When Vision Becomes Reality: The Longhairs & Bring Back The Brown
Building Community & Bringing Back The Brown
We’ve refocused lately on The Longhairs core values, with stories and ideas that bring them to life. We find endless examples just looking around, but few so audacious as Bring Back The Brown.
In this deep dive on community, vision and values, we look at The Longhairs history, and how its path was influenced by a grassroots community building effort that fundamentally changed a $1B professional sports franchise.
This is a story of vision becoming reality.
Building and Influencing Community From San Diego Outward
One of six core values enumerated in The Longhairs Core Ideology, this one holds special significance, dating back to 2013 and well before the “long hair idea” was ever conceived.
It was in the early days of our digital marketing agency, Round Two Creative Group. Over the year of inception we wrestled to pin down exactly what we did, how we did it, who we were, and what we intended to become.
An idea that surfaced persistently during these exasperating discussions was first expressed in simple terms:
We want to do a big community event that makes an impact.
As we advanced through the stages of business building we established a core ideology for Round Two, where you can see the evolution of that idea from a broad concept to a specific core value.
Moreover, it’s plainly evident this core ideology was the basis for what became The Longhairs vision and values more than six years later:
Round Two Creative Group Core Ideology
To creatively advance the interests of each client, partner, and associate while growing our influence on the world.
honesty and integrity
team spirit and contagious enthusiasm
discipline in our work and attention to detail
unwavering determination to achieve greatness
respect and encouragement of individual ability and creativity
building and influencing community from San Diego outward
Credit to Built To Last by Jim Collins & Jerry Porras, and Traction by Gino Wickman for providing the frameworks used in the building of our businesses.
Energized and confident, we emblazoned these words on the walls of our early headquarters locations. We continued the foundational business building by adding strategy and tactics to our vision, describing what we would achieve, how it would happen, what it would look like, and what kind of impact it would have.
This ultimately became the Round Two Creative Group Core Ideology + Strategy & Tactics, stamped for approval in October, 2014. By this time The Longhairs was an idea we’d been pursuing for several months; it would be two more months before its public launch.
The Power of Vision
Looking back at this document years later, the timelines were clearly naive and unrealistic. But that doesn’t matter, because with few exceptions, everything it contains has become reality.
Published here in its original form, this plan illustrates the power of vision and values, paired with desire and commitment. With a similar mix and your own secret sauce, this could be your plan…and where you could be six years from now.
What About The Brown?
As for “a big community event that makes an impact,” that certainly was The Great Cut, where we broke the Guinness World Records title for the most hair donated to charity in 24 hours. But the concept evolved into much more. While The Great Cut had an indelible impact, the community continues to build…from San Diego outward.
Which brings us to another example of building community…
Bring Back The Brown
Sitting in their San Diego garage in 2010, two bros named Jordan Stark and Tony Martinez wondered if there were other people who wished the San Diego Padres were brown again.
"We then joked about what would happen if we made a petition for the Padres to bring back brown. Would people sign it? How many other people wished the Padres were brown? How long would something like that take? We figured at least 10 years…but could we actually make it happen?
It was exciting, profound, ridiculous, and insane all at the same time. We didn’t realize it in the moment…but that was when the seed of Bring Back The Brown was planted."
It was a campaign designed to persuade the San Diego Padres organization to reintroduce brown as an official team color, a seemingly impossible outcome—but there was vision.
As the story unfolds, after years of campaigning, petitioning, community activity, business recruiting, event organizing and appealing to the club’s front office, in January 2019 the Padres announced they would Bring Back The Brown for the 2020 Major League Baseball season.
And so the San Diego Padres, after an agonizing delay through a global coronavirus pandemic, will debut their new brown uniforms on Friday, July 24 at Petco Park vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks.
It only took nine years, in fact…but today THE BROWN IS BACK!
The Longhairs Are Down For The Brown
While we weren’t directly involved, we were close to the action, from repping the apparel to pop up shops and local events, to the Knockaround Sunglasses giveaway at Petco Park.*
Taking the story in the context of our core ideology, Bring Back The Brown and its creators were an early and instrumental influence on Round Two Creative Group and The Longhairs (you noticed if you looked closely at the Round Two Core Ideology).
Whether you’re a Padres fan, a baseball fan or a person who values community, you will love reading the story of Bring Back The Brown, told with a reverence that can only be captured by those who were there.
The Brown Is Back…And So Is Baseball!
A MAJOR LEAGUE EPISODE OF LET IT RIDE LIVE
AND BRINGING THE HEAT...
with guest appearances from San Diego Padres longhair pitchers taking the mound in brown, The Lefty With Lettuce Matt Strahm and The Sheriff of Locksingham Chris Paddack.
Less than a week before Opening Day, these major league longhairs will be letting it ride with your boys for a preseason hair update, the MLB Hair Watch 2020, and a reading on the clubhouse stoke levels for the new unis.
Step up to the plate on Monday night at 7:00…and look for the high heat.
Feeling The Westside Love
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Proud sponsors of The Great Cut and longtime bros with The Longhairs, encouraging and supporting each other since the days at 8th & G and Little Italy.
It’s about time!!! Couldn’t believe that our boys were changed to those blue uniforms, heinous at best. All the news, email, social media… All negative & overwhelming. THIS?? This is what I needed tonight. A reminder of my community, my Padres, how quarantining would be so much easier. Thanks guys, from Cathy on the Wrong Coast in Jersey. (Formerly from PB)
Hell yes, Cathy! SD pulled together, and got it done together! Thank you for the comment, this is what it’s all about!