On October 10th, Philip Jia and his roommates were going on with their night, just like it was any other normal evening. Little did they realize that their world would be flipped upside down and their lives would never be the same again.

They were about to be #norf’d

While they were at their University City condo, they saw a white Chevy Suburban, heard a loud noise and then saw the vehicle take off. It never looked back.

What they found was roughly 600 Chris Denorfia bobbbleheads, still in their boxes, 2 empty bottles of Vodka and a half empty jug of wallpaper peeler, just sitting there in their parking lot.

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Here it is. All of the Padres bobbleheads, that I own, in one single post. 57 61 69 74 81 84 98 101 different Padres, Beavers, Quakes, Storm, Wizards, Stars, managers, announcers, mascots, dreamboats, skaters and sleepy voiced ex-owners. I’ve written in depth about many of these already, so if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below and I’ll fill you in on them.

Some Additional Notes:

-The Tony Gwynn set of 5 was not a Padres affiliated giveaway and was reportedly a set that Alicia Gwynn teamed up with another company on. I’m not sure of the year, or if they were given away or sold, but I believe it was in 2001.

-I found out that the set that features Trevor Hoffman, Ryan Klesko, Mark Kotsay and Phil Nevin was indeed given away at a game on August 4th, 2002, but was for kids only. You could also go to Carl’s Jr. every Saturday for 5 consecutive weeks and purchase a combo meal to buy a different bobblehead for $4.99 though, which is what I did. My cholesterol levels have never been the same.

-The Jerry Coleman bobblehead was a San Diego National Bank item from 2001 and I am uncertain if it was a giveaway or sold there it was given away to “special friends of the bank” only.

-With that said, arguably the two biggest icons in Padres history, Gwynn and Coleman, have still never had a Padres bobblehead giveaway.

-A HUGE thank you to the Fort Wayne TinCaps for providing the Rymer Liriano, Mat Latos, Matt Wisler & Josh Van Meter bobbleheads to the worlds biggest Padres bobblehead collection.

-For more info on the Chris Denorfia unreleased bobblehead, go here.

If you have any bobbleheads that aren’t listed here, that you’d like to contribute to my sickness the cause, then shoot me an e-mail.

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Monday, the Padres announced that Trevor Hoffman would be inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame before the game against the Dodgers on August 30th.

A couple of thoughts crossed my mind.

  • They retired his number in 2011.  You would think that would have been a more opportune time to do it, what with everyone already being there for that ceremony and all.
  • Everyone else (with the exceptions of Steve Garvey – who isn’t in the Padres Hall of Fame, and Nate Colbert – who hasn’t had his number retired) has been named to the Padres Hall of Fame first or at least had their number retired at the same time.

Then I had one more thought.

Why don’t the Padres do an Alumni Weekend every year?

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In case you weren’t paying attention…

Always enjoy responsibly. Don’t read and drive.

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It’s the same line I hear from every single Padres employee that has come through the doors in the past few seasons: “Bobbleheads don’t do well in San Diego.”

And it’s not like it’s worded even remotely different either. It’s verbatim. Word for word. Exactamundo. Twinsies. Well, you get the point. It’s as if upon their hiring they are forced to watch a movie that brainwashes everything that they previously thought was right. Brown = Evil. Bobbleheads=don’t do well in San Diego. I first heard that phrase uttered from an employee back in 2009 and have heard it more times than I can count since.

Word is spreading that there will be no bobblehead next year, but as we saw last year that could quickly change. And by quickly I mean 3 months into the season. I chatted with AJM last night about this topic. He wrote a great piece this morning about how his young daughter is a Chase Headley fan BECAUSE of the bobblehead. The AJM daughters are also very fond of Everth Cabrera (which they have a bobblehead of). Notice a trend here? They see that little bobblehead on their shelf every morning and start to get interested in that player.

This is kind of a .400 in ’94/RJ’s Fro co-posting. Perhaps I should drink a beer and film myself while writing, so I can make it a Padres and Pints post too? Nah, it’s too early for that.

Let’s take a look at all the bobblehead giveaways in Padres history and see how the attendance figures stack up. Keep in mind there are many things that factor into attendance (opponents, day of the week, month, pitching matchups, win/loss record, etc) but just for the sake of this post I won’t go that in depth.

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No this post isn’t about the musical group who brought the slow jams to the masses in the 80’s & 90’s, this is about Tony Gwynn. As you know I come up with stupid blog post titles.

I’ve only posted a few Gwynn items so far. The street banner, poster, Russian Nesting Dolls & Carlos Delgado‘s his McFarlane figures. Since I was a kid Tony has always been my favorite player of all-time, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I have quite the extensive Gwynn collection. So let’s take a look at some of them….CAUTION: Bobbleheads are on the horizon!

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In case you weren’t paying attention…

Always enjoy responsibly. Don’t read and drive.

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This Saturday, a good majority of the Padres Public crew will be attending the Lake Elsinore Storm game as they take on the Lancaster Jethawks (Astros). We have a Party Deck reserved and are all excited to be attending. It is Social Media Night, along with Martial Arts Night AND you get FREE Hidden Valley dressing that night.Pure awesomeness. That right there is Minor League baseball in a nutshell. I have been many times over the years and it never disappoints. Cheap, fun, quality entertainment for the whole family and if you haven’t been to a game at The Diamond yet, then you are truly missing out.

In years past I stuck to Padres only bobbleheads. But recently I have begun hitting up the Minor League bobbleheads as well. This is a little more difficult since I can’t exactly attend every game in Lake Elsinore, Eugene, Fort Wayne, San Antonio or Tucson since I live in San Diego. I sometimes see them on eBay but they tend to be a little pricey for some reason. I have a few from the various teams but I’ll focus on the Storm for this post.

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In case you weren’t paying attention…

Always enjoy responsibly. Don’t read and drive.

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