When creating a Mount Rushmore for the Padres, coming up with a list of names is an easy task for me: Tony Gwynn, Trevor Hoffman, Randy Jones and the one and only San Diego Chicken. Based on their body of work and what they have done for the city of San Diego, it’s a no-brainer for me every time.

Ted Giannoulas, aka The San Diego Chicken,  has been making fans laugh for 39 years now and is easily the most recognized mascot in history. From his early days as the KGB Chicken to the current semi-retired Chicken, he’s been a part of some amazing moments in history and has rubbed elbows (wings) with some elite people.

We had the amazing honor of chatting with him this past weekend at Benchmark Brewing Co. for the latest episode of Padres and Pints. We talk about things ranging from what he would have become if he wasn’t the Chicken to if he was reincarnated what would he come back as, both answers may surprise you. He had the entire audience (and me) laughing out loud during the whole interview.


We also chat with Matt Akin, the co-owner of Benchmark, about his new upstart brewery that will easily be a force to reckoned within the San Diego craft brew scene. The San Diego 71 Double IPA is fantastic! Plus they make their own flavored soda, which is free for kids (family friendly) and designated drivers (responsible). Check them out soon and tell them Padres and Pints sent ya!

Also be on the lookout for some behind the scenes action on Padres POV in the next couple of weeks!

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At Padres and Pints we enjoy the finer things in life. Local San Diego craft beer consumption. Talking about Padres baseball. And having a good time (notice a trend yet). So what better person/fowl to get for an interview than the one and only San Diego Chicken!

Tune in this Friday to both Padres Public (morning) for the interview and then catch Padres POV on Fox Sports San Diego (5:30PM) for an exclusive behind the scenes look of the interview in the coming weeks.

We had a great day at the new (and awesome) Benchmark Brewing yesterday and can’t wait for you to see the finished product.

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