Padres Retired Numbers

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I’ve never been a supporter of Garvey’s number being retired by the Padres, so when I saw the photo of Sarah Silverman rocking number 6… this was inevitable. I’ve been over this before in a previous blog: “Funny thing about Garvey… people think that because I’m opposed to Garvey’s number being retired by SD that I didn’t like him as a player. That’s not the case at all. Somewhere behind Mickey Mantle, Bo Jackson, and Tony Gwynn… Garvey sits as one of my top 10 favorite ballplayers of all-time. Just feels weird that a self-proclaimed lifelong Dodger has a number up on the batter’s eye at Petco. (He spent 14 seasons in LA, and 5 in SD… the Dodgers have NOT retired his number.) Want to hear the most compelling argument that I’ve ever heard for retiring Garvey’s no. 6? Tony Gwynn once said that Garvey’s home run in ’84 was the most memorable moment of his career. With that career, the most memorable moment of Tony’s career wasn’t even one of Tony’s moments. Incredible. That alone tells me that maybe I should just shut up, let it go, and accept that the Padres retired his number.”

Regardless of your position on Garvey’s number, one thing all Padres can agree on is the optimism we hold for 2015. I’m fired up for this season with all the off-season moves by AJ Preller, Rockstar GM. I even checked Titanbet and the Padres odds of winning the World Series this year. I’ve never checked World Series odds like that… whether they win or not, isn’t it cool to feel like they’ve got a shot? Yes, yes it is.

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[Joe from Gaslamp Ball found the Sarah Silverman photo, taken by Jonathan Daniel/ Getty Images]

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Jimmy Fallon is a Genius

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I laughed. I cried. I took a trip down memory lane. Brilliant. Aside from Belding, cast looks damn good too. Didn’t think he’d be able to top the Fresh Prince recreation… he just did with Saved by the Bell.

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Eric Weddle Just DESTROYED Warren Sapp. Destroyed!

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Watch what you tweet, kids. My oh my… ole Sapp may never recover from this one.

 

#whoisinthelineupnow

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Padres Let Bloggers Announce 2015 Promotional Items

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The Padres marketing team is pretty smart. Last night, they let local bloggers announce a handful of the team’s promotional giveaway items for the 2015 season. 

 

 

Why is this smart, you ask? I’ll tell you. They picked a few bloggers (read: glorified fans, and the glorified part is highly debatable) and they let them tweet out upcoming promotions. This gave us bloggers a sense of inclusion and appreciation, deserved or not. It gave us exposure because the @Padres official account retweeted the announcements, so the information still got out the same as it would’ve had the Padres announced it themselves. Smart move on their part… and it worked. They got #PadresPromos trending.

Now, bring on the “team shill” talk from the internet peanut gallery. So, what do you think of the promotions? HUGE fan of the brown pinstripes. Go Radres! 

*update* click here for a complete list of the 2015 Padres promotional items. also…

 

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A Beautiful Brown Padres Uniform Redesign

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These are fantastic. As a long time supporter of the Bring Back the Brown movement in San Diego, I love these.

I asked the creator of these Padres uniform mockups (and photoshop master), John Brubaker, to comment on his creation. His inspiration? Tony Gwynn, of course.

How many teams have blue? How many have red? But none of ’em have brown… I just thought there was something neat about that. I just thought it looked beautiful. More than just beautiful, I liked the sentiment behind it of, ‘This is who we are.’ – Tony Gwynn

John: I couldn’t explain the motivation for this uniform redesign project any better than the late, great Tony Gwynn put it right there. Brown is who the Padres are. Every time the Padres wear brown they stand out from the crowd and become immediately recognizable as the San Diego Padres. When you see them wearing brown, you forget about the team that has sheepishly changed their uniforms a dozen times in their short history, and instead see a bold, unique team from San Diego that’s confident in who they are and proud of their identity.

 

Thanks, John! Great work. Your move, Mike Dee and Wayne Partello.

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Another Disappointing End to the Chargers Season

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As you can tell, I haven’t had a lot of time to blog these days… but it felt weird to not throw up a post acknowledging that the Chargers lost to the Chiefs, and their backup QB, for a shot at the post-season. Frustrating game. Frustrating season. Just couldn’t stay healthy.

What am I supposed to Vine on Sundays now? Pumped for the 2015 season though. Super Bowl or bust, kids.

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Scary, Scary Moment for SDSU Basketball

That is scary stuff right there. Everything I’ve seen says Dwayne Polee is in the hospital and is responsive while they run tests on him… but man, that was frightening. Here is the U-T story which I’m sure will be updated as his condition progresses. I’m guessing I’m not the only one that immediately thought of Hank Gathers. Crazy to think that was 25 years ago. Prayers lifted for Polee.

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Padres Making Moves!! AJ Preller is on the Loose!!

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Feels good to be a Padres fan! Padres new GM, AJ Preller, shows no mercy! Twitter just exploded with joy last night… prompting this tweet, with artwork that I asked @nick_pants to make last season.

