Here it is! All of the Padres bobbleheads that I own, in one single post! 57  168 (!!!!) different Padres, Chihuahuas, Beavers, Stars, BayBears, Quakes, Storm, Wizards, TinCaps, Emeralds, managers, announcers, mascots, dreamboats, skaters and sleepy voiced ex-owners. I’ve written in depth about many of these already, so if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below and I’ll fill you in on them.

Some Additional Notes:

-The Tony Gwynn set of 5 was not a Padres affiliated giveaway and was reportedly a set that Alicia Gwynn teamed up with another company on. I can’t recall the year, or if they were given away somewhere or sold, but I’m about 99.9% sure that it was in 2001.

-I found out that the set that features Trevor Hoffman, Ryan Klesko, Mark Kotsay and Phil Nevin was indeed given away at a game on August 4th, 2002, but was for kids only. You could also go to Carl’s Jr. every Saturday for 5 consecutive weeks and purchase a combo meal to buy a different bobblehead for $4.99 though, which is what I did. My cholesterol levels have never been the same.

-The Jerry Coleman bobblehead was a San Diego National Bank item from 2001 and was given away to “special friends of the bank” only.

-A HUGE thank you to the Fort Wayne TinCaps for providing the Rymer Liriano, Mat Latos, Matt Wisler, Josh Van Meter & Burt Hooton bobbleheads to the collection!!

-Another HUGE thank you to the El Paso Chihuahuas for providing the Manuel Margot & Austin Hedges bobbleheads!

-For more info on the Chris Denorfia unreleased bobblehead, go here.

-I’ve never seen the 1980’s Twin Enterprises bobblehead before, but I scooped it up. It’s in the 1985-1990 uniform, however I have never seen any of these holding a baseball. Perhaps it was a custom one?

If you have any bobbleheads that aren’t listed here, that you’d like to contribute to my sickness the cause, then shoot me an e-mail.

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On June 14, 2014, at Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center in the Central Library downtown, the folks from the Ted Williams Chapter of SABR had a special presentation of Fantography: San Diego Baseball, a new book featuring photos taken by Padres fans over the years.

I have to give Padres Trail credit for taking notes.  I was concentrating on taking photos.  It is a photography-based book, after all!


Andy Strasberg

Andy Strasberg kicked off the stories of how the book came about and introduced each speaker, all of whom have photos featured in the book.

The only rules about the photos in the book:

  • They had to be taken by fans, not professional photographers
  • They could not be game action shots

Some of the photos are featured on the Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center’s wall.  Some can only be seen in the book.  If you haven’t been up to the Center right next to the eighth floor reading room in the Central Library, I highly recommend you do it.  It’s well worth your time.

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Gather around kids. Let me take you back to a time where DVD’s and Blu Ray discs didn’t exist. A time where you couldn’t just easily skip to a certain section of the movie. Yeah, sounds crazy right? Well that’s what it was like during the VHS era. I have a handful of Padres VHS tapes that I’m going to show you. I really need to convert these so I have them to enjoy forever and ever, but I haven’t quite gotten around to it yet. I’ll just list off the tapes I have here and “review” them all at a later date. VHS!


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Join Rick, Mike and Melvin for the first ever Padres and Pints: The Podcast! We discuss #kotsaytacos, Ian Kennedy and Chicken Schtick. It’s fun!

We’ll be doing more of these this season and hopefully you guys enjoy it. We are still working out a few kinks here and there but we think we finally have one worth listening to here. The podcast has also been submitted to iTunes, so you’ll be able to download it there soon as well.

If you have any questions or comments, go ahead and leave them down below or e-mail us.

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In case you weren’t paying attention…

Always enjoy responsibly. Don’t read and drive.

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When creating a Mount Rushmore for the Padres, coming up with a list of names is an easy task for me: Tony Gwynn, Trevor Hoffman, Randy Jones and the one and only San Diego Chicken. Based on their body of work and what they have done for the city of San Diego, it’s a no-brainer for me every time.

