With hope comes humor, which for the Padres (6-14) means...ascots.
Not mascots. The Padres already have the O-Dog.
Ascots, click here, boys and girls, are ultra-formal neckties worn by stuffy Englishmen, the Godfather's Michael Corleone, Three's Company's Ralph Furley -- and a few Padres players as they boarded the bus late Thursday night bound for their San Francisco charter.
"That's how we roll," said first-base coach Dave Roberts. "This is the big leagues. We wear ascots. The Pads are back."
To much amusement after Thursday's 2-1 victory, catcher John Baker wore a crimson ascot and fake-puffed on a large pipe. Very Sherlock Holmes.
Carlos Quentin favored a blue ascot. Took him forever to attach it.
Baker is a Cal guy (think blue). Quentin is a Stanford man (think red). Breaking tendency makes sense for a team that's yet to win a series.
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