In case you weren’t paying attention…
— Casual Male XL Fan (@casualmalexlfan) March 26, 2014
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.
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.
This morning, Hacksaw and Hayworth interviewed ownership chairman Ron Fowler about the hiring of Mike Dee as the next CEO of the Padres. During the interview Hacksaw was tweeting out quotes from Fowler which prompted me to reply:
I don't really trust Hacksaw's #TweetQuotes so I'll have to listen to that Fowler interview later.
— Avenging Jack Murphy (@AvengingJM) July 18, 2013
I’m not bashing Hacksaw but I have noticed that sometimes he plays loose with the quotation marks on twitter.
Back to the interview . . .
Despite what you may think if you follow me on Twitter (or have read this prior post), I don’t hate Dick Enberg. The man is a broadcasting legend. It’s just that I believe play-by-play is no longer his strength.
If they do decide to take Enberg off of play-by-play duties next season (or sooner), who would/should replace him?
Okay, so the Padres apparently don’t believe bobblehead giveaways sell tickets.
But some of us here at Padres Public think they just need to show a little creativity to get people out to the ballpark with bobbleheads. And by some of us, I mean me. Because Avenging Jack Murphy wasn’t nearly as creative as he thinks.
Oh, great! Another bobblehead post? Where’s the analysis? Where’s the reports on the farm system? Where’s the counter-response to that one Bleacher Report article that no one read?
You haven’t been “reading” my stuff for very long, have you?
From a chili patio in Peoria, Arizona at Zero Dark Thirty, the Mighty 1090’s Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton discussed baseball with SB Nation’s Rob Neyer. With icicles dangling from his ample mustache, Hacksaw and Neyer talked about topics ranging from the Biogenesis clinic in south Florida to the Angels, Dodgers, and Padres.
From April of 2005 until November of 2008 there existed a blog called Fire Joe Morgan. The writers at FJM were funny (some would eventually write for NBC’s The Office and Parks and Recreation), insightful, and statistically inclined. They were progressive baseball fans.
The title of their blog was a reference to the eponymous Hall of Fame 2nd baseman whose retirement consisted of a career as a play-by-play analyst for ESPN. Joe Morgan drew the ire of FJM’s writers because of his outdated thinking and refusal to accept that there were new, exciting, and transformative ways to view the game of baseball. He also thought Billy Beane wrote the book Moneyball. And if nothing else, Joe Morgan hated Moneyball. Even though he had never read Moneyball. Which, again, Billy Beane did not write. FJM wasn’t just about Joe Morgan though. It was about all crappy efforts put forth by those who cover baseball.