Fox Sports San Diego announced the San Diego Padres 2017 Spring Training broadcast schedule today, and it may surprise you how many games that FSSD is going to broadcast this spring.
This season, FSSD is going to carry 14 Spring Training games, all from Arizona. All but one game will be live, with the March 11 game against the Milwaukee Brewers being shown on tape delay. The Padres will also play the World Baseball Classic team from Mexico on March 7.
I sure did have my hopes up for some new Padres Spring Training gear. #BringBackTheYellow was in full effect with the new Home “All-Star” jerseys and of course the new Brown alternates. This was the #Padres chance to be bold and make some money this Spring. FAIL.
MLB announced the new 2016 Spring Training uniforms today and there were some bold choices in the lot. Check out this post over at Sportslogos.net summarizing the new uniforms. My focus was on our Padres and what they decided to go with for 2016. Brown? No. Yellow? Of course not. Plain Blue & White? YOU BETCHA! Basically they, took our ST/BP hat from last year and took out the sand outline on the “SD”. And then, they took our current road alternate blue jersey and called it a day. Well, they did slap the “AZ” patch, but all the teams get that. MLB and the Padres missed a “golden” opportunity to increase merch sales and strengthen the new “alleged” rebrand. I give these new Padres uniforms an F for effort, marketing, and creativity.
CBS Sports live blogged Ferrell’s entire day, so I won’t bore you with those details. Everything Will Ferrell did yesterday counted as an official Spring Training stat. So, why not?
Note the transactions section. If I’m Norm McDonald, I’m pretty pissed right now.
Before you get your panties in a bunch and cry about the sanctity of the game, it’s all in the name of charity folks.
Spring Training provides an opportunity for fans to view the lesser-seen pieces and dream upon the futures of players yet to take a single at-bat for the big league squad, but could dramatically alter the franchise’s trajectory. It’s escapism from the realities of an organization that has branded themselves as “snake-bit,” and that fans have seen as underwhelming. So, just hours from first pitch and the beginning of the 2014 season, here’s a look back at five days of (mostly) rampant optimism in the desert.
When parents plan their son or daughter’s first trip to Spring Training, they likely envision parcels of perfectly manicured grass. Sun-kissed mornings where millionaire ballplayers and long shots share a field and play a game with the same childlike wonder and enthusiasm that they hope, one day, their own child will possess. My son’s first Spring Training started a bit differently, as a complete stranger challenged me to a fight at Terminal 4 of Phoenix’s Sky Harbor airport. In the end, it’s all about creating memories. So begins our journey.
Forgive the extended absence. Between writing the Padres chapter for Baseball Prospectus 2014 and editing BP’s Futures Guide 2014, I’ve been busy.
That didn’t stop me from watching a few spring training games. I saw two in person and three or four on MLB.tv, depending on whether you count the parts where I fell asleep.
I also saw some backfield practice sessions, although not as many as I’d have liked. If you ever go to spring training, be sure to hit those and watch the prospects do drill after drill as they hone their craft. For me, the practices are better than the games.
Anyway, I took notes:
In case you missed it over the weekend, we snuck a podcast episode out there. We were in Peoria, Arizona, drinking Coors Light, while sitting in a hotel room together that Trip Advisor rates 2 out of 5 stars. It was kind of weird.
We talk about how awesome elastic waistbands are, Adys Portillo’s Wild Ride and the sights and sounds of Spring Training.
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