Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.
The American League All-Stars scored more runs than the National League All-Stars, 4-2, in the 2016 All-Star Game at Petco Park.
Chris Sale (0-0, 9.00) pitched one inning, allowing just one run on one hit and no walks with one strikeout. Kris Bryant hit a solo home run with two outs in the first inning. Marcell Ozuna singled off Aaron Sanchez to score Buster Posey in the fourth inning.
Both San Diego Padres representatives got into the game. Wil Myers started the game at designated hitter and was 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout. Drew Pomeranz threw a scoreless fourth inning, allowing a hit.
Johnny Cueto (0-1, 16.20) pitched one and a third innings, giving up three runs on five hits and no walks with one strikeout. In the first inning, 2016 All-Star Game MVP Eric Hosmer hit a solo home run and Salvador Perez followed with a two-run home run with Mookie Betts on base. Hosmer singled in the fourth run in the third inning to score Edwin Encarnacion.
The next All-Star Game will be played on July 11th, 2017 in Miami’s Marlins Park at 5:00pm PDT.
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.
The San Diego Padres replaced their retired numbers display on top of their batter’s eye with an advertisement. That in itself says a lot, but let’s be fair and think a little more.
The Tom Garfinkel regime added other large smatterings of advertisements to Petco Park in the form of a giant golf club and paint can, among others. More recently, Ron Fowler and Mike Dee have taken ads in Petco Park to another level. Seemingly everything not nailed down has a corporate sponsor attached, including an almost impressive ability to create new places to display ads, including a large freestanding National University sign in left-centerfield and a Sycuan banner hanging above another ad on the light tower in right field.
Fans were especially vocal about the National University sign, but the increased corporate presence was followed by real change to the team’s finances. I asked CEO Mike Dee about the ad revenue at the 2014 Padres Social Summit, and he said that money would go back into the team. Indeed it appeared to, because after the National University and other signs debuted in 2014, the Padres raised payroll significantly.
And while payroll dropped in 2016, we’re expecting a large shopping spree in international free agency this year, and it makes perfect sense to lump that spending to MLB payroll as every team faces choices about where to allocate their budget. I’m sure if Dee or the Padres responded to fan complaints, they would point out the increase in spending as the reason for the ads, and point to the benefits fans have seen.
The Tony Gwynn Museum at AleSmith has an update.
The 5,000 square foot museum will be the home to more than 300 items from the baseball Hall of Famers career, spanning from his early days in Little League, his time playing and coaching at SDSU and, of course, his entire Padres career, and will be occasionally rotated out to keep things fresh and new.
They are planning to complete the project by the 2016 MLB All-Star game, that will be hosted right here in San Diego at Petco Park on July 12th. To accomplish their goal, they are going to attempt to raise some funds.
According to Fox 5 San Diego, there will be a new Tony Gwynn-themed bar opening at Jamul’s new Hollywood Casino, called “Tony Gwynn‘s Sports Pub”. It will showcase his Gold Gloves, Silver Sluggers and various other pieces of memorabilia, as well as have Tony’s personal narration of his career highlights.
It’s scheduled to open sometime in mid-2016.
This brings up a good question though, what does that mean for the AleSmith Tony Gwynn museum? I thought they were also going to house many of those things mentioned? The Gwynn family is involved in both projects too.
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In the ongoing buildup to the 2016 All-Star Game in July at Petco Park, the Padres have been adding and updating parts of the ballpark.
Last week the Padres announced the Beachers would be removed and a new group section would be replacing it. This followed an earlier announcement that the entire lighting system would be upgraded to LED. They also mentioned upgrading the seats in the Lexus Home Plate Club sections and upgraded and expanded backstop netting.
Yesterday, Bill Center wrote an article on Padres.com about the changes to the retired numbers currently located on the Batter’s Eye along with changes related to the new Padres Hall of Fame. I was out doing other stuff and didn’t really have a chance to look at any of it until today.
So let’s do that, shall we?
