Did the Padres make special road jerseys for the All-Star Game because they designed the wrong jersey?

Since the San Diego Padres were hosting the All-Star Game, the team announced before the season they would wear special home jerseys and caps to commemorate the special event. It was something new and no other team had done it before. But it was nice sine it introduced yellow into the color scheme.

There were rumors that this was a transitional jersey as the Padres were planning to go with the color scheme full-time next season.

Still, it was a bold move to have a jersey specific to the midsummer classic. And for the most part, the jersey and cap didn’t look too bad.

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The Padres unveil some new jerseys

As part of some changes to their uniform this season, the San Diego Padres revealed their Navy-inspired camouflage set. Camouflage has been a staple for Padres home games, but this time they are going with the blue route.

The wordmark is different, which is what we should expect with their white uniform set. Overall it’s an OK look but nothing too special about it. But since it’s blue, it will match well with their blue caps.  Continue reading

I want to go to the MLB All-Star Game in 2016

When the Giants hosted the All-Star Game in 2007, I was living in New York at the time. I missed out on it. I love the All-Star Game and I would have attended that one. But that chance was gone. Now it’s announced that the All-Star Game is back on the West Coast and I actually am close enough to attend.

Living in Southern California has some perks and one is that I am only a two-hour drive away from San Diego. I could very easily go to San Diego and catch the home run derby and the All-Star Game.

Petco is a great ballpark. I have been to about 10 MLB parks in my lifetime and Petco Park is my second favorite (behind The Jake). It’s in a beautiful city, great view. The atmosphere is relaxing and there doesn’t seem to be a bad seat in the house. It’s a perfect stadium for baseball.

This is still a long time ahead from now and who knows if I would still be in SoCal. But if it’s possible, I’m going to the All-Star Game.

My favorite Tony Gwynn memory

I am still heartbroken over the news of Tony Gwynn’s death. There are only a handful of people I can say are the foundation to my love for baseball and Gwynn is one of them.

I got into baseball full-time in 1998. That year the Oakland A’s had a promotion where kids can attend games for 98 cents. Add onto the amazing home run chase and baseball was my love.

But during all of that, there was this one man quietly making waves. Tony Gwynn wasn’t hitting home runs, but slapping singles left and right. That Padres team would make it to the World Series that year. And all the talk I can remember was how Gwynn was so deserving of a title.

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Going to San Diego to see Mariano Rivera one last time

I’ve been lucky enough to see Mariano Rivera pitch before. It was special. But with this being his last season, I had to go see him one last time. I drove two hours down to San Diego to see him play. And this was my first time at Petco Park.

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The park itself was beautiful. And when the 8th inning approached, everyone started to crowd this one stairway that was above the bullpen. Security tried to clear the way for people, but it was just too hard.

The entire series featured about 50-50 split in Yankees and Padres fans. And on Saturday when Rivera came in, the entire stadium was cheering for him. It was an awesome experience to see him pitch. There was just an aura off something special there. I just can’t put it into words.

Great memories at this ballpark.

Tim Lincecum and the no-no: No-hitters are still fun to watch

Tim Lincecum celebrates his no-hitter with Buster Posey.

Tim Lincecum celebrates his no-hitter with Buster Posey.

I didn’t watch the entire game. I was too busy watching the A’s beat the Red Sox. But I switched over just in time to see Tim Lincecum throw a no-hitter. No-hitters are always fun, no matter who throws them. It’s a sign of a great accomplishment and it lives forever in time. Despite four walks and a career-high 148 pitches, it still is an amazing feat.

The Padres are a bad team and it showed. But having that kind of control and ability to stop a team, that’s impressive. And the reaction from Lincecum is what made it so special to see. The relief on his face after the final out shows that he still knows he has it in him and maybe this was what he needed to get his confidence back.

Go celebrate. It’s still amazing to see in baseball. No matter who throws it, it’s a moment in time that will never be forgotten.

Is it tribute or exploitation with military-inspired uniforms?

Tribute or exploitation?

As some of you know, the new Jacksonville Jaguars uniform will be military-inspired. In fact, from what we learned yesterday, the new set will share some design elements as a naval officer’s uniform.

With two naval bases in Jacksonville, it makes sense to have this as the team has identified their rebranding as a tribute to the military. Fair enough and I can see that.

This isn’t the first time sports teams have taken the military appreciation to their uniforms. As you all know, the San Diego Padres have their camouflage set and the MLB rolled out the camouflage caps last year. It’s great and fans dig up the merchandise for it.

But where is the line drawn between making it a tribute or exploitation for image and sales?

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