Notes from the Padres “Taco Train”

April 15, 2017

As the Taco Train pulled out of the station in the last ten days picking up passengers and headed to the New Jerusalem, it’s not too early to compare notes, to heed scribblings from the random and assorted. As of this writing, the Padres stand five and six, a minor miracle considering we opened with four on the road at the high rolling Dodgers, three at home against the wild…

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I Haven’t Given Up Yet (Padre Edition)

March 29, 2017

We live in a cynical, know-it all, data based, scientific, materialist world. Everyone is an expert, nobody is a sheep. Talking heads seem to get paid by the word, 24/7 cable seems to get paid by the talking head. Santa Claus is nothing but a tooth fairy, Cinderella lost both her slippers. It’s a dreary business. It’s as if spring never gets to spring and summer doesn’t get to bloom….

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Clipping the Hedges (Ode to Spring)

March 12, 2017

Hedges, clipped alive in spring studying the heart of everything Riding in from El Paso Gunning out runners Headed for a ring Some say he can’t sing Others say he can’t bring his power to the plate but haters, they’re going to hate Yea, he’s had to wait for far too long but he never took the bait Watch him crouch like a King put out opposing stings run his…

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Fake Prediction: The Padres Will Win the World Series in 2017

February 10, 2017

  People see me all the time and they just can’t remember how to act Their minds are filled with big ideas, images and distorted facts Even you, yesterday you had to ask me where it was at I couldn’t believe after all these years, you didn’t know me better than that – Idiot Wind, Bob Dylan I woke up on the roadside, daydreamin’ ’bout the way things sometimes are…

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The Wonderful, Wacky (and Worrying) Season of Wil Myers

December 16, 2016

Coming off two injury-plagued seasons in which both wrists had separately shelved him for significant time, heading into the 2016 season much was made about the ability of Wil Myers to stay healthy. A full year of a productive Myers was considered essential for the Padres to have any hope of a respectable season, much less a successful one. Given that both his previous injuries revolved around his wrists, some…

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Padres Special: Here Comes Santa Claus

December 12, 2016

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” – Luke, 2:10 He’ll come around when the chimes ring out it’s Christmas morn again Peace on Earth will come to all if we just follow the light Let’s give thanks to the Lord above ’cause Santa Claus comes tonight – Elvis Presley Hey Santa,…

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Here Come the Padres, Up Around the Bend

November 8, 2016

I was an ABC guy. Anybody but the Cubs. God had other things in store, however, and now I just have to get on with it. I had no real axe to grind, it’s just these Cubbies are so talented, so young, so well-constructed top to bottom with such an incredibly bright future that this, as they say, won’t be their last rodeo. We’re going to have to get used…

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My Dream & Dinner with Padres’ Guru A.J. Preller

October 24, 2016

I hopped aboard the Taco Train and headed to North County to see Preller. A.J. had been suspended and I thought he could use some company. I made it to his beach house, which was protected by a guard, who I recognized as Milt Pappas. Milt was a fine pitcher back in the day and was now pulling time doing security work. I slipped him a signed Billy Williams baseball…

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The Padres are Powered by Tacos, Faith & Trains

September 28, 2016

After I wrote a few times about the Taco Train this summer a friend called and said, “I’m enjoying your pieces, Scott, but why do you call it a Taco Train? Is it because San Diegans love Mexican food?” It was then I realized I hadn’t properly elucidated my thoughts about the Taco Train. So allow me to step back. The origination of the Taco Train does not derive from…

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The Padres’ Taco Train Shall Not Be Derailed

September 20, 2016

The Taco Train Shall Not Be Derailed (or the Revenge of Roseanne Barr) July 25, 1990 was a great day in Padre history. Tony Gwynn, our beloved Mr. Padre, got five hits on that day, including two doubles, swiping a bag, with two RBI as the Padres swept a doubleheader from the first place Cincinnati Reds. Any day Tony got so much as a little bitty single is a great…

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Padres’ Sermon from Petco Park

September 6, 2016

(with apologies to Yeshua of Nazareth) Blessed are Padres fans for they are poor in spirit and theirs shall be the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are the hardcore for they mourn 162 days of the year and they shall be comforted. Blessed are the rookies and the meek arriving shortly in San Diego for they shall inherit the Major Leagues. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for a Padre…

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Padres’ Skipper Andy Green Provides “The Rub of the Green”

August 22, 2016

“He watches the game at a different speed than everybody else.” – A.J. Ellis, Dodger catcher and friend of Andy Green from their Kentucky days Early in the 2016 Padre season Wil Myers hit a home run v. the Phillies but was not in the lineup the next day. Manager Andy Green was asked about this in his pre-game news conference and responded it was just a day off to…

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