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By Corey Brock

One of the highlights of the Padres’ FanFest each year (well, in my opinion at least) is the Garage Sale – specifically the Garage Sale that benefits the Padres Foundation for Children.

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The Padres Foundation is the primary source of funding for the organization’s outreach initiatives in the areas of children’s health, education, fitness and youth baseball/softball.

A year ago, the goodies sold at the Garage Sale raised over $80,000. This year, the Padres are hoping to reach six figures. Good for them!

So can they do it?

You bet they will, or my name isn’t Dewon Brazelton.

(Editor’s note: My name isn’t Dewon Brazelton, though this becomes relevant in the next paragraph).

Some of the most popular items in the Garage Sale are the game-worn jerseys. Just think for a minute how cool this is:

1.       You can buy an authentic Brian Myrow jersey, one he soaked with sweat, one he (perhaps) wore when he
hit a home run against the Marlins on July 8, 2008 and maybe the same one he was probably still wearing when he gave me a blank stare when I asked him about the home run after the game.

2.       The proceeds from your purchase actually do some good.

3.       You can (proudly?) wear your Myrow jersey around town.

4.       But then you’ll have to explain who Myrow actually is.

Anyway, you get the drift, right?

Here’s a few highlights for the upcoming Garage Sale, items that can be yours. I don’t know the prices or the sizes. What do I look like, the mall help desk?

Just show up and spend. It’s really that easy.

I know, shut up already and give me some details:

–  Josh Spence batting practice jersey (2). I’m not allowed to have favorites in my line of work and that’s fine, but Josh is a cool cat. And Australian. I’m sure you find his accent dreamy in a Justin Huber kind of way.

–  There are more Jason Bartlett jerseys than I can mention. You want one, you’ll likely get one.

–  Uh, ditto for Orlando Hudson gear. Knock yourself out on that one, kids.

–   There are 10 (yes, 10) Blake Tekotte batting practice jerseys. Early Xmas shopping, Tekotte family?

–  There are 24 new/used and signed Chris Young hats. Beware: They won’t make you Ivy League smart.

–  Three Aaron Cunningham bats. I would love to tell you there’s a lot of hits left in them, but …

–  A new/signed bat from Hudson. You know, for that fire pit in your backyard. Sorry, that was just too easy.

–  For the Cubs fan in your life, there are 11 signed baseballs by Mark Prior.

–  Signed balls from the Padres trip to China in 2008. I was there as well. Does that mean I can sign it, too?

–  Signed photo of Wascar Serrano, who once gave up a home run to Astros pitcher Shane Reynolds.

–  There’s 59 pair of pants from the 1978 season, likely from a throwback night. That means you won’t go home smelling like Mickey Lolich.

–  Banners, patches, and all sorts of other goodies. I didn’t do it justice. You kind of have to be there.

So go there, it’s for a good cause!

See everyone Saturday. I’ll be the one squeezed into a Lance Zawadzki youth small jersey.

Corey has been covering the Padres for MLB.com since 2007. He enjoys putting birds on things, is rumored to be the inspiration for every character in the movie Beerfest and has chair races with Bill Center, when no one in the press box is looking.

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  • SDPads1

    I will probably buy 1 of each because I have problems.

  • At a previous garage sale I was able to procure an Eric Owens bat for AvengingJM. I think he still sleeps with it at night.

    • SDPads1

      He sometimes just carries it around with him as he walks down the street scaring small children and elderly ladies.

      • But elderly ladies LOVE Eric Owens, so shouldn’t it have the opposite effect?

      • SDPads1

        True…he was a 17 time Favorite Padre voted on by the Madres

    • VM David

      Covered in pine tar, dirt, blood, sweat, and otherwise pristine?

  • Thanks for the highlights. My son will probably want one of those Josh Spence batting jerseys. Like Josh, he’s skinny and does magic tricks (and in little league, his pitches were slow but hard to hit). Has to work on the accent, however.

    I think you and Center need to get some GoPro’s and record those chair races. It’ll be an event in the X-Games in a few years.

  • I just need a new hat. Blue. Because I’m not spending $35+ dollars for one anywhere else.