Four years ago, I started a project out of, quite frankly, spite and disappointment.

I now feel a responsibility to maintain this thing I started.

Because the Padres Twittersphere is an ever-evolving entity. Players and people leave, sometimes even of their own accord. Some who have stayed have changed their Twitter usage to not be all that interesting of a follow anymore. Still others just seem to have given up the medium altogether.

Some do a bit of all of that, sailing off into the distance in silence, like a sailboat in the night.

So, here we are. The fourth iteration of my “Padres Must-Follow” Twitter list.

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The Padres released their 2017 promotional schedule on Tuesday. You may have missed it at first, as they did it via press release and posted it on social media around 4:15pm.

Padres Jagoff posted a piece about it on Gwynntelligence Wednesday morning, in which he compared the Padres 2017 giveaways and promotions with the ones from the Dodgers, Cubs, Indians, Red Sox, and Giants. To say he was underwhelmed would be an understatement.

Promotions and giveaways are supposed to be an incentive to get you out to the ballpark when you wouldn’t necessarily have gone. If you get something of perceived value – on top of the basic product – the product becomes more valuable. It’s not even Economics 101, it’s high school Intro to Economics, that one class that they only made me take for a single semester in my senior year.

The Padres are not good. The expectation is that they’re going to lose a lot of games this year. Now, they won’t necessarily tell us that straight up, but it doesn’t take an astrophysicist to do the math. So, why would their promotional schedule be so underwhelming? I would think they would like to get people in the ballpark on Saturdays, however these promotions probably wouldn’t inspire anyone on the fence to get to Petco Park this season.

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padrestwitterIt’s that time of year again. Two years ago, I published what I considered to be the most comprehensive list of Padres-related Twitter accounts that I thought every Padres fan should be following. I updated it as needed as players were traded or people changed jobs, but that just got time-consuming and monotonous.

I redid the entire thing exactly one year later, with new accounts added and others removed, mostly due to repetitiveness or just no longer existing.

I revisited it this month, and what follows are the results.

Some are informative follows. Some are humorous. Some are both. But all of them, I guarantee*, will improve your Padres Twitter experience.

*Guarantee void in Tennessee. And everywhere else, for that matter. I guarantee nothing except eventual death.
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Chris joins guest Randy Gyorko for episode 32, brother of former Padre and current St. Louis Cardinals infielder Jedd Gyorko.

Randy shares his thoughts as a close family member of a major leaguer, as Jedd is drafted by the Padres and rises through the farm system. Randy also shares his feelings about learning Jedd was traded to the Cardinals, plus has a great story about hassling Chase Headley at a game in Pittsburgh, and his story of becoming a Padres fan from West Virginia.

Later, Rick of Padres and Pints: the Podcast! makes an appearance.

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

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“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
Albert Einstein

A few months ago, I was asked by Padres Jagoff of Gwynntelligence if I would be interested in doing a guest spot on one of their podcasts. I said, “Sure. Why not?”

Many weeks went by. Change the Padres moved to the East Coast. Padres Jagoff forgot about ever asking me. I forgot Padres Jagoff ever asked me.

Then, suddenly, we both remembered that he asked.

After some tense negotiations about who and what we would eventually talk about (re: nothing in particular), we finally recorded it.

Here, then, is that podcast. Over the course of about an hour of mindless chatter, we sum up our feelings on the Padres 2015 season in general, the changes to the radio and television broadcasts for 2016, the state of the Padres blogosphere & Padres twitter, and whether or not the McRib is actually just an unnatural way of cleaning out your digestive tract on an annual basis.

Download here.

Brady Phelps from Lobshots is welcomed appears on this episode with Rick and Chris on Padres and Pints: the Podcast! Brady explains what he thinks defines success for the 2015 Padres. Then he spends the rest of the episode ranting about Twitter and forcing on Chris and Rick his questionable knowledge of wine.

You can read Brady’s sports and pop culture blog at Lobshots.com and follow him on Twitter.

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

We’d appreciate a review on iTunes!

 

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Exactly 364 days ago, I compiled a list of all of the Twitter accounts that Padres’ fans should be following. It did not come without controversy, as I had complaints from people who thought they should be on it throughout the course of the year.

I updated it in January, adding some and removing others. Since then the Padres made moves on and off the field, changing who should and shouldn’t be on the list.

I have updated it once again. Some accounts are gone, others have been added. Some are still not on it.

To be honest, some of these accounts I don’t follow. On @GhostofRAK, that is. However, I’ve included them because they have some connection to the Padres or Padres’ fans that might interest you.

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Dennis Lin joins the podcast for for some baseball, beer, and Buddy Black discussion. Dennis also shares details of his journey becoming the beat writer covering the Padres for the San Diego UT and his thoughts on how Twitter has affected his job and the sports media industry.

In classic Padres Twitter fashion, we all get together off Twitter to talk about Twitter.

You can follow Dennis T Lin (not the fruit farmer) on Twitter and read his coverage at the UT.

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

 

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twitterpadresI’ve noticed a lot of links to “Top XX Twitter Accounts Padres Fans Should Be Following” popping up here and there.  I think all of these lists I’ve seen have been severely lacking.  They seem to leave out some of the major accounts associated with the Padres, some of the best accounts in terms of  interaction, and some accounts that are just good follows.  Quite frankly, I’m not sure who would want to follow some of the accounts suggested by the lists I’ve seen.

I’m including myself in that.  I’m still amazed that I have managed to get 900+ 1000+ followers.  You people must be bored out of your skulls.

So, I decided to compile my own list.  The difference between my list and all these other ones that have popped up:  I didn’t limit how many.  You should be following most of them — if not all — if you consider yourself a fan and want to get all the news, information, and opinions that are out there.

I follow just about all of these people/accounts because they put forth some great, honest information and/or opinions on the Padres.  From the Padres front office to the lowly fan in the cheap seats and from San Diego, CA to Seattle, WA to Washington, D.C. and everywhere in between.

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