When the Padres announced that they had decided to name some part of Petco Park after Bud Selig, fans were understandable confused and upset. Bud Selig never really seemed to make San Diego much of a priority during his tenure. It was strange to hear that he was instrumental in saving baseball in San Diego, which seems to have been a state secret so closely guarded that local media who were not only born but working as local professionals during said era seem to be confused by the claim.  And though Mike Dee said he appreciates our passion, fans are still in an uproar. Perhaps this is one reason why:

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This past Tuesday was like any other Tuesday for me. I woke up, ate breakfast, posted about bobbleheads, went to work, occasionally browsed Twitter and then….

…that happened. It hit me like a ton of bricks. On one hand the news of a Padres Hall of Fame getting it’s rightful respect and recognition that it deserves was a good thing. On the other hand, Selig. How dare these guys soil something that I have been campaigning for since I first started blogging back in 2007. I was livid.

As fans, we had no clue Bud Selig was going to be in town. We had no clue there was going to be a special announcement. At that point, myself included, we had no clue what Trevor Hoffman going in to the Padres Hall of Fame even meant. And now they are dropping this on us?

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Wow!  We haven’t had a “Padres Are Blowing It” entry in a long while.  Since March of last year, in fact.

In case you missed it, the Padres yesterday were visited by outgoing Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan “Bud” Selig.  Before the game, the Padres had a press event to announce that the Palm Court Plaza was going to be redesigned into a Padres Hall of Fame and renamed the sidewalk inside of the Gaslamp gate would now be called the Selig Hall of Fame Plaza.

Padres’ fans were not pleased, to say the least.  They’re still not happy.

I’m wondering what the Padres’ ownership and management team was thinking with this decision.  Selig has almost nothing to do with baseball in San Diego.  At least not publicly.

In the MLB.com story about the dedication, Padres’ President/CEO Mike Dee was quoted as saying:

“We wanted to do something to recognize his contributions here in San Diego because they are unique,” Dee said. “Make no mistake, his contributions to the creation of Petco Park are profound. For those of us who were around and know the trips he made and conversations he had with local officials.”

That’s super.  So because he snuck into came to town and paid off had some chats with local politicians he deserves to have a major feature in Petco Park named after him?


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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. trying desperately to think of ways to have your commemorative brick removed from the soon-to-be renamed Bud Selig Hall of Fame Plaza.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (60-70) defeated the Milwaukee Brewers (73-58) last night by a score of 4-1.  Tyson Ross (12-12, 2.64) recorded his 13th quality start in a row by allowing just one run in six and one-third innings on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

Abraham Almonte hit a solo home run to right field off Brewers’ starter Jimmy Nelson (2-5, 4.10) in the first inning.  He then added a second RBI with a single to right to score Ross from third in the third inning.  Yasmani Grandal and Jedd Gyorko then each added an RBI of their own before Rene Rivera ended the inning.

Tonight it’s a slightly earlier 6:10 pm PDT start time as Odrisamer Despaigne (3-5, 3.44) takes the hill against Yovani Gallardo (8-7, 3.38) in the final game of the season series with the Brew Crew.

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Here it is. All of the Padres bobbleheads, that I own, in one single post. 57 different Padres, Beavers, Quakes, Storm, Wizards, managers, announcers, mascots, dreamboats, skaters and sleepy voiced ex-owners. I’ve written in depth about many of these already, so if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below and I’ll fill you in on them.

Some Additional Notes:

-The Tony Gwynn set of 5 was not a Padres affiliated giveaway and was reportedly a set that Alicia Gwynn teamed up with another company on. I’m not sure of the year, or if they were given away or sold, but I believe it was in 2001 or 2002.

-I am also uncertain on the details for the Thunder bobblehead but it has a Lake Elsinore Outlets logo on the base.

-I found out that the set that features Trevor Hoffman, Ryan Klesko, Mark Kotsay and Phil Nevin was indeed given away at a game on August 4th, 2002, but was for kids only. You could also go to Carl’s Jr. every Saturday for 5 consecutive weeks and purchase a combo meal to buy a different bobblehead for $4.99 though, which is what I did. My cholesterol levels have never been the same.

-The Jerry Coleman bobblehead was a San Diego National Bank item from either 2001 or 2002 and I am uncertain if it was a giveaway or sold there.

-With that said, arguably the two biggest icons in Padres history, Gwynn and Coleman, have still never had a Padres bobblehead giveaway.

If you have any bobbleheads that aren’t listed here, that you’d like to contribute to my sickness the cause, then shoot me an e-mail.

