Every so often I write something of substance. It’s not always embedded tweets and GIFs. So prepare to have your minds blown! Or not.
My copy of 100 Things Padres Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Kirk Kenney showed up a little over a week ago. I have read it. This is my review.
Kenney has been a sportswriter for the San Diego Union-Tribune since 1985. Triumph Books has published a series of books about sports teams’ histories and asked Kenney if he would write one about the Padres.
The title says it all. The book is 100 things in Padres history that fans — maybe not should — but perhaps would be interested to know. People, dates, numbers, and events that helped shape the Padres into what they are today.
First off, Randy Jones wrote the foreword. You know, the barbecue guy. Oh, Jones also won the 1976 Cy Young Award while pitching for the Padres. Oh, he was the first person inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame. Oh, and his number 35 was also retired by the Padres.
I can’t think of a better way to begin a book about the Padres than to have the Crafty Lefty get the start. So right off the bat (pun intended), the book has some credibility.
I originally intended to post this last week, but with the chaos of a Spring Training trip quickly approaching, I had a ton of stuff to get done before leaving.
Last year the San Diego chapter of SABR (also known as the Ted Williams Chapter) had their first Garage Sale at the Hall of Champions. I was there that day, bought a few things and posted about it here. So when Met from Padres Trail announced that it would be returning this year AND that it was at the Randy Jones All-American Sports Grill, I knew that I had to go once again. This time I had home field advantage.
I got there a little early and ran into some other collectors and ItsDis. As the doors opened, they all ate my dust though, as I was the first to rush in. There was considerably less items this year, but there was still some awesome stuff to be had.
I got a few things to add to my crazy collection:
Bigger Than the Game
By Dirk Hayhurst
Citadel, 320 pp., $14.95 paperback
The Padres drafted Dirk Hayhurst in the eighth round of the 2003 draft. He had a cup of coffee with the big club in 2008, and it didn’t go so well. The next year he fared a little better with Toronto, but that was his final stint in the big leagues.
At the ripe old age of 28, he was done. Welcome to the world of professional baseball.
Fortunately for all of us, Hayhurst had already embarked on a promising career as a writer, first penning his Non-Prospect Diary for Baseball America while he pitched at Lake Elsinore and San Antonio in the Padres system. His authenticity endeared himself to fans, even if it alienated some teammates in the process, and eventually his tales of the road turned into a book.
One book begat another. And another. And now a fourth, Bigger Than the Game (sample chapters), chronicles the year he spent rehabbing from injury with the Blue Jays in one last effort to chase his dream and find the success that had thus far eluded him. Read More…
Normally I come up with some sort of theme for these posts. But today I felt like going all over the place so try and keep up.
Steve Garvey is easily the first person you think of when someone mentions the Padres and Dodgers. Here he is in face-on-a-stick form. I’ve talked about the face-on-a-stick a couple times before. The first in Part 1 of my version of a better Promotional Schedule (Part II to post tomorrow) and then when I recently purchased a Chicken version at the SABR garage sale. This particular item was most likely given away in stores to promote Padre’s ticket sales. It is sponsored by both Yago Sant’Gria and TeleSeat. There is no date on it so I’m not 100% sure when it was given away, but looking at the mustard and brown hat and knowing that Garvey signed with the Padres in 1983, then that only leaves 2 years that it could have been: 1983 or 1984.