The Bring Back the Brown movement now has Tony Gwynn on their side, a powerful ally. Tom Krasovic's latest article suggests that the first thing new ownership should do is kick the boring blue to the curb and return to their roots. Brown is beautiful.
"I'd love it," said the .338 career hitter, first-ballot Hall of Famer and Padre for all 20 of his major league seasons. "That's how we started, with brown. I'd love to see brown."
I've said all along that the Padres need colors that don't get lost in a sea of denim and navy. The fans support of the team needs to be seen in the stands. When a fan wears Brown, Gold and Orange they leave little doubt about who they support. It's been the team's identity since its inception and it's unique.
"Brown is part of who the Padres are, and it's definitely unique in baseball, because no one else has brown. How many teams have blue? How many have red? But none of 'em have brown."
Though it's a minor point, I do disagree that the Padres need a redesigned uniform using the old colors. I'd prefer going back to one of the old uniforms if I had a choice, but Gwynn has other ideas.
"You could make it a white uniform with brown letters and orange trim, and make it sleeveless, where you wear brown sleeves underneath. You could do a whole lot of different things. I think people would love it. And I would bet some of these young kids would want it because it's something different."
Either way in my mind it's the right decision. The Padres shouldn't be ashamed of their past, they should embrace it.
"I think a team loses something when it tries to look like someone else or tries to go after some ideal," he said. "The Padres, ever since they dropped the brown in '91, it looks to me like they're kind of pretending. They should just go all out and be who they are. The Padres should look like the Padres."