In case you weren’t paying attention…
— Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) July 30, 2013
There may be no more magical time for a baseball fan than the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. It’s like Christmas morning without the religion or messy package cleanup – it’s a holiday for everyone! Whether your team is at the top, the bottom, or languishing somewhere in the middle there’s a reasonable chance you’ll get to take part in the excitement come July 31st (or slightly before).
While fans look forward and prepare for the dealings of the Byrnes Era, I prefer instead, to look back. This purist always defers to history to explain our convoluted present. My mentor at Grand Lakes University, Professor Turgesson, once remarked, “I hold history sacred. Sacred. The way a farmer looks at the earth and he holds it sacred”, a mantra which, I too subscribe. Therefore it is the history of trade deadlines past which we will examine, in an effort to help us understand today.
As most of you were already aware, FOX Sports San Diego recently extended an offer that Padres Public couldn’t refuse – a chance to take over yesterday’s broadcast between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and San Diego Padres. FSSD’s social media reporter, Megan Olivi, bravely stood by as these pasty basement dwellers stumbled through a few innings of work, some better than others. I, like many others, have a normal job (not bitter) with adult responsibilities (totally calm) and was unable to attend. Anyway, “The Bloggers Take Over” segments were intended to give “viewers a fan’s perspective of the game, as well providing discussion on topics relating to the team and its local San Diego fan base.”
With that in mind, I did what most fans do – I waited until the game was available online, poured myself a tall beer,and plopped myself down on the couch for the MLB.tv replay with the sole purpose of judging their hard work.