On October 10th, Philip Jia and his roommates were going on with their night, just like it was any other normal evening. Little did they realize that their world would be flipped upside down and their lives would never be the same again.

They were about to be #norf’d

While they were at their University City condo, they saw a white Chevy Suburban, heard a loud noise and then saw the vehicle take off. It never looked back.

What they found was roughly 600 Chris Denorfia bobbbleheads, still in their boxes, 2 empty bottles of Vodka and a half empty jug of wallpaper peeler, just sitting there in their parking lot.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub. After all, there’s a lot of people walking around downtown wearing black and orange. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (9-9) defeated the San Francisco Giants (10-8) again last night by a score of 3-1, thanks to an RBI triple by Everth Cabrera in the 5th and a sacrifice squeeze by Chris “Norf” Denorfia in the 8th. Eric Stults pitched 6 innings, giving up just one run on 3 hits with 2 strikeouts. The Giants’ Tim Hudson gave up 2 runs in 7 innings on 8 hits with 4 strikeouts. There were no walks at all in the game. Which is kind of odd, I think.

Yonder Alonso started the scoring in the 2nd with an RBI single. Joaquin Benoit recorded his first save, as Huston Street was given the day off.

This afternoon has Robbie Erlin getting the ball against Tim Linecum [insert 420 joke here] at 1:10 pm PDT. It’s Easter Sunday, so there’s a special Easter Kids Fest too. Because, why not?

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a day at work. Especially when there’s two baseball games you’d love to complain about. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking…er, working.

Game 1

In Game 1 of the doubleheader, the Padres bats were once again ineffective in a 2-0 loss to the Indians. Eric Stults gave the Padres 5 solid innings, but stumbled a bit in the sixth by allowing a two-run home run to Jason Kipnis. It was not without assistance, however, as Alexi Amarista made a throwing error that allowed lead runner Nick Swisher to reach base to begin with. Despite out-hitting Cleveland 6-5, the Padres were a combined 0-8 with runners in scoring position.

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The 2014 Padres FanFest has come and gone. We can now consider the season underway.

I love FanFest. Always have. Even back in the days of Jack Murphy Stadium, when it was more or less just a glorified baseball card show, I loved it. Of course, it has come a long way since those days.

Join me, will you, for a rather long look at my day on Saturday.

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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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With ten more games in the books for the Padres the time has come to revisit the poll Avenging Jack Murphy put forth nearly two months ago. The predictions for the Padres over the remaining 50 games were not very promising then and when the team went 2-8 through games 113-122. The Padres turned things around during their next 10 contests and managed to go 5-5 during games 123-132. Then the Friars went 6-4 over games 133-142.

Over the last 10 games, the Padres matched that 6-4 record with the help of a 4-game winning streak that was stopped yesterday by the Pirates.

Using advanced math the Padres are 19-21 over the last 40 games played.

How in the Hell did the Padres pull that off?

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…Out of Center Field

Apologies to Elmore Leonard, whose death yesterday at the age of 87 inspired this post, if you can believe it.*

 

When Cameron Maybin went down with his knee injury, Bud Black‘s choices to play center field were two fourth outfielders — Will Venable & Chris Denorfia — and a utility player who was seen by most as just an emergency outfielder, Alexi Amarista.

With Carlos Quentin‘s knees out for likely the rest of the season (Don’t get me started on that.)Jaff Decker has come up from AAA Tucson and filled in quite nicely in left field. And Logan Forsythe, while primarily an infielder, is passable in one of the corner outfield spots should someone need a rest.

Therefore, Black, who according to reports looks at and analyzes stats before making out the lineup card every game, only had one decision to make regarding the outfield:

Is it Venable or Denorfia starting in center field today?

Neither. It’s Amarista. Why? I’m still trying to figure that out.

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After some computer issues delayed things last week on my end and Mike “no work computer good”, Melvin stepped up and edited the podcast like a boss.

In this episode we discuss the many nicknames of Chris Denorfia, our expectations of the Padres going forward, steroid talk and discuss our Ben Higgins interview (that will be posted this week, as I plan on getting a new computer today).

If you have any questions or comments, go ahead and leave them down below or e-mail us.

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In case you weren’t paying attention…

Seriously. Who was that? Show yourself!

Always enjoy responsibly. Don’t read and drive.

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In an effort to  stay close to our roots, the staff at Padres Public, will offer-up a haiku each Monday to describe the previous week in Padres Baseball. Restricting our feelings to 3 lines and 17 syllables to describe a week of play is a massive undertaking, but (un) fortunately, we are more than up to the task.

The Padres began the week with consecutive losses against the Brewers at home and then went on to win 4 straight, including a series sweep over the Giants. As I understand it, the Giants won the World Series last year, which in the context of this season means nothing. It has also been explained to me that it was the Giants who won the World Series and not their fans. Crazy, I know.

The Padres are now 9-15. As they prepare for a 4 game series against the Chicago Cubs let’s share haiku about the week that was . . .

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