Here it is. All of the Padres bobbleheads, that I own, in one single post. 57  120 (!!!!) 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’m can’t recall the year, or if they were given away or sold, but I’m pretty sure 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 I am uncertain if it was a giveaway or sold there it was given away to “special friends of the bank” only.

-With that said, the two biggest icons in Padres history, Gwynn and Coleman, have still never had a Padres bobblehead giveaway.

-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.

-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 the 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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In case you weren’t paying attention…

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When my family moved from Oceanside to Tucson in 1991 the Diamondbacks were years away from existing and for a displaced Padres fan I was 8 hours away from professional baseball. Except for the Tucson Toros, at the time the affiliates of the Houston Astros. They played their games at Hi Corbett Field (famously used in the beginning of “Major League”), which is centrally located in Tucson. The games were cheap, they were fun, and they became a big part of growing up in Tucson. Little League nights, hoping someone would hit the bull in right field (that’s right Durham, you guys aren’t the only one) and wondering if the kid would beat Tuffy in the race to home plate. (Fun Fact: Matt Vasgersian was a Toro broadcaster in 1996.)

Mike Feder, GM of the Tucson Padres

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The Padres find themselves at 39-40 after a heartbreaking 13th inning loss to the Phillies. The list of games that the Padres should have won but didn’t in 2013 is getting lengthy. Let’s just say, should the Padres miss the playoffs by one game, we’ll have a tough time pinpointing the one (or two) games that would have made the difference. There are a lot of candidates.

But nevertheless, the Padres are 39-40. Which is good enough to be within 3.5 games of division leading Arizona. This puts the team in an interesting situation. They are likely good enough to compete and potentially win the division. Are they good enough to make any noise in said playoffs? Strangers things have happened but on paper, no, probably not. But could they be?

The Padres are beginning to pop-up in various trade rumors. We won’t spend to much time on whether they are buyers or sellers. It seems clear the team needs to improve, whether that be by addition, subtraction, or both.

But what of 2014? The Padres have put a plan in place that appeared to be aimed at 2014. Theoretically, young pitching arms like Luebke and Wieland will be healthy by then. Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal would have another season under their belt. Casey Kelly would return. That was before the Padres, based both on better than expected play and a weaker than expected NL West became competitors for the division. I’m of the opinion that when the opportunity presents itself, you take a shot at the playoffs. There are no guarantees in baseball. There is no guarantee that because you are good this year that you will be next year. It’s why I had no problem with the Padres hanging onto Adrian Gonzalez to make a run in 2010 despite it costing the Padres some of his value in trade. It’s why I thought the Nationals should have let Strasburg pitch through the playoffs and take a shot at the World Series.

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After this season, the AAA Tucson Padres are no more.

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In 2014, the team is moving to El Paso, TX. Earlier today, Padres Public received a tweet from @PadresKnowBest informing us that there is an online vote for the new team’s nickname.

Quite frankly, the choices leave much to be desired.

Some of you may not know where the nicknames come from, so I went on Wikipedia and pulled up the basic definition for, well, most of them…

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In case you weren’t paying attention…

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All my life I have hated being asked to explain what I am doing. I hate the question because I very seldom know the answer.

–Paul Theroux, Pillars of Hercules

A thin, silver-haired man approaches me while I’m sitting on a bench near the koi ponds at Ala Moana Center in Honololu as my wife shops. He wears shorts, shirt, and shit-eating grin as he points at my head and says, “I love the hat. I know it’s a beaver, but what team is that?”

I’d bought it in Portland, in 2010, the final season minor-league baseball was played there. By then, everyone in town knew the team–a Padres affiliate–was dead and the stadium would be converted to a more lucrative soccer-only venue.

The two nights we attended in August, there were maybe 1,000 people at the ballpark, which could accommodate more than 20,000. It felt less like a ballgame and more like a funeral, which in a metaphorical sense, it was.

During a lull in the action, while Josh Geer of all people was busy spinning a shutout, my wife wandered to the team store. Most of the Beavers gear had been sold off already, but she managed to find me some flip-flops and a cap with the Portland Beavers logo at discount prices.

The man is still grinning. He speaks with misplaced urgency: “What level is that?” Read More…