Chris Paddack summed up his trade from the San Diego Padres to the Minnesota Twins with a hilarious quote about the former’s uniform.
What can brown do for you? For former San Diego Padres pitcher Chris Paddack, it apparently didn’t meet his fashion standards.
Paddack was traded from the Padres to the Minnesota Twins on Opening Day along with Emilio Pagan for Taylor Rogers. The Padres had been shopping him and several other players all offseason long, only finally able to move him just before the MLB season began.
Not noted for his fashion tips, Paddack did have some words to say about the change from the Padres’ brown and gold to the more traditional colored uniforms we find the Twins wearing.
Chris Paddack is more interested in delivering wins to the Twins instead of packages to your doorstep
Rather than offer up a bland answer when asked for a follow-up about his trade to the Twins, Chris Paddack chose to throw in a little humor and mock the old brown uniform he was often wearing during his time with the Padres.
"“Looks fairly good on me, I think,” Paddack said. “Better than the gold and brown [of San Diego] — I looked like UPS. We always got those jokes in San Diego, but I’m excited, man. It’s a new [jersey] number. I’m still the same guy, but just want a fresh start. Being a younger guy, I learned a lot over the years. But I’m excited for the new journey.”"
Paddack is scheduled to make his first regular season appearance looking like a baseball player instead of a UPS delivery driver later this week. Twins fans will have to hope he looks more like the 2019 rookie version than the pitcher he was the last two years. As much as the team managed to improve themselves over the winter, the starting staff remains questionable.
Sonny Gray was their other big offseason acquisition for the starting pitching staff. Of lesser note, they’re giving Chris Archer a shot to turn back the clock as well. The Twins appear willing to give some stars of the past an opportunity to rebuild their stock and maybe win a championship along the way. They’re not quite “all-in” this year but taking the necessary steps to look a lot more credible than they were by the end of last year.
Paddack should be an important member of the Twins for more than just the 2022 season. This is only his fourth big league year. He is someone they can build with and possibly even around if he can live up to expectations.
Hopefully, Paddack won’t see the Twins undergo any major uniform changes during his tenure with the team. In particular, he better be thankful the Chicago White Sox ruined shorts in baseball several decades ago. Otherwise, he’d be at risk of feeling like a UPS driver all over again.