The second half of the Padres 2017 season has started and the guys got together to take the temperature of where they’re at as fans, especially when it comes to the development of the rebuilding organization. Even though the Friars lost the series against Colorado, they’ve been playing well lately and the players are overachieving. Is this a positive that fans should be excited about, or is it dangerously jeopardizing the team’s chances of reloading with top level talent through the draft? They discuss the upcoming trade deadline and the chances of the team getting the haul they want for the players that are catching the eyes of the contending clubs. Then they call AJ Cassavell from mlb.com and talk about the pressure the team is under to come away with good prospects during this complicated period in the schedule, the future of Wil Myers and his contract, and the health of Austin Hedges. SPOILER ALERT: They close out the episode with some dragon chat and talk about the season seven premiere of Game of Thrones.
This week Nick is on vacation so we invite the hosts of Life's A Binge (lifesabinge.com) into the studio to talk about the Cubs, Padres, what it means to be a diehard fan, and how exhausting Cubs fans have always been. We also talk sports movies! The best of all time, the most underrated sports movies of all time and of course the most rewatchable sports movies of all time. We talk Goon, Major League and he merits of Denzel Washington's career. We look to twitter to get your thoughts and your favorites and finish it off by giving Nick a call while he watches the All-Star Game in Boston.
This week the guys weigh in on “The Rizzo Slide”, an unfortunate play that happened last week and tore a hole through every facet of media and fan attention surrounding the Padres. Last Monday, Austin Hedges was taken out by a collision at the plate in a dirty play by the Chicago Cubs First basemen (and former Padre) Anthony Rizzo and a week later fans are questioning the hardness of Padres second year manager Andy Green’s character because he didn’t retaliate with an equal level of baseball violence. Is this crazy? Sure, but there isn’t a whole lot else to talk about with the team in 2017. To help hash out the different sides of the controversy, the guys get soft with friend of the pod David Marver from gwynntelligence.com, who wrote a piece shortly after everything played out. They talk about whether or not the Green criticism is fair or if it even matters if he is or is not a traditional baseball tough guy. Then they look at the overall direction of the franchise and whether or not the tanking philosophy is being implemented correctly.
This week the guys dig into the Padres 2017 Draft. Bringing back an old segment, they each pick one of the new players and enter them into The Kept Faith Prospect Adoption Program #TKFPAP. There were a lot of high school kids picked this year, but the draft is always a crapshoot. Will AJ Preller’s scouting win out and provide waves of talent through this asset resource? It’s impossible to know right now, but that’s what faith is for! Then friend of the pod Chris Cantore from Yew! Media sits down for a fun chat about his career in radio, and his new podcast network venture. Chris explains his experience with his short lived night show on Mighty 1090 and talks about the importance of maintaining an authentic voice on the air.
The Kept Faith recorded their first live podcast in front of real human beings. At the Whistlestop Bar in South Bar, they had a fun panel including Steven Woods (Rock 105.3), Craig Elsten (Mighty 1090), and City Councilman Chris Cate. They talked about the Padres rebuild, the Gulls successful season, and the mess that looks like the end for SoccerCity. Then they went deeper into the overall pessimism that has washed over San Diego within the context of sports and tried to understand where it came from and how we can move away from it. It was a fun time had by all! TKF contributor Padres Haiku played hot jams and there were tons of laughs.
Special thanks to the Whistlestop for hosting the event and supporting other great projects in our community!
Darren Smith from the Mighty 1090 came down to hang out with the guys and talk about what it’s like covering sports in San Diego now that the Chargers are gone and there’s an all out war taking place to fill the void left behind. With the help of VOSD’s Andy Keatts, they talk about the City Council meeting that took place on Monday and what might be coming down the pike for Mayor Faulconer. Will his legacy be determined by what unfolds in the in the next few weeks? It’s hard to say how it will all play out, but we can all agree that it has very little to do with sports and more to do with the gridlock in our city government. Then they talk about the 2017 Padres and how the front office isn’t hiding the fact that they don’t expect this team to win and are just hoping to build for the future. Will ownership have the patience to stomach several more years of this? Time will tell, but at least it won’t involve a fight with a SDSU (that is, until Aztec Football moves into Petco and overstays their welcome).
