Camouflage jerseys and olive drab caps
Foe the second straight season the Padres paid homage to San Diego's large military population by chucking their home whites in favor of a camo motif for their Military Opening Day last Thursday. "Wearing camouflage is a salute to the armed forces," says Jack Ensch, a retired Navy captain who's the team's director of military marketing (a position unique to the Padres among major league clubs). "It lets them know we appreciate their service, that they're keeping our country free to play baseball." The unis also are keeping San Diego on the cutting edge of high style-camouflage dotted the runways at last fall's fashion shows. No wonder camo jerseys, which retail for $69.99, are outselling regular jerseys at Qualcomm Stadium concession stands.
"Camouflage is so in right now. It's a terrific take on traditional baseball uniforms," says designer Nicole Miller, whose 2000 fall line included camouflage-patterned cashmere sweaters, sequined evening gowns and silk chiffon dresses. "This team is definitely ahead of the couture curve."