Sometimes letters never reach their intended targets, instead becoming lost, abandoned, or otherwise discarded amongst the abundance of flyers and coupons in the mailperson’s sack. Other times those letters end up at the doorstep of the Padres Public headquarters, where we promptly publish them. Here are some of those letters.

Mr. Mike Dee,
CEO, San Diego Padres Baseball Club.
August 28, 2014

Mr. Dee — I am writing to compliment you on the latest addition to Petco Park, the Bud Selig Plaza. It is my understanding that a few rabble rousers have pitched a fit over this development. Please, pay them no attention. There is no better way to honor someone like Bud Selig, a commissioner who has accomplished so much good for not only baseball in general but for the San Diego Padres, than to name a piece of Petco Park after him. In fact, Selig has done so much good for San Diego during his tenure that it almost becomes impossible to recite what – exactly — he has done. Don’t worry, you don’t have to expound to me. It’s more than apparent that Selig was instrumental in the creation of Petco Park and, perhaps more importantly, in orchestrating the purchase of the Padres by the current O’Malley/Fowler ownership group.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening in the pub. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (69-80) defeated the Philadelphia Phillies (69-81) 1-0 last night in a game that saw Andrew Cashner (4-7, 2.20) pitch a two-hit complete game on just 92 pitches.  Also known as a Maddux.  Cashner walked just one batter to go with his seven strikeouts.

Jerome Williams (5-7, 5.03) wasn’t too shabby himself, pitching seven and two-thirds innings with no earned runs on just three hits and two walks with six strikeouts.  The one run came in the second inning when Cashner reached first base on an error, allowing Rene Rivera to score from third base.

As with most superb pitching performances, there were some great plays on defense.  Seth Smith combined with Alexi Amarista to double up Marlon Byrd on a Domonic Brown fly ball in the eighth inning.  And Amarista made a play that I’m still not sure actually happened to retire Grady Sizemore for the second out in the ninth inning.

Tonight Ian Kennedy (10-13, 3.77) goes against A.J. Burnett (8-16, 4.34) at 7:10 pm PDT.  It’s Taco Tuesday of course and Fiesta Padres happens before the game at the Park at the Park.

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*Back in 1988, Padres fan and local San Diegan Joe Furtado, started writing a book based on Padres history up to that point. 21 Chapters later he finished it and after a few failed attempts at getting it published, put it back on his shelf never to see the light of day…..that is until now. Padres Public will start posting a Chapter here and there for the rest of the year. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. A huge thanks to Joe for allowing us to get this out there!

By: Joe Furtado

As the crowd of 58,359 stood and chanted, “We’re Number One!, Goose Gossage quickly checked the runner at first and looked in for his sign.  The 1-2 pitch to Cub catcher Jody Davis was grounded to Graig Nettles at third.  He scooped it up and flipped it to Alan Wiggins at second base for the force out to end the game and the big crowd exploded.  They had done it.  Down two games to none in the best-of-five National League Championship Series, the Padres had come back to Jack Murphy Stadium to win three straight games and capture their first National League flag.

That warm, hazy day on October 7, 1984, was the pinnacle of many years of hard work by some determined people whose vision included the events of that afternoon.  But long before the wild victory celebration, there were times when the future of the game in San Diego looked very bleak.

The roots of professional baseball in San Diego go as far back as 1936, when Bill Lane moved his team, the Hollywood Stars, from Los Angeles.  Lane wanted to change the name of the team, so he held a contest.  The winning entry was “Padres”, in honor of Father Junipero Serra founding the first mission in San Diego.  The Padres played at Sports Field, later re-named Lane Field, located at the foot of Broadway along Pacific Coast Highway.  Over the years, they were one of the most successful minor league franchises around.  Players like Bobby Doerr, Ted Williams, Minnie Minoso, and Luke Easter provided many exciting moments, including the Pacific Coast League Championship in 1937, 1954 and 1967.

In 1938, Lane died, leaving the ball club to an estate which would control it for another five years.  Former Padre catcher Bill Starr then purchased the team and ran it for the next twelve years.  In 1955, Starr sold the Padres to a local banker by the name of C.Arnholt Smith.  By 1957, Lane Field had become a relic so Smith built a new facility in sparsely populated Mission Valley.  He named it Westgate Park.

