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Padres Opening Day = Lines

30 Deep Line because the Craft Beer at Toyota Terrace 100 feet away has been removed for some stupid reason.

Forget the facts that the Padres lost on Opening Day again and didn’t score a run in the opening home stand of 2016.  Let’s focus on what the Padres organization CAN control such as staffing concession stands and making San Diego’s AMAZING BEER readily available and flowing like the wines of Capistrano!

PETCO Park used to have an amazing Craft Beer selection available on the Toyota Terrace and one of my favorite spots to grab some sun and baseball, but they took all of the taps out for some inexplicable reason!  To make matters worse, the Craft Beer stations that were open had line like this because they were staffed by one or two people. GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER PADRES!

1 Register Open / Line is 30 Deep (1 Guy to collect money + another to pour beer = efficiency… #SMH)

Look Padres, take your “Bad Idea Pants” off and run your ideas through the common sense analyzer please.  From charging to go out on the Porch to removing the craft beer taps from Toyota Terrace, Padres front office is just making bad moves.  I actually had to go to the head of security last year to have them tell my section’s security that standing and cheering was “allowed”.  It’s just a real shame to see the way Petco is run because the experience could be sooo much better with some more planning and better logistics.

Hoffman and Bell Tied for Consecutive Save Record

The headline sounds good right?  Well the story is much shittier in real life.

The Padres should have won last night with ease, but some horrible umping and horrible defense cost Heath Bell the Save to take over sole position of the Padres’ consecutive save record.  The umpire was watching something other than the game last night because Heath was throwing strikes according to Pitch-Track, but the ump was sending them to first base via base on balls.  Bell was visibly pissed and rightfully so because he struck out four batters in my opinion.

The Padres got out of the inning with the game tied at 3-3.  I switched over to watch Fringe on my DVR because the odds of the Padres pulling this one out was slim to none.  I finished the season finale of Fringe which was really good btw, only to find the Pads had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the eleventh.  Headley was up and the count went full.  I stopped fiddling around in the fridge to watch us blow this opportunity because that’s what the Padres do with bases loaded or runners in scoring position… they blow it.  However, to my surprise the Padres pulled off another anticlimactic walk off walk to win a regular season game.  If you don’t remember, KOOZ did it his first year with us when he was batting .191 back in 2007.  I remember thinking, “PATHETIC”…. just like I did last night… “PATHETIC”.

I guess a win is a win, but the Padres wins taste worse than brussel sprouts.  Say what you want about the Padres and their awesome pitching, but this no-hitting shit has been going on since they moved in to Petco Park.  It’s goddamned horrid!  It’s pathetic fucking baseball to have a team that can’t hit water by falling out of a boat… EVERY FUCKING YEAR!

Do you remember when Sandy Alderson treated us like retarded people who didn’t know anything about anything when we asked why the Padres were spending money on their “Dominican School of baseball” instead of guys like Justin Verlander and Chase Utley?  Well, the Padres sold or dismantled that project.  Do you remember when we signed 1st rounder Allen Dykstra with our first overall pick who was a 1st Baseman that had hip surgery in college?  We released him a couple of weeks ago.  I’m not blaming that on the new regime at all, but it just goes to show how fucking pathetic the Padres organization was for so long after Larry Luchino left.  We miss you Larry!

Hey Padres, here’s a tip… go find out who the hitting scout is for the Texas Rangers and double his salary!  You want some fans in the seats?  Sign some fucking hitters that will entertain us and give us a fighting chance at bringing home RISP’s!

New Faces… Same Story

You may not recognize their face or their names, but you are probably familiar with the story, “The Padres can’t hit.”  We brought in faster guys that fit the ball park a lot better, but they still can’t hit.  I guess “it’s still early” but hitting below the Mendoza line(.200) is not a good thing and and we have several guys doing that a month in.  I think it has something to do with San Diego, but that’s my own curse theory.  I remember back when the Goatee Bros., Klesko & Nevin complained that they couldn’t pick up the ball very well there, but I haven’t heard the newer generations say that; and both Giles and Loretta ripped at Petco.  If you think about, Kahlil was better than these guys and he’s available.  I’m not trying to harp on these guys, I’m just stating the obvious.  I think its kind of weird that a lot of players can’t hit in San Diego.  Who knows what the deal is, but we do know these guys aren’t hitting and we too often load the bases with no outs or one out and don’t score runs.  C’mon Padres!  Let’s step it up a notch in May!

A New Stadium For SD? Not so fast!

What’s up fellow Chargers fans?!  With the Chargers ranked third in the NFL, 2nd in the AFC, and the best season in a couple years, we are undoubtedly going to face the “New Stadium” debate very soon.  While I absolutely want a new football stadium in America’s finest city, I must say that I am vehemently opposed to spending local tax dollars on the project.  I have pasted some excerpts from a 35pg study on the subject to give you an idea of why and linked you to a summary of the analysis.  From what I have found, this is consistent with reality as opposed to what the Chargers’ front man Mark Fabiani has been trying to sell SD.  I respect Fabiani and the chargers very much, but private companies need to pay for their own house just like the rest of us… unless they want to cut us in on a bigger piece of the pie such as ownership.

Unfortunately there is a Mt. Everest size pile of data on the subject and NONE of it is in favor of the local taxpayers.  In summary, it ends with us footing the bill for increased city services, higher ticket prices(You didn’t seriously think your season or individual tickets would cost less did you?), and “In general, the results of this study do not support a positive correlation between professional sports and job creation” (112).

There now exists almost twenty years of research on the economic impact of professional sports franchises and facilities on the local economy.  The results in this literature are strikingly consistent.  No matter what cities or geographical areas are examined, no matter what estimators are used, no matter what model specifications are used, and no matter what variables are used, articles published in peer-reviewed economics journals contain almost no evidence that professional sports franchises and facilities have a measurable economic impact on the economy.

Calls for subsidies at the local level come from interest groups and their consulting firms—which we call “promoters” of subsidization—who talk up local benefits of sports franchises, stadiums, and mega-events. As we shall see, promoters’ claims of such local benefits don’t hold up empirically. But such rationales can also be countered by simple economic intuition.  The prospect of a game being broadcast nationally or even internationally from the stadium or arena is touted as a wonderful advertisement of the city’s virtues. These benefits, which the teams cannot capture, are used to justify  a local government subsidy for the construction of the facility.

THANKS TO – Dennis Coates (Professor of Economics at University of Maryland, Baltimore County and President-Elect of the North American Association of Sports Economists) provides a nice survey of the academic literature on the economic impact of sports stadiums in The American.


PS:  On the same topic, SD spent $458,000,000 for the Padres franchise that promised to spend money on a “competitive team”.  Four years after we forked over the dough, the franchise slashed its payroll and John Moores sold his team for more than $500,000,000 after purchasing it for $84 million in 1994.  This will yield him over a 500% return on investment.

If the Chargers want to cut the taxpayers in on the ROI, then you have my vote!