padrestwitterIt’s that time of year again. Two years ago, I published what I considered to be the most comprehensive list of Padres-related Twitter accounts that I thought every Padres fan should be following. I updated it as needed as players were traded or people changed jobs, but that just got time-consuming and monotonous.

I redid the entire thing exactly one year later, with new accounts added and others removed, mostly due to repetitiveness or just no longer existing.

I revisited it this month, and what follows are the results.

Some are informative follows. Some are humorous. Some are both. But all of them, I guarantee*, will improve your Padres Twitter experience.

*Guarantee void in Tennessee. And everywhere else, for that matter. I guarantee nothing except eventual death.
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On the surface, the Padres’ hiring of now former Red Sox announcer Don Orsillo, a move San Diego made official last Wednesday, looks like a Mike Dee-led familiarity play. In fact, it probably is. Dee worked for the Red Sox from 2002 through 2009, mostly as COO, and Orsillo was Boston’s lead play-by-play guy — teaming in the booth with Jerry Remy — since 2001. It’s hard to imagine Dee’s familiarity with Orsillo didn’t have something to do with the hiring.

Maybe that’s unfortunate. Maybe Jesse Agler, who will be transitioning to the radio side from his all-around role this year, was the right person for the job. Maybe someone else — some relative unknown — should have gotten the nod, helping the Padres build a true identity of their own. If there’s any criticism of the deal — and there is some, mind you — it’s that Orsillo represents Boston, and, well, this ain’t Boston.

It’s true, mostly. Orsillo, 46, was born in Melrose, Massachusetts, a (Vladimir Guerrero) stone’s throw from Boston, and he grew up in New England, although he did graduate from high school in California. He returned east for college, though, and interned with the Red Sox while attending Northeastern. Further, nearly his entire announcing career comes from within the Red Sox organization (I’m Wikipedia-ing here) — the internship, five years calling Pawtucket Red Sox games on the radio from 1996-2000, and, of course, the lead role at NESN for the past 15 years.

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In case you missed it, Sac Bunt Chris and myself had the awesome honor of being on Padres Social Hour last Friday, mere hours after the trade deadline. We both had a blast and a huge thank you goes out to Jesse, Blooper (Seth), Nicky and the poor intern who had to fetch us unwrapped Watermelon Jolly Ranchers, cut into 3rds and soaked in a bowl of strawberry lemonade, during every commercial break. We are so demanding.

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Here is the entire Jesse Agler and Mike Hess Brewing saga. The 2 parts of the Jesse interview, the Padres Social Hour spoof and then the Mike Hess Brewing interview. Thanks to everyone who participated in this fun event!

We’ve now done 20 episodes of the video series and 30 episodes of the podcast. That’s a lot of beer and baseball chat! Thanks for watching & listening!

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Join us for Part 1 of the highly anticipated Jesse Agler interview! We sit down with the host of Padres POV and occasional TV/Radio broadcaster at Mike Hess Brewing in North Park to chat about what really makes him tick. When he, and his dad, think his love of baseball started, how he got his start in broadcasting, what he remembers from his initial Miami Dolphins interview with Mike Dee, who he reaches out to in San Diego when he needs some broadcasting advice and MORE!

We also chat with Greg Hess and, a familiar name in Padre-land, Cesar Torres, about the ins and outs of Mike Hess Brewing! How they got their start, Hessfest (THIS SATURDAY! GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!), the Open Mike cans, their big plans in OB and North Park and more!

*Due to the file size I had to split up the Jesse Agler interview into 2 parts. Part 2 will be up as soon as my Vimeo account limit refreshes (Monday….I think)

We’ve now done 20 episodes of the video series and 30 episodes of the podcast. That’s a lot of beer and baseball chat! Thanks for watching & listening!

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Catch an all new episode of Padres and Pints Social Hour! This week Rick and Chris are joined by the legendary duo, Jesse Agler and Bill Center at Mike Hess Brewing. Apparently it wasn’t wise to have a trash company sponsor your guests.

On a serious note, watch the entire interview with Jesse and the Mike Hess Brewing crew this Friday at Padres Public!

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (30-29) scored more runs than the Atlanta Braves (27-30), 5-3 in 11 innings yesterday. Neither Ian Kennedy (3-5, 6.48) nor Shelby Miller (5-2, 1.84) figured in the decision.

Kennedy allowed three runs on eight hits and no walk with six strikeouts in five innings. Cameron Maybin, Freddie Freeman, and Nick Markakis each had one RBI for the Braves.

Miller pitched seven innings giving up just one run on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Cory Spangenberg had two RBI and Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, and Alexi Amarista each added one RBI apiece for the Padres.

Craig Kimbrel pitched the eleventh inning for his 14th save on the season and 200th of his career.

Tonight at 4:10pm PDT will see James Shields (7-0, 3.58) going against Mike Foltynewicz (3-2, 4.29) at Turner Field. Join us at Mike Hess Brewing in North Park to watch the game and stay for a live Padres And Pints taping with Jesse Agler of Padres Social Hour and broadcasting legend Bob Chandler.

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That’s right folks! The Padres and Pints crew will be emerging from our parents basements to shoot an episode with special guest Jesse Agler at Mike Hess Brewing in North Park, immediately following the Padres/Braves game and you are all invited!

Come on down and watch the game (big screens & beer!) and then watch us say things like, “TAKE 2!” and “TAKE 7!” as we bumble through our lines repeatedly while basking in the glow that is Jesse Agler. It’ll be a fun time for all!

Where: Mike Hess Brewing- North Park at 3812 Grim Avenue San Diego CA 92104
Date: Tuesday June 9th 2015
Time: 4:10PM Padres vs. Braves/7:30ish Padres and Pints
What: Watch the Padres take on the #Barves and then watch us film a Padres and Pints episode. See how the cheese is really made, or something like that.
Anything else?: Wow, you’re tough to please, but there may be some other surprises in store. Stay tuned!

EDIT – We will now also be joined by the legendary Bob Chandler! Plus there will be giveaways courtesy of Knockaround!

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tw-sabr-logo-1This past Saturday, the San Diego Central Library once again hosted the San Diego-Ted Williams SABR Chapter‘s Winter Meeting on the 8th floor amongst the Baseball Research Center collection. The Society for American Baseball Research meets twice a year to discuss baseball and baseball history. While I’m not a SABR member (yet), all of their meetings are open to the public, so I went.


This time the special guest speaker were Wells Oliver and Brian McBurney from the Padres front office, Padres Social Hour host Jesse Agler, and UT San Diego reporter and native San Diegan Kirk Kenney.

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I had the amazing opportunity to appear on the awesome new pre-game show, Padres Social Hour, last night along side the Godfather of RJ’s Fro, Randy Jones. I was there for the Taste of Petco Park food tour, which I’ll discuss in more detail tomorrow, and I was watching the show. Next thing I know Jesse Agler approached me and told me to come on down. I initially thought it was for a tour of the set but then quickly realized I was going to be on. Less than a minute later and we were rolling. A big thanks to Jesse, RJ & the Padres for having me on, it was a blast!

PS – Check out my slick new Padres throwback socks

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