The Sisterhood of the Traveling Jersey: The Beginning

Every great journey has a first step.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Jersey is a Gaslamp Ball community project that will chronicle the 2012 Padres season through the lives of their greatest fans and an old jersey.

Over the weekend I purchased a $25 dollar Spring Training Jersey at Padres Fan Fest. I don't know anything about the jersey. All that I can tell you is that it appears to be a remnant from a Padres club in the 90's if the colors are any indication. I'm pretty sure it was a game used jersey, if you catch a whiff my drift.

UPDATE: The jersey once belonged to First Basemen Dave Staton who played in 46 games for the Padres in 1993-1994.

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Note: We did consider buying a pair of matching baseball pants for $10 but the only pair that would even remotely fit had a stain near the fly. Gross.

Here's how our community project will work:

You, our dear reader, will sign up by commenting on this post that you would like to take part. By doing so you are agreeing to receive the jersey, wear it as much as possible during your allotted week, mail it to the next community member and then write a FanPost detailing both the jersey's journey and your own personal journey through pictures and the written word.

It will be a connecting force drawing us together as a community in the same way that a pair or pants kept 4 adolescent ladies in touch during a tumultuous summer of self discovery.

In your FanPost you'll tell us of love and heartbreak as a fan and as a overly emotional person. You'll tell us of how, while wearing the jersey, you stayed up late watching an extra inning Padres game and then stayed up even later for a make out sesh with the neighbor boy. Perhaps you and the jersey will travel to Spring Training or on a road trip with the Padres. Maybe you'll even take the jersey on vacation with you to Machu Picchu. Who's to say where you'll take this jersey and in turn where the jersey will take the rest of us?

If you'd like, you can even add to the jersey by sewing a small patch or by sticking a Padres pin as reminder of its stops along the way. You might even get it signed by a Padres player. Just keep it tasteful so that it can continue to be worn. With any luck it will return to San Diego next fall looking a little bit crazy.

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