Saturday was the annual Padres FanFest. Originally, I was going to write a recap of my day. But I was so bored there I didn’t even bother taking any notes and only took a couple of photos. I’ll let Ryan sum up the rest of my feelings on the last few FanFests:
Now that we have that (not unexpected) disappointment out of the way, I ended up going to Bub’s at the Ballpark with your good friend and mine, Nathan Zack. The plan was to meet Dave and Laura Perek there, which has become sort of an annual tradition for Nathan whenever he’s in town. I had never met Dave or Laura before, even though we’ve followed each other on Twitter for years, so I was excited to finally get to do that.
Over the course of the two hours we spent at Bub’s, I was introduced to a little game the three of them play amongst themselves where they make predictions about the upcoming season. I was intrigued, to say the least, so I joined them for this year’s edition.
What follows is all of our selections for this game. We don’t know how it’s going to end yet, but I’m pretty sure I nailed every category. I’ve put my selections in bold.
There are no stakes. There is no prize. It’s all for fun.
So, relax, let’s have some fun out here! This game’s fun, OK?
A little under a year ago, you might recall that Fox Sports San Diego made the massive mistake were kind enough to extend Padres Public and Brady from Lobshots an invitation to appear on a Spring Training broadcast. Amongst other things, we spent some of our time off air harassing players/coaches walking by the set in right field (in my case, unaware of the danger I was putting Rick in by pointing him out to Will Venable). One such instance saw Angels manager Mike Scioscia walking by us, and I couldn’t resist greeting him with “Hey! Former Padre, Mike Scioscia!” To my surprise, he gives it a good laugh and replies “YOU REMEMBER THAT!?” I remember most inconsequential Padres, Mike. And today, we celebrate you.
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.
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.