Ah, yes…. the Swinging Friar. Above is a classic example of life imitating art. The origins of the Swinging Friar logo go back to the 1950s and this picture is from 1966. Either way, pretty awesome. I love the old friar logo, and I’ve made it very clear since the inception of the LobShots that I love the Padres uniforms pre-BLUE. Some more than others. My opinion is this: there’s only one team in Southern California that’s blue: the Dodgers. Their freaking motto is “THINK BLUE”. Let’s get back to what is rightfully San Diego’s: uniqueness and originality in uniforms. I was less than impressed with their new uniform unveiling, as it was the perfect opportunity to bring back some brown and/or orange.
Some might argue the Padres did go retro with the new version of the Swinging Friar. Yes, well, they changed the Padres font, it’s still blue, and it’s not their primary logo… so it doesn’t count. Not in my book. Although, I do think it’s a step in the right direction… because these burgundy draped versions of the Swinging Friar are just horrible.