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The White Sox will wear Camouflage Uniforms in 2008

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"The camouflage uniforms were Buehrle?s idea and that he ?requested? the Sox wear them as part of his contract negotiations last season" (from article)

So let me get this straight... the reason they are wearing these is because it's in Buehrle?s contract??? <_<

Not in his contract...just something that the marketing guy said they'd do if he re-upped.

And they're ugly. Camouflage jerseys might be a lesser grade of horrible if they were the current pixilated camouflage...or at least would not seem dated.

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I get why the Padres do it... strong military history in the area... but Chicago? Unnecessary.

Agreed.

I actually think its unneccesary for San Diego to do that. I can see maybe a camo hat or something, but to completely mess with an entire uniform on a regular basis doesn't appeal to me. You don't see the Yankees going out on the field in yellow fireman's gear or police blues with a gun strapped to their hips.

A hat as a tribute is more than enough, please leave the uniforms alone.

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At least the Padres had originality going for them when they started using the camo. The Sox, well uhhh..

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for honoring the soldiers and all but really, a hat would be enough. Hopefully replicas of these camo's don't wind up wind up in the souvenier stores - that would be tacky and cause one to question the motives of the marketing department, which has been first rate up to now. Finally, I gotta say it, from a pure baseball perspective, they hardly need the camo jerseys. From where they will sit in the standings, I am afraid they are not exactly going to be in danger of standing out - ba da bum.

LT

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At least the Padres had originality going for them when they started using the camo. The Sox, well uhhh..

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for honoring the soldiers and all ...

I'm for honoring the soldiers, too. That's why I hate these camo uniforms. Playing dress-up in soldier shirts =/= honoring the troops. I understand the urge, but you know, my grandparents' generation managed to fight and win a world war and respect the heck out of America's soldiers, and none of their baseball teams dressed in combat fatigues. They wore sleeve patches to promote war bond sales or civilian physical fitness. Something like that would support the troops. A physically fit young man who chose to make millions playing a game instead of serving his country in wartime dressing in camo is all about calling attention to oneself. It's very nearly the opposite of supporting the troops.

I'm doubly upset at the Padres, since not only are they mistaking dress-up for actual troop support, they already have uniforms that look like what the Navy and Marine Corps wear in San Diego!

My dread is that, now that it's spread to Chicago, it can't be long before the Washington Nationals feel the pressure to go camo. Ugh. Someone has got to tell teams: You "support" troops by helping them in some material way, not by making your clothes out of the same material that the troops wear. Free tickets for vets. Fund-raising auctions. Pro-enlistment sleeve patches. Inviting recruiters to your games. And so on. Those are things that would support the troops. Wearing camo jerseys is self-indulgent BS.

Not that I have strong feelings about this sort of thing. :P

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At least the Padres had originality going for them when they started using the camo. The Sox, well uhhh..

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for honoring the soldiers and all ...

I'm for honoring the soldiers, too. That's why I hate these camo uniforms. Playing dress-up in soldier shirts =/= honoring the troops. I understand the urge, but you know, my grandparents' generation managed to fight and win a world war and respect the heck out of America's soldiers, and none of their baseball teams dressed in combat fatigues. They wore sleeve patches to promote war bond sales or civilian physical fitness. Something like that would support the troops. A physically fit young man who chose to make millions playing a game instead of serving his country in wartime dressing in camo is all about calling attention to oneself. It's very nearly the opposite of supporting the troops.

In all fairness, we are dealing with a much different time period. How well received would Viagra have been back in those days? ^_^

Seriously though, I totally agree. Tributes can and do get a little out of hand.

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Playing dress-up in soldier shirts =/= honoring the troops.

And that pretty much says it all.

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In all fairness, we are dealing with a much different time period. How well received would Viagra have been back in those days? ^_^

Probably a little too well received. That generation spat out way too many kids as it was, could you imagine them fueled by Viagra and Levitra? :blink:

As for the question of whether sporting camo uniforms supports the troops or not.... As one who doesn't support the troops, I definitely think these teams "playing dress up" provides comfort and support for soldiers and their families. It basically reminds people to think about them and states that the organization has a positive take on them - which isn't really a popular position.

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I guess I can live with this because Buehrle requested it. I think he's earned the right to ask the team to do something like this. Otherwise, it's totally unnecessary and looks terrible. I won't be picking up one of the jerseys.

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i think it would be a lot cooler if they actually used the digital camo that our armed services wear know.

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i think it would be a lot cooler if they actually used the digital camo that our armed services wear know.

Much as I hate the very idea of camo uniforms, I agree. The new digital camo patterns -- either the Marine Corps patterns or the Army patterns that are also being adopted by the Air Force -- are much more attractive. They're also less visually busy when seen from a distance, so that jersey scripts, names, and numbers will be more readable.

Army digital camo:

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Marine Corps digital camo (MARPAT), three-color desert version:

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Much better patterns for jersey use, and they have the advantage of being what soldiers actually wear. I prefer the Army version, just because I think it will show jersey graphic elements better, and there is a desert (tan/brown) version available.

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The cause of honoring the troops is a good one, but as with the Padres, I don't see why a simple flag or ribbon patch on the sleeve wouldn't do the job. The worst part is that you know they're gonna sell these, so really it's just another moneymaking gimmick.

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