This Saturday, a good majority of the Padres Public crew will be attending the Lake Elsinore Storm game as they take on the Lancaster Jethawks (Astros). We have a Party Deck reserved and are all excited to be attending. It is Social Media Night, along with Martial Arts Night AND you get FREE Hidden Valley dressing that night.Pure awesomeness. That right there is Minor League baseball in a nutshell. I have been many times over the years and it never disappoints. Cheap, fun, quality entertainment for the whole family and if you haven’t been to a game at The Diamond yet, then you are truly missing out.
In years past I stuck to Padres only bobbleheads. But recently I have begun hitting up the Minor League bobbleheads as well. This is a little more difficult since I can’t exactly attend every game in Lake Elsinore, Eugene, Fort Wayne, San Antonio or Tucson since I live in San Diego. I sometimes see them on eBay but they tend to be a little pricey for some reason. I have a few from the various teams but I’ll focus on the Storm for this post.
This Josh Barfield one was given away sometime in 2004. It was to honor his 2003Cal League MVP award. Barfield was a solid prospect for the Padres and was rated as high as #20 overall by Baseball America in 2004. He played one solid season (+3 WAR) at 2nd base for the big league Padres in 2006 and was then traded to the Indians following that season for 3rd baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and pitcher Andrew Brown. Barfield would play 3 seasons with the Indians and has bounced around the Minors ever since. He is now playing in the Independent League for the Long Island Ducks.
This Khalil Greene diving bobblehead was given away on July 31st 2005. He was another high rated prospect for the Padres and there probably isn’t a single fan that doesn’t remember him. After spending 6 seasons with the Padres he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitchers Mark Worrell and Luke Gregerson. He spent the 2009 season with the Cardinals, which ended up being his last year in professional baseball due to his struggles with social anxiety.
This is Thunder. The Storm’s mascot. I don’t know when it was given out. That’s all I’ve got on this one.
Some other bobbleheads that they have had over the years are the Charlie “Sheen-co de Mayo”, the Tom Cruise couch jumping, Xavier Nady and another Thunder one. If you come across one and it’s not ridiculously expensive shoot me an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org