The Tucson Padres (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) are going retro with team uniforms and caps, adopting a old San Diego Padres script for the unis and a swinging friar for the cap.
Here’s a rundown of the new uniforms and caps:
Home Uniform: White jerseys and pants, with “Padres” written across the front in the same font the San Diego Padres wore from 1978-1984. The home uniforms are making their debut on Opening Night at Kino Stadium on Friday, April 15th against the Salt Lake Bees. To honor the Tucson shooting victims, the home uniforms feature a black and white memorial ribbon on the sleeve, with the black color symbolizing the memory of the victims of January 8th, and the white color symbolizing hope.
Road Uniform: Gray jerseys and pants, with “Tucson” scripted across the front in the same font the San Diego Padres wore from 1978-1984. The road uniforms are making their debut in Colorado Springs on Thursday, April 8th for the first game in Tucson Padres history. To honor the Tucson shooting victims, the road uniforms feature a black and white ribbon on the sleeve, with the black color symbolizing the memory of the victims of January 8th, and the white color symbolizing hope.
Military Uniform: In partnership with the San Diego Padres, the Tucson Padres are wearing camouflage military jerseys for Sunday home games and other appropriate military holidays throughout the 2011 season. As a gesture of support for the Tucson military community, the San Diego Padres are giving these game worn jerseys from 2010 to the Tucson Padres for the 2011 season.
Caps: The Tucson Padres caps show a Tucson version of the Swinging Friar, with a replica of the San Diego Padres mascot using a “Tucson” bat. The Tucson Padres cap is navy blue, with the friar logo outlined in white. The Tucson Padres are the only team in professional baseball to prominently use the Swinging Friar on their cap.
“We are really excited about our new look,” says Tucson Padres Vice President/General Manager Mike Feder. “The cap and jerseys tie in the retro look of the San Diego Padres, while maintaining a fresh feel and a Tucson connection.
All jerseys and the team cap are products of the San Diego Padres Creative Services Department.
Caps, jerseys and other apparel will be available in the “Friar Attire” team store in early April. Tucson Padres t-shirts are currently available in the Tucson Padres front office at 2500 E. Ajo Way.
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