Every so often I write something of substance. It’s not always embedded tweets and GIFs. So prepare to have your minds blown! Or not.

My copy of 100 Things Padres Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Kirk Kenney showed up a little over a week ago. I have read it. This is my review.

Kenney has been a sportswriter for the San Diego Union-Tribune since 1985. Triumph Books has published a series of books about sports teams’ histories and asked Kenney if he would write one about the Padres.

The title says it all. The book is 100 things in Padres history that fans — maybe not should — but perhaps would be interested to know. People, dates, numbers, and events that helped shape the Padres into what they are today.

First off, Randy Jones wrote the foreword. You know, the barbecue guy. Oh, Jones also won the 1976 Cy Young Award while pitching for the Padres. Oh, he was the first person inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame. Oh, and his number 35 was also retired by the Padres.

I can’t think of a better way to begin a book about the Padres than to have the Crafty Lefty get the start. So right off the bat (pun intended), the book has some credibility.

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The San Diego Padres ended their 2015 season by telling interim manager Pat Murphy he would not be returning as full-time manager in 2016. And they waited slightly more than an hour after the last out of the season to tell him.

There has been plenty of speculation already on who the Padres are going to hire for the manager’s job. Most of it is just that, speculation. There aren’t many details other than a few reports on people being granted permission to interview. Which is better than no news, I suppose.

Let’s take a look at the candidates, no matter how ridiculous their candidacy seems, shall we?

It’s time to play Whack-a-Manager!

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Singer-songwriter, Padres fan, and San Diego icon Steve Poltz joins Padres and Pints for Episode 22!

Steve, Rick, and Chris discuss Steve’s life performing on the road, the time he stalked Tim Flannery, advice Bruce Bochy gave him for singing the national anthem, and what it was like performing in front of 55,000+ people at game 3 of the Padres 1998 NLCS in Qualcomm Stadium.

Follow Steve on Twitter, visit his website, or hit him up on Facebook.

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

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Thanks to the lack of Padres news coming out of the Winter Meetings, I’m forced to subject you to one of my lamest ideas for a post.

The List

What is “The List,” you may be asking? In a nutshell, it’s my favorite Padres players.

This list is part of my dream roster. If I had the power to get all of these players, in their prime, together on one team, I would do it. It’s my ideal team. However, it’s not necessarily the best players. My ideal team is made up of players who also had personality. These are the guys who I both wanted to watch play and would like to hang out with at the bar after the game.

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Thirty years ago tomorrow, the Padres beat the Cardinals, 10-0, at Jack Murphy Stadium (box | pbp). Eric Show went the distance, scattering seven hits en route to his fourth win of the season and the 15th of his career. You already know that he went on to win 100 games as a member of the Padres, becoming the only pitcher in history to do so, but there was another hero that Wednesday evening in Mission Valley.

His name is Mario Ramírez, and you are forgiven for not remembering him. Taken from the Mets in the 1980 Rule 5 draft, the man known as “Ñato” spent parts of five seasons in San Diego, mostly doing very little. But on May 4, 1983, he had the game of his life. Read More…

There are many things that excite me as a Padres fan in 2013: the new Ballast Point Beer Garden at Petco Park, top prospect Jedd Gyorko, and… okay, there are two things that excite me. Let’s talk about Gyorko.

The Padres second-round pick in 2010 out of West Virginia University won the starting second base job this spring. He currently splits time between second and third while Chase Headley recovers from a thumb injury sustained just before Opening Day.

What we know about Gyorko is that a) he will hit (.319/.385/.529 in 1,500 minor-league PA) and b) he may or may not be a second baseman. But he’s there now, so we’ll roll with it. Read More…