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?
Having had the amazing opportunity to chat with Bob many times over the years, I can say that there is no one better to do such a thing than him. He held various roles with the team from 1970 to 2003, most notably as the TV and radio analyst during those years, and has a ton of amazing stories to tell. This is a fantastic idea.
In fact I have mentioned this exact idea before in my mannnnnnnnyyyyyy history rants over the years. It’s great to see the employees learning about the product that they are selling. It’s also been nice to see the team acknowledging their history over the past 2 seasons. From having past players on Padres Social Hour to Wayback Wednesdays to the return of the Padres Hall of Fame to the announcement of an actual Hall of Fame building, they’ve taken great strides at improving this.
Speaking of the Padres Hall of Fame, they have already started working on it and project that it will be done in time for Opening Day 2016. There are also a couple of names floating around as new inductees into this years class of the Padres Hall of Fame. Look for an announcement on that “very soon”.
In case you missed it, I started creating a bigger and better Padres Hall of Fame over at Gaslamp Ball late last year. Will any of these people make the cut?
Part 1: Intro
Part 2: 1969-1979
Look for Part 3: 1980-1989 coming soon
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