It’s been 22 years, and counting, since the Major League Baseball All-Star Game was last played in San Diego (1992).  When San Diego hosted its first All-Star Game, it had only been 14 years prior to that, in 1978.

It’s time Major League Baseball gave San Diego another shot.

Gaslamp Ball reported at FanFest in February that ownership had identified 2019 as their target for getting an All-Star Game in Petco Park.  But not much has been said about that since.  In fact, I didn’t even remember that they had mentioned that at FanFest until Rick of RJ’s Fro reminded me.

Yes, Ron Fowler and Mike Dee have mentioned that they were talking to the powers-that-be about this.  But no news yet.

And, considering this team doesn’t look like it’s going to be playing in a World Series anytime soon, the next best thing is to host the All-Star Game.

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

The Padres (43-55) beat the New York Mets (46-52) 2-1 on a walk-off infield single in the ninth inning that defies any sort of accurate description.  The Padres’ Odrisamer Despaigne pitched a no-hitter through seven and two-thirds before giving up a double to Daniel Murphy, who then scored on a David Wright single to tie the game at one.

After Yasmani Grandal hit his second home run in as many days in the fourth, the Padres were shutout until two outs in the ninth, when Cameron Maybin scored from third base as Mets’ relief pitcher Josh Edgin stumbled off of the mound while trying to field a ground ball from Seth Smith.

The Padres are off today as they travel to Chicago to face the Cubs in Wrigley Field.  Tuesday’s game is at 5:05 pm PDT and will have Eric Stults (3-11, 4.98) taking the mound against Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 6.00).

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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 (42-55) defeated the New York Mets (46-51) 6-0 in the second game of their three game series at Petco Park.  Padres’ starter Tyson Ross (8-10, 2.70) pitched seven shutout innings while giving up four hits and three walks with six strikeouts.  Dillon Gee pitched five innings for the Mets, giving up four runs on five hits and no walks with eight strikeouts.

The Friars benefitted from solo home runs from Yasmani Grandal, Will Venable, and Seth Smith.  Chase Headley added a two-run single in the second and scored the final run on a passed ball in the eighth.

This afternoon the Friars’ Odrisamer Despaigne (2-1, 1.35) takes the mound against Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.90) at 1:10 pm PDT in the rubber match of the series.

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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 (41-55) started off the proverbial “second half of the season” in much the same way they ended the first half, losing to the New York Mets (46-50) by a score of 5-4.  Joaquin Benoit gave up a run to the Mets in the ninth inning to break a 4-4 tie.  The Padres were then shutout in their half of the inning to end the game.

Ian Kennedy gave up four runs quickly in the first inning, then settled down to pitch five innings with six hits, three walks, and four strikeouts.  Mets’ starter Bartolo Colon also pitched five innings on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts.

Before the game the Padres called up Chris Nelson from AAA El Paso to replace Irving Falu, who was reclaimed off of waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.  Nelson went 2-for-4 with a RBI and had a couple of nice plays at second base.

After the game the Padres announced Huston Street and minor league pitcher Trevor Gott were traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for four minor leaguers:  Taylor Lindsey, R.J. Alvarez, Jose Rondon, and Elliot Morris.

Tonight at 5:40 pm PDT the Friars will have Tyson Ross (7-10, 2.85) taking the mound following his non-appearance in the All-Star Game on Tuesday against the Mets and Dillon Gee (4-1, 2.56).  It’s Andrew Cashner Camo Replica Jersey Night for all in attendance.

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In case you weren’t paying attention…

Always enjoy responsibly.  Don’t read and drive.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening in the pub listening to the dulcet tones of Matt Vasgersian and dreaming of a day when he would triumphantly return to the Padres to take his rightful place back from Dick Enberg in the television broadcast booth.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (39-48) had their five-game winning streak snapped on national TV last night with a 5-3 loss in ten innings to the San Francisco Giants (48-39).  Huston Street blew his first save in 24 chances when he gave up a game-tying ninth-inning home run to Michael Morse.  Brandon Belt then hit a 2-run home run off of Dale Thayer in the tenth inning to give the Giants their final lead of the evening.

Odrisamer Despaigne walked four batters as he struggled a little with his control. He allowed two hits and one run with two strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision.  Tim Hudson faced the minimum through the first five innings of his six innings, allowing three hits and one run with no walks and four strikeouts.

This afternoon Jesse Hahn takes on Tim Lincecum and the Giants in the third and final game of the series.  Gary Sinise and the Lt Dan Band are performing a post-game concert, so we can expect to see a lot of Gary Sinise during the Fox Sports San Diego broadcast.  Because those of us who aren’t able to be there want to see a lot of promotion for a concert we likely can’t see.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an afternoon in the pub and an evening watching stuff explode in all the pretty colors of the rainbow.  Because, America.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (39-47) defeated the San Francisco Giants (47-39) 2-0 in the first of three games at PETCO Park to win their fifth game in a row.  Eric Stults (3-11, 4.96) pitched a gem, lasting seven innings four hits, two walks, and six strikeouts to earn the win.

Matt Cain (1-7, 4.27) gave up the two Padres’ runs in the third inning.  One from Alexi Amarista‘s solo home run and the other thanks to Chase Headley‘s two-out RBI single to score Seth Smith.

The Friars try to extend their winning streak to six this evening, with Odrisamer Despaigne (2-0, 0.66) taking on Tim Hudson (7-5, 2.59) at 4:15 pm PDT.  For those not going to the game to get a complimentary beach bag, the game is going to be on the FOX network (Fox 5 San Diego, for those in San Diego), not Fox Sports San Diego.

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

Your San Diego Padres (38-47) defeated the Cincinnati Reds (43-41) by a score of 3-0, completing a series sweep. Tyson Ross was your winner, pitching the first complete game shutout of his career (3 hits, 9 strikeouts, 0 walks). Johnny Cueto was a hard-luck loser, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits while striking out 8. His ERA balloons to a 1.99 after the outing.

The Padres scored their three runs in the first inning, on a single by Rene Rivera that Billy Hamilton had a little bit of trouble with. It was the first three-run single hit in Major League Baseball in six years.

The Padres are off today, but resume playing baseball professionally at 3:40 P.M. on Friday. The Giants are in town, and in game 1 Eric Stults (2-11, 5.36) faces Matt Cain (1-6, 4.38)

Recaps

Padres sweep Reds behind Ross’ shutout – Will Laws (MLB.com)

Ross blanks Reds as Padres roll to sweep – Jeff Sanders (UT San Diego)

Brooks Baseball strike zone map

PITCHf/x tool

Fangraphs game graphs

There is an underutilized place in PETCO Park.  A place where beer flows and food is served.  A place where history comes to life.

Dare I say it, a magical place.

Right about now you’re probably thinking I’m talking about the Hall of Fame Bar & Grill in the Western Metal Supply Company building.  You would be wrong.

I’m talking about Club 19 on the Toyota Terrace level in Section 217.  Pretty much exactly due East of the Hall of Fame Bar & Grill on the map of PETCO Park.

Photo Courtesy of Ruben Inzunza III

Photo Courtesy of
Ruben Inzunza III

Club 19 has been there since the ballpark opened in 2004.  For years, the only way you could get access to it is if you had a ticket for the Toyota Terrace.  But, with that restriction lifted two years ago, now it’s open to all.

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