Here it is! All of the Padres bobbleheads that I own, in one single post! 57  139 (!!!!) different Padres, Chihuahuas, Beavers, Stars, BayBears, Quakes, Storm, Wizards, TinCaps, Emeralds, 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 can’t recall the year, or if they were given away or sold, but I’m about 99.9% sure that 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, 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 & Burt Hooton bobbleheads to the collection!!

-Another HUGE thank you to the El Paso Chihuahuas for providing the Manuel Margot & Austin Hedges bobbleheads!

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

-I’ve never seen the 1980’s Twin Enterprises bobblehead before, but I scooped it up. It’s in the 1985-1990 uniform, however I have never seen any of these holding a baseball. Perhaps it was a custom one?

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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Jedd Gyorko returned from the Paternity List yesterday the proud father of twin boys. He was just in time to catch the rubber-game of an early NL West showdown with the 1st place San Francisco Giants. Unfortunately, the Giants took the game 3-2, and with it the series. But Jedd Gyorko was back. No,  Jedd Gyorko is back.

The West Virginian, in going 1 for 3 with zero K’s, reminded us that things can get better at the keystone position. Gyorko’s recent contract extension has given us hope that second base will become a position of stability. It hasn’t always been that way. The last six seasons have seen the Padres treat second base like membership to the U.S. House of Representatives, a two year term and then re-election time.The incumbents never did too well. Gyorko’s contract extension should put an end to that ignominious streak of 1-termers.

Even prior to 2009 and the Congressional style of filling out the position, the Padres had used a succession of 1-year players to little effect.

Second base has been a painful spot on the diamond for the Padres. Let’s take a look at the position over the years beginning with Jedd Gyorko’s slow start in 2014.

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Once again, it’s time to cast your vote for the 2013 McRib Awards.

So far, you have voted for the best meme of 2013 and your favorite Fox Sports San Diego Girl.

Next up we have the Eckstein-Owens Memorial True Grit Award for the grittiest gritty player who shows gritty grit on the gritty Padres. Named in honor of the two of the grittiest players who ever dirtied up a Padres uniform, David Eckstein and Eric Owens, the True Grit Award is bestowed upon the player who best exemplified gritty play during the season.

What constitutes gritty play? Clutch defensive plays. Take no prisoners baserunning. Outstanding on-field awareness. These are all key. And if a player demonstrates all of these at the same time, that’s a lot of grit.

We used to call these types of players “scrappy.” Not quite sure when it was changed to gritty. Who really cares? It’s basically the same thing.

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There are many things that excite me as a Padres fan in 2013: the new Ballast Point Beer Garden at Petco Park, top prospect Jedd Gyorko, and… okay, there are two things that excite me. Let’s talk about Gyorko.

The Padres second-round pick in 2010 out of West Virginia University won the starting second base job this spring. He currently splits time between second and third while Chase Headley recovers from a thumb injury sustained just before Opening Day.

What we know about Gyorko is that a) he will hit (.319/.385/.529 in 1,500 minor-league PA) and b) he may or may not be a second baseman. But he’s there now, so we’ll roll with it. Read More…

Jonah Keri, author of The Extra 2%, wrote a piece on Grantland.com titled The New Springfield Nine. In it, Keri recasts, as it were, the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team from the classic third season Simpsons episode, “Homer At The Bat.”

If you don’t recall what that episode was about, here’s the summary from IMDB:

Homer and his co-workers qualify the plant’s softball team for the league final, but Mr. Burns hires 9 professional MLB players to win a $1 million bet.

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The nine MLB players Mr. Burns gets were Roger Clemens, Mike Scioscia, Don Mattingly, Steve Sax, Ozzie Smith, Wade Boggs, Jose Canseco, Ken Griffey Jr. and Darryl Strawberry, all of whom guest-starred as themselves.

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