It’s the same line I hear from every single Padres employee that has come through the doors in the past few seasons: “Bobbleheads don’t do well in San Diego.”
And it’s not like it’s worded even remotely different either. It’s verbatim. Word for word. Exactamundo. Twinsies. Well, you get the point. It’s as if upon their hiring they are forced to watch a movie that brainwashes everything that they previously thought was right. Brown = Evil. Bobbleheads=don’t do well in San Diego. I first heard that phrase uttered from an employee back in 2009 and have heard it more times than I can count since.
Word is spreading that there will be no bobblehead next year, but as we saw last year that could quickly change. And by quickly I mean 3 months into the season. I chatted with AJM last night about this topic. He wrote a great piece this morning about how his young daughter is a Chase Headley fan BECAUSE of the bobblehead. The AJM daughters are also very fond of Everth Cabrera (which they have a bobblehead of). Notice a trend here? They see that little bobblehead on their shelf every morning and start to get interested in that player.
This is kind of a .400 in ’94/RJ’s Fro co-posting. Perhaps I should drink a beer and film myself while writing, so I can make it a Padres and Pints post too? Nah, it’s too early for that.
Let’s take a look at all the bobblehead giveaways in Padres history and see how the attendance figures stack up. Keep in mind there are many things that factor into attendance (opponents, day of the week, month, pitching matchups, win/loss record, etc) but just for the sake of this post I won’t go that in depth.
Well technically Jose Valentin doesn’t have a mustache anymore, but when he did have one it was one of the finest mustaches in baseball history.
From Corey Brock earlier today:
Wow. It has been quite a while since I’ve had a non-Padres and Pints post here. June 28th to be exact. Welp, let’s see how this goes.
Yesterday morning the Padres sent out their annual survey. It appears to be almost exactly the same questions as last year, when I live tweeted my results on the tweetbox. I don’t feel like digging my old answers up, but if you want to read the questions without taking the survey jbox of Gaslamp Ball did a live blog of his results.
These surveys are supposedly used to gauge fan interest in a variety of things. From uniforms to logos to….what type of car would the Padres be if they were a car? Some questions are usually worded in a specific way to steer the survey takers one direction or another thus resulting in favorable results from the team’s point of view. Others give the fans open range to input what they choose. Of course the survey really doesn’t mean too much to us outsiders, as we’ll never know the true results. Some skeptics even claim it’s possible that there technically are no results and the survey is just a front to make the fans think that the organization cares about our opinions. I’m not one of those skeptics, but that idea has been brought up in the past regarding surveys like this.
You can focus group and survey all you want but there are a few key things, from a marketing aspect (not on-field), that the Padres need to do to win over a good portion of the people in San Diego. And I’m not talking about the die hard bloggers or blog readers who go to games regardless of the product on the field. I’m talking about the majority of the San Diego population who goes to 1 or 2 games a year. Petco Park has now been around for 10 seasons (I’ll let that sink in) and the shine has worn off. The Padres are at a stage where they must now make some serious changes to the way they are running things.
Here are 4 key points the Padres should begin with:
In the final chapter of the Padres and Pints “lost episode” trilogy (#1 & #2), we chat with the Mayor of Niceyville and Padres fan extraordinaire, Steve Poltz! We travel to Starlite and discuss all things Padres and music. Do you want to know the real lyrics for “You Were Meant for Me“? Do you want to know which of us discusses crapping our pants within the first minute of the interview? Did Tim Flannery really taunt the Cubs fans about ’84 while performing a concert with Steve in Chicago? So many questions! Just watch the video and laugh.
In the latest “lost episode” of Padres and Pints, we chat with Padres Hall of Famer, and RJ’s Fro namesake, Randy Jones! It was shortly after the trading deadline last year and it was interesting to hear RJ’s take on how he thought the Padres did and if he thought they were headed in the right direction. We then talk to Mark from the Randy Jones All-American Sports Grill and put RJ through the Padres and Pints Rapid Fire!