Come on down to The Whistle Stop on South Park June 13th at 7:30pm for our first live podcast recording! We'll have special guests Steven Woods, Craig Elsten, and City Councilmember Chris Cate! Also DJ Padres Haiku!
San Diego’s most popular sport is fighting about stadiums. This week the guys unpack as many aspects of the SoccerCity vs SDSU mess as they can with friend of the pod Dike Anyiwo from SoccerNation.com and the Soccer Nation Podcast. They dig into the recent declarations by city council members David Alvarez and Chris Ward that they will not support a special election this November. What kind of blow does this mean for the future of MLS in San Diego? It could be devastating if the city delays the vote to 2018 and operates outside the crucial timetable the MLS has designated for expansion. Then they talk about SDSU’s confusing position in all of this. Was the university naive to think this would all work itself out and things would be fine when the Chargers left? It’s hard to believe this is shaping up to be another summer arguing about what the city should do with Mission Valley and the potential sports options that come with it. The guys also celebrate the Padres sweep of the World Champion Chicago Cubs, make fun of the rest of the country’s obsession with San Diego’s connection with the Will Ferrell film Anchorman, and share their thoughts on the Bryce Harper fight.
Come to our live pod at the Whistlestop June 13th!
This week the guys discuss the Petco Park in-game experience with Andy Keatts and Scott Lewis from VoiceofSanDiego.org. Last week the two co-hosts of the VOSD Podcast went to a game together and made certain choices that left one of them cold. Then they discuss the Padres’ $99 “5 Wins in June” deal that has some fans upset. Other organizations have a similar promotion, so are the Padres not handling it well, or are San Diego fans just using it as an excuse to spew vitriol on the Internet? Regardless, the Padres are the worst team in baseball and it’s shaping up to be a complicated summer. Goofy giveaways and some exciting young talent can only go so far to placate a fanbase that is growing tired of “rebuilding.” Later, the guys take a look at Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s legacy when it comes to sports, and the city as a whole. Could he have handled things differently to smooth over the now burgeoning SoccerCitySD vs SDSU blood war? Scott and Andy share their thoughts having covered his entire administration from beginning to end.
The Kept Faith is having its first Live Podcast at The Whistle Stop June 13th at 7:30pm! Be there!
Shawn Chatfield from the gaming website Mega 64 joins the guys this week to talk about his favorite baseball video games and what they’ve meant to him. As early YouTube sensations, Shawn and his friends have built a content empire (videos and podcast) in the gaming world, but he doesn’t usually get to talk about anything related to sports. The guys dig deep into the baseball video games that shaped their formative years and their appreciation for the game in real life. Then they look at the Padres season so far, after playing each division rival twice. Is this tanking season fun for everyone yet? It hasn’t been for Jered Weaver. From the highest levels of team management on down, all signs are indicating that the Weave Era will soon be undone. Lastly, they talk about Matt Bush returning to Petco for the first time as a player since being the most disastrous 1st overall draft pick in team history. The guys explore the feelings that his presence brings up and look at what might have been.
This week the guys sit down to celebrate the San Diego Gulls moving forward in the AHL playoffs with a win over the Ontario Reign. The hockey team that calls this city home doesn’t carry the same baggage that other local teams have and it’s time to get excited. Then they sit down with baseball writer Geoff Young (Baseball Prospectus, Duck Snorts, Crooked Scoreboard). They talk about the notable bright spots in the still young 2017 season for the Padres so far. Should Wil Myers, their best hitter, be slotted 2nd or 3rd in the batting order? They discuss the evolving opinions on the significance of batter order throughout baseball’s history, while agreeing that Myers still has room to mature as marquee offensive force for the franchise. Then they look at what’s exciting about watching Manuel Margot's maturation process, and the mystery that is Ryan Schimpf. What is Travis Jankowski's role moving forward with the organization's overall plan? The guys breakdown all the outfield options the Padres have in front of them and try to find comparable players of the past. Then Geoff answers Twitter questions about writing, beer, and Alexi Amarista. Finally, they close with an update on Nick and Geoff's love affair with Richard Linklater's possible masterpiece, the 2016 film Everybody Wants Some!!!