*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!!
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.
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
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.
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.
Before you get your panties in a bunch and cry about the sanctity of the game, it’s all in the name of charity folks.
The 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.
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?
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…
It’s the All-Star break and the Padres don’t play again until tomorrow, when they take on the New York Mets at Petco Park. Without baseball games to keep me focused, my thoughts are all over the place again. And you know what that means…..it’s time for To and Fro!