This is where we gather from time to time to talk about something big in the Padres world or just the Padres or just baseball. It’s a roundtable discussion. Except, you know, no round tables. This is a Public House…so we’re at the bar.

When I’m at the bar, I like to fire up the juke box:

In Jonah Keri’s weekly “The 30” over at Grantland, he dedicated a portion of his piece to the San Diego Padres (ranked 29th in MLB, for the week); it wasn’t pretty. From Edinson Volquez’s inadequacies as a staff “ace”/opening day starter, overall franchise issues with drafting and developing talent, Josh Byrnes’ trade record, the club’s handling of Chase Headley, to club finances…he painted a pretty bleak picture. And fair, as well. When pressed on a few issues by Padres Public bloggers, he took the time to respond to each and every one of us.

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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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