Bocce Bash!

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Your Saturday just got a lot better. Cool event the Holiday Bowl is putting on.

Details:
- Teams of two – we can pair you with your friends in your round-robin
- Hosted beer by New Belgium
- Live band at 11 a.m.
- Four games minimum
- No experience necessary
- Gifts for all players
Click here for event info and to sign up.

Oh, and you didn’t hear it from me, but this is a BYOB event. Cans only. Rock on.

-bp

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The Day Shannon Sharpe Attacked

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It’s not every day you get into a twitter battle with an NFL Hall of Famer…

A couple of very bizarre things happened in the sports world this past week. Top of that list was a New York Times report that revealed that none of Junior Seau’s family would be allowed to speak at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony. For further information and depth to the story, check out Darren Smith’s interview with the NYT author, Ken Belson, here. Naturally, San Diego sports fans did not like this. I don’t like this. Junior wanted his daughter to speak, and some silly rule they’ve put in place is preventing her from doing that. Haven’t seen many people defending the decision of the NFL and the Hall of Fame on this one. Add Pro football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe to the list of the few that are…

As we all know, everybody’s got an opinion, and when you’re on twitter, you share that opinion.  Shannon Sharpe is on twitter, and his opinion did not go over so well with San Diego sports fans. Humor me while I paint a picture for you. I’ve tried to screengrab and piece together this conversation for you. So, here we go.

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Now, I’m buddies with Woodsy… and I wasn’t the least bit surprised to see him call out Shannon Sharpe here. Not really my style (aside from previous run-ins with Hacksaw) to start name-calling folks that I don’t know on twitter, but whatever… I get it. This was Shannon’s response…

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Woah, woah, woah. I believe that’s how the kids describe going from “zero to 100 real fast.” Granted, Woods did call him a not-so-kind word… but c’mon, you immediately just go to… “I just slept with your wife” talk? No, no, no. Not okay. I had to chime in. Shannon’s got to know better.

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He responded very quickly.

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Another quick response.

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As you can see, that tweet confused me. I’ve since pondered it, and I think his point is just… “if you don’t say bad things about me, then we’re good.” Still not positive on the translation there. His response…

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Now, he’s not wrong here. I did insert myself into a conversation between he and Woods. Nonetheless, I felt I was in the right and my line of questioning continued.

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Do I follow his logic? Sure, on the surface level. I get it. You insult me. I insult you. Boom, take that! But, c’mon… how can you think that’s okay if you’re in Shannon Sharpe’s shoes? A stranger on twitter called you a bad word. You responded by saying you slept with his wife in a hotel room. Really?shannon-insult

Don’t get me wrong… I get it. I saw the responses he has to deal with on twitter because this exchange… he’s probably dealing with similar trolls daily. My timeline started showing up with people calling him marble mouth or horse face or whatever… that stuff sucks. He had an SNL skit mocking him. He’s frustrated. He’s fighting back. It’s tough.

There’s a bit of a double standard there, right? We as fans want celebrities and athletes to interact with us on social media. Then when they do respond, like Shannon Sharpe did, we throw up our hands saying “woah there big fella! chill out! you didn’t really mean that, right? what’s wrong with you? why are you responding to us chumps and making yourself look like an idiot? you trying to get fired? just shut up!”

Total double standard. But in this case, Shannon is fighting a losing battle. I’m using decency and morals to argue my case, and he’s using childish revenge and retaliation for justification.

After that tweet I sent him, no response. Nothing. Well, not nothing. There’s something. He blocked me. He blocked me and, from what I can tell, every San Diegan that commented on this exchange in any capacity.

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I’d like to think that means I “won” that little twitter battle. Obviously, in this case, winning or losing isn’t what this is about. Just be better.  I have to remind myself of that daily, because I’ve definitely fallen victim to this before. Retaliation and insults are rarely the answer, regardless of how justified you may feel. Don’t get wrapped up in the nonsense and say things you don’t mean and you’re going to regret. Will I ever make another mistake on social media? Yes. But you can be damn sure I’ll be trying not to. Hope Shannon Sharpe feels the same way.

Oh, last thing. Let Sydney speak.

-bp

[lobbed by the legendary, Mike Costa.]

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I Joined ‘The Kept Faith’ Podcast To Interview Molly Knight

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If you’re a baseball fan, you know that Molly Knight just released her new book, “The Best Team Money Can Buy.” Dallas and the boys from The Kept Faith allowed me to join them on their podcast to interview Molly Knight about her book, and how it all relates to the Padres. You can download the iTunes podcast here, or listen online to the PodOmatic version here.

I was fortunate enough to get an early copy her book and have been immersed in it.

 

Some incredible baseball stories… and not just about the Dodgers, about baseball, and the rest of the NL West. Some great Padres gems in there… some that we talk about in the podcast.

