I’ve got a lot of topics to cover and, like I’ve done a few times in the past, decided to scrunch them all into one post. It’s To and Fro time!

-Man, is it me or has the Chicken and Garry Templeton been EVERYWHERE lately. On the radio, in the newspaper and on TV, every time I turn around I see another interview with one of them. Now that’s no knock against them, because I love both the Chicken and Tempy, but it’s more of an observation on the media aspect. The media has rarely done historical pieces on this team. Corey Brock has done some great pieces over the years on various past players and personnel, but that’s been about it. Perhaps that is the past ownerships fault, since they didn’t acknowledge it’s history at all. Now that the team is recognizing history again, maybe the media is taking note. Or maybe there is something more to it and these two will be inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame this year? In my last post, I had mentioned that there will indeed be new inductees this year. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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During last weeks Padres and Pints shoot with Jesse Agler and Bob Chandler, I came across an interesting nugget of information. The Padres Chief Marketing Officer Wayne Partello stopped by early on and was chatting with Mr. Chandler about an event that they had held recently for Padres employees. The Padres had Bob come on down to Petco Park and give a history lesson on Padres baseball to the employees.

If you think about it, although don’t think too hard because you’ll feel really old, an 18 year old was born in 1997. That means they were 1 when the Padres last went to the World Series. Yeesh. You feel old now, don’t you?

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I’ve been team “Bring Back the Brown” ever since I first saw the Padres selling retro hats in the team store back in 1999ish. I bought a ’69, ’71 & ’84 one and proceeded to wear the crap out of every single one of those. Granted, I still loved the retro stuff before that, it’s just that’s when my overwhelming love truly took off. So when Jordan and Tony started up the campaign I was all on board with it and did whatever I could to help spread the word.

Fast forward to 2015. Hacksaw posted this comment yesterday morning.

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*Originally posted on April 7th, 2011

93 years ago, on this day (April 7th) Bobby Doerr was born. One of only 2 surviving members of the original 1936 PCL Padres team, Doerr only spent one season in San Diego but left a lasting impact. Without guys like Doerr, Ted Williams and Vince DiMaggio who knows if the team would be where it is today? So with that said….Thank you Mr. Doerr for your contributions to San Diego baseball and I hope you have a Happy Birthday!!

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This Saturday, April 4th, the Padres will host their annual FanFest at Petco Park. There will be the usual garage sale, catch in the outfield, interactive forums and at 2:00PM the Padres will take on the Diablos Rojos del Mexico in an exhibition game that will be on Fox Sports San Diego.

At some point during that game, Jeff Cirillo connoisseur Brady of Lobshots, Robot Umpire overlord Dex of Gaslamp Ball, and the dashingly handsome Rick from RJ’s Fro, will “take over” the booth alongside Fox Sports San Diego’s Mike Pomeranz.

It will be the 3rd year in a row (2014, 2013) for this event.

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I didn’t make it out to Peoria this year, thanks to the ACL, but I have made roughly 8 trips out there in the last 5 years. So it’s safe to say that I’ve seen my fair share of Spring Training action. I’ve seen it all. The backfields, the main field, the batting cages, the clubhouse, the gym and the bars restaurants.

Usually, there’s optimism among fans. The players spout the usual cliches that you hear every year. But in the past few years you could tell that they didn’t mean it. The clubhouse was dull. It was boring. You got the feeling that they were there just to collect their check and go on their way.

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Just as I was starting to build up a crisp golden tan, thanks to finally emerging from my parents basement for the first time since 2007, I completely tear my ACL and get sucked back in with all these other nerds…..and Hacksaw’s plumber. Goodbye tan.

All of those plans that I had for this season are all of a sudden on the back burner, thanks to a fluke play in indoor soccer. So here I am blogging and trying to stay off my feet as much as possible until my surgery. C’est la vie.

There’s a lot to cover since I last posted on August 28th about #BSPlaza.

First of all, the Padres signed Clint Barmes guys! I kid, I’m not going back that far.

I’d like to dip into the battles for the number 5 spot in the rotation and the starting 3rd base spot first.

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SDSUGwynnThe San Diego State University baseball team plan on honoring Tony Gwynn in quite a few different ways this season. A while back, they announced plans to wear a “TG: Aztec for Life” patch all season long on their jerseys. Also, the team will be receiving their 2014 Mountain West Championship rings at halftime of the men’s basketball game vs. Wyoming on Wednesday, February 11th (8PM) at Viejas Arena. Tony’s daughter Anisha, will sing the National Anthem and the Gwynn family will lead the “I believe” chant before the game. Gwynn #24 basketball shirts will be handed out to the first 2500 students at that game as well.

Then according to their recent press release:

” San Diego State will honor the memory of Tony Gwynn during its season-opening weekend as it hosts Valparaiso for the three-game series Feb. 13-15. Among the events planned are the retirement of Gwynn’s No. 19 SDSU jersey, an Aztecs vs. Cancer event and a tribute to SDSU’s Golden Spikes Award winners Stephen Strasburg and Travis Lee. “

That’s right. Gwynn’s number will be retired on Friday, February 13th at Tony Gwynn Stadium. You’d better jump on those tickets, as they are sure to go fast. Ted Leitner will emcee the event and commemorative TG pins will be handed out to the first 1,500 fans. New artwork behind the right field wall will also be unveiled showcasing the teams two Golden Spikes winners, Strasburg and Lee, along with Gwynn.

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A bunch of schmucks are getting together for some Foot Golf and you are invited. Instead of tweeting about it, we agreed that it would be best to just post it here.

 

When? 10am – Sunday October 5th, 2014

Where? 8860 Lawrence Welk Dr, Escondido, CA 92026

What? A foot golf tournament

Cost? $15 per person, ball is provided

 

There will be some Padres related prizes that we scrounged up in our storage. Let us know if you are coming by Wednesday October 1st!