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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Late last night, the San Diego Padres gave 3 fans (including our own Sac Bunt Chris OMG!!!) the opportunity to release some of the promotional items being given away during the 2016 season.

 

And then things went radio silent.

Until this afternoon when the Padres released the whole Baseball Night in San Diego schedule.

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Some would say I should have stayed there.

Last night, seeing as the Padres had an off-day, I attended the (Padres high Single-A affiliate) Lake Elsinore Storm’s home opener at The Diamond. Unfortunately, the Storm lost to the Houston Astros-affiliated Lancaster JetHawks by a score of 6-5 in 11 innings. However, 7,920 fans showed up to watch and partake in the fun that is minor league baseball.

This is the 20th anniversary of the Storm. They have been a Padres affiliate since 2001, with such notable players as Xavier Nady, Khalil Greene, Chase Headley, and Jake Peavy (who is just one of two players to have their Storm number retired) passing through on their way to the big leagues.

The big names currently (some of which Padres Prospects wrote about here) in Lake Elsinore include Hunter Renfroe, Joe Ross, and Zach EflinWoe Doctor and myself had a chance to quickly interview all of them last week.

And I’d be remiss to not mention the chances to see other team’s prospects and future big league stars. Last night the JetHawks starting pitcher was the Astros’ 2013 first-round pick, Mark Appel. And Carlos Correa, the Astros’ 2012 first-round pick, started at shortstop for the JetHawks. Appel was impressive on the mound, and Correa had some nice plays in the field.

You should get out to Lake Elsinore every chance you get. It’s just an hour away from Downtown San Diego (if traffic plays nice) and truly is a different experience than the big leagues. From Thunder the Storm Dog to the World’s Fastest Squirrel entertaining fans between innings to the sometimes crazy-sounding promotions, it’s fun for the whole family. Not to mention, it’s baseball.

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Yesterday the Padres announced the promotional schedule for the upcoming season. In an added twist, four of the items were unveiled to the public on Twitter before the schedule was released.

Hey! I know that last guy. I also know that my phone absolutely blew up after posting that tweet. The Padres were kind enough to give three lucky bloggers a chance to reveal an item to the world. I loved the idea. Granted many of our followers also follow the Padres account, I think spreading it out a bit created more of a buzz, as fans waited in anticipation to see what item would be revealed next and who would reveal it.

After the last few years of underwhelming efforts, word was quickly spreading that this would be “the best promotional schedule ever”. Did it live up to those words? Lets find out.

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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!

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As you’ve read here a time or twenty before, promotions are kind of my thing. On Sunday morning I was alerted by Padres President Tom Garfinkel via Twitter that my voice, along with many others, has been heard and to look at the cover of the U-T.

I don’t get the U-T anymore so I immediately went looking for this online. I could not find anything. Finally the good folks at Gaslamp Ball tweeted me a screen shot.

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I had a chat recently with Jordan Stark, one of the minds behind the Bring Back the Brown campaign. I first met Jordan at Friar Fest 2011. RJ’s Fro, Friarhood, Ghost of Ray Kroc, a few others and I were hanging out when up walks a dude handing out flyers that with “Bring Back the Brown” printed. At the time I wasn’t sure how much success a flyer would have in that regard, but I dug the sentiment. Thanks in part to our shared love of the Padres and fashion, Jordan and I became friends. I soon learned more about his cool ideas, so I asked him to share some of them with us.

I chatted with Jordan about his thoughts on what Bring Back the Brown is about, how he sees it happening, his involvement in Padres promotions, and a great brown promotional item being given away on this Friday, May 17th.

We’re also giving away a FREE pair of limited edition Bring Back the Brown Knockaround sunglasses, vol. 2. To enter, post a photo of yourself wearing brown Padres gear on Facebook or Twitter. Be sure to tag Padres Public or mention Padres Public so we see you, and use the hashtag #BringBackTheBrown. We’ll pick a winner and send them a pair of shades.

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Melvin: Jordan Stark, welcome to the Danger Zone. In a few sentences what is the Bring Back the Brown project and why did you start it?

Jordan: 1. It’s our way of maintaining a relationship with our hometown baseball club.

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