The Padres released their 2017 promotional schedule on Tuesday. You may have missed it at first, as they did it via press release and posted it on social media around 4:15pm.

Padres Jagoff posted a piece about it on Gwynntelligence Wednesday morning, in which he compared the Padres 2017 giveaways and promotions with the ones from the Dodgers, Cubs, Indians, Red Sox, and Giants. To say he was underwhelmed would be an understatement.

Promotions and giveaways are supposed to be an incentive to get you out to the ballpark when you wouldn’t necessarily have gone. If you get something of perceived value – on top of the basic product – the product becomes more valuable. It’s not even Economics 101, it’s high school Intro to Economics, that one class that they only made me take for a single semester in my senior year.

The Padres are not good. The expectation is that they’re going to lose a lot of games this year. Now, they won’t necessarily tell us that straight up, but it doesn’t take an astrophysicist to do the math. So, why would their promotional schedule be so underwhelming? I would think they would like to get people in the ballpark on Saturdays, however these promotions probably wouldn’t inspire anyone on the fence to get to Petco Park this season.

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It’s about a month left of All-Star voting.  And while I have no illusions of ANYONE from the Padres getting voted in by MLB fans as starters for the game (unlike the Padres, apparently), I was wondering who is/are the most deserving representative(s) for the team so far.

No one player has really stood out to me.  Carlos Quentin missed the first month and a half of the season.  Chase Headley has been below average.  Jedd Gyorko has been distracted by baby poop.  Alexi Amarista has been Alexi Amarista.

So, I decided to use Baseball Reference to try to clarify my choices.  All of these stats do not include yesterday’s game.  Which, I’m sure you’ll see, really doesn’t make a difference anyway.

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In case you weren’t paying attention…

Always enjoy responsibly. Don’t read and drive.

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Now that Spring Training is just about over, and the Opening Day/Night/Morning/Twilight/Afternoon/Whatever roster has been pretty much set, it’s time to get serious.

Get down to brass tacks.

Figure out the bottom line.

Strike while the iron is hot.

Put on your game faces, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Just kidding! It’s just a poll, not the end of the world as we know it.

And I feel fine.

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Last year I submitted a mock Hall of Fame vote on the old Ghost of Ray Kroc blog. If you read it at the time, I’m shocked.

I do have a strong opinion on certain players not getting into the Hall because of PEDs:  They shouldn’t be allowed to even be on the ballot, let alone get in.

But, they’re on there. Doesn’t mean anyone has to vote for them though.

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mcribThe final category of the 2013 McRib Awards is here.

You have had the opportunity to vote on the Most Valuable Meme of 2013, your favorite amongst the Fox Sports San Diego Girls, and the Padres grittiest player of 2013.

Now it’s time to select the Most Padres Moment of 2013.*

What is that supposed to mean? I’ll tell you.

Over the course of the last couple of seasons, some of us have used the #ThatsSoPadres on Twitter. Usually when something stupid happens to or involving the Padres. Sometimes they’re good. Many times they’re just depressing and sad. Like losing Game 163 when Matt Holliday never touched home plate. Or 1997 when Andy Ashby lost a chance for a no-hitter in the ninth.

The only stipulation: It couldn’t have anything to do with a player getting seriously injured. That means no Yasmani Grandal‘s knee or the elbow of Jason Marquis.

*(Not to be confused with the Padres Memorable Moments event that SABR held in August.)

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It’s that time again. The 2013 McRib Awards continue with a very special category for you all to vote on.

The Fox Sports San Diego Girls have been staunch allies of Padres Public ever since they first came on the scene in early 2012, when we were all still doing our own blogs. When I told them the concept of the McRib Awards while at the Gameday Sports Bar in Sycuan Casino — and that our readers would determine the results — Katie (The Blonde One), Brie (The Other One), and Nathalie (The Ex-One) got very excited.

“Do us,” all three of them yelled out in unison, causing some heads to look up for a split-second from video slot and poker machines.

My initial reaction was one of utter shock. After someone helped me back into the chair I had just fallen out of, I realized that they actually wanted their own award for people to vote on.

Who am I to deny them potential bragging rights? So I will comply with their wishes, because I’m just a big softie.

Besides, there’s no guarantee any of them will be here next year at this time, if history is any indication.

Seriously, Fox Sports San Diego goes through their brand ambassadors like they have an expiration date tattooed on the back of their necks and will self-destruct if employed beyond that.

Actually, that would be kind of cool to see. Make it happen, FSSD.

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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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