As you know by now, I am a strange human being who collects a ridiculous amount of Padres memorabilia. Next to bobbleheads, old magazines, programs, media guides and newspaper articles are probably my next favorite thing to collect. The old ads are fascinating. Flip to any page and the odds of landing on a beer or cigarette ad are pretty solid. What player was being highly touted at that time and did they ever pan out? And the vintage pictures are a blast.
I thought I’d do a new little segment here where I occasionally browse through one of those items and share some stuff with you.
When I was at the SABR garage sale, I came across this Sporting News from April 28th, 1986. I noticed the Padres on the cover and was really interested in reading up about this “Team Turmoil” that they were speaking of.
We all know what the Padres did in 1984 but our story starts the following year, in 1985. The Padres went 83-79 that year and finished 3rd in the NL West, 12 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. The ’85 Padres had a team high 7 All-Stars (Steve Garvey, Goose Gossage, Tony Gwynn, LaMarr Hoyt, Terry Kennedy, Graig Nettles & Garry Templeton), which is a record that still stands to this day. They even spent a considerable amount of time in first place. In fact with the exception of the retiring Kurt Bevacqua it appeared that most of the roster would be returning in 1986 as well. And then the off-season happened.
At the end of a soccer game in which a winner must be decided, there are usually a couple overtimes. If the game is still tied, the dreaded shootout becomes the only way to settle it. It’s a horrible way to end a game, but you can’t have players running around endlessly in a 0-0 match. People would die. Shootout strategy is pretty basic. Use your best guys first. Best out of 5, you don’t want your best penalty takers sitting on the bench when you’re eliminated 3-0.
So, why don’t baseball managers treat a “shootout” the same way when a starting pitcher is removed? Let’s say that both starting pitchers leave the game after 6 innings and the game is within a run or two. It now becomes a “shootout” of bullpens.
Soccer wisdom says to send your best pitcher in first. Don’t leave your stud on the bench. Traditional baseball wisdom says to send in your 3rd, 4th, or 5th best guy.
Back on September 19th, 2010 I wrote about the awesomeness that is Steve Poltz for the first time ever on RJ’s Fro. We all know that he’s the Mayor of Niceyville. He’s a killer song writer and performer. He’s a Padres fan. And he’s just an all around good dude.
In that first post, I wrote about the healing powers Steve had over the currently struggling Padres.
With the Padres mired in a 10 game losing streak, a good portion of us fans were doing whatever it took to break the team out of its funk. Bob Scanlan was going crazy on Twitter rooting the team on each and every game. Us bloggers, tried to put up a positive front to try and keep the 3 or 4 fans who don’t have a blog calm. But no one did as much as musician extraordinaire/enormous Padres fan Steve Poltz who attended the game on September 6th. That’s right, not only did his presence that night single handily help end the streak, but his mighty powers reached out and touched a couple players as well.
To go along with the new hat, Majestic has made some tweaks to the Spring Training-Batting Practice Jerseys too! The Padres are one of 5 teams that will have a different jersey for home and away games (Red Sox, Reds, Twins, Yankees). The Brewers will also have an alternate jersey for special games. The improvements, and I do believe they are improvements, are small in nature and help with the overall design, especially with the new hats.
They added piping along the collar and sleeves in our secondary sand color and gray, respectively. The Padres font is smaller on the front. On the old away uniforms, there was a gray stripe which is now replaced with a smaller gray section under the armpit. This section is now placed on the home jersey in the sand color as well. I like how there is some consistency now and seeing the jerseys up close at FanFest, they look extremely comfortable. The Padres should be looking sharp this spring!
For the 2013 season, New Era released a whole new line of Spring Training/Batting Practice hats. Some were awesome, others not so much. The Padres fell into the category of worst hat ever. It was two-tone with the navy blue on the front and white on the back. Really? White on the back? Early on in Spring Training, I was wondering why none of the photos showed the players wearing the new hats. It’s because they despised them. I gave it the benefit of the doubt, as I tend to do here in Padres Public as the minority “blue” supporter, but once I saw it in person and on the players, I agreed with the masses that the hat was terrible.
Fast forward to 2014. I am pleasantly surprised that they made a change! The two tone is still there, but reversed with white on front and blue on back. This is much more appealing to the eyes. This same two-tone, white front design is shared by a number of other teams too and definitely works. I think this hat will now go better with our Spring Training-BP jerseys. Thank you for making the change Padres, I will now buy and wear this hat proudly.
***UPDATE*** According to SportsLogos.net, this hat is intended to be an “alternate batting practice cap”. I hope the Padres decide to ditch the 2013 model altogether and go with the new one.
Yesterday the Padres announced the promotional schedule for the upcoming season. In an added twist, four of the items were unveiled to the public on Twitter before the schedule was released.
Hey! I know that last guy. I also know that my phone absolutely blew up after posting that tweet. The Padres were kind enough to give three lucky bloggers a chance to reveal an item to the world. I loved the idea. Granted many of our followers also follow the Padres account, I think spreading it out a bit created more of a buzz, as fans waited in anticipation to see what item would be revealed next and who would reveal it.
After the last few years of underwhelming efforts, word was quickly spreading that this would be “the best promotional schedule ever”. Did it live up to those words? Lets find out.
Welcome to my 7th Annual “Padres Hate History” post. I say it every year and yet it constantly falls on deaf ears for one reason or another. Fingers crossed this is the last one?
Why do I say this? Because it’s true. Consistently year in and year out this team completely ignores its past for some reason. Granted they don’t have as rich of a history as teams like the Yankees, Red Sox or Cardinals, however they do have A HISTORY and that’s important when it comes to any team. As a fan you should know about Nate Colberts amazing day in 1972 where he hit 5 home runs with 13 RBI’s in a double header. You should know about the infamous Padres and Braves brawl of 1984 (and shirtless Ed Whitson). You should know about Eric Owens stealing home in 1999. These are fun factoids!
I also say every year, that I’ve been to a lot of ballparks and I’m consistently amazed at how well done those teams honor their history. When you walk around AT&T Park in San Francisco you’ll see that players such as Marvin Benard and Jason Schmidt are honored on their Wall of Fame. YES! A team with as rich of a history as the Giants actually honor players that may not be Hall of Fame players, but they were important to their organization. Craziness, right?
Not proof enough for you? OK, I’ve laid out some evidence down below. Read on!
As I woke up this morning, I scanned Twitter and spotted this tweet.
I feel that it’s safe to say that Hacksaw may stretch the truth a bit on Twitter from time to time.
However, in this case, I can confirm that the news is indeed sadly true.
By Steven Woods
To Whom it may concern:
My buddy Rick (from RJ’s Fro) asked me to put together my “pitch”, pun intended for the vacant Padres PA announcer job, so here goes:
Today is an important date in Padres Public history. It’s the 1 year anniversary of our first ever tweets!