Month: July 2015

A Deadline Diary of Nothing

This was a long week. I decided on Monday to record all my thoughts through the 1pm PST MLB Trade Deadline today. The Padres were rumored to make moves all week. Nothing and everything happened.

Monday July 27th

11:35am

The Padres are the same as they were yesterday. First look at Twitter was uneventful. Mostly it’s the same speculation that has been going on for weeks. Apparently, Lee Hacksaw Hamilton’s son got into seminary. Does he want me to react to him? Um, congrats

1:42pm –

Just checked in with The Mighty 1090AM and caught Bill Center talking about AJ Preller. He thinks the Padres have an idea of what they want their nucleus to be. Sure, that’s comforting, but what is going to happen? Regardless, it’s nice that 1090 took time off from talking about the stadium issue. There’s a stadium issue downtown. A baseball team that plays there is 5 games under .500.

6:12pm –

Rumors heating up about James Shields going to the Cubs for Starlin Castro. Maybe a change of scenery would be good for Castro. Shields has quietly been underwhelming. All he did was help to get Bud Black fired. If this happens the sun will come up tomorrow.

9:55pm –

Tulowitzki goes to the Blue Jays. I feel nothing.

Tuesday July 28th 

8:11am –

Just tweeted from the TKF Twitter account BREAKING: #Padres interested in Cole Trickle. Willing to trade paint. #Sources. No retweets yet. Too early for Days of Thunder jokes? I need coffee. No Padres trades reported.

3:10pm –

Just listened to the Baseball Tonight Podcast where Buster Olney and Jayson Stark talked a little bit about the Padres possible moves. They seem to think Tulowitzki being moved from Toronto to San Diego is ridiculous. It’s hard to disagree. Stark thinks that James Shields could get moved to the Giants and the Padres would have to eat a large part of the contract in order to be able to be more flexible in the offseason.

No retweets of my Days of Thunder tweet from this morning. I thought that was fire. Whatever, our podcast with @padreshaiku just posted. I hope people like it.

7:56pm –

The Padres lost to the Mets. Could we get some of that pitching? We need a hard throwing Viking like Syndergaard. Maybe I’ll wake up tomorrow to find things have changed. Good luck, Preller…if you’re listening.

Wednesday July 29th

8:27pm –

People are saying that today will be the day the Padres do something huge. I’ll believe it when I see it. Friday can’t come soon enough. I want my life back.

9:13am –

The Dodgers got Mat Latos. I guess they needed an underachieving 4th starter. I hope his locker is next to Adrian’s so they can sit there and not be interesting together.

3:04pm –

Game 2 of the Mets series is an hour away. It doesn’t sound like anything major is coming. Tyson Ross is pitching tonight. Hopefully it’s not his last start as a Padre. I always wanted to see him in a playoff series wearing our uniform. It doesn’t look like that is going to happen this year. REM’s Everybody Hurts would be perfect to listen to right now but I don’t have it on my iPhone.

8:55pm –

Padres win. People freaked out over Justin Upton and Tyson Ross leaving the game. Then the Mets went Mets and screwed over a player, making him think he was traded when he wasn’t. I guess #Hugwatch is a thing. The Mets are dicks. Still no trades.

Thursday July 30th

10:16am –

Morning baseball is the best. Uncle Teddy ripping the New York media for making fun of the Wilmer Flores’ crying induced debacle went well with my morning coffee. Still no trades. #Hugwatch is in full effect.

11:52am –

The Old Testament is happening at Citi Field today with one out to go. People are saying the Pads are going to explode with trades over the next 25 hours. We will see.

2:10pm –

I just heard on the radio that the Pads/Mets game will resume in an hour. After the first rain delay in the Top of the 9th, Justin Upton hit a 3 run home run. The rains came again and stopped the game. Then it resumed for Solarte to be the 3rd out. The game is now on hold with three Mets outs to go. If they call the game, Upton’s home run will not count. His possible last memorable moment will not matter. These are my 2015 San Diego Padres. Still no trades. We are through the looking glass.

3:45pm –

The game resumed and the Padres won. 21 hours left to make a trade.

Friday

8:53am –

Twitter is on fire. I can’t keep up. Every few seconds a new rumor pops up. Who do I believe? Last night was a shitshow. There is a thirst for movement in this city.

Kimbrel, Ross, Cash, Upton, White Sox, Red Sox, Astros….AH!!

