There has been a (nearly) total lack of any interesting Padres news coming out of the Winter Meetings this year. Unless you count Dick Enberg receiving the Ford C. Frick Award or A.J. Preller’s broken computer. Which I don’t, obviously.  Quite frankly, everyone else on Padres Public has done a much better job of analyzing nothing this week than I ever could.

So let’s have a bit of mindless fun, shall we?

This past year saw Alesmith Brewing releasing a collaboration with the late Tony Gwynn on a new beer, .394 San Diego Pale Ale.  If you haven’t had a chance to try it yet, I recommend you get to Alesmith’s Miramar tasting room and do so at your earliest convenience.  It is a mighty tasty beer.

This brought up an interesting topic to examine:

What could local breweries do to honor other Padres players with their own beer?

Well, maybe not interesting, per se.  But what else are we supposed to talk about?

*My only rule:  You won’t see anything about Eric Show or Alan Wiggins or anyone else that ever publicly had a problem with substance abuse.  That’s a line that I won’t cross.

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One of the better Padres promotions for this season will happen on 24 May, as part of the 1984 NL Championship team celebrations (and, appropriately, against the vanquished Cubs).  Replica Retro Jersey Night motivated me to buy tickets and bring the family. During Media Preview Night, a couple of the jerseys were on display (from the Padres website, via Gaslamp Ball):

24 May 14 retro jersey night

Word on the street is Garvey and Whitson jerseys will also be available.  This is tough – who do you choose?  Let’s break it down.

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In case you weren’t paying attention…

Always enjoy responsibly. Don’t read and drive.

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shirtless ed whitson

Ever wonder what Shirtless Ed Whitson referred to?  Now you know.  Thanks to Tom Garfinkel for sending that tonight.

I had several things to talk about concerning this game, but they don’t really matter.  All anyone is going to remember is the fight between Zack Greinke and Carlos Quentin.

Since their history seemed to be what provoked it tonight, here’s the history between them.  Going into tonight, Quentin had faced Greinke 28 times.  He was 6-24, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 2 walks, 4 K, and 2 HBP.  All between 2008-2010, all while with the White Sox when Greinke pitched for KC.

The two hit by pitch events, in some context.

  1. First time in 2008 (7/18/08).  At the point Q was 1-5 against Greinke, the one being a HR the first time he faced him.  Q got hit with runners on the corners and one out, first pitch.  Next AB Quentin hit a HR (same game).
  2. Second time was the following year (4/8/09), on a 1-1 pitch with the bases empty.  Next AB Quentin walked (same game).  It should be mentioned that Grienke went high and tight on Q the previous at bat (Q struck out swinging 3 innings earlier).

At this point, Quentin had faced Zack 13 times, hit 2 HR, been hit twice, been buzzed at least once.  So you start to see why he might have developed an issue with Greinke – he’s seen 35 pitches from the guy and at least 3 have been around his head.

Carlos last faced Zack on 22 August 2010 when he singled to LC.  That’s a long time to hold a grudge.  Which brings us to tonight.

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