Last week I examined the disappointing 2013 Padres Promotional Schedule. To put it nicely, fans were underwhelmed by the lack of giveaways and the quality of those giveaways and the promotional events left a lot to be desired.

Often times fans in general are quick to trash something but sometimes aren’t realistic (“ARGHHH Y U NO TRADE FOR STANTON PADRES!!!”) or don’t provide any ideas to solving the problem (“ARGGGHHHHH THE PADRES NEED TO SIGN A PREMIERE SS! Y THEY NO GET ONE!!! Oh, what is that? There wasn’t one available? Oh….well I’m still going to yell because I have NO ANSWERS…ARGHHHH”). I plan to be both realistic and give some new ideas to spice up this bland schedule. I won’t come up with outlandish stuff like Turn Ahead the Clock Night (That’s for you Wayne), giveaways every day of the week or have an absurd bobblehead set* of past owners (I’m looking at you Ghost). I will use the Padres current schedule, use the nights that they have already assigned (PCL, 80’s, ’98) and work with what I have been given. Hopefully I come through for the fans!

First let’s take a look at last years attendance numbers breakdown so I can get a general feel** for the ebb and flow of the crowds:

1. LA Angels of Anaheim               36,264 average (3 games)
2. New York Mets                           32,011 average (3 games)
3. San Francisco Giants                 31,628 average (9 games)
4. Seattle Mariners                         29,501 average (3 games)
5. Los Angeles Dodgers                 29,426 average (9 games)
6. Miami Marlins                            29,283 average (3 games)
7. Cincinnati Reds                           27,363 average (4 games)
8. Texas Rangers                             26,382 average (3 games)
9. Chicago Cubs                               26,123 average (3 games)
10. Philadelphia Phillies                 24,879 average (4 games)
11. Houston Astros                           24,872 average (4 games)
12. Arizona Diamondbacks             24,822 average (9 games)
13. Colorado Rockies                        24,103 average (9 games)
14. St. Louis Cardinals                     21,470 average (3 games)
15. Pittsburgh Pirates                       20,865 average (3 games)
16. Atlanta Braves                             19,463 average (3 games)
17. Milwaukee Brewers                     17,088 average (3 games)
18. Washington Nationals                16,703 average (3 games)

Days of the Week
1. Saturday                         33,615 average (13 games)
2. Friday                             29,377 average (13 games)
3. Sunday                           27,148 average (13 games)
4. Thursday                       25,994 average (9 games)
5. Tuesday                         23,423 average (12 games)
6. Monday                         21,723 average (8 games)
7. Wednesday                   20,239 average (13 games)

1. June                                 28,203 average (12 games)
2. September                      27,366 average (15 games)
3. July                                  26,984 average (11 games)
4. August                              26,440 average (15 games)
5. May                                   25,694 average (13 games)
6. April                                  23,187 average (15 games)

1. Night                                  27,041 average (52 games)
2. Day                                     24,744 average (29 games)


Tuesday April 9th-
Theirs-Opening Day T-Shirt & Schedule Cling

Mine- Sure we’ll stick with the Opening Day T-Shirt & Schedule Cling giveaway. That’s pretty standard. It doesn’t really matter who the Padres are playing or on what day. It’s going to be packed for sure. But we are going to change the shirt so it doesn’t LOOK like a free t-shirt. Even though they are playing the Dodgers that day I will allow the Blue this one time and go with the Home shirsey (jersey design on a shirt). I personally despise all the replica jerseys because all of them look cheap (technically they are though). And although I hate the Home unis, they haven’t done anything like this before and this would be a good way to get the fans to actually look like the team on the field. Schedule cling…leave it as is.

Friday April 12th-Sunday the 14th
Theirs- Ultimate Cookout on the 12th & a Chase Headley Bobblehead the 13th (Nothing on the 14th)

Mine- Look, it’s safe to say that I am Mr. Bobblehead in San Diego (or at least tied with Padres Producer extraordinaire Ed Barnes) but even I think this is odd. Headley just had one in 2010 and it’s the same exact pose (minus the Silver bat). He’s a switch hitter and a Golden Glove winner so perhaps they could have mixed it up a bit and put him on the other side or fielding? I am shocked that these are the promotions they are giving the fans when they are playing in the lowest attended month (April) against the lowest attended NL West opponent (Rockies). Perhaps they were throwing in the (rally) towel on this?

I would go all out with a Chase Headley weekend here. Make him feel loved Padres and Padres fans. I would start on Friday with Chase Headley mask-on-a-stick’s. I miss those things. I was stoked when I got the Chicken one recently, plus I have a Jerry Coleman and a Steve Garvey one (Cammy Goatee you will be mine someday). You can still have your Ultimate Cookout before the game. I like BBQ and I like hanging out with friends, but Chase will also feel loved (or creeped out) when all of the fans look exactly like him during the game! Then on Saturday honor him with a Silver Slugger/Gold Glove ceremony and give away a mini silver bat/gold glove combo display. And bring back kids days on Sundays! Have a Headley autograph session for all the kids after the game while all the dads who had kids especially for this purpose can sit back and swoon over Chase (*cough Vocal Minority David cough*).

