TKF Pod #50: Jeff Terich (UnherdTV)

Nick sits down with Jeff Terich from San Diego City Beat and talks about his new music show UnherdTV. Then they review 5 Padres batter’s walk up songs (Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Adam Rosales, Robbie Erlin, and Jabari Blash) in a new segment called #PadresMixtape. UnherdTV premieres at 11:45pm May 21st on KGTV ABC 10.

NOTE: At the time of the recording (Tuesday) Blash had been DFA’d. We do realize that he is NOW back under the team’s control.

Check out this UnherdTV clip!!!

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TKF Pod #49: Cory Briggs

This week Dallas and Nick talk with Cory Briggs about The Citizens’ Plan and the choice San Diegans have to make about the future of the city. Also Richard Lawrence from San Diegans For An Open Government joins the conversation.

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Padres Canon: Matt Bush

Last year Nick Burmeister (@PadresHaiku) and Nicholas McCann started a series of debate email chains that was designed to establish The Padres Canon. They’re still working out the kinks of what that is exactly, but it’s basically supposed to be their own PadresHOF. Matt Bush made it to the majors with another team and they started talking about it. Enjoy!

NICHOLAS MCCANN – May 13, 2016 2:14pm

Dear Haiku, Today is an upsetting day for me. Matt Bush is making his Major League debut as a Texas Ranger and it’s bringing up a lot. I don’t know Matt Bush and I don’t really care about what this special day means for him. Congrats, you’re not dead, Matt!

Ok, that was a horrible thing to say. The Matt Bush story brings out the worst in me. I think I actually blame the things that went wrong in my 20s on him. Regardless, his arrival to the highest level of the sport should shed some light on the last decade of Padres baseball. My vote is to put this ex con in Padres Canon. The team will never put him in the Padres Hall of Fame, but I think we need to remember what happened. We can’t forget that the Padres could have had Jared Weaver or Justin Verlander, but went with the cheaper option who was a local kid. Petco Park was built on the premise that if we made it happen the team would spend more money. Well, this, maybe more than anything else, was an early example of it becoming clear that this would never actually happen. Thoughts?

NICK BURMEISTER (Padres Haiku) – May 13, 2016 3:23pm

I’m Matt F#&king Bush!!!!! and I’m not f#&king canon!!!

I don’t think he belongs. Matt Bush is a prime example of the failures of the Padre front office. He was a local talent and could claim a legitimate stake to being the number one overall pick. Sure we missed out on Verlander and Weaver, but it’s not like Bush wasn’t worthy, he was a legitimate high level infield prospect and could have been a real superstar. He also has demons. He never played for the major league club, so to me, he’s a no go for the canon.

The Padres could’ve had Verlander, or Weaver, or heck, we could have had Homer Bailey or Phil Hughes. Who’s to say after drafting those players they would have turned into the players they did for the Padres? The Padres could have ruined those players with poor coaching and player development. Matt Bush could have been the next Ozzie Smith had he been drafted by the Mets or Tigers that year and Verlander could have turned into Jeremy Sowers had the Padres drafted him. A bad minor league system can ruin even a sure bet (Verlander was more of a finished product but I’m just using him as an example).

This is why I’m not so keen on tanking in baseball. In other sports a single player can transform an entire team, in baseball it’s more of a crap shoot. Sometimes you draft Mike Piazza sometimes you draft Donavan Tate.

All this being said, I find it hard to blame Bush. He’s an addict.

I’m disappointed, but addiction is a disease. Will power aside, I place less blame on him than on the team for not helping this young man fight substance abuse when they could.

NICHOLAS MCCANN – May 14th 10:30am

He pitched one inning and got his first strike out in his debut.

I agree. He was a high school kid who got thrown into a high pressure situation that he wasn’t ready for. It happens.

My issue is that the Padres didn’t want to pay signing bonuses for other prospects. Jared Weaver was the best pitcher in college baseball and was ready to make an impact immediately. Sure, other teams followed the Padres and passed, but I think this situation is a huge part of the story of the Padres.

His whole career arc is like an alternate 1985 from Back to Future version of Trevor Hoffman: drafted as a shortstop but makes it as a reliever.

I wonder what could’ve been and I wonder if the Padres had a better infrastructure in player development this could have turned out differently.