What ever happens this better not turn into a questionable passing of the physical thing like what happened with Kemp. I need a weekend and a few hundred cigarettes.

10:30am –

2 and half hours until the deadline. The strongest rumor is a Cubs, Red Sox, Pads three team deal. Details are muddy. I might never trust Ken Rosenthal ever again.

11:22am –

Almost an hour and a half left. Preller is taking heat nationally for not making a move. It just feels like he shouldn’t make a move to make a move. Appeasing assholes like me is no way to run a smart modern baseball team. Maybe the “Non-trade” is the new “blockbuster”. I should tweet that.

12:07pm –

No trades.

12:17pm –

Still nothing. The Preller backlash is starting to take shape. Reports have Kimbrel and Benoit playing Ultimate Frisbee on the field in Miami. #Chill

1:00pm –

People are tired. The waiver wire talk is trickling in.

The Padres stayed put. Preller is still a mystery. Let’s beat the Fish.

After the deadline passed reports trickled in that the Padres traded Abraham Almonte to Cleveland for Marc Rzepczynski. That was and is in fact something.

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TKF Podcast #13: Padres Haiku

This week Dallas is on vacation, but Nick and Travis take the keys with special guest Nicholas Burmeister AKA @padreshaiku on Twitter. They have a fun chat about the up coming MLB trade deadline, Dick Enberg, and the #PadresPoetry sub genre on Padres Twitter. Then they get into the Chargers and the stadium issue and things get dark…really dark.

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Dear Padres, Don’t Do A Thing!

At this point the Padres have to ask themselves: what are we doing? What sort of team would we like to be moving forward? Justin Upton answered that question pretty loudly right after the break, when he made it very clear he’d like to stay in San Diego. Sure, it could’ve been just a smart PR move, but he also could have been completely serious. Earlier in the season when the Padres started to struggle James Shields famously put up a sign in the locker room that read, “If you don’t like it, play better.” In fact James Shields chose San Diego over the Cubs in large part because of the moves AJ Preller had made. He felt like he was signing on to a team that could win this season. That could contend immediately, and for the next few seasons as well. Will Myers was also excited to be coming to San Diego, and Matt Kemp went from being a controversial all-star in a huge baseball market, to a bonafide superstar in a city begging for one. We had players; unlike any we’d seen since 1998, on our team and ready win.

As fans we misunderstood that being excited about a team didn’t mean the team was going to actually be good. Just because all involved wanted to win, guarantees could never be made to support that. In fact when teams spend a lot of money and put together a bunch of free agents, and talent, it doesn’t usually work. The reason it often falls apart is because of something called ‘chemistry’. Just because the talent plays well, the talent won’t necessarily play well together. One guy could be a diva. One guy could bring the entire clubhouse up or down. One guy could only be out for himself. Who knows? We don’t, and neither does anyone else involved until it happens. Since May people started to see the decline in the Padres on field play, and started to bring up that fateful word ‘chemistry’ as a reason. They started saying the team wasn’t coming together. They hadn’t found their rhythm. No true leader had emerged in the clubhouse, and no one seemed that fired up one-way or another. These comments and observations marked the beginning of the end for Bud Black. As a manager he was very even-keeled, a calming presence that rarely ruffled feathers and excelled in towing the company line. This isn’t necessarily a good or bad thing. It only appears to be a bad thing when, in the case of the month of May, no true leader had yet taken control. These things get blamed on the manager first. It did, and Black was gone. The worst part was that the team that hadn’t yet “come together” actually started playing better before they fired Black, and appeared to be on the upswing.

Enter Pat Murphy. Different style, different manager, different expectations. Put slight pressure on the reset button, but don’t totally push it down yet. Of course things seemed to get worse immediately under Murphy, because once again this ‘chemistry’ thing was thrown out of whack. It takes time to learn what your manager expects of you, and what you expect of him. It takes a couple months to find out how those relationships co-exist. However, sometimes the answers to these questions can get jumpstarted.

Enter Rany and the Grantland article. The Padres suddenly had a ‘catalyst’. A boost to lift their collective depression, and give them a common enemy. It’s basically the plot of Major League, and Major League is a great freaking movie. The team now had a singular reason to play better, as a team, so they could prove a “stat-head” and the yet-to-turn-a-profit website he contributes to wrong. They came out of the gates swinging, and the loud cries of “SECOND HALF KEMP!” filled the warm San Diego air. We’ve gone 5-3 since the break, and not only has Kemp’s power come alive, the starting pitching has returned to form, and our role players have, well…played their roles. Except for two games against the Giants, this team has been as fun to watch as they were in April. Now, its trade deadline time and the Padres are forced to decide if they’re buyers or sellers. Forced to ask themselves what kind of team they’d like to be going forward. The improbability of a playoff run at this point would make them candidates to sell, but Ron Fowler has said as recently as yesterday that that decision has yet to be made.

