Could the San Diego Padres be going back to their brown color on a permanent basis? In a recent interview with Ron Fowler, the owner of the team indicates that still may be an option.
Nick Canepa just released an article for the San Diego Union-Tribune about his visit with Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler. It looks as if Fowler may be changing his tune, even just slightly, in favor of the growing voice of Padres fans who are demanding the brown be restored as the Padres’ primary colors:
“If I were a betting man, I’d say we’re in brown uniforms in 2020,” Fowler continues. “We’re still in the middle of research, but that’s what I believe.”
This is a huge step forward for the man who, only a year ago on the radio, said he does not like the Padres’ “baby poop” brown uniforms.
2020 is the earliest the Padres can change colors, based on Major League Baseball’s rules about uniform changes.
There have been various study groups that have looked into the situation and Fowler said “I think what we have found and we’ll get into that in greater detail. but there’s a…largest minority likes a deep brown uniform, they think it says we’re San Diego, it differentiates us, but it’s a minority. You add it up, that would be the largest minority, the second largest minority is our existing uniform.”
Regardless of what one thinks of how Fowler has run this team, it would be hard to find his comments not at least a little encouraging that they will move to a uniform that is not mind-numbingly boring like the current ones are. Just about anything is better than the current ones. Ugly is better than boring.
It seems like one of the biggest roadblocks to the Bring Back the Brown campaign, Ron Fowler himself, is softening on the idea. Padres fans, for years, have clamored for brown uniforms. Starting in 2016, the Padres have donned an alternate brown and yellow jersey and cap on Friday home games, which is very popular with fans.
Padres fans seem to have multiple reasons now to look forward to 2020, even though Fowler mentions 2021 as the year in this recent article, 2020 is when most think the Padres will make their first of hopefully many playoff pushes.
Of course, what we all really want is for this team to be competing for division crowns and World Series championships. It doesn’t mean they can’t look good doing it.