NICK BURMEISTER (Padres Haiku) – May 14th 2:12pm

Honestly, I’m glad he got a strikeout. Good for him. Also, kudos to Texas for taking on guys like Bush and Josh Hamilton. But let’s be clear, I’m not 100% up on Josh Hamilton’s career but I don’t think he was ever guilty of multiple hit and runs. These were heinous crimes but Bush did his time. I’m much happier when the justice system handles these situations and not the professional sports leagues. We shouldn’t have to argue over suspension time for domestic abusers like Ray Rice, Johnny Manziel, or Greg Hardy. They should just go to jail and do their time.

If we’re going to add something to the cannon to represent the cheapness of the Padres front office it should be Kevin Towers’ Tommy Bahama shirts. That guy’s ego got in between the team and many great players.

As far as Verlander is concerned, don’t forget the trouble the Tigers had signing him. Detroit gave up on him until Verlander’s dad took over negotiations. He wasn’t represented by Boras. If Detroit had problems signing him there would have been a 0% chance the Friars would have gotten anything done. Maybe Towers didn’t want to waste a pick on a player he knew he wasn’t going to sign? *cough Eli*

You’re lucky we’re doing this over E-mail because if we were in the same room and the Matt Bush came out of your mouth in the same sentence as Trevor Hoffman, I’d slap the 1.21 gigawatts out of you.

As an aside, three of the top ten picks in 2004 were from Rice University… all pitchers.

NICHOLAS MCCANNMay 14th 4:42pm

My Dad always wanted me to go to Rice.

Let’s just hope Matt Bush stays out of trouble. His career should mean more than a symbol for our franchise’s futility.

NICK BURMEISTER (Padres Haiku) – May 14th 6:20pm

My dad was just happy I moved out when I was 18. I hope he does well too.

TKF Pod #48: John Gennaro Returns

This week Dallas sits down for a one-on-one with the Mighty 1090’s John Gennaro. They talk all about the Padres moving to 94/9 and what that means for 1090. They also talk a lot about the inside workings of radio and its struggle to survive. A lot of truth here, and the truth can hurt.

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TKF Pod #47: Radio Free Baseball

This week Nick is on vacation celebrating the birth of his child, so Dallas and Travis take over and talk insider information on the Padres moving from Mighty 1090 to FM94/9! Is it still about the music, or are major changes on the way – we have actual sources!

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TKF Pod #46: NFL Draft Preview

This week Nick sits down with TKF Nemesis (Dodgers Fan) Robert Pouder to talk about the first #LAvsSD series, the Citizen’s Initiative launch party with Roger Goodell, the NFL Draft, and the 2014 film Draft Day.

Also, on Friday Dallas and Travis will have their response to the Chargers’ picks and thoughts on the downtown stadium situation.

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Pod #45: David Jay (Mad Friars)

This week the guys sit down with David Jay from Mad Friars to talk about the minor leaguers making their way through the Padres’ system. Then they look back at MJ’s attempt at the process in 30for30’s Jordan Rides The Bus.

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TKF Pod #44: Matt Thompson as Ted Williams

This week the guys chat with Matt Thompson, the artistic director of The Point Loma Playhouse. Matt is currently working on a one man play called Ted Williams: A Tip of The Cap. They talk about the first week of the baseball season, Ted Williams’ influence on San Diego, and the 1984 film The Natural!

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30 Innings

By Nicholas McCann

The first Padres home series of the year against the Los Angeles Dodgers was a disaster. As an entertainment product, it was a horrendous roll out. The only thing that could’ve made it worse is if the Padres had ditched Fox Sports SD and forced fans to stream the games on Tidal. San Diego’s team didn’t score at all for three days and wore different uniforms each time out. They looked like a team that didn’t know what they wanted to be.

Then it rained.

Going into Friday’s matchup against the Colorado Rockies, the Padres were a national joke. And after the 30th frame of scoreless hell, they finally exploded and beat the Rockies two games in a row by huge margins. Everyone exhaled, but probably no one more than first year manager Andy Green. Last year at this time the central storyline to the team’s entire package was the emergence of the “Rock Star GM” framing of AJ Preller. It allowed us to believe we had a Bobby Fisher/Steve Jobs character operating three moves ahead of everyone else. We thought we had an edge. This year the focus is on Green and the hope that he can do something remarkable with a team that is building (not rebuilding) to something greater. Sure, it was just the first three games of the year that mirrored the sensation of drowning, but the fact still remains that the 2016 San Diego Padres are a team capable of going 30 straight innings with out scoring a run. There’s no way around that being a significant red flag. And to make matters worse, this truth was revealed to the other first year manager in the division.