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As Scott accurately summarized, last night the Padres were blown out by Milwaukee 10-1.  The Padres had only one good look at that game, loading the bases in the second inning with two out and the score tied.  Sadly Will Venable reprised his first-half role instead of the Good August Venable, swinging and missing at 3 high fastballs to end the inning.

Two batters earlier, the Padres attempted to score Alexi Amarista from third on a bunt play by Eric Stults.  Amarista was ruled out during the run of play, but how the play unfolded prompted Buddy Black to discuss it with home plate umpire Paul Schrieber.  Schrieber agreed to review it.  The home manager is challenging the tag play at the plate, right?  No; it was announced as a crew chief review of rule 7.13.  I’m not an old man with an onion tied to my belt who frequently opines about how things used to better, but … things used to be better.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub, trying to wipe the memory from your mind of True Detective losing out on all of those Emmy Awards to Breaking Bad.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (60-70) were blasted 10-1 by the Milwaukee Brewers (73-58) last night.  Eric Stults (6-14, 4.63) was the Stults we all remember from before August, surrendering four runs in five innings on nine hits and three walks.  He also gave up two solo home runs to Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez in the third and fifth innings, respectively.

Blaine Boyer relieved Stults and proceeded to pour gasoline on the fire with another four runs in his one and two-thirds innings.  And if that wasn’t bad enough, Alex Torres surrendered the last two Brewers’ runs in his two innings of work.

Kyle Lohse (12-7, 3.42) gave up just the one Padres’ run on an Alexi Amarista RBI triple in the second, scoring Cameron Maybin.

Tonight at 7:10 pm PDT has the Friars sending Tyson Ross (11-12, 2.68) to the mound versus Jimmy Nelson (2-4, 4.15).  It’s Taco Tuesday brought to you by Cholula Hot Sauce.  So make sure you fill up on Kotsay Tacos and drown them in Cholula, because Tapatio will NOT be available.  At all.

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Raise your hand if you spent your Friday night rolling solo to a minor league baseball game. No one? Just me?

The bad news is that I don’t have a lot of friends in Ohio who care about baseball, let alone going to a Low-A game in late August to check in on a few prospects. The ones I do know would have wanted to leave after finding out Clint Frazier wasn’t going to be in the lineup for the Lake County Captains.

The good news is that I didn’t let that stop me from trekking across town to Eastlake to check in on the Padres Low-A affiliate Fort Wayne TinCaps for the second time this season. With a week before the season ends, it was my last chance to check out Padres first round draft pick Trea Turner before he’s promoted.

The verdict: he’s really good.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an afternoon at the pub watching the one tiny TV in the very back that the bartender begrudgingly graciously switched from the Local NFL Team’s practice preseason game to the Padres’ game.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (60-69) defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks (55-76) 7-4 yesterday in Phoenix to prevent a sweep and get Bud Black his 600th win as a Major League manager.  Ian Kennedy (10-11, 3.72) earned the win while giving up three runs in five and two-thirds innings on eight hits and three walks with six strikeouts.  The Diamondbacks’ Chase Anderson (7-5, 3.71) wasn’t so lucky, giving up four runs in his five innings.

Yasmani Grandal hit a three-run home run in the fifth off of Anderson.  Will Venable hit a two-run home run in the eighth off of former Padre Matt Stites while pinch-hitting for Cameron Maybin.  Dale Thayer actually batted in the eighth inning, striking out on three pitches.  Joaquin Benoit pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his eighth save.

The Friars come home to Petco Park tonight at 7:10 pm PDT for the first of three games with the Milwaukee Brewers.  Eric Stults (6-13, 4.53) goes up against Kyle Lohse (11-7, 3.49).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy wishing you could spend your evening at the pub.  But your car is still at the mechanic’s until at least Tuesday.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.  Alone.  At your house.

The Padres (59-69) lost 5-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks (55-75) last night.  Neither Andrew Cashner (2-6, 2.43) nor Vidal Nuno (0-3, 4.66) figured in the decision.  Kevin Quackenbush (2-3, 2.90) gave up a three-run home run to Didi Gregorius in the eighth inning to take the loss.

Yangervis Solarte hit a bases loaded single in the top of the eighth to score Rymer Liriano and Cameron Maybin, tying the game.  Then the bottom of the same inning happened.

This afternoon at 1:10 pm PDT the Padres will send Ian Kennedy (9-11, 3.72) to the mound against Chase Anderson (7-5, 3.71) in the final game of the series in Phoenix.

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