I for one am glad. I’m glad that they’re still seeing what they have and how this team reacts to the second half, how they’ve come together so far or fallen apart. Media people and guys who think BABIP is the key code to a happy life are begging for the Padres to be sellers. “The plan didn’t work!” “AJ ruined the team, now fix it!” “Just rebuild!” Well, they’re all wrong. You see, the bad numbers, the slumps, and the apparent apathy coupled with frustration are all indicators of one thing – lack of chemistry. This Padres squad was put together, and given a month to figure out who was gonna play where, who was gonna hit where, and who was gonna lead this team into contention. Well, it doesn’t totally work like that. Any “dynasty” in sports these days starts with a core of talented players. That core needs to grow together for at least one season, and while they’re growing management can assess the situation. They can see who in the core doesn’t care about being in the core. They can see what players need to be around the core, to help the core shine and come together. They find the holes, and the issues, and hiccups. Then, once the assessment is done they make their moves. In Baseball, half a season is not enough time to figure out finalities for an entire organization. It’s barely enough time for me to figure out if I should keep Ryan Braun on my fantasy team or trade him for Tanaka. Baseball is the grand ‘ol game because it allows us time to take it all in, and that’s why it hurts so much when what you’re taking in is losses.

I can understand why people think we should trade Justin Upton to fill an actual hole on our team, which is obviously shortstop. I can see why people would want to trade Kimbrel or Benoit, but I don’t understand why you’d trade them both. And, I definitely don’t understand why you’d want to trade James Shields. He’s a great pitcher who isn’t that expensive. Let’s just assume for a second we can keep our core together and make a playoff run next season – Shields is the exact pitcher we’d go out and try to acquire at the deadline! Of course I can understand wanting to move him for a shortstop or another infielder, but it’s not a move we NEED to make. And, if it’s not a move we NEED to make, then why would we make it?

So, what would you have the team do, Dallas? Well, I’m glad you asked. I’d have them do nothing. Last winter things were different. No one in San Diego cared much about the Padres and the decade long rebuilding plan was churning out questionable results. The new ownership group saw an opportunity to claim the spotlight from a floundering Chargers organization, and brought in a whiz GM to help. They made a splash, grabbed headlines, and gave the city a reason to go watch the Padres again. Now, it’s different. Making moves to just make moves or help replenish the farm system isn’t the mandate anymore. The new mandate is to win, and winning takes time. Assessment is a process, but for the first time in a long time we now know that we have an ownership group willing to spend money to help in that process. And, that is enormous. So, why not see what this team could do the rest of the season with a healthy Will Myers, and a fiery Pat Murphy? What do we have to lose? Sure, some of these guys value might not be what it is now, but with David Price and Cespedes, and Cole Hamels being touted around, their value might have already reached plan C levels. So, don’t do a thing. Let them play together, hang out together, take their lumps together, and try to build up that silly word, which means so much – chemistry. As fans, let’s just enjoy what might be a really exciting second half. Statistically we don’t have a shot, but what happens if the Giants start losing, or all the Dodgers die in a clown car accident? I mean, anything can happen, and I for one am still hopeful that we’ll have a good core of players here for a few more seasons. To use a quote from a formidable Baseball mind, “Sometimes the hardest thing to do in sports is nothing.” Well, let’s take the hard road, guys. We’ve never won anything anyway, so why start now?

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TKF Podcast #12: Sean O’Donnell and Ice Cube

This week the guys talk about Grantland’s article, and their response. They also break out the trade machine, but with almost no names mentioned it’s more of a value machine. Nick and Travis talk to Sean O’Donnell (Yellowcard, Reeve Oliver) about the second half of the season, and we hear a little words of wisdom from Ice Cube!

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What Grantland Got Wrong

Yesterday on Grantland.com, Rany Jazayerli outlined how AJ Preller basically destroyed the Padres franchise in a matter of days. He pinpointed the trades that were made this past offseason, and how basically every single one of them hurt the Padres not only this season, but for the unforeseeable future.

He’s not wrong.

However, he wasn’t right either.

