During the offseason, the San Diego Padres rolled out new uniforms, and those uniforms included a new military alternate jersey that was based on blue-and-gray camo uniforms that the U.S. Navy themselves had introduced in 2009.
As it turns out, this was probably a bad year for the Padres to go with this as an alternate look, because the U.S. military has announced that they’re going to be phasing out the “blueberries” in favor of traditional green camo. In the linked article, The Navy Times goes into great detail explaining the rationale behind the move, but I think that the best argument that the article made for getting rid of the blue camo is that there isn’t much use for camouflage that only comes into use when you fall overboard.
Naturally, if you’re on this particular website then you’re probably wondering if the Padres will follow suit and drop their “blueberries” as well. I doubt that they’ll get rid of them so soon (and even the Navy isn’t just getting rid of them completely — they won’t be completely phased out until 2019), so we’ll probably keep on seeing the Padres wear them.
Personally, I just think that the Padres should just build their identity around their brown-and-gold Friday alternates and just leave it at that. Give the people what they want, San Diego. Anyways, what do you all think? Should the Padres follow the Navy’s lead and get rid of the “Aquaflage?” Or should they keep on wearing it even as the military phases it out? Let us know what you think!