Hey Padres… wear these hats instead of the camouflage

I think it is good to honor the military after taking down Osama Bin Laden.
And the Padres are doing so by wearing their military camouflage uniforms, which I have already made clear that I am not a fan.

Why not the Red White and Blue hats?
It is a day for all Americans to feel at least a sense of justice and closure regarding that awful day. There will no doubt be flag waving, so why not have the flag waving on the field?

Just a thought.

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I am going to get grief for my old camouflage post

To honor the brave soldiers who took out Bin Laden at his hideout Mansion in Pakistan, the San Diego Padres will wear their special camouflage uniforms.

Last year I wrote a blog post where I trashed the uniforms. I took great pains at the beginning of the article to make it clear that I understood they were honoring the military and that I knew the Padres do a lot for the many locals who are in the armed forces. I just thought the uniforms were ugly.

I still do.

But despite my preamble, I still got people writing to me saying “Don’t you understand that they are honoring the military?”

Yes. Yes I do.
I was considering taking down that post, but nope. It is up there.

I did go back and write a new disclaimer in bold and italics. I know it will be ignored.

If I take flak, I can handle it. I am not trying to pull a John Steigerwald and be the angry counter arguer.

I just think the uniforms are ugly.
But I am glad Bin Laden is gone. And the brave soldiers who took them out deserve our praise.

Now play ball.
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The Padres camouflage uniforms have GOT to go

AUTHOR UPDATE: MAY 2, 2011


I wrote this post over a year ago. I know that tonight the Padres will wear the camouflage to honor the incredible work done by our men and women in uniform specifically regarding the assassination of Osama Bin Laden. As I wrote last night, I think this victory over Bin Laden is a great day for America and I think that the gesture made by the Padres is a tremendous one.

Please do not think I am trying to pull a John Steigerwald and make waves for attention.

All of that being said, I still think the uniforms are ugly.

Now on to the original post…

Before you write in to me saying how insensitive I am and how unpatriotic I am, YES I realize the Padres wear camouflage uniforms to honor the military.

And I also know they do it several times a year, not just Memorial Day.

And I know San Diego is a military town and the Padres do A LOT for our brave men and women in uniform to whom we ALL owe a debt of gratitude.

I know all of that.

But guess what? Sometimes a nice gesture can still blow.
Ever get a lousy present from an earnest relative that was dreadful?
THESE uniforms are the ugly ties given to dads by sincere kids.

Why not have a military uniform that looks more like Naval attire? After all, San Diego is a big Navy town!

I’ll say it… these uniforms suck.

They even suck as camouflage! Yeah, the tops will blend in… but how do the WHITE PANTS help you?

If you are going to do camouflage, take a page from the minor league team The American Defenders of New Hampshire.

Folks, they do camouflage and they go ALL THE WAY.

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