bat dates to the 1940s. The Giants colors and script have remained the same. So has the ‘swinging red socks of the Red Sox.
I personally like the Blue-White-Orange pinstripes. A bit of a Yankees look, but color included.
What I’d really like to see would be a first place team wearing the new uniforms.
Tony Gwynn wore all the colors in his Hall of Fame career. It’s the man in the clothes that makes the difference.
But I guess I can ask for only so much in any given year from the people at Petco Park.
Clothes make the man, maybe. Better players would make for better baseball in San Diego, regardless of whether it was dressed in brown, blue or whatever.
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