01/25/11 10:27 PM EST
Padres unveil new 'Marine digital' jerseys
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
The introduction of the jersey -- modeled by Nick Hundley, Mat Latos, Heath Bell and Will Venable -- came during the kickoff event for the 2011 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, a stop on the PGA Tour.
The Padres will wear the jersey on Sunday home games. The team has been wearing the camouflage uniforms since 2000, and this represents only the third different jersey top to be worn.
"Our goal is to honor the men and women of the military," said Padres president and COO Tom Garfinkel.
The Marine digital look has replaced the traditional "Woodland" pattern by the military -- and it's called as such because the design was made on a computer and the appearance of the jersey almost looks pixilated.
"It looks like the material the guys wear out in the field," Bell said.
The first camouflage pattern the Padres used was commonly referred to as "Jungle camouflage" because it was widely worn by troops during the Vietnam War.
In 2006, the Padres moved on to the "Desert Camouflage Uniform" or DCU. Those were referred to as "desert camos."
Jeff Moorad, the vice chairman and CEO of the Padres, was on hand Tuesday during the luncheon.
This week at the Open, the Padres are sponsoring a Military Appreciation Pavilion that will be located near the 14th Green. The venue is free for military members attending the tournament. The pavilion is open only to active duty military and their families.
Spectators who wear their Padres gear to the tournament will have access to a special Padres grandstand, located adjacent to the Military Appreciation Pavilion.
The Padres' support of the military is a year-round venture.
"It's a huge honor ... our armed forces sacrifice so much for us," Hundley said. "It's such an honor and a tribute to everything they do."
During the 2010 regular season, the Padres provided more than 67,000 discounted tickets to the local military community.
The Padres also celebrated San Diego's military history by hosting their annual Military Opening Day with player appearances at military bases, donating game tickets to Marine recruits, wearing desert camouflage jerseys for Sunday home games, providing military discount ticket programs and conducting on-field re-enlistment ceremonies before games as well as other outreach programs.
Last month, the Padres' Holiday Caravan included a visit to Wounded Warriors at Naval Regional Medical Center San Diego where the team presented a check to the Fisher House for a portion of the proceeds raised through the sale of military logo merchandise in 2010.