Padres' uniforms enter uncharted waters
New jerseys honor U.S. Navy, celebrate All-Star Game
SAN DIEGO -- On a sun-kissed afternoon, with the San Diego skyline serving as the backdrop, the Padres unveiled their Navy digital camouflage jersey that they will wear for Sunday home games.
And they did it onboard an aircraft carrier.
During a news conference on the flight deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the Padres, affirming their partnership with the U.S. Navy, had players James Shields and Wil Myers and manager Andy Green model the jersey.
"The Navy is part of the fabric of who we are as San Diegans," said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.
The navy digital camouflage jersey is patterned after Navy uniforms, which sailors refer to as "blueberries." The Padres worked directly with the Navy, gaining permission to use the digital pattern.
"We'll wear these uniforms proudly," said Padres team president and CEO Mike Dee.
But those weren't the only new uniforms the team unveiled Tuesday. Later in the day, the team unveiled two new home jerseys during an offseason social summit.
The team will wear a white jersey to commemorate the 2016 All-Star Game in San Diego and a brown-and-yellow jersey that will be worn for every Friday home game. Those jerseys are available now in the Padres' online shop. The new camouflage jersey will be available for purchase online in February.
This will be the first time in Major League Baseball history that a host team will wear a commemorative jersey for its All-Star season. The jersey will have an All-Star patch on the left sleeve.
"We wanted to wear something that represented San Diego," Dee said.
The home jersey is punctuated by navy and yellow. The corresponding navy hat features a two-toned yellow and white "SD."
The team also unveiled a new brown-and-yellow jersey, which was the same color combination the team wore from 1969-84. The team will also wear the brown-and-yellow bell hat worn by the Padres from 1972-84.
"We think it's a major part of our DNA," said Dee, who noted the team "toyed" with the idea having the brown and yellow as the primary home color. "To have it be a permanent part of our home portfolio, we thought was important."
In terms of the digital camouflage jersey, the wordmark across the chest of the jersey reads "Padres," an updated look with an American flag patch on the left sleeve. The team said in a release the jersey will be worn with a traditional Padres blue hat with a white "SD."
The Padres have worn camouflage jerseys in honor of the military for the past 16 seasons. In 2006, the club introduced a design that represented the Navy SEALs. Since 2011, the Padres have worn a digitally produced MARPAT (Marine pattern) jersey.
Myers, who flew in from his home in North Carolina for the event, liked the look of the jersey.
"I think we're wearing them 11 times ... so hopefully that's 11 wins," Myers said.
The team also announced that when the Navy digital camouflage jersey becomes available in the Padres Majestic Team Store at Petco Park, a portion of each sale will go back to the U.S. Navy.
"We hope they love it," Dee said, when asked about potential fan reaction. "We feel this uniform will have great traction with the fans."
And, if nothing else, the Padres certainly gained some new fans on Tuesday.
"There's no doubt they've gained 3,100 fans," said Capt. Craig Clapperton, the commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt.