FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Ghost of Ray Kroc
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Ghost of Ray Kroc
My copy of 100 Things Padres Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Kirk Kenney showed up a little over a week ago. I have read it. This is my review.
Kenney has been a sportswriter for the San Diego Union-Tribune since 1985. Triumph Books has published a series of books about sports teams’ histories and asked Kenney if he would write one about the Padres.
The title says it all. The book is 100 things in Padres history that fans — maybe not should — but perhaps would be interested to know. People, dates, numbers, and events that helped shape the Padres into what they are today.
First off, Randy Jones wrote the foreword. You know, the barbecue guy. Oh, Jones also won the 1976 Cy Young Award while pitching for the Padres. Oh, he was the first person inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame. Oh, and his number 35 was also retired by the Padres.
I can’t think of a better way to begin a book about the Padres than to have the Crafty Lefty get the start. So right off the bat (pun intended), the book has some credibility.
It’s that time of year again. Two years ago, I published what I considered to be the most comprehensive list of Padres-related Twitter accounts that I thought every Padres fan should be following. I updated it as needed as players were traded or people changed jobs, but that just got time-consuming and monotonous.
I redid the entire thing exactly one year later, with new accounts added and others removed, mostly due to repetitiveness or just no longer existing.
I revisited it this month, and what follows are the results.
Some are informative follows. Some are humorous. Some are both. But all of them, I guarantee*, will improve your Padres Twitter experience.
*Guarantee void in Tennessee. And everywhere else, for that matter. I guarantee nothing except eventual death.
The Lake Elsinore Storm today announced that the home run derby for the California/Carolina League All-Star Game in June would be part of the Midway Classic.
What is a “Midway Classic,” you ask? Think of it like the Monday before the MLB All-Star Game, with – like the MLB version – a home run derby, but on THE FLIGHT DECK OF A FREAKIN’ AIRCRAFT CARRIER!
This is all happening June 20th, the day before the California/Carolina League All-Star Game at the Diamond in Lake Elsinore.
Home plate for the competing hitters will be located approximately 250 feet from the bow of the USS Midway, and the hitters are expected to hit an estimated total of 150 balls into San Diego Bay.
I mean, I can’t think of anything better than this. Home runs are literally going to take flight.
MLB can have players try to hit ball on top of the Western Metal building all damn day for all I care.
Opening Day. A time for excitement over the upcoming season. A day of smells like hot dogs and leather and freshly cut grass. Every fan loves the experience of Opening Day.
I spent this Opening Day in a small room with three other guys watching the game on TV and making smart-ass comments about stuff.
I have no idea how good or bad this is, as I haven’t listened to it yet. But we talked about things that happened in the game, opened some baseball cards, and drank a little. Enjoy?
You can download the podcast at The Kept Faith or listen to it below.
Spring Training is upon us once again. A time for optimism. A time for learning. A time for critiquing.
The Padres front office has recently been doing interviews where Mike Dee, Ron Fowler, and Peter Seidler all declare their belief in being big believers in belief, despite all apparent evidence to the contrary.
In other words, they have Great Expectations for this season.
The Lake Elsinore Storm announced today that the SDSU Aztecs and USD Toreros will play a baseball game at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore on Thursday, February 25th at 6:00pm.
“I am proud to have the Lake Elsinore Storm and their beautiful ballpark involved in the inaugural Tony Gwynn Week events. The spectacular job the Storm staff did hosting the 2015 NCAA Regionals makes this venue an immediate player in the world of college baseball.”
Jack Murray, Tony Gwynn Classic founder and director
The game will act as a tuneup game for the inaugural Tony Gwynn Classic — a tournament featuring SDSU, Bryant University, University of Kentucky, UC Santa Barbara, USD, University of Nebraska, Tulane University, and Arizona University — being held February 26-28 at both schools. The teams will be split into two four-team brackets and the winners will meet in the championship game on Sunday, February 28 at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
Tickets for the Tony Gwynn Classic can be purchased at their website.
Back in December, at the Padres Social Summit, I met the guys from The Kept Faith. After helping to break up their fight with the Padres And Pints crew (by pointing out that no one from Gwynntelligence was even invited) we sat around talking about all sorts of stuff. A few days later, they asked me if I would come on the podcast as a guest.
Unfortunately, I came down with a really bad cold just a few days before I was supposed to record with them, so I had to take a rain check.
This week, that rain check came due.
We talk about our predictions for the Padres this year, the All-Star Game, how the O’Fowdler Group is doing as Padres owners, and the horrible movie from 1996, The Fan.
You can download and listen to the podcast here.
The Lake Elsinore Storm, the Padres High-A affiliate, released the logo for the 2016 California/Carolina League All-Star Game, which will be held at The Diamond of Lake Elsinore on June 21st.
In the ongoing buildup to the 2016 All-Star Game in July at Petco Park, the Padres have been adding and updating parts of the ballpark.
Last week the Padres announced the Beachers would be removed and a new group section would be replacing it. This followed an earlier announcement that the entire lighting system would be upgraded to LED. They also mentioned upgrading the seats in the Lexus Home Plate Club sections and upgraded and expanded backstop netting.
Yesterday, Bill Center wrote an article on Padres.com about the changes to the retired numbers currently located on the Batter’s Eye along with changes related to the new Padres Hall of Fame. I was out doing other stuff and didn’t really have a chance to look at any of it until today.
So let’s do that, shall we?