Most weeks, you’ll find my stuff on Wednesday. This week the start of the Padres season, in combination with pure, unadulterated laziness, caused it to be moved to Thursday.
Not that anyone is reading this garbage.
I was going to title this “The Padres Are Blowing It: Starting Off On the Wrong Foot.” But we’re trying to be more positive around here at Padres Public.
As if it isn’t bad enough to have to watch this Padres team live down to expectations, this was revealed yesterday:
I am also a half-season ticket holder on this plan. My Sat game was switched to Sunday. 10news.com/news/padres-fa…
— Brandon Cline (@bcline760) April 4, 2013
Now, I understand what the Padres are doing. I really do. You have to squeeze as much cash out of ticket sales as you can. And the Yankees first visit to Petco definitely qualifies as a big deal.*
*To some people. I don’t care. I’m not going to any of those games.
I noticed that the Budweiser 6-Pack promotion gives you a choice of one Yankees game, either Friday or Sunday. Turns out that tickets to that Saturday’s game are being sold at a premium. Dynamic pricing at it’s worst.
But to screw over your season ticket holders like this [or "members," as they apparently are known as now] is really bad.
Tom Garfinkel released a statement in response to the 10 News story:
“This is a standard practice among teams, but we admittedly didn’t do a good job of communicating to Season Ticket Holders on the front end. We did offer Season Ticket Holders the option of purchasing up to six tickets for each New York Yankees game at their discounted season ticket price, before the general public. We are dealing with the situation on a customer-by-customer basis and are working to take care of the fans who are upset.”
I’m not going to sit here and tell the Padres, “Oh, you should have done this” or “you should have done that.” There’s no point in that. It’s done. Hopefully, they can appease some of the half-season “members” before that Yankees series.
I do have a problem with Kathleen La Gamma’s final statement in that story:
“It will be my last season,” said La Gamma. “I will not renew my season tickets again. I don’t want to ever see that ballpark again.”
Really? Overreact much? If you’re going to threaten to not renew, do it because the front office “misinterprets” the free agent market. Or gives extensions to chronically injured players. Or, somehow, has a “Tommy John or bust” rule in the clubhouse. Not because you got moved out of your seats for one game. That comes across as just entitled and petty.
All this comes on the heels of two ugly losses in New York against the Mets to open the season.
Opening Day, the Padres trotted out Edinson Volquez, who proceeded to Volquez his way out of the game in 3 1/3 innings. The only highlights of Monday’s 11-2 drubbing were Jedd Gyorko’s first Major League hit and Yonder Alonso’s first HR of 2013.
Tuesday, the Padres didn’t play. The Used Car Salesman strikes again…
Wednesday night, Clayton Richard didn’t fare much better than Volquez, lasting just 4 1/3 innings. The Padres made it semi-interesting in the 9th, scoring 3 runs to make it 8-4 Mets. Which is where it stayed.
Seriously, THESE were the 2 best starting pitchers in the spring?
Get ready, Padres fans, to hear this a lot this season: