Sometimes it’s fun to revisit places we’ve been. It’s good to see how the world has changed, how we have changed. Every so often here at Son of a Duck, we’ll grab an old Ducksnorts article out of the vault and mark it up with red pen. Enjoy!

[Original article posted 11/14/02]

Back from Vegas. Almost bailed out on my excursion to Big Bear due to rain, but figured since it was pouring all over SoCal it didn’t really matter which way I went. So I took a drive through the mountains, and I’m glad I did. Saw one of the more spectacular rainbows I’ve seen outside of Hawaii, and generally had a blast enjoying the relative space that steering clear of the interstates affords. Listened to some great tunes, too. Couple guitarists worth investigating, if you’re into that sort of thing:

Brilliant players, both. Check ‘em out.

I’d forgotten about that route to Vegas. Stupid way to go, but different. The wind on the back side of that mountain is ridiculous. I stopped up there for some reason and could barely open my car door. Beautiful country, though, and that drive down into Lucerne Valley is kind of cool if you’re into desolate landscapes, as I am.

My current preferred route runs through Yucca Valley (mandatory lunch stop at Papa’s Smokehouse), Kelso, Nipton, and Searchlight. The trip takes forever but beats I-15 every day of the week.

Also, you should listen to Kaphan and Hedges.

As for me, I’m spending way too much time with my new 4-track (yeah, I bought one; it was nice knowing the wife, LOL). But I’m also starting to think about things baseball again, which is a good sign (I’m just not capable of taking that much time off). Caught a little of the rebroadcast of the April 3 Padres/Diamondbacks game the other night. Fun to watch Brian Lawrence serve up all those worm-beaters.

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Here it is. All of the Padres bobbleheads, that I own, in one single post. 57 61 69 74 81 84 98 101 different Padres, Beavers, Quakes, Storm, Wizards, Stars, managers, announcers, mascots, dreamboats, skaters and sleepy voiced ex-owners. I’ve written in depth about many of these already, so if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below and I’ll fill you in on them.

Some Additional Notes:

-The Tony Gwynn set of 5 was not a Padres affiliated giveaway and was reportedly a set that Alicia Gwynn teamed up with another company on. I’m not sure of the year, or if they were given away or sold, but I believe it was in 2001.

-I found out that the set that features Trevor Hoffman, Ryan Klesko, Mark Kotsay and Phil Nevin was indeed given away at a game on August 4th, 2002, but was for kids only. You could also go to Carl’s Jr. every Saturday for 5 consecutive weeks and purchase a combo meal to buy a different bobblehead for $4.99 though, which is what I did. My cholesterol levels have never been the same.

-The Jerry Coleman bobblehead was a San Diego National Bank item from 2001 and I am uncertain if it was a giveaway or sold there it was given away to “special friends of the bank” only.

-With that said, arguably the two biggest icons in Padres history, Gwynn and Coleman, have still never had a Padres bobblehead giveaway.

-A HUGE thank you to the Fort Wayne TinCaps for providing the Rymer Liriano, Mat Latos, Matt Wisler & Josh Van Meter bobbleheads to the worlds biggest Padres bobblehead collection.

-For more info on the Chris Denorfia unreleased bobblehead, go here.

If you have any bobbleheads that aren’t listed here, that you’d like to contribute to my sickness the cause, then shoot me an e-mail.

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Last Spring Training, Jedd Gyorko went to Peoria as the favorite to land the starting job at 2B for the Padres. Being that he was a rookie, the Padres had a few “insurance” pieces (in the form of Logan Forsythe, Alexi Amarista, and Yonder Alonso*) who could serve as stopgap solutions in the event Gyorko wasn’t ready to start the season with the big club. Now, imagine the Padres acquired insurance from outside of the organization. This player would be in the latter portion of their career, and just so happen to be the best defensive second baseman of their generation. Go back to 2004, switch the position to shortstop, Jedd Gyorko to Khalil Greene, and the Padres did exactly that**. This man was also an extremely inconsequential Padre.

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* – not really, I just wanted an excuse to post this GIF of Yonder at second base. (Courtesy of Grant Brisbee [@mcccoveychron])

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This Saturday, a good majority of the Padres Public crew will be attending the Lake Elsinore Storm game as they take on the Lancaster Jethawks (Astros). We have a Party Deck reserved and are all excited to be attending. It is Social Media Night, along with Martial Arts Night AND you get FREE Hidden Valley dressing that night.Pure awesomeness. That right there is Minor League baseball in a nutshell. I have been many times over the years and it never disappoints. Cheap, fun, quality entertainment for the whole family and if you haven’t been to a game at The Diamond yet, then you are truly missing out.

In years past I stuck to Padres only bobbleheads. But recently I have begun hitting up the Minor League bobbleheads as well. This is a little more difficult since I can’t exactly attend every game in Lake Elsinore, Eugene, Fort Wayne, San Antonio or Tucson since I live in San Diego. I sometimes see them on eBay but they tend to be a little pricey for some reason. I have a few from the various teams but I’ll focus on the Storm for this post.

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Ever since Everth Cabrera was acquired by the Padres in 2009, he’d represented little more to me than a low-risk acquisition at a position of scarcity. Where immense athletic talent coupled with stunted development was essentially given an opportunity to compete in an environment with almost zero competition. A Rule 5 pick catapulted from A-ball to the big leagues at age 23 is story enough, but the subsequent details resemble a story that more closely resembles a mythic tall tale than an accurate, biographical account:

It’s Thursday, which is a day of the week. That means there’s some sort of bizarre controversy coming out of Padres-land this morning, and this time it’s courtesy of Padres CEO Tom Garfinkel. If you missed it, Jeff Passan posted a piece documenting Tom Garfinkel’s thoughts from a recent Padres Season…uh, Member event. Where he likened Greinke to “Rain Man”, I can assure you that having social anxiety disorder and being an autistic savant aren’t even in the same ballpark.

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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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Spring Training has sprung, so it’s just a matter of time before we find out about injuries that seem odd, weird, or flat out stupid.

We’ve already had Andrew Cashner get stabbed in the hand by his friend while cleaning a deer carcass in December. And that got me thinking about other Padres’ players who have managed to injure themselves in strange, asinine or even ironic ways.

Believe it…or not!

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