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Padres' new camouflage jerseys could prove to be too realistic
Now you see them ... uh, now you dont? The San Diego Padres
unveiled their new camouflage jerseys
on Tuesday and there's already some speculation that the team's attention to detail might prove to be a little too effective
While the Padres have worn two other camouflage jerseys since adopting the tradition in 2000, the previous versions used bolder prints worn by the Army and Navy. These new threads are meant to honor the Marines, but the MARPAT
(short for "Marine Pattern") was designed by a computer and it features smaller splotches that are much harder to detect.
"Digitial camouflage," it's often called.
While these jerseys probably won't play major visual tricks on our eyes — it's not like the players are going to completely disappear from sight when framed against green grass — a few Marines say the Padres' tribute to the military won't be as easy to recognize as it has been in the past (see past examples below).
In other words, this is camouflage in its truest sense. From a distance, these new uniforms might simply look brown or green or whatever color the fabric has morphed into at that moment.
From the San Diego Union-Tribune
The digital pattern creates no solid lines or edges and blurs the outline of the human profile. Even the seams have soft edges.
As a Marine wearing a MARPAT uniform moves around, the colors mesh with the background.
"Up close, they look great," said Jack Ensch, the Padres' retiring director of military affairs. "But they are going to blend in more on television and from the stands. Many fans aren't going to be able to tell that these are camouflage uniforms paying tribute to the military."
The Marines quoted in that article above say they're still honored that the Padres have adopted their pattern, but not everyone likes the continued use of camouflage on uniforms. Uni Watch's Paul Lukas made his case against the practice
a few years ago and the Padres' alternates were recently named the third-worst uniform in sports
While I haven't liked the Chicago White Sox
or Cincinnati Reds
donning copycat camo uniforms in recent years, the Padres'