This is where we gather from time to time to talk about something big in the Padres world or just the Padres or just baseball. It’s a roundtable discussion. Except, you know, no round tables. This is a Public House…so we’re at the bar.

The list of teams yet to win a World Series is pretty short.  The list of teams to never play in a World Series is even shorter (Hellooo, Washington and Seattle!).  Thank God we’re not a member of that club.  Including the Mariners and Nationals, 8 teams haven’t yet won the big one.  Only the Texas Rangers and us have had more than one shot at the Title.

It’s painful to make it to two World Series and only win one game.  Seeing as, for some, this is the Lenten season and a time for sacrifice, the thought came up on what we might go without if it meant immortal glory for the Swinging Friar.  And so, at The Bar, it was asked:

What Would You Give Up For A Guaranteed World Series Win?

 

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There will be no scenarios featuring the Aztec god of war and sacrifice, Huitzilopochtli. In an effort to purify the corrupt souls of San Diego’s ball players I will not introduce Tlaloc, Aztec god of rain and water. The Gate Keeper of Gozer? She will not be featured either.

No cleverness today. I just have a question and perhaps you can help me find the answer.

Yesterday, we discussed expectations of the media and what constitutes fair criticism of them. At the risk of beating a dead horse I must present to you a quote analyzed here at Padres Public last week. It has bearing on our discussion today.

On February 11th, the U-T’s Nick Canepa wrote:

“But doing most of the damage is Yasmani Grandal, who after coming on strong at the end of the year seemed set to be the team’s starting catcher for years. But he got himself busted for taking PEDs and will miss the first 50 games of the season, and that’s if the organization takes him back at all, which it shouldn’t because he absolutely screwed this team [emphasis, mine].

We are each entitled to our own opinion. If Nick Canepa wants to elevate the standards by which we judge athletes then more power to him. To hold all to higher ethical standards is a laudable cause.

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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.

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In case you weren’t paying attention. Y U NO PAY ATTENTION!?!

Here at Padres Public, we’re all about beer. And the Padres. But mostly beer. When we’re not talking about the Padres, that is.

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The last vestiges of Cary Chow’s reign of terror are finally gone from Fox Sports San Diego.

Nearly lost in all the hoopla last week of the Change the Padres video* was the announcement that Fox Sports San Diego had hired three new on-air talents. And, at the risk of sounding sexist and chauvinistic, they are — at the very least — easy on the eyes. That opinion has absolutely nothing at all to do with their obvious experience and qualifications, however.

*Meaning we ignored it like the bunch of dumbasses we are. We never claimed to be all that bright.

Laura McKeeman, Kelly Crull, Megan Olivi

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The U-T’s Nick Canepa is an Aztec – a graduate of San Diego State University. Nick Canepa, the Aztec, believes that suspended catcher Yasmani Grandal should be removed from the Padres organization. Below is an account from my mind.

Huitzilopochtli (Nick Canepa), Aztec god of war and human sacrifice, demands the blood of Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal.

Huitzilopochtli (Nick Canepa) demanded on November 15th 2012, that the blood debt be repaid by the 24 year-old catcher. But the blood was not forthcoming.

Huitzilopochtli (Nick Canepa) has not been this offended since he was forced to kill his sister upon entrance into this world. Emerging from his mother’s womb as s a full fledged warrior, Huitzilopochtli (Nick Canepa) cut off his sister’s head and threw it into the sky. Her head provides the light for mankind, manifested in what we know to be the moon. This light will cease if the blood of Grandal is not presented to Huitzilopochtli (Nick Canepa).

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