The Padres MUST Do This in 2018 (Bring Back the Murph)

September 12, 2017

I have a really, really good idea. So, this is an open invitation to the Padres to steal this idea. I am putting it in writing: please steal this idea. I don’t want any kickback or finder’s fee. Just take this idea. Here goes: The Padres should play a 3-game series in 2018 at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium. And now that the 2018 schedule has been released, I have…

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Renfroe’s Problems & What To Do About Them

June 29, 2017

It is time to start worrying about Hunter Renfroe. Not as a player, mind you, but as the right fielder and clean-up hitter of the future for the Padres. Of course he belongs in the big leagues, that’s not in dispute. We can expect his production will increase year-over-year and even if it doesn’t, he will not benefit from a demotion to Triple-A. So, he stays on the team. However,…

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Padres’ Draft Fits Recent Pattern

June 14, 2017

Don’t try to figure it out, you’ll drive yourself crazy. Or maybe, there might be a method somewhere in there. The Padres first three picks in the 2017 MLB draft were, shall we say, confusing. At least on the surface. Right off the top, it should be noted that every pundit seems to say the same thing about MacKenzie Gore: he has all the stuff you want, four pitches, good…

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Stop Supporting the Tank, Padre Fans

April 11, 2017

Padre fans hoping for their team to lose is starting to piss me off. For a little context here, I joined Twitter about five years ago. Hundreds of Padre fans beat me to the punch, which turned out to be fortuitous for me. I got to select from the buffet of Padre-related Twitter accounts. Let me see, I’ll grab a few bloggers, a scoop of stats guys, one each of…

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Pitching Baseball to San Diego’s Rejected Football Fans

February 11, 2017

San Diego just got knocked on their collective asses. Sports-wise, obviously. First, let me get this off my chest: screw you, Dean. I hate your guts. Moving on. Now that the dust has settled and we’ve caught our breath, it is time to stand back up and assess what we have in front of us. The Gulls are a great ticket, plus they’re on TV now. Aztecs men’s basketball is…

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Inviting “The Freak” to Camp- Tim Lincecum an Option for Padres?

January 22, 2017

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. The Padres sign a has-been who is coming off a bad year and hope he will turn things around inside the pitcher-friendly confines of Petco Park. Heck, they’ve already done that a bunch this off-season. But I’d like them to do it at least one more time. It’s at least worth the time and effort to kick the tires on Tim Lincecum. Before…

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Why This Hurts (Goodbye San Diego Chargers)

January 12, 2017

My largest challenge today is to not exaggerate. Literally my first thought when I went to write this column was that I would be bleeding onto the paper (keyboard). Then I thought that was too strong. But that’s how I felt and how I still feel. Maybe I’m going a little too far with the metaphor, but at this point I’m not sure I care. I disavowed the Chargers a…

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2017 San Diego Sports Resolutions

January 1, 2017

As a lifelong San Diego sports fan, here’s what I’d like to accomplish in 2017. (warning: some of the following may include jokes and/or sarcasm) — Wear brown to every Padres’ game I attend — Find a section of Petco Park I have not yet watched a game from, buy a ticket for said section, watch a game from said section — Attend Jake Peavy’s first start back at Petco…

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Las Vegas Bowl Live Blog

December 17, 2016

Aztecs get opening kickoff and lose 6 on first play from scrimmage, forced to go 3 and out… Cougars respond with an 3-and-out of their own…. so far, field position game is favoring Houston. Aztecs 2nd series loses a total of 10 yards and ends with a punt.  So far, SDSU offense has 6 plays for -10 yards.  At first glance, it appears the SDSU offensive line is having serious…

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An Open Letter to Padres Uniform Designer

November 23, 2016

Dear Padres uniform designer, I’m not exactly sure how to put this, but your most recent project was not your best effort. I acknowledge I don’t know anything, at all, about fashion. I’m not even sure what your marching orders included. Now that I’m thinking of it: if you were told to create the most uninspiring, bland and disappointing jersey in Padres history, I apologize in advance, because I congratulate…

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Analysis of Padres’ Organizational Philosophy

October 11, 2016

If you would like a detailed, possibly laborious, explanation of the Padres organizational philosophy, keep reading. If not, I’m sure there’s a reality TV show on somewhere. It is not often you call out someone in a blog post and then meet that someone face-to-face. I accused the San Diego Padres brass of changing course too often. They wanted to be a speed team, then a pitching team, then a…

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Padres Fans Need to Temper Expectations About Renfroe’s Future

September 30, 2016

Everyone mind the gap as you climb aboard the Hunter Renfroe hype train. The 24-year-old outfielder is a curious player, to me. I think we would all do well to pump the brakes a little on the unbridled enthusiasm. The last time the San Diego Padres had a home-grown prospect with this much expectation was Chase Headley. Fans thought he would make the big leagues and start collecting all-star appearances…

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