The Padres released their 2017 promotional schedule on Tuesday. You may have missed it at first, as they did it via press release and posted it on social media around 4:15pm.

Padres Jagoff posted a piece about it on Gwynntelligence Wednesday morning, in which he compared the Padres 2017 giveaways and promotions with the ones from the Dodgers, Cubs, Indians, Red Sox, and Giants. To say he was underwhelmed would be an understatement.

Promotions and giveaways are supposed to be an incentive to get you out to the ballpark when you wouldn’t necessarily have gone. If you get something of perceived value – on top of the basic product – the product becomes more valuable. It’s not even Economics 101, it’s high school Intro to Economics, that one class that they only made me take for a single semester in my senior year.

The Padres are not good. The expectation is that they’re going to lose a lot of games this year. Now, they won’t necessarily tell us that straight up, but it doesn’t take an astrophysicist to do the math. So, why would their promotional schedule be so underwhelming? I would think they would like to get people in the ballpark on Saturdays, however these promotions probably wouldn’t inspire anyone on the fence to get to Petco Park this season.

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“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
Albert Einstein

A few months ago, I was asked by Padres Jagoff of Gwynntelligence if I would be interested in doing a guest spot on one of their podcasts. I said, “Sure. Why not?”

Many weeks went by. Change the Padres moved to the East Coast. Padres Jagoff forgot about ever asking me. I forgot Padres Jagoff ever asked me.

Then, suddenly, we both remembered that he asked.

After some tense negotiations about who and what we would eventually talk about (re: nothing in particular), we finally recorded it.

Here, then, is that podcast. Over the course of about an hour of mindless chatter, we sum up our feelings on the Padres 2015 season in general, the changes to the radio and television broadcasts for 2016, the state of the Padres blogosphere & Padres twitter, and whether or not the McRib is actually just an unnatural way of cleaning out your digestive tract on an annual basis.

Download here.