Except when it doesn’t.
So, Huston Street and Tyson Ross are your San Diego Padres 2014 All-Stars, although Ross will not play having started on Sunday. Street was named to replace Ross on the active All-Star roster.
The Padres wanted us to write-in Seth Smith on our All-Star ballots this year. Because his name wasn’t on the ballot and everyone else sucked.
Last week, I explored possible replacements for Ross on the All-Star roster this year. Seeing as how Smith was
denied not chosen, that got me thinking: When was the last time a position player from the Padres started an All-Star game?
The last time a position player actually started the All-Star Game was 1998 at Coors Field in Denver, when Tony Gwynn was voted in by the fans. Andy Ashby, Kevin Brown, Trevor Hoffman, and Greg Vaughn joined Gwynn as All-Star reserves.
1998? That long ago? Have the Padres really sucked that bad? Well, yes and no. Part of the problem with having the fans vote is players that get national attention tend to get the most votes. And the Padres have rarely gotten national attention since 1998. Not for anything positive, that is.
Not saying that’s necessarily a bad thing, just that’s the way it is.
So, what happened between 1998 and today? How many players have been All-Stars since?
Well, the 2013 season got underway with a resounding thud. There’s really no other way to put it. By the time Jedd Gyorko got his first Major League hit the Padres trailed 7-1. Brad Brach surrendered a grand slam to close out the scoring. RJs Fro put it succinctly:
Our starter, Edinson Volquez, didn’t get an out in the fourth. He also walked his opposite number on four pitches, one of three walks he allowed, and gave up two doubles to go along with 4 singles and 4 strikeouts. Woe, Doctor! shared this interesting factoid:
There were 3 other games worse than yesterday’s? Research project!
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.”