Friday April 26th-Sunday the 28th
Theirs-Fireworks on Friday April 26th and then nothing else.

Mine- Friday can be Fireworks still. The Giants draw well at Petco anyways. But Saturday looks like a perfect spot to start my “Great moments in Padres history” bobblehead set. As I said, the Padres have totally ignored their history. If you want to be a great fan and really feel like a part of the team, you need to know some key things in that teams history. Geoff Young knows these key things, but he also knows the cup size of Andujar Cedeno somehow increased in between the 1995 and 1996 seasons.

If we wanted to be jerks about it this could be the perfect spot for 1989 with Tony Gwynn on first base as Will Clark shakes his head in disbelief after being beaten out for the batting title. But we won’t be jerks because the Giants can be bigger jerks. Instead we’ll go with the famous Nate Colbert pose while he’s sitting with his bat in hand with baseballs in front of him like so…

BAM! Right there. That is Padres history. 5 home runs. 13 rbis. 1 day. Hopefully this is something that would drive actual Padres fans to Petco as opposed to being overrun by Giants fans. That throwback alone would get national buzz. On Sunday have a Chase Headley mini silver bat, so kids can beat each other senseless but it also ties into the whole great hitting theme of the previous days giveaway. They also did some specific kids events in years past. Kids run the bases. Kids catch fly balls. Kids get batting tips. This would be a good spot to have some batting tips.

Friday May 3rd-Sunday May 5th
Theirs – Beerfest on the 3rd, Beach Towels on the 4th, Nothing on the 5th

Beerfest is a favorite among Padre fans, especially the fans here at Padres Public. I give props on the towel design this is solid work. Probably the best weekend on the entire schedule in my opinion and it’s against the D-Backs (12th) in May (2nd worst) so they could use the help.

Mine- Beerfest and the towel will stay. Solid work. People love beach towels in San Diego and they love beer. Sunday I would have a “Rootbeerfest” so the kids can enjoy their own Beerfest and get them all hyped up on sugar and have the strict Padres ushers yell at them for being too noisy and fidgety in their seat the whole game.

Friday May 17th-Sunday May 19th
Theirs-80’s Retro Night on the 17th, a t-shirt on the 18th & nothing on the 19th

I dig the 3/4 baseball style tees but the design is yawn worthy. I always love retro nights. It is unclear what uniform they will be wearing but they only have 2 general options for the 80’s and they wore the late 80’s one last season.

Mine- 80’s retro night on Friday! I love all the retro uniforms. Depending on which uniform they go with would depend on how this is planned. I’d go early 80’s and go all out on this and give it a real 80’s vibe. Don’t half ass this. I don’t want to see photoshopped heads of current Padres on 80’s movies posters (but I do like the photoshopped player photos with 80’s hair and facial hair). Bring back Tuba Man (if he’s alive..if not bring in another tuba player). Bring back the Chicken this night! Have some awesome BROWN Knockaround sunglasses as the giveaways when you walk in. Those were a hit last year! And apparently the Yankees have jumped on board with that trend. Don’t let the Yankees steal a San Diego business that is blocks away from Petco! Have 80’s costume contests with some sort of incentive to dress up. An 80’s band in the Park. 80’s facts and trivia on the board. Have the ushers dress up appropriately. Get the legendary Bob Chandler to sit in the booth for an inning or two with Ted & Jerry. Go bananas! You only give the fans a few of these a year. Do it right!
On Saturday I would go with Bobblehead #2 in the set: Tony’s 3000th hit. As I said earlier, Gwynn has NEVER had a Padres bobblehead giveaway in San Diego. He had those awesome Russian Nesting Dolls and that awful figurine where he looked like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man but not much else.

BAM! That right there. It is against the Nationals who didn’t draw well last year and being that the Nationals are the former Expos this would be a good spot for this. Padres fans love Tony. This SHOULD draw.  I would pick something 80’s here but I like this pairing better to draw the fans out. Sunday have kids Topps retro baseball cards. Topps is all about the retro nowadays so this would be an easy tie in.

May 31st
Theirs- Nothing

Mine-They are playing the Toronto Blue Jays that night. Perhaps a LIVE Steve Poltz concert after the game and before the game a Sam the Cooking Guy cooking event? Get it…both are Canadian but both have a spot in the hearts of San Diegans. Viewing the calendars online they are both open that night too. Trust me it’ll work!


*I am told a “crazy/absurd bobblehead sets” post is coming from Avenging Jack Murphy later on in the day
**I can plug away at all the attendance numbers for the past 3 or 4 years and probably determine a general estimate on what the attendance will be on any given night, but I have a life and will not be putting that much effort into this. 1 year is all you get!

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  • Are they really giving away a blue shirt on 80s retro night?

    • SDPads1

      The t shirt is the night after. Sorry, that’s unclear on my part.

      • Can I still hold it against Garf?

      • SDPads1

        Save that for the blue & white rally towels against the Dodgers.

  • YOU’RE an absurd bobblehead set!

  • The more bobbleheads the better! I’ve always thought it would be cool if they were to do a Ted Williams 1936/1937 PCL Padres bobblehead.

