While, for the past several season, the club has worn brown alternate uniforms on Friday home games and other special occasions, fans have clamored for the Padres to make a full time return to their sartorial roots for some time.
The San Diego Padres unveiled the team's new uniforms in a ceremony at Petco Park Saturday. The final version of the new primary jerseys were to be submitted in May. After that they went with only slight brown or gold accents and then just blue and orange until 2003. The next morning, a quote in the San Diego Union captured the motive. According to this scribe and his authoritative opinions, too many teams are blue these days, so the return to distinctive brown is a belated and welcome thing.
"People wanted brown and we gave it to them".
"It's going to be different, it's going to be unique and like they said, they're going to know who's playing right away when they see the brown on the field", said Tatis, whose phenomenal rookie season was cut short by a stress reaction in his lower back.
As Chris Creamer of the very excellent SportsLogos.net notes, the Padres have subtly tweaked the font of the "SD", and they've also incorporated the "swinging friar" logo as a sleeve patch. "We're trying to start a new wave now, a new culture, and the brown really represents the beginning of all that".
There's always been a clamoring for the return of the Padres' vintage look, and the club has at last made that happen. Rookie manager Jayce Tingler was hired late last month.