padrestwitterIt’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.
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A Home Run Derby On an Aircraft Carrier? A Home Run Derby On an Aircraft Carrier.

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.

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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.

The Kept Faith invited me and Padres Haiku to partake in an experiment of sorts. A podcast recorded at the same time as the Padres Opening Day game.

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.

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“Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.”

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.

What follows is my Padres brain dump for this spring, using select quotes from Charles Dickens’ classic novel, Great Expectations.

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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.

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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.

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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.

The logo, which was designed in-house and prominently features the iconic “Storm Eyes,” draws inspiration from California culture while paying homage to the 75th year of the California League. Founded in 1941, the league will celebrate its “Diamond” year at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore on June 21.

The logo, which was designed in-house and prominently features the iconic “Storm Eyes,” draws inspiration from California culture while paying homage to the 75th year of the California League. – via Lake Elsinore Storm

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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?

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santa-throwing-a-baseball-2194be663decf570The holiday season. A season of kindness. A season of giving.

A season of endless car maker and jewelry store commercials.

It’s been two years since I first put lyrics parodying the song The 12 Days of Christmas out. Who knew it would be so popular two years later?

So popular that it took me two years to remember that I did it. And so popular that most, if not all, of you don’t remember it at all.

It seems the perfect time to revisit those lyrics, updating them to fit this current Padres team.

Apologies to Weird Al Yankovic and Bob Rivers, who both do this sort of stuff better than I ever could.

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The Padres announced this morning that coming in 2016, the Beachers will be making room for new “social space” group seating in the right center field area.

The current sand playground area will be moved up level with the K Street walkway between the Park at the Park and the Beachers, according to the renderings below.

The new social space will have a design aesthetic modeled after Southern California’s iconic piers. – via padres.com

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