It’s been an exciting offseason, hasn’t it? That being said, there are a few things that we here at Padres Public haven’t necessarily been on top of.
Okay, the fact is that Dustin and Nate do a great job of recapping & analyzing trades and roster moves. I, on the other hand, do not. Other than complaining about Alexi Amarista playing center field, I tend to focus on the ballpark experience, media, and public relations.
I guess what I’m saying is that by “we,” I mean me. I haven’t been on top of things.
So, here’s a couple of items that have come up in the last week or so.
2015 Friar Fest* Is Coming…In April?
Thanks to scoreboard construction, Monster Jam, Supercross, and Spring Training, there was literally only two days to have Friar Fest before the season this year and still have all the events that we’ve come to expect.
The last Saturday before Spring Training this year is February 14th, but Supercross is the weekend before. It would be bad enough trying to get the field cleared in time to have the kids run the bases, but add in the new videoboard construction, and it gets a whole lot more complicated.
That leaves the Saturday before the season opener in Los Angeles, April 4th, as the only other day to do it. That way, the Padres can still have autograph sessions with the current players and open up the playing field for the “Fly Ball Catch” and “Run the Bases” features.
One interesting addition to this year’s Friar Fest will be a free exhibition game between the Padres and the Diablos Rojos del México. Last year the Diablos Rojos played an exhibition game against the Toros de Tijuana after a Sunday day game. The on-field activities will end early to get the field ready for the game.
I’m sure Luke Yoder appreciates the fact he has a full two months to get the field ready now.
*I still call it that. I refuse to call it FanFest.
Gwynn’s Gourmet Food Truck gets on Twitter
Okay, this actually happened two weeks ago.
— Gwynn's Food Truck (@GwynnTruck19) December 31, 2014
But GwynnTruck19 started to really ramp up the tweeting this week, following a few notable people in the process…
They are at Alesmith Brewing (for obvious reasons) on a semi-regular schedule, so check them out if you happen to see them there, or anywhere for that matter.
Wayne Partello on Mighty 1090 This Morning
This morning on the Dan Sileo Show (which almost no one I know actually admits to listening to, BTW) the Padres CMO Wayne Partello went on to talk about (I assume) Monster
Bash Jam, Supercross, and the scoreboard construction. Taking one for the team, Gaslamp Ball’s jbox was listening and has the “highlights” here. Brown uniforms came up and Partello didn’t give a clear answer.
I wholeheartedly agree with jbox’s assertion that Padres management is just dancing around the issue. This tweet is just further proof of that, in my opinion:
What's that old saying about assuming…
— Wayne Partello (@WaynePartello) January 15, 2015
— Padres Jagoff (@PadresJagoff) January 15, 2015
2016 All-Star Game coming to Petco Park
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) January 15, 2015
Thank you, Bud Selig. We all knew naming a plaza after you for some bulls**t reason would payoff in the end.
Never let anyone tell you that ass kissing won’t get you anywhere, kids.
The Ray Kroc Movie!
That’s right. They are making a movie about Ray Kroc and the McDonald brothers, and Oscar-nominee Michael Keaton is said to be up for the role of the former owner of the Padres.
The Founder tells the true story of how milkshake salesman Ray Kroc met brothers Mac and Dick McDonald after selling them milkshake mixers for their California burger franchise, and subsequently turned their business into a billion-dollar empire.
I admit, I may be a little more excited for this film than anyone else, considering it looks like it won’t even get to the Padres point of Kroc’s life. But I can dream, can’t I?
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