The Dodgers’ new skipper Dave Roberts and Andy Green will always be judged against each other. It’s basically a race to see who can stay employed the longest. There’s no other way to look at it. The first franchise to reboot will be the loser. Most Padres fans are fond of Roberts. He played a short stint in San Diego and was a respected coach under Bud Black. More importantly, he has the type of personality that usually works here. He’s non-threatening and always seems like a stoic introvert up until the point when he needs to say the right thing. Then he flashes his million dollar smile and people say, “I like that guy.” Green is different publicly, but all signs point to him being just as savvy. People who are already over the moon on Green are drawn to his personality first. He projects youthful energy with every word that comes out of his mouth and it seems to be winning with those who desperately need a persona opposite of Bud Black’s.

The Padres play the Dodgers in LA at the end of the month and it will be interesting to see how or if Andy Green addresses the first series of the year. The main criticism that always came from Bud Black detractors was that he didn’t project enough fight outwardly in the media when the cameras were on. Green likes to craft sound bites about process and consistency, but we haven’t yet seen him get ejected from a game or clearly direct a pitcher to throw at an opposing batter. Do we need him to feed the rivalry and address the current state of it when the next series comes around? Dave Roberts most likely will not engage in this for two reasons: (A) he already has proven he has our number this year and (B) he comes from the school of Buddy. Black’s role in this dynamic is symbolic, but it still matters. Preller fired him and didn’t give Dave Roberts a real chance to be his replacement. Now the man who was Bud’s right hand man is at the helm of the hated rival and he’s got exponentially more talent than was ever given to Black to work with.

Over the next few years the Dodgers will be contenders and the Padres will be developing a young core. Roberts will need to get to the World Series and win while Andy Green will be defined by how fast he can get his franchise to the point where Dave is starting from now. They both will say the right things in their own ways. Dave is up three and Andy needs to come home and win. If the Padres need an identity, they can start by never again being what they were out of the gate.

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The Sycuan Sign

By Nicholas Burmeister (AKA Padres Haiku)

My kneejerk reaction was to hate the new Sycuan sign on the batter’s eye. Not so much because I was married to the numbers on top, but because I’m some what opposed to selling every square inch of the ball park as an advertising space. I understand the small market revenue generator system and that the team needs to sell that space in order to make money, and I suppose I’d rather see an ad than have ticket prices go up even more. All this being said I still hate that sign.

Not because of any disdain for having an advertisement up there but because the Padres could have done better. Sycuan Casino has been a major benefactor for the Padres for awhile. They shell out cash when the team is awful, which cannot be said of all park sponsors. For that, fans should be grateful. However, I have to believe that in an All Star Game year, a year when the AL East teams are coming to San Diego, and a year where many of the teams in the NL West will compete until late in the season, the ad space on the batter’s eye would go to a local casino as opposed to a huge multi-national corporation. Again, this is no slight to Sycuan, I’m sure that the casino paid a pretty penny. Considering the inevitable ire Padre Fans would shower upon Mike Dee and the front office, they HAD to have sold/leased that space for a handsome sum just to lessen the consequent PR headaches.

Would InBev have paid more? Probably. They already have large ads around the park. What about a bank or an insurance company? Toyota pays for ads in the park, so does Sony and Wells Fargo. These brands wouldn’t jump on an opportunity to put their logo in such a prominent location?

It sounds strange because I’d rather not have anything up there, but if the team is going to sell it-sell big. Make it worth it.

Maybe I’d feel different if they had sold to a larger company. Fans might have been more upset if that space said Oculto Beer or United Airlines. It might be the case that they preferred to sell to a local group as opposed someone awful like Constellation Brands, or Wal-Mart to make it seem like they care. But if that means losing money to the tune of several million dollars they made a mistake.

Fans either don’t care or care too much. By now, Mike Dee knows anything he does, save for giving away free beer, is going to get a significant amount of the fan base angry (even if he gives away free beer, if it’s not the right beer, fans will be angry). Taking the numbers down would make fans angry. Selling that space would make fans angry. Keeping things the way they were and charging more at the gate would REALLY make fans angry. There’s really nothing that the front office can do to monetize that space and placate the fans, so take the money. The fans that get the angriest aren’t going anywhere. Those fans are locked in, dyed in the wool Padre fans that will complain, but stay loyal. I guarantee no one would be on the fence about getting season tickets, see a giant Michelob Ultra sign and say “Nevermind!” Likewise, no one is so turned off by a Sycuan sign they don’t buy tickets (except the Barona Casino operators, they might get pissed). Might as well sell to the highest bidder, take the money, and run.

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