Gather around kids. Let me take you back to a time where DVD’s and Blu Ray discs didn’t exist. A time where you couldn’t just easily skip to a certain section of the movie. Yeah, sounds crazy right? Well that’s what it was like during the VHS era. I have a handful of Padres VHS tapes that I’m going to show you. I really need to convert these so I have them to enjoy forever and ever, but I haven’t quite gotten around to it yet. I’ll just list off the tapes I have here and “review” them all at a later date. VHS!
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!
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.
This is where we gather from time to time to talk about something big in the Padres world or just the Padres or just baseball. It’s a roundtable discussion. Except, you know, no round tables. This is a Public House…so we’re at the bar.
*All opinions are of those who are attributed to them. No opinion here should be construed to be that of the collective.
Padres Trail wrote an excellent post a couple of weeks ago regarding the most seminal Padres moment. His choice, a fine one, was Game 3 of the 1996 NLDS. If you haven’t read his post already, go check it out here.
This topic got a lot of us thinking “what are our seminal Padres moments?” It’s a somewhat complicated topic for a team with 0 World Series titles and only 2 appearances. But seminal doesn’t necessarily mean “great.” They are moments, for better or worse, that stay with you. An easy way to test what moments these would be for you? They are the first moments that come to mind when you think “Padres.”
Here, we’ve limited ourselves to picking 3 moments in total. Some good, some bad, all memorable.
So, presented for this week’s roundtable discussion, The Bar presents “Seminal Padres Moments.”