In the National League, some changes were occurring that would have a big impact on the future of baseball in San Diego  In 1958, the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to California.  The two owners, Horace Stoneham of the Giants and Walter O’Malley of the Dodgers, couldn’t say no to the lure of sunshine and money, so they abandoned some of the greatest baseball fans in the world and headed west.  The Giants came to San Francisco and the Dodgers landed in Los Angeles. As the two teams established themselves in California, it was inevitable that other cities in the state would begin to show an interest in a team of their own.  San Diego was one such town.  Not only was the population growing by leaps and bounds, but the success of the PCL Padres convinced civic leaders that it was time to go big league. The 1959 baseball season saw the Dodgers beat the Chicago White Sox, four games to one, to win the World Series.  What Brooklyn fans had waited a generation to experience, the city of Los Angeles got in two years–a world championship.

News of the American League expanding to ten teams in 1961 encouraged a group of civic leaders to get serious about their efforts to obtain a team for San Diego.  There was talk of luring the Cleveland Indians to town.  They had been drawing poorly in old Municipal Stadium and were threatening to move if things didn’t improve.  Mission Bay and the city of El Cajon were proposed as potential sites for a new ball park, and Joe Cronin, President of the American League, was quoted as saying that San Diego was in strong contention for an expansion team.

When the American League formally announced that, for the first time in sixty years, it would add two new teams in 1961, San Diegans became very optimistic.  After it was announced that the Washington Senators were moving to Minnesota and expansion teams would be awarded to Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, the local contingent was disappointed but undaunted. In November, the National League proclaimed that it too would expand to ten teams, beginning in 1962.  San Diego’s hopes were rekindled. Among those in the local task force were San Diego Union sportswriters Jack Murphy and Phil Collier.  Also lending some strong support was the powerful and influential owner of the Dodgers, Walter O’Malley. In another move that could only help the city go big time, the American Football League, on February 10, 1961, gave owner Barron Hilton formal approval to move his Los Angeles Chargers to San Diego.  They would play their games in Balboa Stadium, which was being enlarged to seat 34,000 fans.

When the National League awarded expansion teams to New York and Houston for the 1962 season, San Diegans were again disappointed and a lot less optimistic about ever getting a team.  But things kept coming up that made it difficult to sweep the idea under the rug.  Important people were saying encouraging things about the city’s chances.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an afternoon in the pub.  A nice, cool, air-conditioned pub.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (68-80) lost the game and the series to the Arizona Diamondbacks (61-88) yesterday by a score of 8-6.  Odrisamer Despaigne (3-7, 3.63) pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs (three earned) on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts.  All five runs came in the Diamondbacks’ third inning, topped off by Despaigne not covering the plate as Miguel Montero slid home.

Trevor Cahill (3-11, 5.38) lasted just four innings, despite having seven strikeouts.  The Friars managed to score four runs off of Cahill though, two of which came in the fourth on a groundout by Cory Spangenberg and a wild pitch to Yangervis Solarte, who then ended the inning on a strikeout.

The Padres managed to score two more in the ninth inning on an Adam Moore double and an Alexi Amarista groundout, but that was it.

The Philadelphia Phillies come to San Diego for four games at Petco Park to begin the last Padres homestand of the season.  Andrew Cashner (3-7, 2.40) faces Jerome Williams (3-1, 3.44) tonight at 7:10 pm PDT.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening in the pub that you’re only in because Fox Sports One isn’t carried on your cable package.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (68-79) were smacked around by the Arizona Diamondbacks (60-88) by a score of 10-4 last night in Chase Field.  Tyson Ross (13-14, 2.81) took the brunt of it, giving up six runs (four earned) in just three innings on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts.  All six runs off of Ross were scored in the first two innings.  Mark Trumbo had three RBI and two runs scored on three hits over the course of the game.

Chase Anderson (9-6, 3.70) pitched five innings for the Diamondbacks to earn the win, surrendering two runs on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts.  Yasmani Grandal hit a solo home run off of Anderson in the fourth inning.  Yangervis Solarte connected with a pitch from Oliver Perez for another solo home run in the seventh.  Alexi Amarista had the other two RBI with two run-scoring singles.

This afternoon at 1:10 pm PDT Odrisamer Despaigne (3-6, 3.55) starts for the Padres against the Diamondbacks’ Trevor Cahill (3-11, 5.23).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening in the pub.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (68-78) defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks (59-88) 6-5 last night in Phoenix’s Chase Field.

Eric Stults (7-16, 4.49) did Eric Stults things, giving up five runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk with two strikeouts in six innings.  The big blow came in the fifth inning with two outs and two runners on base, when A.J. Pollock hit a three-run bomb to left center field.

