Josh Stein, Assistant General Manager of the San Diego Padres started with the team as a law student in 2003. A graduate of La Jolla High School and UC Berkeley, the long-tenured member of the Padres front office has worked in many roles.
I had the awesome opportunity to meet with Josh last week at Petco Park. We chatted for about half an hour below a framed, white 1984 Tony Gwynn jersey hanging on his office wall. He talked about how the Padres combine statistics and scouting information in their decision making, how analytics have changed the sport, and the state of public sabermetrics.
Last evening, as the Padres crawled back to tie the game in the bottom of the 9th inning, sleep deprivation began to take a wicked toll on my body. I commented on Twitter that I was tired and needed to go to sleep. My body simply did not need extra innings. I set my handheld device down and readied myself for a much needed slumber.
But I just couldn’t do it.
I walked back to the TV where the Padres mounted a rapid assault against the Seattle Mariners. With the Vedder Cup on the line the Padres loaded the bases with no outs for Will Venable. Venable wasted little time slapping a single to RF, giving the Padres a walk-off 3-2 win against our rivals from the northwest.
I picked up my phone to gauge the reaction of fellow fans, only to find that my Twitter mentions had completely blown-up with gems like these: