This year Petco Park celebrated it’s 10th anniversary, which you already knew. It a good time to talk about how old we all are, which you might have known but it will be brought to your attention every time someone mentions this was the 10th anniversary of Petco Park.

Inspired by jbox’s post from Opening Night 2004, published below for your viewing pleasure is a photo gallery from a trip to the ballpark with my parents and sister on June 20th of that year.

Baseball reference tells me Brian Lawrence of the Padres put together a nice outing, pitching 8 innings, striking out 6 with no walks, and allowing 2 runs.

Rod Beck was the opposite of that. He pitched two thirds of the 9th, continuing his crazy swing from living in the outfield of a minor league park in 2002, to dominating closer in 2003, then to not too good of a reliever in 2004. If only we knew about FIP at the time, as his 3.39 xFIP in 2003 indicated a somewhat hollow performance. Beck’s 5.35 xFIP the following year was, well still not great, but it was better than the 6.38 ERA made it seem.

I digress. Photos!


It’s been an exciting offseason, hasn’t it? That being said, there are a few things that we here at Padres Public haven’t necessarily been on top of.

Okay, the fact is that Dustin and Nate do a great job of recapping & analyzing trades and roster moves. I, on the other hand, do not. Other than complaining about Alexi Amarista playing center field, I tend to focus on the ballpark experience, media, and public relations.

I guess what I’m saying is that by “we,” I mean me. I haven’t been on top of things.

So, here’s a couple of items that have come up in the last week or so.

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Along with a few other things


The Padres today announced that a long-awaited and long-begged for high definition scoreboard would indeed be installed this offseason in Petco Park.  The new video board will be the third-largest of its kind in the Major Leagues, behind only Kauffman Stadium’s in Kansas City and Safeco Field’s in Seattle.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening in the pub. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (75-82) were defeated 3-2 by the Colorado Rockies (66-92) last night, another season with more losses than wins* guaranteed.

*I’m trying to stay somewhat positive and not just say “another losing season,” alright?

Robbie Erlin (4-4, 4.53) pitched four innings to start the game, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts.  Justin Morneau and DJ LeMahieu each had RBI singles, in the third and fourth respectively, off of Erlin.

Jorge De La Rosa (14-11, 4.10) pitched six innings and also gave up two runs on seven hits and four walks with seven strikeouts.  Rymer Liriano and Alexi Amarista had back-to-back RBI singles in the sixth inning off of De La Rosa.

The big blow came in the Rockies’ eighth inning, when Drew Stubbs led off the inning with a home run to right field off of Dale Thayer (4-4, 2.09).  The Padres were unable to get past second base in their half of the eighth.  After Will Venable walked and stole second base, LaTroy Hawkins retired the final three batters for his 23rd save.

This evening is the final home game of 2014.  Joe Wieland (0-0, 9.00) gets the start against Yohan Flande (0-5, 4.91) and the Rockies at 6:10 pm PDT.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening in the pub. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (75-81) defeated the Colorado Rockies (65-92) 1-0 last night.  Rene Rivera hit an RBI double in the second inning to score Jedd Gyorko, who walked in the previous at-bat.  That was it.

Eric Stults (8-17, 4.42) pitched six and a third shutout innings on seven hits and one walk with five strikeouts.  The Rockies loaded the bases in the fifth inning with two outs, but Stults got Josh Rutledge to strike out to end the threat.

Tyler Matzek (6-11, 4.05) pitched arguably a better game, giving up the one run in six innings on four hits and three walks with eight strikeouts.

Nick Vincent, Frank Garces, and Dale Thayer also kept the Rockies off the scoreboard.  Kevin Quackenbush pitched the ninth inning for his sixth save.

Robbie Erlin (4-4, 4.53) starts tonight at 7:10 pm PDT against Jorge De La Rosa (14-11, 4.14) in the penultimate Padres home game of the 2014 season.  The Padres announced that the Shirts Off Their Backs presentations will be after tonight’s game to make it easier on the travel schedule after tomorrow’s game. Read More…

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening soaking in a pool of your own perspiration. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (70-80) defeated the Philadelphia Phillies (69-82) by a score of 5-4 last night at Petco Park.  Alexi Amarista went 3-for-4 with a 2-run home run and came a triple short of hitting for the cycle.  Tony Gwynn Jr. started for the Phillies and received a nice ovation to lead off the game.

