Padres and Pints: the Podcast! semi triumphantly returns with old friend Jonah Keri. Rick and Chris get down to business chatting about the Wil Myers contract extension, the state of the Padres farm system, plus the snoozefest that is the 2017 Padres promotional lineup.

Jonah joins to discuss the history of Tim Raines Hall of Fame candidacy plus Trevor Hoffman’s chances next year. Jonah also spits an amazing rant on owner Dean Spanos’ “work” building a stadium to save the San Diego Chargers.

Check out Jonah’s podcast here.

Also, shout out to friend honorary family member of the podcast Megan Olivi for her appearance in this week’s episode of Always Sunny in Philadelphia!

(Outro music is Lipstick by Not My Weekend)

Discussed things:

San Diego Padres top prospects chat with Kyle Glaser of Baseball America

Chargers’ greed-driven L.A. move puzzling given several reasonable options to stay by Jonah Keri

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Jonah Keri, writer at Grantland, and New York Times bestselling author, joins Padres and Pints to talk, well Padres and Pints. We even dabble in a little Expos and Eggnog chat. He, Rick and Chris discuss AJ Preller’s offseason moves, craft beer, his budding movie career and dive into quite possibly the biggest Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul secret known to man. Jonah also shares a story about the morning/day the Padres traded for Matt Kemp and how the Padres and Pints crew played a part in that eventful day.

His new book Up, Up & Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, le Grand Orange, Youppi!, the Crazy Business of Baseball and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos can be found on Amazon or anywhere books are sold. Make sure you pick that up today!

If you have any questions or comments, leave them down below or e-mail us.

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Padres and Pints, the video series, RETURNS WITH A VENGEANCE!

The 19th episode takes you to the 2014 MLB Winter Meetings where we chat with Eno Sarris of FanGraphs (+BeerGraphs & the finest hair in the biz), Jonah Keri of Grantland (+Author de jour  & our 2nd Canadian!) and Chris Long Statistician Extraordinaire for a mystery MLB team (+formerly of the Padres).

We return to both Societe Brewing Co. (Episode 8) & Mission Brewery (Episode 14) and learn about the a tale of lost love, Red Stripe & Jamaica from Eno, the knock down drag out brawl Jonah witnessed while walking downtown San Diego, & bourbon and horse racing from Chris Long. Oh yeah, we talk about baseball & beer too!

It’s a long episode, however I had over 2 hours of footage I had to cut down. Also I wanted to get this out last week but AJ Preller went all “Terrier” on everyone, overhauled his entire roster in 2 days and sent me back to the drawing board.

We hope you enjoy!!

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Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton announced earlier today that he would be taking over the Pregame and Postgame show for 2014 on the Padres flagship station, The Mighty 1090. This news may interest those wondering what 1090 would do with Hamilton after it had replaced him with Dan Sileo but I find it interesting* for another reason: Baseball fans will now get even less of Craig Elsten.

*Where I define “interesting” as “disappointing”.

Last season, Elsten’s primary duties included hosting the Pregame and Postgame shows on the weekend as well as filling in for Jack Cronin or Coach Kentera during the week when needed. All told, Elsten worked about half of last season’s games,  partnering with former Padres announcer Bob Chandler. The combination of Elsten and Chandler made for a great mix of something old and something new. This is now gone.

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Not a Robert Ludlum Novel

I’ve never claimed to be a good writer. In fact, I freely acknowledge the fact that most of my “writing” involves embedding GIFs, YouTube clips and somewhat funny pictures of monkeys into a post and hitting “publish.”

So, when all of this Biogenesis stuff came down, I tried to come up with something meaningful. Something worthy of your time and effort to read.

This is all I could come up with:

Only missing the YouTube part. Two out of three ain’t bad!

Now, before you back out of this page, never to return again, give me a second chance. While I may not be able to express in writing what I’m feeling about all of this PED talk, other people have done just that. So I have compiled a few of what I think are some of the better articles and/or stories from people who are better writers than I.

I don’t necessarily agree with every one of these, but I respect their opinions on the matter.

Here’s hoping you leave this site having at least learned something, which is all I can really ask for.

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In case you weren’t paying attention…

Boy, that really got out of hand. I mean, that really escalated quickly.

Always enjoy responsibly. Don’t read and drive.

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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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In case you weren’t paying attention…

I don’t know how to put this, but we’re kind of a big deal. We are very important. We have many leather-bound books and our mothers’ basements smell of rich mahogany.

Always enjoy responsibly. Don’t read and drive.

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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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