You see, I could go through and point out how his article was wrong about this or that. How it’s filled with a lot ‘what ifs’ and the actual stats we can see are at best based on a small sample size. I’ve pointed out before that suggesting Cameron Maybin or Jace Peterson would have done as well for the Padres as they’re doing this season for the Braves is foolish. Never mind the fact that Peterson not only had Gyorko in front of him, he had Spangenberg in front of him as well. Our staff didn’t like Grandal. As Molly Knight pointed out on our last podcast, she feels that that kick in the ass made the difference you’re now seeing. Seth Smith was a slightly better Will Venable, and you would take Shields over Hahn any day of the week. However, I will agree with Rany that we did give up a lot of ‘what ifs’ for our own massive ‘what if’.

So far it hasn’t worked. It might not. We may be stuck with Melvin Upton for a long time, and that is actually depressing.

There is one thing that Rany’s article didn’t touch on, however. It’s the ‘X Factor’ as they say. The thing you can’t really put into a stat machine. It’s not a player or a prospect or even a team – it’s the fans.

San Diego is not a good sports city. It’s not, and this Chargers stadium fiasco should be confirming that for you. Don’t get me wrong, when our teams are doing well we come out in droves to support. We wave the flags, and buy the gear and go all-in. When they aren’t doing well (or even doing moderately well) games are blacked out on TV, our stadiums are filled with the opposing teams fans, and a lot of people probably still think Tony Gwynn is playing right field. We are a tourist city. A beautiful, vibrant, colorful city filled with theme parks, amazing beaches, and incredible resorts. Sports have always come in second and often times in third for a lot of residents. Compare that to Pittsburgh or Kansas City, or Chicago, where professional sports are a life-blood. A multi-generational cultural event open 365 days a year. In Boston they know who’s playing right field, in Green Bay they know who the Left Tackle is. In San Diego that passion is only displayed by a few. Even those of us who care a lot about sports will lose interest from time to time given the monotony of our mediocrity. It’s sad, depressing, and the only thing that can make it worse is when we believe.

So, last December when AJ Preller went on a rampage and swept up a flurry of exciting Baseball players, all-stars, and got rid of those who had underperformed, the city came alive. We once again opened our eyes, and were given a beautiful and intriguing distraction from the Chargers. For the first time in four seasons we had players that you might actually want to buy a ticket to see. We had players other people had heard of. We had players who had won some things. We had players. Our city had been forced to root for a 37-year old Mike Piazza or a roided up Phil Nevin for years. We were told Mike Cameron could help, and that Sean Burroughs was the next great Padres hitter. We had been sold shit since 1998, and people had tuned out. Even the hardcore Padres fans started making documentaries about how awful our team, owners, and management had become. We finally got a break from that. The team was spending the money it had promised to spend since building Petco in 2004 (when Mark Loretta was on the Opening Day ticket). We finally had a reason to pay attention to Spring Training, a reason to once again talk to your Dad about what your hometown team was doing. These are things that can’t be quantified with stats or wins/losses or ‘what ifs’, and anomaly seasons.

We felt real emotion. And, that is something Rany left out of his article. Not because he doesn’t care. It’s very apparent he does care about what the Padres have done and will do. It’s refreshing to have someone of his stature and Baseball prowess take notice of our little team at the edge of America. This is coverage we would have never had if Maybin was playing in center or Joe Ross was on the mound. We would have been left out of every conversation on ESPN, Grantland, FOX, or any blog found outside county lines. We would have been briefly mentioned as a team that can contend in 2017, and then the Baseball heads would go back to dissecting Bryce Harper’s hair, or Kris Bryant’s love life.

When these trades happened back in August, no one thought this was the answer. Real baseball fans knew we weren’t going to the World Series, but what we did get was something much better – a reason to watch. Maybe stat-heads like Rany will watch any game just to see someone take a fourteen-pitch walk. But, in San Diego the continued promise of a contender built on a young and thriving farm system got real old after the first ten years. And, that’s the last thing Rany got wrong:

AJ Preller didn’t ruin this team; bad ownership and odd GM deals since 1999 ruined this team. Old Kevin Towers couldn’t trade for anything but minor league talent because the owners wouldn’t pay for top tier players. So, we built this great farm system in the hopes that that talent would one day pay off, or WHENEVER the team decided to start spending money we could trade those young players for established Major Leaguers. Then came the John Moores divorce, which really dismantled the team by opening the door for the strange ride that was Jed Hoyer and Josh Byrnes. I maintain those guys had an agenda from the start, and it’s definitely panned out for them and Anthony Rizzo. Talk about collusion. These moves, these shallow pocket decisions, and fleecing of prospects for personal gain, and professional profit have been killing the Padres and their fans for decades. Literally decades. You’d think that covering the Royals, Rany would know all about this. In fact I continue to compare what the Padres did this season to what the Royals did in 2013: Make a confusing splash, get it half wrong, fix it, and contend.

