It’s November and even if the San Diego Padres had been playing this fall, the season would be over. But some of the team’s stars showed up at Petco Park this weekend for a fashion show, not a ballgame.
The big reveal? The hashtag #BrownIsBack, which picked up steam on social media, offers a clue.
As MLB.com reported, the Padres unveiled their 2020 look, debuting a brown-and-gold motif. They did it by trotting out Fernando Tatis Jr., Eric Hosmer and Manny Machado on Saturday at Petco.
Tatis Jr. first appeared on the fashion stage, set up in the outfield, wearing the new road uni. It features gray pinstripes with “San Diego” stitched on the front. Hosmer came next, outfitted in the brown road version, with the city scripted in gold.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) November 10, 2019
Machado debuted the team’s new home uniform, with white pinstripes. “Padres” will be featured in brown lettering on players’ chests in a gold outline.
Home or road, the report said, the Swinging Friar logo will be on jersey sleeves.
The hashtag #BrownIsBack signified more for the team, both as a homage to past uniforms and a hopeful take on the future.
According to MLB.com, executive chairman Ron Fowler told the crowd the throwback look “is going to be the uniform we win a championship in.”
The Padres looked at a variety of different styles over the course of about two years, the report said. They engaged focus groups, and participants consistently ranked the throwback brown-and-gold look best, the chairman said.
“The way everybody is looking at it is that we can turn the page on those tough times,” Hosmer told MLB.com. “We’re trying to start a new wave now, a new culture. The brown really represents the beginning of all that.”
— Swingin’ Friar (@TheSwinginFriar) November 10, 2019
– Staff reports