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You have been waiting for 4 weeks to find out the winners of the 2013 McRib Awards and now your patience is finally going to be rewarded.

It’s been a long, drawn-out battle for some, and an absolutely laughable slaughter for others. But, the winners of the McRib Awards for 2013 are finally about to be revealed.

But, why the McRib Awards, Ghost? Why not name them after the Big Mac or Chicken McNuggets? Or even the Filet-O-Fish?

It’s simple. The McRib only comes out once a year, usually after baseball season is over. And people go absolutely nuts when they find out it’s going to be available.

Not that I think anybody is even going to remember these after a month. But, still…

Without further ado, I give you the recipients of the 2013 McRib Awards, as voted upon by you.

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mcribThe final category of the 2013 McRib Awards is here.

You have had the opportunity to vote on the Most Valuable Meme of 2013, your favorite amongst the Fox Sports San Diego Girls, and the Padres grittiest player of 2013.

Now it’s time to select the Most Padres Moment of 2013.*

What is that supposed to mean? I’ll tell you.

Over the course of the last couple of seasons, some of us have used the #ThatsSoPadres on Twitter. Usually when something stupid happens to or involving the Padres. Sometimes they’re good. Many times they’re just depressing and sad. Like losing Game 163 when Matt Holliday never touched home plate. Or 1997 when Andy Ashby lost a chance for a no-hitter in the ninth.

The only stipulation: It couldn’t have anything to do with a player getting seriously injured. That means no Yasmani Grandal‘s knee or the elbow of Jason Marquis.

*(Not to be confused with the Padres Memorable Moments event that SABR held in August.)

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Once again, it’s time to cast your vote for the 2013 McRib Awards.

So far, you have voted for the best meme of 2013 and your favorite Fox Sports San Diego Girl.

Next up we have the Eckstein-Owens Memorial True Grit Award for the grittiest gritty player who shows gritty grit on the gritty Padres. Named in honor of the two of the grittiest players who ever dirtied up a Padres uniform, David Eckstein and Eric Owens, the True Grit Award is bestowed upon the player who best exemplified gritty play during the season.

What constitutes gritty play? Clutch defensive plays. Take no prisoners baserunning. Outstanding on-field awareness. These are all key. And if a player demonstrates all of these at the same time, that’s a lot of grit.

We used to call these types of players “scrappy.” Not quite sure when it was changed to gritty. Who really cares? It’s basically the same thing.

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It’s that time again. The 2013 McRib Awards continue with a very special category for you all to vote on.

The Fox Sports San Diego Girls have been staunch allies of Padres Public ever since they first came on the scene in early 2012, when we were all still doing our own blogs. When I told them the concept of the McRib Awards while at the Gameday Sports Bar in Sycuan Casino — and that our readers would determine the results — Katie (The Blonde One), Brie (The Other One), and Nathalie (The Ex-One) got very excited.

“Do us,” all three of them yelled out in unison, causing some heads to look up for a split-second from video slot and poker machines.

My initial reaction was one of utter shock. After someone helped me back into the chair I had just fallen out of, I realized that they actually wanted their own award for people to vote on.

Who am I to deny them potential bragging rights? So I will comply with their wishes, because I’m just a big softie.

Besides, there’s no guarantee any of them will be here next year at this time, if history is any indication.

Seriously, Fox Sports San Diego goes through their brand ambassadors like they have an expiration date tattooed on the back of their necks and will self-destruct if employed beyond that.

Actually, that would be kind of cool to see. Make it happen, FSSD.

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Some of you may be wondering, “The Padres’ season is over. What the Hell are you going to do now, Ghost? In-depth analysis of Mighty Wings sales? The history of the McNugget?”

To be honest, I wondered the same thing. Quite frankly, I’d love to take a break. But for some reason you people keep coming back. And I don’t want to disappoint any more than I already have.

We have some interesting ideas for the offseason that Padres Public will be rolling out over the course of the next month or so, but I figured I’d start with one of mine right away.

Say hello to the first of many polls to choose the first ever McRib Awards.

Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be leaving it up to you, my loyal readers, to select the winners in each category. Then I’ll have one post to announce them all at once. Just like the Academy Awards, but completely different, because the winners get nothing. Nothing at all. Unless you count bragging rights. And who would really brag about this?

Instead of categories like “Best Starter” or “Team MVP,” which every blog, sports website, network, guy/gal on the street, and family pet out there already does, I’m going to throw out some unusual categories. This first one definitely qualifies:

We’re going to pick the best Padres meme of 2013.

The only rules:

  • It had to be a hashtag-able meme. So, Kelly Crull constantly getting drenched with Powerade after walk-off wins doesn’t count.
  • It had to have caught on since the end of the 2012 season. So you will not see #VedderCup#MowMyLawn, #dickhats, or #Dickisms among the nominees.
  • #PPLive was not eligible, obviously. That would be unfair to all the other nominees. Because it’s the greatest hashtag in the history of hashtags!

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