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Winter is here and sounds of baseball no longer permeate through the familial living room. It is a time when the women of the AJM household manipulate programming to a far greater extent than they do during the summer season. I am an adult and I have learned to cope with such sacrifice. This free time however, has been known to  cause consternation amongst the daughters AJM as they are forced to grapple for leftover scraps of free TV time. Fortunately the Mrs. and I have taught the girls mechanisms for fair decision making . . .

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In case you weren’t paying attention…

Always enjoy responsibly. Don’t read and drive.

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Last night, kneeling down in front of a makeshift table, we began to eat our dinner. The Pirates and Reds played on the television in the N.L. Wildcard play-in game as we enjoyed a cool cross-breeze that had become noticeably absent during the previous 5 weeks. Fall was here in more than name.

My daughter observed that my eyes stayed fixed on the television as I achieved a delicate balance on my fork – no easy task with a meal of taco salad on the menu.

She asked, “Who’s playing?”

Between bites I said, “Pirates and Reds.”

“There’s a team called the Pirates?”

“Yes. They play in Pittsburgh. They’re the black and yellow team.”, I told her.

She said, “I don’t like watching games that the Padres aren’t playing in.”

It warmed my heart to hear of her unwavering allegiance to the home nine but I felt as though a deeper conversation needed to take place.

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There are certain areas of life where beliefs must be arrived upon using one’s own freewill. Padres baseball is not one of those areas.

Summer months move along with a particular cadence in my home.  Children’s activities separate each passing hour of the day, establishing a familiar rhythm, until we sit down for dinner and then prepare to watch the beginning of the Padres games each night. It is a game that marks the end of another summer day. Children go to sleep asking the score and awake the next morning forgetting that the contest had ever taken place. But good or bad I always let them know the outcome.

Perhaps that right there, baseball on the mind as their heads hit their pillows, is proof that each small effort at indoctrinating my daughters is taking hold. But there is another example, a more concrete one, that reaffirms my decision to give the Padres to my daughters. One day on our way to swimming lessons I asked my daughter a question . . .

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The inaugural Padres Public Online Scavenger Hunt is now over and done with and a winner has been named.

For those of you who weren’t paying attention — which based on the number of entries I received wasn’t as much as I expected — Padres Public managed to get a few copies of MLB Bloopers Deluxe Doubleheader and Prime 9: MLB Heroics DVDs from MLB Productions. So, I decided to have a online scavenger hunt through all of my posts in a series of 19 questions.

(If you find yourself asking “Why 19?” you should stop reading this blog and Google “San Diego Padres #19” right now.)

The winner is Nate, aka @Taterz1021 on Twitter, who correctly answered 18 out of the 19 questions I asked.

Let’s take a look at the questions, followed by the answer I was looking for and the post that it was contained in.

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In case you weren’t paying attention…

Always enjoy responsibly. Don’t read and drive.

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There are certain areas of life where beliefs must be arrived upon using one’s own freewill. Padres baseball is not one of those areas.

I haven’t discussed the recent 10 game slide with my daughters or provided context as to what it really means in the grand scheme of their burgeoning fandom. Why ruin a good thing, right? I suppose that in a proper course on Indoctrination nothing of the sort would ever be discussed out of fear of free thinking and revolution. With each mounting loss the bright eyed innocents, who I attempt to inculcate regularly, would invariably wise-up, setting the stage for rebellion. It’s best to just keep this losing streak on the down-low, as they say.

In light of these recent losses and a return to the NL West cellar, those who are not Padres fans might be inclined to ask, “Why would you do this to your children? Why would you make them fans of this team?”

Geez, make me feel bad why don’t you! It’s a fair question, I guess. Just a week and a half ago the Padres were making an unlikely charge to the top of the table in the NL West and now here they are with 10 consecutive losses (and counting). To witness such a downward spiral is painful and I’m not inclined to share such ignominy with my daughters. They’re just not ready for it.

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In case you weren’t paying attention…

Always enjoy responsibly. Don’t read and drive.

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There are certain areas of life where beliefs must be arrived upon using one’s own freewill. Padres baseball is not one of those areas.

A few weeks ago, as a long school year approached it’s conclusion, small children put the finishing touches on a year of growth. I regularly see the amazing strides my daughter has made with reading and writing (she’s 6) so I couldn’t help but take notice when Gavin (@CT2SD) shared his daughter’s growth through this poem . . .

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