    • SDPads1

      Stay tuned!!

  • Melvin

    “Fault finding without any interest in improvement: cynicism.”

  • KC

    So if a lowly blogger (sorry!) can come up with these great ideas, why can’t the marketing geniuses in Petco Park do any better? Memo to Garfinkel: “Hire RJ’s Fro”!!!

    • SDPads1

      Cheers! I will take that lowly blogger comment as a compliment 🙂

  • leila

    The Padres could save by crowd-sourcing awesome ideas like this and ditching their marketing department (sorry, Alex) and have enough money to sign Chase until eternity. maybe. But still, a million things here are better than most of what’s been done the last few seasons.

    Great moments in Padres history” bobblehead set is amazing. Off the top of my head I’m thinking Carlos Hernandez, Trevor and Wally starting the dog pile after winning the NLCS. You could do a figurine (like those little porcelain cottages people collect) showing Tony after #3,000 in an almost-empty Olympic Stadium.

    I seem to recall that when they first introduced Retro Nights they offered 70s/80s prices on certain foods and beverages… am I dreaming? Because that was awesome. The last few retro nights they have not incorporated nearly enough thematic elements into the production.

    Also, bring back the $1 hot dog nights (apparently I only think of food). This is quite possibly an incentive for parents to snag some cheap seats to a summer Tuesday night game just so that they don’t have to cook dinner. Tuesday nights against mediocre teams need a boost.

    Can I suggest mittens for April night games?

    • SDPads1

      Yeah the $1 hot dog or some other food deal (5 for $5 deal?) would be great. The Padres in the past have said they have no control over that and it’s a Food Services thing though. I do remember nickel (?) bags of popcorn and peanuts on the retro nights too.

      • leila

        I remember going to more games when they had that “Upper Deck Ticket + Hot Dog + Drink for $13” deal a couple years ago than I have an any recent season…. For the most part, I’m not going to the games for a promo (with the exception of something like Trevor’s jersey retirement), but since I would go to every home game if I could but have only so much disposable income, if I can get to a game and get dinner for under $20, I’m in.

      • It’s pretty ridiculous to think that the Padres have no control over what happens during a Padres game. Who hires the food service people?

    • I think that the Padres justify not doing these great promotions based on the fact that previous promotions haven’t helped sell-out games. In reality, the product on the field has prevented the sell-outs.

      • SDPads1

        Don’t worry, I’ll totally debunk the “bobbleheads don’t sell” theory that they keep saying real soon.

  • VM David

    I can’t stand the Beach Boys without Brian Wilson, but can we at least have John Stamos play drums after a game?

    • The Beach Boys have been touring WITH Brian for the past year, so that works. Unfortunately, they still have Mike Love, because, you know, Love will never die.

      • SDPads1

        Yeah they were touring with Brian Wilson but if you recall Mike Love basically fired the whole group towards the end of the tour because he had some crappy small casinos & county fairs to play at AS the “Beach Boys”. I use quotes because it’s just him and a bunch of backing musicians so Love can get more money.

        And it’ll be a cold day in hell before I let Uncle Jesse play the drums on the field on my promotional list.

      • Damn! No, I’d missed that, but that’s so Mike Love. S’ok, saw a few of Brian’s solo shows, which were better than they had any right to be.

        As for Stamos, in 2011 I took the train up to Anaheim with a Angels-fan friend to watch them play the Dodgers. We were just a few rows up from the Angels’ dugout, and a couple rows in front of us was…John Stamos. Pretty sure he was there as an Angels fan, but you can’t be too careful.

  • Blue, Dammit!

  • Turn Ahead The Clock night was awesome in its awfulness. It was like the Moonraker of Padres promos.

  • Neal White

    They should make Mondays guaranteed win nights. Go to a loss on a Monday night and get another Monday night for free.

    • SDPads1

      That could be pretty costly haha

  • SD N8ve

    I wish they’d do the blanket, bag, beer can bag again. I missed out on the beer can bag (got there late) and am to this day. I actually use both of my Pads blankets a lot!

  • Love it. The batting bobble head idea is great. I really like the going all out on retro nights as well. especially the cards. Kids love them. The Colbert as a bobble head already has been sketched out by yours truly. We can do this.

    • SDPads1

      Love it Jeremy!

  • I’m both shocked and glad to see that the Dodgers weren’t the top average draw.

    Hope you get the job running the game promotions next year; obviously, you’re highly qualified.

    • SDPads1

      Yeah it was shocking considering they had the Home Opener series. I can see the 3 game series, since it’s a smaller sample size but the Giants just draw a little better I guess.

  • Are the Padres pretty much the only team to never do a Snuggie giveaway? And I realize that Snuggies are passe now, but maybe they can do one in connection with an ’00’s retro night?

    • SDPads1

      That would actually fit with the Padres MO. Just like signing a star player late in their career, they would be having a great promotion….5 years past it’s prime.

  • … Nate Colbert had the baddest set of pork-chop sidburns… EVER!!!

  • TJ Fan

    Since when have the Padres done the Beach Towel giveaway?