In the ongoing buildup to the 2016 All-Star Game in July at Petco Park, the Padres have been adding and updating parts of the ballpark.
Last week the Padres announced the Beachers would be removed and a new group section would be replacing it. This followed an earlier announcement that the entire lighting system would be upgraded to LED. They also mentioned upgrading the seats in the Lexus Home Plate Club sections and upgraded and expanded backstop netting.
Yesterday, Bill Center wrote an article on Padres.com about the changes to the retired numbers currently located on the Batter’s Eye along with changes related to the new Padres Hall of Fame. I was out doing other stuff and didn’t really have a chance to look at any of it until today.
So let’s do that, shall we?
I’ve got a lot of topics to cover and, like I’ve done a few times in the past, decided to scrunch them all into one post. It’s To and Fro time!
-Man, is it me or has the Chicken and Garry Templeton been EVERYWHERE lately. On the radio, in the newspaper and on TV, every time I turn around I see another interview with one of them. Now that’s no knock against them, because I love both the Chicken and Tempy, but it’s more of an observation on the media aspect. The media has rarely done historical pieces on this team. Corey Brock has done some great pieces over the years on various past players and personnel, but that’s been about it. Perhaps that is the past ownerships fault, since they didn’t acknowledge it’s history at all. Now that the team is recognizing history again, maybe the media is taking note. Or maybe there is something more to it and these two will be inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame this year? In my last post, I had mentioned that there will indeed be new inductees this year. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
During last weeks Padres and Pints shoot with Jesse Agler and Bob Chandler, I came across an interesting nugget of information. The Padres Chief Marketing Officer Wayne Partello stopped by early on and was chatting with Mr. Chandler about an event that they had held recently for Padres employees. The Padres had Bob come on down to Petco Park and give a history lesson on Padres baseball to the employees.
If you think about it, although don’t think too hard because you’ll feel really old, an 18 year old was born in 1997. That means they were 1 when the Padres last went to the World Series. Yeesh. You feel old now, don’t you?
This past Tuesday was like any other Tuesday for me. I woke up, ate breakfast, posted about bobbleheads, went to work, occasionally browsed Twitter and then….
…that happened. It hit me like a ton of bricks. On one hand the news of a Padres Hall of Fame getting it’s rightful respect and recognition that it deserves was a good thing. On the other hand, Selig. How dare these guys soil something that I have been campaigning for since I first started blogging back in 2007. I was livid.
As fans, we had no clue Bud Selig was going to be in town. We had no clue there was going to be a special announcement. At that point, myself included, we had no clue what Trevor Hoffman going in to the Padres Hall of Fame even meant. And now they are dropping this on us?
Wow! We haven’t had a “Padres Are Blowing It” entry in a long while. Since March of last year, in fact.
In case you missed it, the Padres yesterday were visited by outgoing Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan “Bud” Selig. Before the game, the Padres had a press event to announce that
the Palm Court Plaza was going to be redesigned into a Padres Hall of Fame and renamed the sidewalk inside of the Gaslamp gate would now be called the Selig Hall of Fame Plaza.
Padres’ fans were not pleased, to say the least. They’re still not happy.
I’m wondering what the Padres’ ownership and management team was thinking with this decision. Selig has almost nothing to do with baseball in San Diego. At least not publicly.
In the MLB.com story about the dedication, Padres’ President/CEO Mike Dee was quoted as saying:
“We wanted to do something to recognize his contributions here in San Diego because they are unique,” Dee said. “Make no mistake, his contributions to the creation of Petco Park are profound. For those of us who were around and know the trips he made and conversations he had with local officials.”
That’s super. So because he
snuck into came to town and paid off had some chats with local politicians he deserves to have a major feature in Petco Park named after him?
Monday, the Padres announced that Trevor Hoffman would be inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame before the game against the Dodgers on August 30th.
A couple of thoughts crossed my mind.
- They retired his number in 2011. You would think that would have been a more opportune time to do it, what with everyone already being there for that ceremony and all.
- Everyone else (with the exceptions of Steve Garvey – who isn’t in the Padres Hall of Fame, and Nate Colbert – who hasn’t had his number retired) has been named to the Padres Hall of Fame first or at least had their number retired at the same time.
Then I had one more thought.
Why don’t the Padres do an Alumni Weekend every year?
Welcome to my 7th Annual “Padres Hate History” post. I say it every year and yet it constantly falls on deaf ears for one reason or another. Fingers crossed this is the last one?
Why do I say this? Because it’s true. Consistently year in and year out this team completely ignores its past for some reason. Granted they don’t have as rich of a history as teams like the Yankees, Red Sox or Cardinals, however they do have A HISTORY and that’s important when it comes to any team. As a fan you should know about Nate Colberts amazing day in 1972 where he hit 5 home runs with 13 RBI’s in a double header. You should know about the infamous Padres and Braves brawl of 1984 (and shirtless Ed Whitson). You should know about Eric Owens stealing home in 1999. These are fun factoids!
I also say every year, that I’ve been to a lot of ballparks and I’m consistently amazed at how well done those teams honor their history. When you walk around AT&T Park in San Francisco you’ll see that players such as Marvin Benard and Jason Schmidt are honored on their Wall of Fame. YES! A team with as rich of a history as the Giants actually honor players that may not be Hall of Fame players, but they were important to their organization. Craziness, right?
Not proof enough for you? OK, I’ve laid out some evidence down below. Read on!