Rick and Chris debate the merits of juices vs beer, talk about the San Diego Padres front office comings and goings over the years, finally solve the mystery of the location of “Tri Cities”, and try to think of things to say about Eric Stults for (hopefully) the last time.

If you have any questions or comments, leave them down below or e-mail us.

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Well, one of them.

Last night during the Padres defeat of the Phillies the news came out that the Eugene Emeralds had agreed to a new player development agreement with the Chicago Cubs, ending their 14-year relationship with the Friars.

So, where would the new Padres affiliate play in the Northwest League next season?  The options were either Boise, the Cubs’ old affiliate, or Pasco, WA (aka Tri-Cities), formerly affiliated with the Colorado Rockies.

Then…

So that left just one possibility:  the Tri-Cities Dust Devils.  Unless the Padres were looking at a team in the New York-Penn League.  Which is doubtful, to say the least.

All of this followed the announcement earlier this week that the Padres had agreed to a 2-year extensions with the Fort Wayne TinCaps as the Low Single-A affiliate and the San Antonio Missions as the Double-A affiliate.

Today, the Padres announced that Tri-Cities would be their Short Season Single-A home and that the Lake Elsinore Storm had also agreed to a 2-year extension to remain the High Single-A affiliate.

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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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In case you weren’t paying attention…

Always enjoy responsibly. Don’t read and drive.

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“There’s only one way to rock!” yells Sammy Hagar from next door, and who am I to argue? The Red Rocker once wrote a protest song decrying the rate of speed at which motorists are allowed to travel the highways of this great land. The man has a conscience.

It’s 8 a.m. Tuesday and we’re out of clean clothes. The laundry room is next to the kitchen, which is next to the fake-scrambled-eggs-and-crank-your-own-raisin-bran buffet.

There’s only one way to rock.

Later we will head to Newport, on the coast, away from the sweltering heat of Eugene. But for now, Sammy, laundry, and last night’s Emeralds game rattle in my head like so many wild pitches. Read More…