Here’s some stuff I read this week that you might enjoy:
- Bud Black was fired this week, replaced by Pat Murphy on an interim basis, as A.J. Preller continues to overhaul the organization he rebuilt over the winter with the promise of a brighter future that has yet to materialize. Among those with thoughts on Black’s firing are Jeff Sullivan (FanGraphs), Wonko and jbox (Gaslamp Ball), Dustin (Padres Public), Jon Heyman (CBS), and Tim Brown (Yahoo!). And Dennis Lin tells us a little about Murphy, who had been the manager at Triple-A El Paso.
- Gwynn Jr. reflective on anniversary of father’s death (Padres.com) – Overshadowed by the current regime’s ongoing drama was the anniversary of Tony Gwynn’s death. Barry Bloom checked in with son Anthony: “For me, living in San Diego, there are constant reminders of him. I don’t know if I’ve had a full chance to grieve, but I’ve had time. It gets easier every day. But you’re still going to go through your first year with him gone. The anniversary of him passing, birthdays will always be popping up.”
- Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox (SABR) – Here’s another book I haven’t read that sounds fascinating: “We now have access to crucial information that changes what we thought we knew about ‘baseball’s darkest hour’ — including rare film footage from that fateful fall classic, legal documents from the criminal and civil court proceedings, and accurate salary information for major-league players and teams.” This one is edited by former North County Times staffer and all-around good guy Jacob Pomrenke. The e-book is free to SABR members. Shifting to the other side of the Windy City, Mark Kram wrote in 1977 about why Hack Wilson isn’t in the Hall of Fame. [h/t Jay Jaffe for Kram on Wilson]
- For a Catcher Who Had a Pitcher’s Surgery, Recovery From a Different Angle (New York Times) – Baltimore’s Matt Wieters shares his theory on the current Tommy John epidemic: “Pitchers are now throwing with 100 percent effort almost every pitch they throw out there. I think back in the day, one, they didn’t have all the M.R.I.s and things to find it, but also those guys would save their 100 percent effort for when they needed it.” Speaking of catchers, former Padres backstop John Baker (FOX Sports) pens a pensive piece on “playing the right way.” [h/t VocalMinoritySD for the Baker bit]
- The Physics of Calling Pitches from Your Sofa (Hardball Times) – David Kagan discusses the difficulty of judging balls and strikes on television thanks to the various camera angles employed in different ballparks, aka parallax error. From the comments, this collection of center-field camera angle screen shots is also worth reviewing.
As the news ticker scrolled along the bottom of the living room television screen, the name “Gwynn” caught my eye. The date was June 16th, 2014, and Tony Gwynn had just passed after a prolonged fight with salivary gland cancer. My immediate reaction was a rather lengthy string of profanities uttered with cancer the obvious target of my invectives. I wasn’t so much mourning for myself as I was feeling a strong sense of empathy for baseball fans in the foreign land of San Diego. While baseball as a whole lost something that day, Padres fans lost Mr. Padre, and they were cheated out of what could have been 20, or 25, or maybe even 30 more years of embracing their sports icon. Both Gwynn and the fans were robbed.
They had lost their Stan Musial.
Today is a sad day for me and for many of you reading this. On June 16th, 2014, we lost Mr. Padre Tony Gwynn. I still greatly miss him and Jerry Coleman to this day. They were two legends that meant the world to San Diego, both on and off the field, and can never be replaced. I wanted to do something special for them when they passed away last season so I’ve been working on a Jerry and Tony tribute episode for the past year now and it keeps growing and growing. I’ve already interviewed numerous people that were close to them and there are 3 or 4 more people that I’m hoping to chat with in the coming weeks.
One of those people that I chatted with was Steve Poltz, who performed his amazing tribute song for Tony called “Hey, Hey, Number 19” that I shot and edited. As a tribute to Tony we thought it would be nice to release that portion now.
I hope Tony & Jerry enjoy it from that ballpark in the sky.
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.
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