Sometimes it’s tough to be a Padres fan. After Monday night’s game, which had a rain delay in the 8th inning despite the home team Colorado Rockies being up by 7 runs, I started thinking about strange things that have happened at Padres games I’ve been to or watched.
The idea started out as a list with a possible poll included. Then I realized that a list with only a couple of things on it wasn’t really a list. And an even worse poll.
So, here’s the weirdest Padres games I’ve witnessed, either on TV or in person. Or both, in the case of the first one, technically.
There is a lonely, desolate place located inside the confines of Petco Park.
It’s an historic place.
When Petco Park was designed, there were two old buildings right smack dab in the middle of the ballpark’s footprint. And, because they were both designated historic landmarks, they couldn’t be demolished.
But something needed to be done with the Western Metal Supply Company and the Showley Brothers Candy Company factory buildings.
The question was, what to do?
One answer was to make the Western Metal Supply Company building an integral part of the ballpark, making one corner of the building the left field foul pole. That required constructing a whole new building inside to reinforce the 100 year old structure and bring it up to code, while still leaving the exterior looking much the same.
Here at Padres Public, we welcome just about anyone to submit ideas for Guest Posts (See what I did there in the title?). Media types. Other Padres bloggers.
Even San Francisco Giants fans.
My brother, Mark (@BigBaldMark) — who clearly is a much better writer than I am — is the latest to join our list of guest writers. He has his own blog, BigBaldMark’s BigBaldWorld, where he writes about whatever strikes his fancy. Sometimes it’s the Giants. Sometimes it’s Disney.
And sometimes it’s actually the Padres.
This is one of those times. Enjoy!
Did you notice all the baseballs flying out of Petco Park during the opening homestand? Except for the fact that most of them were hit against Padres pitchers, it was awesome.
It’s also unprecedented. Here’s how batters on both teams have fared during the first six games of each season so far at Petco Park: (Read More…)
I had a little fun with Photoshop today. I saw the first pic last week and couldn’t get over the designer “murse” Kemp was sporting as he was acting like a child after the controversial game (which, by the way, I was at and had a nice view from the upper deck first baseline as Quentin destroyed Grienke’s collarbone – it was awesome). Too bad #ThugLife Kemp couldn’t back up his words this week. The Padres always seem to bring their “A” game against the Duds. This inspired my next Photoshop piece of art. Stay thirsty my friends…
‘Duk over at Yahoo! Sports was kind enough to ask me to write up some tips about Petco Park for Big League Stew’s “A locals guide” series, where the hometown fans give 10 tips about the home ballpark for visiting fans. On top of all my tips that I thought of right away, I also asked the Padres Public crew for some of their own personal tips. Basically all I was given was “don’t you dare tell anyone about our secret parking spots or we’ll break your legs” and “for all that is holy, tell them to not sit in the Bleachers“.
So check out the post and write some of your own tips in the comments down below. Do you disagree with anything? Did I do Petco Park justice?
NOTE: Bull Taco no longer serves tacos at the ballpark. I found this out on Saturday when I visited the Pier, but I had already sent off the write up by then.
Once again Forbes Magazine has released its MLB team valuations, once again they make the Padres look pretty bad, once again (probably) the team will deny Forbes’ accuracy, and once again I’ll sit with a confused look on my face trying to figure out where the truth is.
Despite a modest payroll relative to years previous and teams in similar markets, Forbes reports the team’s operating income (defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) at $29.9 million, good for third largest among all of MLB. This is likely to raise questions from fans about current payroll levels and why the gosh danged heck the team saw Jason Marquis as the only suitable free agent acquisition this offseason. (Read More…)