But, where’s the fun in writing about or covering a team with Will Venable starting in Right? There is none. Which is why major sports networks and outlets have ignored the San Diego Padres since 1998. And, it’s fine. It only hurts when they come out of the woodwork to crap all over the team when they actually try. Has AJ made mistakes? You better believe it. Will he learn from this? We can all hope. Is the team completely screwed for years to come? No. We still have a nice crop of talent in our minor league system. Will we move Upton and Kimbrel and Kennedy? Maybe. It’ll be interesting to see what we get in return, and that’s just it – I’m interested. Fans and national Baseball writers are interested in the San Diego Padres. AJ didn’t ruin anything, he merely tried and so far his try has failed. Which for a city that’s never won a major championship the trying actually means an awful lot.

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The Second Half

Eight games under .500 isn’t the end of the world, but it’s the world we live in. The next two weeks will be the most important stretch the San Diego Padres have had in a long time. Are they going to be buyers or sellers at the deadline? Can they be sellers going into their year to host the All Star Game? These questions will be answered by what AJ Preller decides to do with Justin Upton. A super talented 27 year old playing in the second half of a contract year is a valuable commodity to have and dangerous one to lose.

The Padres could get hot and be justified to keep Upton. This would propel us into an offseason where the team will either make a real offer or something in the ball park to be able to say that they tried. It’s maddening to play the game of trying to interpret what the front office is thinking, but next year’s All Star Game is a real factor for the short term. San Diego doesn’t need five players in the game like they had in 1992, but they can’t just have one come in late in the game, slap a single, and be left on base.

AJ Preller made a bunch of moves last offseason, and the Padres named a plaza after Bud Selig. His successor, Rob Manfred, then awarded San Diego one of the great showcases in sports. The Padres can’t blow anything up, but they can get out of overpaying Justin Upton while getting some value in return if the team stumbles out of the gate in the second half. If Wil Myers returns before the deadline and plays well the Padres will be able to move Upton and maintain the ability to say to the fans that they’re still trying this year. The chances of the Padres having a winning record by the deadline are small. It would have to be a sea change transformation from what they were going into the break. For Preller, Wil Myers is the key to saving “his” outfield. This is the phase of the team that he made the biggest splash. Matt Kemp has been disappointing, Justin could leave, and Melvin Upton’s corpse has been seen in the field far too often with the absence of Myers. If Wil can be the stud he was sold to be, that will push Melvin down the bench behind Will Venable, who to his credit, has been the most consistent outfielder on the roster.

There has been talk recently about a fire sale. Some fans think we should blow this thing up and try again. People forget what the last real fire sale was. The Padres stacked their team with tremendous talent and had a huge representation of Padres players in the last All Star Game San Diego hosted. After that game, they essentially stripped the team down to Tony and a bunch of scrubs. This go around is different. The people of San Diego built Petco Park on the premise that the new stadium would allow the Padres to put a competitive product on the field and be able to host the All Star Game with a healthy amount of players representing the team. Preller made his splash and the game is ours. He now has to navigate through constructing the proper message to the fans. I’m choosing to believe that the Padres will improve in the second half and make Preller’s job more complicated. I’m still holding on to the mad genius mystique that he is still several moves ahead and thrives under scenarios that call for complex decision making. I don’t have a choice. I root for a team that actively promotes faith as a viable way to consume baseball. Tell me what I want to hear. Show me what I need to see. The deadline will come and pass, but this winter won’t be the same as the last one.

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TKF Podcast #11: Molly Knight & Brady Phelps

This week Dallas is joined by Brady Phelps from Lobshots.com as they both interview Molly Knight about her new book “The Best Team Money Can Buy: The Dodgers Wild Struggle to Build A Baseball Powerhouse”. They talk about Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez, and way too much about Zack Greinke. Molly brings some of her behind-the-scenes knowledge and storytelling to the podcast, with fantastic insight on where both the Dodgers and Padres might be headed this season. This is a must listen for Baseball fans.

