This is where we gather from time to time to talk about something big in the Padres world or just the Padres or just baseball. It’s a roundtable discussion. Except, you know, no round tables. This is a Public House . . . so we’re at the bar.

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Yesterday morning, Tom Garfinkel resigned as CEO of the Padres. We waited to hear more, but it seems that everyone with knowledge of the situation is being tight-lipped about it. The people who know things aren’t hearing anything, and us yahoos definitely haven’t a clue. So going on what we know, what say you, Padres Public, on the departure of Tom Garfinkel?

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Most weeks, you’ll find my stuff on Wednesday. This week the start of the Padres season, in combination with pure, unadulterated laziness, caused it to be moved to Thursday.

Not that anyone is reading this garbage.

 

I was going to title this “The Padres Are Blowing It: Starting Off On the Wrong Foot.” But we’re trying to be more positive around here at Padres Public.

 

As if it isn’t bad enough to have to watch this Padres team live down to expectations, this was revealed yesterday:

Now, I understand what the Padres are doing. I really do. You have to squeeze as much cash out of ticket sales as you can. And the Yankees first visit to Petco definitely qualifies as a big deal.*

*To some people. I don’t care. I’m not going to any of those games.

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Yes, Chase Headley is out for at least a month with a broken thumb.

Yes, Casey Kelly might need Tommy John surgery (Still unknown at the time of writing this).

Yes, Padres prospect Rymer Liriano needs Tommy John surgery.

Yes, Andrew Cashner is a dummy.

Yes, Yasmani Grandal is an even dumber dummy.

Yes, Carlos Quentin is still Carlos Quentin.

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Spring Training has sprung, so it’s just a matter of time before we find out about injuries that seem odd, weird, or flat out stupid.

We’ve already had Andrew Cashner get stabbed in the hand by his friend while cleaning a deer carcass in December. And that got me thinking about other Padres’ players who have managed to injure themselves in strange, asinine or even ironic ways.

Believe it…or not!

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Last week Scott Miller of CBS asserted that the Padres were “broke”. Actually he asserted that they are “broke”.

After speaking with the Padres during the week, the U-T’s Bill Center wrote an article on Sunday morning about the state of finances for the Padres.

On short notice we rallied together at the Bar to discuss, keeping the following in mind:

What is your reaction to this article? Does the explanation make you feel better or worse about the most recent off-season, or where the team could be headed in the next few years?

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Fox Sports San Diego has a new home and invited a few select people to take a “hard hat tour” of the new studio today. So SDPads1 of RJ’s Fro and I took them up on their offer. Because we very rarely pass up free stuff (Sorry, Ray, but it’s true).

Executive Producer for Fox Sports San Diego, Jeff Byle, led the tour for a few advertisers and a couple of guys who “write…on the internet”* from Gaslamp Ball, Chicken Friars and LobShots, along with yours truly.

*Credit to Tom Garfinkel for introducing us to Josh Byrnes with that at the awards banquet last month, coining our new catchphrase at the same time. All rights reserved. Don’t try to steal it. Left Coast Bias is a lawyer.

FSSD gutted the old Cox Channel 4 studio and started over from scratch. I wasn’t sure if I could take pictures of the studio itself, so I decided to err on the side of caution and didn’t take any. But I can describe it pretty well.

Well, then! Get on with it!

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*This is kind of old now, but I never got a chance to write about it

I’m a huge Jimmy Kimmel Live fan. I watch it all the time and have even been to a couple shows in person. When he made the switch to 11:35PM on January the 8th, I tried getting tickets right away for that show, but in the end I failed (stuck on the wait list).

During that show Jimmy was interviewing Jennifer Aniston and apparently he’s pretty good friends with her fiance Justin Theroux. They recently went on vacation together and Jen just so happened to show off some pictures on the show from that trip. Here is one of those pictures:

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By Corey Brock

So you’re going to FanFest on Saturday and feeling a little overwhelmed by it all – garage sale, stopping by the autograph stations, the forums and the real fear that you might run into someone from this blog, Padres Public?

Well, that last one is a valid concern. Good luck with that.

Well, have no fear because I’ve gone over the schedule and have devised a no-lose plan for the day that will satisfy your appetite for baseball – as well as breakfast and beer.

Let’s get to it:

–  Start with breakfast, as it’s the most important meal of the day. I’m going to send you to what is my favorite spot for breakfast in town – Snooze, in Hillcrest. Trust me on this. What’s good? Just about everything. Feel free to mix-and-match, go sweet and savory.

– Head down to Petco Park. There’s free parking and the general public is allowed entry at 10 a.m.

– Your first stop should be the Padres’ garage sale to benefit the Padres Foundation. Wednesday, I told you about some of the items for sale. Go early while the getting is good. You’ve been saving those pennies for an Orlando Hudson jersey. Now is your chance!

– At 10:30, head to section 113 where pitchers Cory Luebke and Nick Vincent are signing. You can (should) ask Cory about his left elbow and if he can miraculously be ready for Opening Day. Vincent is from Ramona. So, you know, you can ask him about the hot spots there.

– Hustle over to the home dugout at 11:30 for the player forum that features Chase Headley, Chris Denorfia and Clayton Richard. Just for fun, ignore Headley and badger Denorfia with questions of playing for Italy in the World Baseball Classic. And what his favorite pizza and gelato are.

– At 12:30, head to section 110 where Nick Hundley and Joe Thatcher are signing. Both are good guys. Ask Nick about the final score of the Oregon-Arizona football game this year. And Joe just got married, so feel free to ask him what his best wedding present was. Hope he got a Keurig.

– You’re free from 1:30-2:00. Wander the stadium, get your face painted, ask Tom Garfinkel if the ballpark will have more craft beer carts this season.

– Head back to the sale at 2:00 and try to pick through the leftovers for a treat or two –game-worn pants that don’t fit, a Carlos Guevara BP jersey, a signed photo of Paul McAnulty.

– Around 2:30, head back to the home dugout where assistant GM A.J. Hinch and manager Bud Black will give a presentation on Japanese steak knives. Kidding. This should be a fun forum as both guys are naturally funny, smart and genuine.

– That’s about it. FanFest ends at 4:00 and by this time, you’ll be pretty thirsty. This is where the beer comes in. Head over to Mission Brewery for a pint(s) and compare notes and treats from the day while rubbing elbows with the Padres Public folks. Just don’t let them stick you with the bill.

Here’s the link to FanFest if you want to create your own agenda that won’t come close to matching this one.
http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/sd/fan_forum/fanfest.jsp

Enjoy! Corey

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