The Tucson Padres, formerly the Tucson Toros, will be turning back the clock in one of the coolest ways possible when they put on the above duds as part of Disco Night this June 8th.
Just look at those jerseys, so…yellow, orange, brown, and, though you can’t see it on the back, blue to mimic the Arizona sky with an Expos-inspired number. With the hat, an orange cap with two white columns running down it, it’s as if someone asked me to design a uniform, one where I threw together all of my favorite elements (Beauty pageant sash, Astros stripes, sky blue, something to do with the Expos) in hopes it would all come out okay.
Turns out, these awful uniforms aren’t even supposed to look the way they do. As Patrick Finley notes after talking to then-GM Jack Donovan, when the clubhouse manager washed the uniform tops, all of the orange no the jersey turned to brown.
Sadly, when they play later this year, the pants will be white instead of rainbow and the caps won’t feature the distinctive white columns, probably for the same reason that Padres turn-back-the-clock days don’t feature the ‘Taco Bell’ curve of yellow on their throwback caps. (Hat Club has tried to rectify this by selling custom half-panel caps, but they’re still not the same). So while it’s a great idea, I feel just as Rob Neyer does, I feel just a little betrayed.
The team will be auctioning the uniforms at some time in the future and selling the caps at the park on June 8th, so if anyone in the area wants to pick one up for me, my soul could maybe be soothed.
(h/t Rob Neyer)