Let me start this piece off by stating that my first priority with the San Diego Padres will always be the product on the field.
I am one who was never too concerned with bringing back the brown (although I would like that), and I also came to the Padres’ defense multiple times when they moved the retired numbers. Things like this are trivial, and ultimately, the product on the field means more than a uniform color.
However, this recent choice for another uniform change is just abysmal. First off, the fact the team is changing color schemes and design again really bothers me. Enough already with all the constant changes and alterations with font and such. Pick a color and stick with it.
Secondly, this is the best you could come up with? The uniform looks like dozens of other teams and provides no identity for a franchise starved for one. Obviously, these are not permanent uniforms and the fan base will have to endure this same situation next winter. Uniforms are not made to be changed every year. Especially if you are trying to build a sense of tradition with the team.
I have heard other fans describe all of our uniforms as costumes, and it is beginning to feel that way. To start the season in 2016, the Padres wore five different jerseys in their first six games. I wrote then that it was a horrible look for a team looking to build tradition, but yet the team continues to design new looks and pump out a new jersey every year.
I get it. It is all about the mighty dollar. Changing uniforms means more merchandise sales and increased revenue. Baseball is a business, there is no debating that. The dollar bill rules all and it is what makes the whole system go around. However, by alienating the fans and pissing them off, you are treading on dangerous waters. Be careful, Padres management team. Be careful.
Here is some of the reaction of the fans and what their feelings are on a new uniform.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) November 22, 2016
Super stupid. I will not buy anything until they have the same uniform for five years. Like a normal team. https://t.co/H3AO91msAB
— Change the Padres (@ChangeThePadres) November 22, 2016
@Padres Super. Now we can continue to look like every other team with blue as its main color.
— Dave Brown (@padredave9) November 22, 2016
These are badass and what he Padres should be using all the time. pic.twitter.com/2zP7vJ72VF
— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) November 22, 2016
I think the Padres entire uniform program exists to make pointless boring changes fans don’t want but make executives feel important. pic.twitter.com/ZybDQ14hA9
— Sac Bunt Chris (@SacBuntChris) November 22, 2016
The Padres have such a fun, colorful, unique uni history but choose to look like Penn State most games. I’ll never understand it.
— Tyler Kepner (@TylerKepner) November 22, 2016
— Jeff Sanders (@sdutSanders) November 22, 2016
Amazing that the Padres, as an organization, discussed uniform adjustments and came up with this incredibly bland product. All bad.
— Justin Havens (@jayhaykid) November 22, 2016
Oh good, Dodgers blue on the back, navy on the front. Consistency. Smart. https://t.co/pgjXUM4CRV
— Padres Jagoff (@PadresJagoff) November 22, 2016
wow, these suck a lot https://t.co/xPfpmHaZv7
— Productive Outs (@ProductiveOuts) November 22, 2016
I love my @Padres, but are you guys serious with these uniforms?
— Matt Winet (@MattWinet0) November 22, 2016