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The Kept Faith’s Podcast: Ep. 10

The guys breakdown the sadness that is the All-Star Game – when you’re a Padres fan. They also wonder if Melvin makes Justin bad at Baseball. The guys also discuss Antonio Gates and his future, how steroids have always been used in football, and do San Diegans really want the Comic Con over the Chargers?

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Padres Canon: Ozzie Smith

My friend Nick Burmeister AKA @padreshaiku and I started talking about the Padres Canon, what that means, and what/who should be included throughout Padres history. We want to continue the conversation over the rest of the season. The criteria (which you will see is still being worked out) is mainly based on merit, service time and overall Padresness.

This idea was completely ripped off by the popular podcast The Canon on the Wolfpop network. They talk about what films should be entered into the Canon. We are attempting to do this with the team we love. Please join in with the discussion!!! #PadresCanon

NICHOLAS BURMEISTER Monday 4:31pm

Dear Mr. McCann,

Is Ozzie Smith in the Padres Canon?

As a player, no. Not enough time here is the simple answer. Plus, when most people think of Wiz they think of him as a Cardinal. He is certainly Cardinals canon. I would argue though that Ozzie is Padres canon not for being a SS, but for his trade and the precedent that set for the next few decades.

NICK MCCANN Monday 8:43pm

Dear Mr. Haiku,

Look, Ozzie Smith has the most iconic defensive play in Padres history and that should matter. I just struggle with putting him because he is a reminder of what didn’t happen for us. I understand picking players that have significant departures, but the replacement the Padres got in Gary Templeton was hardly a scrub.

Ozzie is indisputably a Cardinal. Besides “The Play”, there isn’t a significant post season moment here. He had tons over the bulk of his career in St. Louis.

So the question becomes, can you be in the Canon for more than one team?

NICHOLAS BURMEISTER Tuesday 11:54am

I think you can be canon for two teams. For example Babe Ruth is canon for the Yankees obviously, I’d argue he’s also canon for the red socks [I always spell it like this] not only for being a great pitcher and hitter for Boston, but also because that trade defined the red socks for generations. The Templeton/Smith trade did the same for SD. Don’t get me wrong I like Garry Templeton, a lot, he’s our best SS ever, but he’s no Wiz.

I’d argue for a canon that includes more than players. Jerry Colman, Jack Murphy stadium, big trades/signings, Kevin Towers’ Tommy Bahama shirts, color schemes, bench clearing brawls etc.

NICK MCCANN Tuesday 3:25pm

I agree that you can be canon for two teams. However, it has to be in cases that are a lot less lopsided than with Ozzie Smith. He is just a Cardinal. Now in a case like Steve Garvey, at least he had an iconic post season moment. Garv has the signature home run in Padres history and his number is retired. And lets be honest there is a generation of women in their 50s living in San Diego right who definitely think Steve is Canon. Now sure, this is ammo for Dodgers fans. Those horrible human beings can always make fun of us for celebrating one of their guys. He is Dodgers canon and Padres canon, but I’m okay with that because he was more significant for the Padres than Ozzie was.

Full disclosure, I don’t really remember Ozzie being on the Padres. My own personal growth in understanding baseball history really took shape after he was already established as a Cardinal. I remember being blown away that San Diego had Smith and was confused as to how they could let him go.

I will concede that the trade is part of the canon along with other things that you listed. But the man, the wizard, the most electric defensive player of the 80s, is not.

P.S. Also Canon: Nevin’s dark disposition, Khalil’s confused stare, Matt Bush and his relationship with Portland bouncers…etc.

NICHOLAS BURMEISTER Wednesday 1:21pm

So I’m going to say no to Ozzie but yes to the trade. You?

NICK MCCANN Wednesday 3:28pm

Yes.

Let’s turn it over to the faithful readers. Is Ozzie Smith part of the Padres canon? Is the Ozzie/Tempy trade part of the Padre Canon? Help us out. This is the first attempt at making the hard decisions that matter for all of us. Be part of it!

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The Kept Faith’s Podcast: Ep. 9

The guys talk about Nick’s trip to Pittsburgh, a sports city with it’s crap together. The guys also talk about Pat Murphy’s “changes”, and bringing back the brown and gold.  They also think it may be time for Enberg to go, and try to figure out why San Diego keeps bowing down to the Chargers will. Follow @Nicholas_McCann, @Dallas_mc, and @sivart on twitter.

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