While watching the Padres' big interleague "rivalry" with the Mariners over the weekend, something occurred to us.
And no, not just, "Why are we wasting our time watching the Padres and Mariners?"
When the Padres and Mariners both wore their 1984 uniforms the other day, we realized this Padres team would be much more fun to watch if it made those '84 uniforms its everyday
Seriously. Why not?
It would certainly give fans and the media something to be interested in and something to talk about. And when was the last time you and your friends spent time chatting about this current group of Padres?
Just think about all the nostalgia there would be if it were 1984 all over again. It would conjure up images of the epic beanbrawl war that year against the Braves in Atlanta. When the Padres wear their brown '84 road jerseys, if you squint just right, you can see Dick Williams ordering up a knockdown pitch against Pascual Perez. Or there's Champ Summers and Bob Horner going at it in a heavyweight showdown. And when the festivities got too close to the dugout, Atlanta fans contributed to the fracas by tossing beer -- and whatever else they could get their hands on -- into the mess.
Ah, does baseball get any more entertaining than that?
And the 1984 uniform of the Padres was certainly as memorable as that historic fight. It's the one Padres uniform that baseball fans mention most often, and not because the team played in its first World Series that year. It was a colorful, unique uniform.
Compare that to what the team wears today, and it's a stark contrast. The Padres' 2011 uniforms are some of the most nondescript and non-unique in all of baseball. The all-gray road uniform [pictured at right] looks like something a 1950s TV repairman
would have worn.
In fact, all of the Padres' uniform designs since 1984 have been thoroughly forgettable, which is why the team should go back to the one uniform it did right.
And the current uniform falls right in line with everything else they've worn since '84 -- as forgettable as the players wearing them.
Labels: 1950s TV repairman, 1984, Atlanta Braves, beanbrawl war, Bob Horner, Champ Summers, Dick Williams, nondescript, Padres, Pascual Perez, thoroughly forgettable