Back in November of 2003, the Padres decided to abandon the traditional road gray uniforms that most teams used and continue to use.
Instead, they decided to play away games in a sand-colored jersey, meant to represent the beaches of San Diego.
The change was met with immediate criticism. The Padres’ new sand jersey looked like a khaki suit more than a baseball uniform. But the Friars stuck with the look for a whole seven seasons.
Today, the Padres announced that they are going back to the good old days of gray and they even tweeted a picture of outfielder Will Venable rocking the new duds which look, well, normal.
The club has also come up with a new version of their camouflage uniforms, this time with a digital spin. They will be worn, as usual, during Sunday home games as a tribute to the many U.S. Marines who populate the San Diego area. Whether you like the look of those or not, it’s hard to argue with the sentiment.
Rick Morissey of the Chicago Sun-Times published an article on Sunday giving a bit of insight into Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein. When Epsten was younger, he dabbled in sportswriting, but quickly realized the trade wasn’t for him.
As Morissey details, when Epstein was 19 years old writing for Yale’s student newspaper, he wrote an article suggesting the school’s football coach should be fired during what would become a 3-7 season. Epstein was told during the meeting that one writer would defend the coach and one would call for his job. “It was a lesson in the way that the world of journalism sometimes works. It was an eye-opener for me. I regret it, and I’ve happily moved on.”
Epstein continued, “I realized I didn’t want to be a sportswriter when I was interning with the Orioles back in ’92, ’93, ’94. I did do a lot of media-relations stuff, and I saw that the life of a sportswriter is pretty lonely. You kind of work by yourself, sit there by yourself in the press box, go back to the hotel bar. Not to generalize.” He added, “But I really respect writing and respect sportswriters.”
He’s not wrong, and he seems to have found his calling as a front office executive. His Cubs are back in the World Series for the first time since 1945.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis tweeted on Sunday, “Got a little too close to [Francisco Lindor] during the celebration!! Freak accident but should be good to go by Tuesday! #cantkeepmeoutofthisgame!”
Per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, manager Terry Francona said Kipnis is dealing with a low ankle sprain, but he’s expected to be ready to go when the World Series begins on Tuesday. Kipnis went through fielding drills on Sunday.
Kipnis is hitting .167/.219/.367 with a pair of homers and four RBI in eight games this postseason.