Ian Kennedy (11-13, 3.80) pitched six full innings, giving up three runs on three hits and four walks with seven strikeouts to earn the win.  Kennedy allowed two home runs to Phillies’ batters:  a solo shot by Domonic Brown in the second inning and a two-run shot by Freddy Galvis in the fifth inning.

A.J. Burnett (8-17, 4.40) pitched five and two-thirds for the Phillies, allowing all five Padres’ runs (four earned) on eight hits and four walks with four strikeouts.  Along with Amarista’s home run, Will Venable and Jedd Gyorko each had an RBI for the Friars.  Cory Spangenberg led off the game with a triple.  Kevin Quackenbush pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

Tonight at 7:10 pm PDT, the Padres and Eric Stults (7-16, 4.49) take on the Phillies and Cole Hamels (8-7, 2.51).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening in the pub. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (69-80) defeated the Philadelphia Phillies (69-81) 1-0 last night in a game that saw Andrew Cashner (4-7, 2.20) pitch a two-hit complete game on just 92 pitches.  Also known as a Maddux.  Cashner walked just one batter to go with his seven strikeouts.

Jerome Williams (5-7, 5.03) wasn’t too shabby himself, pitching seven and two-thirds innings with no earned runs on just three hits and two walks with six strikeouts.  The one run came in the second inning when Cashner reached first base on an error, allowing Rene Rivera to score from third base.

As with most superb pitching performances, there were some great plays on defense.  Seth Smith combined with Alexi Amarista to double up Marlon Byrd on a Domonic Brown fly ball in the eighth inning.  And Amarista made a play that I’m still not sure actually happened to retire Grady Sizemore for the second out in the ninth inning.

Tonight Ian Kennedy (10-13, 3.77) goes against A.J. Burnett (8-16, 4.34) at 7:10 pm PDT.  It’s Taco Tuesday of course and Fiesta Padres happens before the game at the Park at the Park.

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The Padres announced their 2015 regular season schedule this morning, along with every other MLB team.  If you want to read about all the Dodgers and when the Padres will face them in 2015, see the Padres Friarwire article here.  At least, it seems to me that’s what that article mostly focuses on.

The Friars will open their 2015 season with three games against the Dodgers in Los Angeles before starting their home schedule on April 9 against the San Francisco Giants.

The interleague schedule will feature games against teams from the American League West.  And with their Vedder Cup rivals, the Seattle Mariners, with two-game series in Seattle (May 12-13) and in Petco Park (June 30-July 1), of course.

The Houston Astros come to San Diego for the first time as an American League team August 27-29.

The Padres 2015 interleague schedule also includes home series against Oakland (June 15-16) and Texas (August 31-September 2). The Padres will also travel to Texas, Oakland, and Anaheim.

Times have not yet been announced.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (66-72) were defeated by the Arizona Diamondbacks (58-81) by a score of 6-1. Andrew Cashner, the losing pitcher, gave up 5 hits and 4 runs (2 earned) over 7 innings. He struck out 5 while walking 2. A controversial play in the 5th inning helped lead to a three-run inning, with Buddy Black challenging a call on a play at home. Cory Spangenberg threw home to Rene Rivera, who appeared to possibly tag Alfredo Marte. The play was ruled safe, and was upheld on the challenge.

Josh Collmenter was the winning pitcher for Arizona, who also went 7 while allowing 5 hits. He struck out 3, walked 2, and gave up fewer runs than Cashner (1). Which is, you know, why he’s the winner. It’s the kind of tough luck that calls for a montage.


Leonel Campos and R.J. Alvarez made their Major League debuts out of the Padres bullpen last night.

The series concludes at Petco Park this evening at 6:10 P.M. Ian Kennedy (10-11, 3.65 ERA) toes the rubber for the Friars, while Randall Delgado (2-3, 5.85 ERA) scales the hill in the middle of the grass field in a stadium located in downtown San Diego for the Diamondbacks. Did I do that right? Regardless of outcome, my prediction for tonight’s game?


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