With the Padres implementing official brown alternate jerseys this season and the recent announcement of the retro-Padres-style All Star Game batting practice jerseys and caps, it seems like the outward support for bringing back the brown has grown exponentially in the past year. Adding more fire to the flame will now be the Padres' Triple-A affiliate, the El Paso Chihuahuas, who announced today that they will also wear retro-style brown and yellow uniforms during their upcoming '70s Night celebration on May 7th.
Since the Chihuahuas' establishment in 2014, they've become pretty well-known for their on- and off-field promos. You may recall last season's "Bark at the Park" jerseys to benefit the Humane Society. The jerseys, which featured the face of an actual Chihuahua, were a nation-wide hit and even promoted by ESPN's Keith Olbermann on his TV show.
The Padres-inspired jerseys will also be used to raise money for a cause. The game-worn jerseys be auctioned off after the game, and proceeds will go towards Mike Dee's Big Adventure. But don't worry, that doesn't mean the money will fund a vacation for the Padres president. This Mike Dee is the executive producer and host of the Morning Show on 102.1 FM in El Paso. His organization, Mike Dee's Big Adventure, benefits children with disabilities.
Heading into its eighth year, Mike Dee's Big Adventure offers children with disabilities a trip of a lifetime to San Antonio, Texas. The trip allows children with disabilities the opportunity to learn lifeskills and independent living by stepping out of their ordinary everyday life and having an unforgettable experience. Dee knows a thing or two about disabilities, as he himself is visually impaired.
The brown and yellow "bell" caps, which will feature the Chihuahuas' "EP" logo, will also be on sale at Southwest University Park on the night of the game.
If you're lucky enough to be in the El Paso area this Saturday, head on out to the game and see some future Friars in action in beautiful jerseys. Tickets can be purchased online here.