The Padres were aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt to introduce their new Navy "Blueberry" camouflage uniforms. They broadcasted the 10 minute event on Periscope allowing some 1.1 thousand fans to watch online. The suspense for the event was palatable and made us fantasize what may happen.
In a perfect world, the @Padres would introduce hideous uniforms to our dismay then catapult them off the deck to reveal brown and gold.— Gaslamp Ball (@gaslampball) December 1, 2015
It didn't turn out quite like that, but I still held out for a catapult launch.
Manager Andy Green, OF Will Myers and P James Shields modeled the new uniforms.
New digital Navy camo pic.twitter.com/LQq5FDLUxF— Ben Higgins (@BenHigginsSD) December 1, 2015
Padres President Mike Dee said that the team would still wear Marine Corps Desert MARPAT camouflage on select days in 2016.
Not everyone was happy with the quality, the message or the brevity of the event.
Dee interrupted the conclusion of the event to say that the #Padres script would show up on other uniforms.— Gaslamp Ball (@gaslampball) December 1, 2015
Whether you love them or hate them, don't expect them to last too long, since the Navy may reduce or remove the uniforms in the near future.
They have also acknowledged, for the first time, that they're weighing whether to ditch the beleaguered cammies entirely in coming years.
Even Naval leadership doesn't like them.
"The Navy 'blueberries' – I don't know what the name is, that's what sailors call them – the great camouflage it gives is if you fall overboard," said Navy Secretary Ray Mabus