Wow! We haven’t had a “Padres Are Blowing It” entry in a long while. Since March of last year, in fact.
In case you missed it, the Padres yesterday were visited by outgoing Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan “Bud” Selig. Before the game, the Padres had a press event to announce that
the Palm Court Plaza was going to be redesigned into a Padres Hall of Fame and renamed the sidewalk inside of the Gaslamp gate would now be called the Selig Hall of Fame Plaza.
Padres’ fans were not pleased, to say the least. They’re still not happy.
I’m wondering what the Padres’ ownership and management team was thinking with this decision. Selig has almost nothing to do with baseball in San Diego. At least not publicly.
In the MLB.com story about the dedication, Padres’ President/CEO Mike Dee was quoted as saying:
“We wanted to do something to recognize his contributions here in San Diego because they are unique,” Dee said. “Make no mistake, his contributions to the creation of Petco Park are profound. For those of us who were around and know the trips he made and conversations he had with local officials.”
That’s super. So because he
snuck into came to town and paid off had some chats with local politicians he deserves to have a major feature in Petco Park named after him?
In a UT San Diego column last night from Matt Calkins, Dee was quoted as saying what is more than likely the most Padres quote of all time:
“Most of what we do,” Dee said, “is listen to the fans.”
This was just a couple of hours before the announcement. You know. The one that took ALL Padres’ fans by complete surprise.
I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t remember ever getting an email or a poll question asking me if the Padres should honor Bud Selig. Then again, if I did get an email, it probably was marked by Gmail as spam. Because even Gmail knows anything with “Bud Selig” in the title isn’t worth opening.
If they had named the Home Plate Plaza gate — or even the plaza itself — after Selig, I doubt there would be such bitterness. But they’re naming something that is supposed to be honoring Padres’ history. Other than the secret meetings that may or may not have happened, what in the world does Selig have to do with Padres’ history? Let’s look at some Selig history that has directly affected the Padres, shall we?
- 1994: Tony Gywnn hits .394 with a month and half of games to go, only to be denied the chance to hit .400 when those games are cancelled because of a labor dispute with the Players’ Association.
- 2001: Selig declares a tie in the All-Star Game because the managers ran out of players. Starting in 2002, Selig declares the winner of the All-Star Game determines which league gets home field advantage in the World Series.
- 2009: Selig approves the sale of the Padres to a group led by Jeff Moorad. Three years later, Major League owners realize that Moorad doesn’t have the money to purchase the team and essentially de-approves the sale.
Yeah, I can see why he deserves the honor…
One poll I did see was the UT San Diego’s one asking if the Padres
screwed the pooch erred in this naming of the plaza.
As I write this, these are the results:
Looks like the Padres might have made a mistake in how this news would be received by the fans and media alike.
Garfinkel had his issues, sure, but I hope he's have a good, hearty laugh over "Selig Hall of Fame Plaza".
— John Gennaro (@John_Gennaro) August 27, 2014
Seriously, Padres have done some phenomenally stupid things in last 45 years, but none much dumber than naming something after Bud Selig.
— Jay Posner (@sdutPosner) August 27, 2014
I suppose the Selig Hall Of Fame Plaza at Petco is slightly better than the Al Martin Bigamy plaza or the Doug Mirabelli FU San Diego plaza
— Marty Caswell (@MartyCaswell) August 27, 2014
Can't wait to see what the Padres have planned to honor Tim McCarver.
— Jeff Dotseth (@jeffdotseth) August 27, 2014
Cannot wait for the Selig Hall of Fame Urinal Cakes used by the Padres to commemorate the renaming of the plaza.
— Dennis Lawson (@gr33nazn) August 27, 2014
If there's one thing that unites Padres fans, nay, baseball fans, it's their near universal strong dislike of the outgoing commissioner.
— Kevin Thompson (@ParkAtThePark) August 27, 2014
My brick is in that plaza. I don’t want it tainted by Selig’s name.
— Sean D. (@WonkoSD) August 27, 2014
— Daniel Williams (@ironmandanw) August 27, 2014
@MartyCaswell Might as well rename the stadium Moorad Park at Werner Yards
— Lee Jenkins (@SI_LeeJenkins) August 27, 2014
The #Padres are naming a ballpark plaza after Bud Selig? This is a gag, right? Onion-worthy satire. Well done.
— Tom Krasovic (@UTkrasovic) August 27, 2014
The #Padres naming something at Petco after Selig makes about as much sense as them naming something after Jeter.
— Ryan Phillips (@RumorsandRants) August 27, 2014
I was psyched to hear the @Padres were going to name something after Bud Selig until I found out it wasn't a toilet.
— Butch Rosser (@thebutchrosser) August 27, 2014
Need to bring proper tools to Petco next time. Gotta salvage my brick from the ruins of #BSPlaza (Love that #)
— Travis Peterson (@PunkRockPaint) August 27, 2014
Great. The Dodgers come to town this weekend there will be a huge sign dedicating the man who let McCourt stay way longer than he should.
— B. Cline (@bcline760) August 27, 2014
Thinking that those palm trees that the plaza was formerly named for have done more for San Diego than Selig.
— Gaslamp Ball (@gaslampball) August 27, 2014
Dear @Padres, I am imposing a lifetime ban on myself from Selig Hall of Fame Plaza. When r u ever going 2 learn fans want PADRES history!?
— Tim Stoops (@timmer82) August 27, 2014
Reading through last nights tweets, I don't think I've ever seen the @padres fan base more pissed off. And I have to agree. So many issues
— SanDiegoJosh (@SanDiegoJosh) August 27, 2014
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