So, usually the occasional "palm tree" cards that I post on Tuesdays are from the 90's, when Jack Murphy Stadium had palm trees behind the outfield walls. Today's card is from… well, before the 90's.
It's actually from more than twenty years prior, from 1970 Topps. Preston Gomez was the first manager for the MLB iteration of the San Diego Padres (the Padres were also a Pacific Coast League team that had been around since the '50s). He managed three whole seasons with the Padres, and combined for 309 losses (110, 99, and 100). He lasted 11 games in 1972 before getting canned, and went 4-7 in that stretch. He left San Diego with a .363 winning percentage as a manager. He'd go on to manage the Astros ('74-'75, .443 winning pct.) and Cubs ('80, .422 winning pct.), and would get fired midseason from both of those positions.
Man, that sounded depressing. But hey! Look in the background of the smiling Gomez! Palm trees! Spring Training! Optimism!