But, fortunately for Stults, the Diamondbacks’ starter was even more Stults-like.

Vidal Nuno (2-11, 4.58) gave up all six of the Padres runs in five innings on eight hits and a walk with two strikeouts.  Rene Rivera hit his tenth home run of the season, a solo shot to left field in the fifth inning, which ties his career season high as a professional.  Rymer Liriano, Cameron Maybin, Jedd Gyorko, Yasmani Grandal, and Yangervis Solarte each had an RBI as well.

This evening Tyson Ross takes the mound for the Friars against Chase Anderson of the D-Backs at 5:10 pm PDT.  The game is being broadcast on Fox Sports One, not Fox Sports San Diego.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening in the pub.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (67-77) defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers (82-63) by a score of 6-3 last night in Dodger Stadium.  Andrew Cashner (3-7, 2.40) helped his own cause at the plate as well as throwing seven innings and giving up just 2 runs on nine hits and one walk with two strikeouts.

Roberto Hernandez (8-11, 4.04) meanwhile lasted just three innings.  The Padres scored five runs (two earned) off Hernandez on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts.  Cashner opened up the scoring in the second inning with a two-RBI double, taking third on a fielding error by Hanley Ramirez.  Cashner then scored on Cory Spangenberg‘s single to center field.  Jedd Gyorko followed up in the third with a two-run home run.  Adrian Gonzalez had the only big hit off of Cashner, a two-run home run in the sixth.

The Friars wrap up their season series with the Dodgers tonight at 7:10 pm PDT with Ian Kennedy (10-12, 3.75) facing Dan Haren (12-10, 4.17) at Dodger Stadium.

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After walking to the Park at the Park for lunch today (full disclosure: grilled chicken, spinach, cucumber, and goat cheese salad), I took a stroll by Jerry’s statue and noticed something odd. The framed poster things that usually hang on the wall behind him were gone, while a very official looking construction sign with black and yellow lines and everything barricaded the area.

 

Jerry Coleman statue construction

 

After doing what any of us would do and taking this news to Twitter, the always communicating Chief Marketing Officer of the Padres Wayne Partello dropped some knowledge on us:

So there you have it. I don’t have any other details, but look for something new at Jerry’s statue this Sunday.

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub, pleading with the waitress to change the TV in your line of sight from Monday Night Football to the Padres game.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (66-77) lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers (82-62) by a score of 9-4 last night, despite the Dodgers making three errors on the same play in the sixth inning.

Odrisamer Despaigne (3-6, 3.55) lasted just four and a third innings, surrendering seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and three walks with three strikeouts.  A Juan Uribe solo home run in second inning was merely one of Despaigne’s problems on the night.

Clayton Kershaw (18-3, 1.67) pitched eight innings, giving up three runs, just one of which was earned thanks to a fly ball to center in the sixth inning that Yasiel Puig threw away towards first base trying to double up Rymer Liriano.  A.J. Ellis then threw it away trying to get Liriano at second base.  And then Hanley Ramirez erred on the throw home trying to get Yangervis Solarte.  At this point, Liriano managed to slide safely into home.  It was all very confusing to watch, not to mention type out after the fact.

Rene Rivera had an RBI single in the fourth inning.  Yasmani Grandal hit a solo home run in the ninth inning off of Pedro Baez.  Carl Crawford hit a three-run home run off of reliever Frank Garces in the fifth inning for the Dodgers.

Tonight’s matchup in Dodger Stadium features Andrew Cashner (2-7, 2.39) versus Roberto Hernandez (2-2, 4.61) at 7:10 pm PDT.

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The Padres announced their 2015 regular season schedule this morning, along with every other MLB team.  If you want to read about all the Dodgers and when the Padres will face them in 2015, see the Padres Friarwire article here.  At least, it seems to me that’s what that article mostly focuses on.

The Friars will open their 2015 season with three games against the Dodgers in Los Angeles before starting their home schedule on April 9 against the San Francisco Giants.

The interleague schedule will feature games against teams from the American League West.  And with their Vedder Cup rivals, the Seattle Mariners, with two-game series in Seattle (May 12-13) and in Petco Park (June 30-July 1), of course.

The Houston Astros come to San Diego for the first time as an American League team August 27-29.

The Padres 2015 interleague schedule also includes home series against Oakland (June 15-16) and Texas (August 31-September 2). The Padres will also travel to Texas, Oakland, and Anaheim.

Times have not yet been announced.

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