In case you weren’t paying attention…

Padres Public currently has the lowest rate per capita of Tommy John surgeries of all Padres blogs and websites.

Always enjoy responsibly. Don’t read and drive.

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Back in 2010, myself, Beautown & Marshall spent the day with Matthewverygood at Camelback Ranch in Glendale. It was on this day that prop bets first peeked their ugly head out of the hole they have been hiding in my whole life. Matt’s friends do it during every game. “Next pitch a strike? $1. Double down on next batter reaching first base! I’m going to get Ric Flair to do the Flair strut!!” I was hesitant to join in at first, as his friends berate and belittle each other every time money changes hands. I’m pretty sure I saw tears from a couple poor souls a time or two and at least 4 people pissed themselves on more than one occasion. I threw in a couple dollars here and there but for the most part remained quiet. After the game our group of 3 went to a bar and begun the 4 year tradition of Bargame Prop Bets.

With that said, 10 hour benders at bars aren’t exactly the best thing for you. I am still recovering from Spring Training almost a full week since being home. The head hasn’t stopped throbbing. I look like a lizard as my skin is all peely thanks to the brutal sunburn I got from the 100+ degree heat, with no shade and 2 spotlights placed directly on me*.  I even feel like I pulled my groin somehow. I. Am. A. Mess.

While on air Wednesday news broke that Casey Kelly would likely be saying hello to our familiar friend Tommy John. Then news breaks of Chase Headley having to miss Opening Day (and then some) with a fractured thumb. For the love of God! When will this team ever catch a break?? What we need is to scrap these players and only get players with Super Human Strengths! We don’t need to scrap everyone though because we have some players in the Minors right now! Let’s take a look.

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Last weekend I journeyed to Peoria, Arizona for Spring Training. I watched workouts on the backfields of the Peoria Sports Complex and then watched games at  Surprise Stadium on Friday and then back to the PSC on Saturday. I also logged an obscene number of hours on a bar stool at the Moon Saloon where the wagering of proposition bets passed the time. This is an account of those events.

We sit in a bar in Yuma on a Thursday night. I slowly sip on a Coors Light while Bell Biv Devoe delivers reminders that New Edition spawned something that inexplicably generated money and entertained people. That’s good for people in 1990 but not me. It’s 2013 and I’m in Yuma.

In roughly 15 hours we (Marshall and I) will be in Peoria, Arizona to meet up with a few others from Padres Public. I look across the bar as I awkwardly add baseball apps to my phone and notice a guy drinking beer. He looks like Brady from Lob Shots. The similarities are uncanny and I want to snap a picture to tweet to Brady but I know such an action would be pure folly. You don’t take a picture of another dude sitting across the bar from you. This is Yuma.

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