The San Diego Padres unveiled the team's new "Marine digital" camouflage jerseys which will be worn during Sunday home games this season. As a team closely associated with the Military, the Padres came up with the camo concept in 2000, yet the new look represents only the third different jersey to be worn.
"Our goal is to honor the men and women of the military," said Padres President and COO Tom Garfinkel. The Marine digital look has replaced the traditional "Woodland" pattern by the military. The digital reference comes into play because the design was made on a computer and the appearance of the jersey looks pixilated. The Padres had to receive permission from the Marine Corps to use the computer-programmed MARPAT (Marine pattern) design. Here's a close-up look:
According to the team, the first camouflage pattern used by the Padres was commonly referred to as "Jungle camouflage" because it was widely worn by troops during the Vietnam War.
In 2006, the Padres moved on to the "Desert Camouflage Uniform" or DCU.
Baseball fans are often split on how the camo uniforms look. While many want to support the look to support the troops, camo uniforms are not a good idea from a fashion perspective. The new jerseys are a bit better than in previous years, mostly because the camo pattern is more subdued. There's no word yet on the color of the team's pants. Here's a look at the new uniforms:
When replicas of the new camouflage uniforms become available in Padres stores, a portion of each sale will benefit the Marine Corps Assistance Program.
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