Go check out The Kept Faith blog here. Thanks again for having me, dudes… and thanks to Molly for joining us. She’s a rockstar.

-bp

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My Favorite Padres Fan…

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This guys is my favorite Padres fan. The look on his face when he sees the camera…

 

-bp

[don't know why i can't get the stupid tweet to embed.]

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Kareem Putting Those Bruce Lee Skills to Good Use…

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Don’t know how I’ve never seen this footage of Kareem before… but here it is.

In tha face!

-bp

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THE STERMINATOR

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The Sterminator. It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with old Costacos Brothers posters. I still have a handful of them. I wrote about my obsession here. So, although I’m not a fan of David Stern, I was stoked when I saw this poster. Why was I so stoked? Because literally only two of these posters were made. One for David Stern himself and one for the creator of the poster, John Costacos. I think it’s fair to call it rare.

For cool insight like this, follow the Costacos Bros on the Twitter machine.

-bp

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The Storm Friar T-Shirts are Finally Here

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Decided to finally make these bad-boys available for purchase. I wore this t-shirt on the second installment of Bloggers Take Over and the response was great. So I sat on that great response for a year. Strike while the iron is hot, amirite? Idiot.

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Anyway, I was obviously motivated by May The 4th Be With You. So now, with a little help from my friends at Home Shirts, you can buy them here for only $20. You can buy the shirt in brown or blue… a bunch of different style options for guys and girls. Crew neck, V neck, sweatshirts… all that jazz.

Yay Star Wars! Yay Padres!

-bp

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May the Fourth Be With Your Baseball Cards

I’ve never heard of Star Wars Day until everybody on twitter started dropping “May the Fourth be with you” bombs. Anyway, I figured I’d get in on the fun a little bit, because I do love Star Wars, and I love baseball cards. I stumbled across a very talented man named Travis Peterson who runs a blog called PunkRockPaint. He’s also out of San Diego, and he photoshops baseball cards. It’s amazing. A side-by-side example of what’s he’s doing, this one with a 1934 Goudey card.

Now you get the idea… here are a few more. So freakin’ awesome. I want all of them.

As Padres fans, let’s bring a little bit of San Diego into the equation…

I was able to find the “card” our buddy used for this gem… 1975. Padres, Podrace. Zing!

So awesome.

-bp

(originally posted this back in 2012, but since it’s still awesome, i re-posted today)

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Padres Social Hour

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This… this was awesome. Huge thanks to Jesse Agler, Randy Jones, and the Padres for letting me join in on the television fun. This was a brand new segment for Padres Social Hour, “Old School vs. New School” – and it was a blast. I think I may have gotten hosed on the scoring, but I couldn’t care less. I loved every minute of it… starting with me telling RJ, “I’m saving up my good answers for when I debate your face off.” Who says that?

I was just going to post the video, and let it speak for itself, but I’ve decided to share a little bit more about it. On the surface, I try to play these things pretty cool. I don’t freak out over celebrity or athlete sightings/interactions… I try to act like I’ve been there before in any social setting. But every once in awhile, it helps me to take a step back and reflect for a second on the neat things that I’ve been able to do in life. This is one of those neat things in life. First things first, I’m a nobody in the baseball world… I’m a nobody in the blogging world. I recognize this. I’m a somebody to my two kids, 3 and 5 years old, that’s it. To everybody else… a nobody. I’m fine with that too… but it speaks to how cool it is that I was able to do something like this.

What is “this”? “This” is being able to sit down on a couch with a Cy Young award winning, former All-Star, whose number is retired over the batter’s eye at Petco Park…  and yucking it up like we’ve been best friends our entire lives. I absolutely loved it. I’m sitting there taking jabs at a baseball legend, and referring to myself as a Little League legend. What an idiot. It was so much fun for me. Randy Jones was a great sport, sitting down with a nobody and letting that nobody say insanely dumb things to him. Examples:

“Oh man, you are so doomed.” – in reference to my debate skills.

“Your hat is stupid” – after he questioned the authenticity of mine.

“Have a little conviction” – because he’d only brush back a hitter, not bean him.

“Maybe you should’ve done a little research” – in reference to my non-professional baseball career.

“You were a pitcher, you wouldn’t understand” – that one is especially good since I was referring to his knowledge of batting. RJ finished his career with 599 MLB at-bats, I finished mine with zero.

Couple of other random notes… 1) well played on the Jeff Cirillo drop, Jesse. 2) Neither RJ or I had seen the questions ahead of time. 3) I don’t think anybody understood my reference to Jordan Baker and #GumGate when I said I’d never argue with an umpire. 4) If you liked my t-shirt, you can buy it here. It is, of course, a reference to this San Diego legend. 5) Here’s to hoping I get to do this again sometime.

-bp

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‘STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS’

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It’s here…. and it’s incredible. Cannot wait.

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“Chewy… we’re home.”

-bp

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