Ted Giannoulas, aka The San Diego Chicken,  has been making fans laugh for 39 years now and is easily the most recognized mascot in history. From his early days as the KGB Chicken to the current semi-retired Chicken, he’s been a part of some amazing moments in history and has rubbed elbows (wings) with some elite people.

We had the amazing honor of chatting with him this past weekend at Benchmark Brewing Co. for the latest episode of Padres and Pints. We talk about things ranging from what he would have become if he wasn’t the Chicken to if he was reincarnated what would he come back as, both answers may surprise you. He had the entire audience (and me) laughing out loud during the whole interview.


We also chat with Matt Akin, the co-owner of Benchmark, about his new upstart brewery that will easily be a force to reckoned within the San Diego craft brew scene. The San Diego 71 Double IPA is fantastic! Plus they make their own flavored soda, which is free for kids (family friendly) and designated drivers (responsible). Check them out soon and tell them Padres and Pints sent ya!

Also be on the lookout for some behind the scenes action on Padres POV in the next couple of weeks!

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At Padres and Pints we enjoy the finer things in life. Local San Diego craft beer consumption. Talking about Padres baseball. And having a good time (notice a trend yet). So what better person/fowl to get for an interview than the one and only San Diego Chicken!

Tune in this Friday to both Padres Public (morning) for the interview and then catch Padres POV on Fox Sports San Diego (5:30PM) for an exclusive behind the scenes look of the interview in the coming weeks.

We had a great day at the new (and awesome) Benchmark Brewing yesterday and can’t wait for you to see the finished product.

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Search engine optimization be damned! I create titles that are fun/stupid. This post is about records and clocks. Why? Because I wanted to post about records and clocks.

Here is a record that was released after the 1984 season by KFMB. All net proceeds of the sales went to the American Diabetes Association. As opposed to the other Padres ’84 NL Champs record below, this one is full of songs. I’ve listened to it a few times and it always brings a smile to my face.


Side One
Talkin’ Baseball by Terry Cashman
Thunderin’ Lumber by Steve Vaus
Doin’ The Goose by Glenn Erath-Hudson & Bauer Singers
The Garv by KFMB’s Hudson & Bauer
Talkin’ Number One by Steve Vaus
Padres Win Again by Eric Show


Side Two
Hey Pads by Glenn Erath-Hudson & Bauer Singers with Steve Horn
The Garv by KFMB’s Hudson & Bauer
Steve Garvey National Anthem by Steve Vaus
Tiger Safari by Glenn Erath & Steve Horn
The Committee by Steve Vaus
We Are Still The Champions by Glenn Erath & Karen McDermott
Dreams Can Come True…Ode to Ray by Mutimer & Friends

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As I mentioned in my last couple of RJ’s Fro promotion posts (here and here), 2003 was probably the last solid year for Padres promotional schedules. With that said, why don’t we take a look at a couple of those giveaways!

But first, I was browsing the Padres store earlier and found this wood sign. No Offseason, eh? Sounds about right.


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Last week I examined the disappointing 2013 Padres Promotional Schedule. To put it nicely, fans were underwhelmed by the lack of giveaways and the quality of those giveaways and the promotional events left a lot to be desired.

Often times fans in general are quick to trash something but sometimes aren’t realistic (“ARGHHH Y U NO TRADE FOR STANTON PADRES!!!”) or don’t provide any ideas to solving the problem (“ARGGGHHHHH THE PADRES NEED TO SIGN A PREMIERE SS! Y THEY NO GET ONE!!! Oh, what is that? There wasn’t one available? Oh….well I’m still going to yell because I have NO ANSWERS…ARGHHHH”). I plan to be both realistic and give some new ideas to spice up this bland schedule. I won’t come up with outlandish stuff like Turn Ahead the Clock Night (That’s for you Wayne), giveaways every day of the week or have an absurd bobblehead set* of past owners (I’m looking at you Ghost). I will use the Padres current schedule, use the nights that they have already assigned (PCL, 80’s, ’98) and work with what I have been given. Hopefully I come through for the fans!

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