Mike Dee needs to go away.
There, I said it.
In the three years Mike Dee has been the president of the Padres, the amount of public relations screw-ups, oopsies, and outright disasters have far outweighed any good that may have come during his tenure.
From forcing general managers to waste draft picks on alcoholic football players, to naming a part of Petco Park after a reviled figure in baseball, to just straight up screwing the pooch when it comes to fans complaints, Dee’s reign at the top is marked by failure.
Mike Dee needs to be fired.
It’s been 22 years, and counting, since the Major League Baseball All-Star Game was last played in San Diego (1992). When San Diego hosted its first All-Star Game, it had only been 14 years prior to that, in 1978.
It’s time Major League Baseball gave San Diego another shot.
Gaslamp Ball reported at FanFest in February that ownership had identified 2019 as their target for getting an All-Star Game in Petco Park. But not much has been said about that since. In fact, I didn’t even remember that they had mentioned that at FanFest until Rick of RJ’s Fro reminded me.
Yes, Ron Fowler and Mike Dee have mentioned that they were talking to the powers-that-be about this. But no news yet.
And, considering this team doesn’t look like it’s going to be playing in a World Series anytime soon, the next best thing is to host the All-Star Game.
When I first came up with an idea to write about the subject of slump busting, the Padres were neck-deep in an offensive funk that it seemed they would never come out of. So, I took to Twitter with what I thought would be a novel concept:
That very night against the Miami Marlins and their ace, Jose Fernandez, the Friars seemingly came out of their shell, scoring 10 runs. Apparently, the Padres broke Fernandez. Just to be safe, I kept focus and was going to continue with the crowdsourced concept, because there was no way the Padres were going to be able to keep up the offensive output for a second straight day, right?
And then this happened Saturday night, 9 runs. The Padres scored 5 runs again on Sunday to make it a 3-game winning streak. Last night, they squeaked out a win against the Reds in Cincinnati on a ninth inning home run from Chase Headley to make it four-in-a-row.
So screw that idea. The answer was apparently “Just play the Marlins in San Diego.” I have no problem trashing an idea if it means the Padres are winning.
Then I realized that some of you might want to see what I had come up with, as well as a few submissions from our fellow Padres fans on Twitter.
The Padres had a day off after playing 20 games in 20 days in 4 cities and 3 time zones. It was a stretch that ended with a 10-game road trip that the Friars managed to get 4 wins out of. Could have been better.
Padres off-days have an unexpected side effect, however. And yesterday was pretty bad. Or good, depending on how you look at it.
Some of the fans get a little crazy with no baseball to distract them.
Even high-profile Padres fans were not immune to the off-day insanity. Major Garrett, the CBS White House correspondent, went on a Twitter rant to end all Twitter rants about his hometown team.*
*On a personal note, I’d like to welcome one of my newest followers on Twitter, Major Garrett.
Some even called for people to lose their coaching jobs. Specifically, Padres’ hitting coaches Phil Plantier and Alonzo Powell.
So let’s look at the Padres batting stats so far this season and see if a firing is deserved:
Pretty bad, right? But that’s a really small sample size. Let’s see how the last couple of full seasons have gone for Phil and Alonzo.