Padres Editorial: Embrace the Stank (Cubs Edition)

June 25, 2017

Thanks to Andy Green, I’ve already let it go, but sometimes I just like to rub dirt. When the Padres lollygagged their way into Chicago last Monday, they were afterthoughts to a Cubs’ dream of a repeat, only moving the meter in the hearts of the most die-hard of the Friar faithful. Mere marks in a land of thieves and manipulators. They left as Christians surviving the den of the…


Listen to the Padre Train A-Comin’

June 5, 2017

I hear the train a-comin’ Rollin’ round the bend I ain’t seen the sunshine Since I don’t know when – Johnny Cash The Taco Train has had quite a fortnight. It began two Sundays ago when the man Andy Green described as the unquestioned leader of the team, Clayton Richards, spun a complete game against the Arizona Diamondbacks resulting in a 5-1 Padre victory. The game came on the heels…


“Riding With the Tank” Padres vs Mets

May 24, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Padres v. Mets- Queens, New York Another day, another chance for a great Padre victory. Every Padre game is holy if you’re a diehard, which I’ve been for far too long. Things, however, have gotten out of hand around here lately. If we get out of the first inning tonight having given up less than five runs, I’ll basically consider the game a win. Of course,…


Padres Editorial: Into The Great Wide Open

May 7, 2017

“This is war! This isn’t a game!” – Chris Sale to Red Sox teammates, May 2 “The only game I know is war, and war ain’t no game.” – Me to myself, two minutes ago Currently, Chris Sale may be the best pitcher in the big leagues not named Dallas Keuchel. This is his first year pitching for Boston and so far he’s been lights out, everything the Red Sox…


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…


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….


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…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


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…