Once again a HUGE apology to Randy for not getting this out sooner. My computer crapped out on me and it wasn’t until recently that I was able to edit all of these “lost episodes”. Next week, the last one will be posted and I’ll finally be all caught up.
Back in March, it was announced that former first rounder (#3 overall in 2009) Donavan Tate would not be reporting to camp that Spring. No details were released other than it was “due to personal issues”. Despite getting the richest signing bonus in Padres history ($6.25 million) the once promising prospect had been plagued by injuries and off the field issues that have severely stunted his growth towards the Major Leagues. Woe, Doctor! did an excellent write up about Tate shortly after this was announced and questioned whether it was his “last hurrah” with the Padres or baseball in general.
As for Tate himself? Provided his personal issues don’t force him into retirement, despite many off-field mistakes, his pedigree and athleticism most likely ensure his career as a baseball player hasn’t flatlined. Whether or not this occurs with the Padres or any other organization is unclear, although any additional absence from baseball activity makes it increasingly unlikely.
Then this morning Corey Brock filled everyone in on the reason why Tate was out.
Instead of heading to Spring Training, Tate headed to California for the start of an exhaustive and, ultimately, enlightening, five-month treatment program.
It was quietly announced last week that the Padres and Ballast Point are once again teaming up for their 2nd Annual Homebrew Contest. The winner will get the opportunity to throw out the first pitch before an upcoming Padres game (8/19/13) and have their beer produced and sold by Ballast Point. The rules are pretty simple.
- No sours, barrel aged beers or beers that contain brettanomyces or wild yeast will be accepted
- It needs to be less than 7% alcohol content
- Must be 21+ to enter
- Each entry must consist of 3 bottles, only 12 oz or 22oz bottles will be accepted
(Click on link above for the complete rules)
Last year the Avenger-in-Chief and myself had the amazing opportunity to help judge the competition. 27 entries later and Erik Parker won with his Pale Ale called “Time to Panic”. We shot some footage for Padres and Pints but around that time my computer decided to crap out on me and made editing nearly impossible. I eventually got it working properly again and now seems like the right time to post that episode. In it, we chat with Ballast Point Specialty Brewer Colby Chandler about the keys to winning the contest and #swoon over all things Ballast Point. Enjoy!
Last Friday, Padres Public members Bryant from Woe, Doctor!, Melvin from the Sacrifice Bunt, Mike from Padres Trail and myself attended the Padres 1998 reunion down at Petco Park. While there, we got the awesome opportunity to interview the Team MVP from that year Greg Vaughn. Vaughn had a huge year for that ’98 team and was an All-Star, Silver Slugger winner and even finished 4th in the NL MVP voting. It’s a short interview, but it was awesome talking to him. He definitely looks like he could still crush some balls out of the ballpark. Enjoy!
Last week I posted the Andy Masur and Ace from Knockaround Padres and Pints, but noticeably absent from it was the Rapid Fire with Andy. This was actually by design, as there was a TON of content to fit into that video that I thought it would be good to post the Rapid Fire separately in this case.
Watch as Andy gets grilled by the Avenger-in-Chief regarding all things Chicago and gives some praise to the greatest bronze in San Diego. LET’S RAPID FIRE!!
Today Fox Sports San Diego announced that they are going retro for the 1998 game this Friday (6/14). In addition to wearing the 1998 uniforms on the field, Fox is bringing former Channel 4 Padres TV announcer Mel Proctor back into the booth to call the game along side his old partner Mark Grant and 1998 alum Tony Gwynn. Graphics from 1998 will be used and it will be a 1998 highlight reel bonanza. I’m looking forward to all of this for sure as this was one of the most memorable seasons in Padres history.
It is such a brilliant idea to bring back old announcers for retro nights. Although I swear I’ve heard that somewhere before
There are 19 players from that ’98 team scheduled to attend the game and will be signing autographs at the Park before hand. Notably absent from that list are 1st baseman Wally Joyner, Center fielder Steve Finley, Pitcher Mark Langston and Closer Trevor Hoffman.
Back in 2010 I interviewed Mel Proctor at RJ’s Fro. Here is that full interview.