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.
It’s that time of year again. Two years ago, I published what I considered to be the most comprehensive list of Padres-related Twitter accounts that I thought every Padres fan should be following. I updated it as needed as players were traded or people changed jobs, but that just got time-consuming and monotonous.
I redid the entire thing exactly one year later, with new accounts added and others removed, mostly due to repetitiveness or just no longer existing.
I revisited it this month, and what follows are the results.
Some are informative follows. Some are humorous. Some are both. But all of them, I guarantee*, will improve your Padres Twitter experience.
*Guarantee void in Tennessee. And everywhere else, for that matter. I guarantee nothing except eventual death.
Today while listening to Padres General Manager Josh Byrnes speak with Darren Smith on the Mighty 1090 the conversation bounced from a weird type of ball game played by front office personnel, then to Chase Headley‘s calf, before finally settling in to my main concern this spring – Max Fried‘s tender forearm.
Darren asked Byrnes about his initial reaction to news from the trainers that something was up with Fried’s forearm/elbow and the GM said this:
“Yeah, I mean it’s been a lot the last few years and you kinda just keep waiting for the worm to turn and obviously, ya know, we’ve changed a few things with how we train and how we treat but . . .”
Wait, wait, wait. That’s gold right there.
Yesterday I had the good fortune of driving around aimlessly for the better part of an hour. I say good fortune because it put me in the window of Darren Smith’s show (12-3 pm on the Mighty 1090) which I don’t get to listen to nearly enough. I was excited to hear Darren interview Matt Vasgersian who, incidentally, was kind enough to take part in a live chat with us here at Padres Public last week.
As Darren and Matty V finished discussing the peculiarly small size of Scott Kaplan’s head and the horse-like appearance of Billy Ray Smith they broke into a discussion about Padres Public and the live chat that occurred here last week. Whoa . . .
From the mouth of Matt Vasgersian:
There is a . . . uh . . . actually, fantastic blog . . .
Matty V says other things as well but allow me to bask in that compliment for awhile. A compliment like that completely justifies the times I’ve woken up at 4:30 AM to write about the sacrificial rites of the Aztec and the naming rights to my daughters’ pet fish.
Amongst the many interesting things to come up during Jonah Keri’s interview with Darren Smith this past week (which you can listen to here), there was one item that created a bit of buzz amongst Padres fans; locking up Jedd Gyorko long-term. Now.
Last week Scott Miller of CBS asserted that the Padres were “broke”. Actually he asserted that they are “broke”.
After speaking with the Padres during the week, the U-T’s Bill Center wrote an article on Sunday morning about the state of finances for the Padres.
On short notice we rallied together at the Bar to discuss, keeping the following in mind:
What is your reaction to this article? Does the explanation make you feel better or worse about the most recent off-season, or where the team could be headed in the next few years?