Here’s how the national media responded.  (with updated Upton rumor!!!!!!)  

 

 

 

How ’bout that!? Here’s how I responded…

 

And in conclusion….

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Philip Rivers Has a Significant Back Injury? Ruh Roh…

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Every single injury on the Chargers sucks… every one. But, they’re all noise compared to this. Sure, Magic Mike and Philip Rivers both say they expect him to play on Saturday night, but I’m telling you… the Chargers ALWAYS have a chance with Daddy Giraffe on the field. Without him, they’re toast. You can’t say that about any other player on the team. But hey, Rivers is tough as nails and let’s hope Schefty’s source is exaggerating.

Total side plot to all this is the local media getting scooped.

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Dan Sileo is… Droppin’ Knowledge!

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What you’re about to watch is a miracle… give it a look, and I’ll explain how…

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I know what you’re thinking, “That looks like a cheap Jr. High school project gone bad, not a miracle… what are you talking about, BP?” I’ll get to that… first, let’s play catch up. I don’t have any San Diego “sports radio alliances” or anything, I have friends at both The Mighty 1090 and XTRA Sports 1360 Fox Sports San Diego. I listen to whoever is best on the air, doesn’t matter what station they’re on. Also, I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again… If you’re here, you know I’m bit of a self-proclaimed San Diego sports media critic. I’m not a journalist. I’m a blogger. I offer up very biased opinions. I’m not objective. I’m very subjective. Just making sure we’re clear on that. Now, let the overreactions begin! 

WHAT THE HELL IS THE MIGHTY 1090 THINKING WITH THIS “DROPPIN’ KNOWLEDGE WITH DAN SILEO” CLIP? Creating this clip might be the Mighty 1090′s worst decision since hiring Dan Sileo. I wrote about him when he was hired. Previously “Sileo had been fired for calling 3 African American NFL players “monkeys.” He’d been fired for a series of sexist tweets to Erin Andrews that included him telling her to “bake me a cake.” Most recently, he’d been fired for putting a bounty on a Florida State player on his Twitter account.” I also tweeted a few things…

But since then… I’ve mostly left Sileo alone. Why? Because he’s not worth my time. I’m not going to listen to his show… so I can’t really accurately critique it. So, I’ve just let him be… wondering all along why 1090 hired him in the first place. Then this video clip happened… I can’t be silent any longer.

Let me be clear on a few things… I actually think the message here from Sileo is fine. It’s safe. He’s supporting athletes’ right to free speech, their right to defend social injustices. He’s commending guys like Lebron and D. Rose about their “I Can’t Breathe” shirts (interesting he didn’t mention Melvin Ingram on the hometown Chargers who did the same thing) He mentioned: “We get on people so much in the sports world for not being able to express themselves…” Well, Dan, you’re right, we do. Same applies to the media themselves. Here we go…

Again I ask… WHAT THE HELL IS THE MIGHTY 1090 THINKING WITH THIS “DROPPIN’ KNOWLEDGE WITH DAN SILEO” CLIP? Who thought the premise for this was a good idea in the first place? Ohh… droppin’ knowledge! — actually filmed in a bathroom stall!!! — A huge water plopping sound with a fart noise, with a headline font that looks like actual poop splashing out of a toilet!!!

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Droppin’ knowledge… droppin’ a deuce… in the bathroom… GET IT!? OH!!! THIS IS GONNA BE HILARIOUS! No. No no no. It’s terrible. It’s juvenile. It’s so far from funny that I can barely wrap my head around this. This kind of ‘humor’ might have been funny when I was in elementary school. Maybe. That’s just my critique on the idea behind this. Now, onto the content. It takes a lot to offend me. I’m not above laughing at things I probably shouldn’t laugh at… but this, this isn’t funny, this is downright offensive.

Also, an LA Galaxy beanie with a Tampa Bay Lightening jersey? Way to be in touch with your San Diego sports audience for your inaugural episode.

Remember that ‘miracle’ we talked about? It’s a miracle that Sileo was able to actually take a worthy stance on something, the right for players to protest and express their view on terrible social/racial injustices, and somehow SPIN IT TO BE OFFENSIVE. You just climbed out of a bathroom stall with your hands up, jokingly saying, “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Haha! You thought it was funny to joke about how a man died on the streets with how terrible a bathroom stall smelled? The hell is wrong with you, Sileo? Good grief, man, talk about ignorance and insensitivity. As a privileged white male, I understand the irony of me calling out another privileged white male on his insensitivity to a subject stemming from horrendous injustices from white authorities on black men. My right to speak to this… is a topic for another blog. The topic of this blog is centered directly around a guy, who’s been fired for both racial and misogynistic insensitivity, being once again, completely oblivious to the sensitivity of the subject he’s speaking on.

Amazing that 1090 allowed this to happen. If you’re not like me, if you think I’m once again overreacting and making something out of nothing… well, you’re in luck. Your boy Sileo just released a volume two of Droppin’ Knowledge.

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This one features an extra post-pooping grunt and sigh from Sileo before he comes out of the stall. Hilarious!

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