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!

This past Tuesday was like any other Tuesday for me. I woke up, ate breakfast, posted about bobbleheads, went to work, occasionally browsed Twitter and then….

…that happened. It hit me like a ton of bricks. On one hand the news of a Padres Hall of Fame getting it’s rightful respect and recognition that it deserves was a good thing. On the other hand, Selig. How dare these guys soil something that I have been campaigning for since I first started blogging back in 2007. I was livid.

As fans, we had no clue Bud Selig was going to be in town. We had no clue there was going to be a special announcement. At that point, myself included, we had no clue what Trevor Hoffman going in to the Padres Hall of Fame even meant. And now they are dropping this on us?

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Take a look and you’ll see into your imagination…

A.J. Preller is our golden ticket for Padres success.

There are four very qualified final candidates for the Padres General Manager position.  Mike Hazen has his Boston roots, Boston success, ties to Mike Dee, he is Jed Hoyer 2.0.  Billy Eppler knows San Diego, a winning attitude from New York, and is ready for a GM job now.  Kim Ng also has the pedigree of winning with the Yankees and Dodgers, and is ready to make history as the first female general manager in professional sports.  And A.J. Preller, assistant GM of the Texas Rangers, in charge of international scouting, a Cornell educated baseball rat who was an integral part to the Rangers success over the past five years. Read More…

I am a huge fan of the history of the game and you should be too. You can’t know where you are going, until you know where you’ve been. So I’m here to help out.

Here’s your history lesson. Watch this video. It’s called Nineteen Summers and is a video on the Padres MLB history, up to the 1988 season. There will be a quiz on it here at Padres Public this Thursday. Make sure you’ve watched the Old Padres Commercials post from last week as well. You’ll e-mail me your answers and all the people who get 100% on it will be entered into a drawing. One person will win a bundle of awesome Padres vintage goodies. Sounds like fun right?

So get to watching and I’ll be back on Thursday.

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About a week or so ago the Padres unveiled their latest commercial. It featured Padres Hall of Famer Randy Jones and current pitcher Andrew Cashner.

There is so much awesomeness in that one commercial. You’ve got RJ in his 1978 jersey (although the 1971 hat is wrong, but still awesome), Cash in the current camo jersey with his mullet flowing beautifully out of the 90’s throwback hat and a little humor to go with it.

I love the commercials that promote the players and have a little humor to them. The fans feel a connection to the players when they see stuff like that and is usually far more powerful than just promoting the team.

As I was browsing You Tube last night I came across two old commercials that I have never seen before.

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