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.
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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!!!
This week the guys talk about the current state of the Petco Park experience. With the team struggling, going Downtown to a game is still a fun time, but there are things that could be better. With guests Andy Keatts of Voice of San Diego (Orioles fan) and Nate Abaurrea from Soccer Nation (Giants fan), they examine the complexities of in-game stadium operations. Are the fun facts provided about the players on the jumbotron actually that fun? Is the jumbotron itself too big and distracting to enjoy the beauty of the game in front of the viewer? These all the important questions that need to be asked. Then they discuss the Padres’ use of Blink 182’s song “San Diego” from their recent album California. The team uses the song when they win, but the lyrics express deeper feelings about the city that might not be exactly celebratory in the way the Friars intend. The guys go deep on other songs used in this way from other markets and try to figure out what the Padres are trying to say with their choice. The one attraction that everyone can agree on is the beauty of rookie sensation catcher Austin Hedges. He has rebounded from his slow start to put up some exciting power numbers, all while maintaining his superb defense. In closing, they talk about the future of the Soccer City SD movement. Nate explains his experience working with youth club teams, the Sockers, the teams on the other side of the border that contribute to this market, and more. What role will SDSU play in the final decisions that the city has to make in November regarding bringing MLS to the city? Time will tell, but it’s looking like another summer of stadium talk headed our way.
This week the guys examine how many people still prefer to consume baseball on the radio. The Padres switched broadcasting stations this year, and co-host (and former on-air DJ) Dallas McLaughlin discusses his recent article on voiceofsandiego.org about the switch from Mighty 1090 to FM 94.9, the adjustment for fans, and the talent associated with the team. Later in the show, San Diego broadcasting legend Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton stops by to talk about the trajectory of the Padres organization and ownership’s ability to sell their product to the fan base. Then they discuss the huge hole the Chargers’ departure left in the community at every level, and Lee gives his thoughts on the Spanos family’s mistakes, the local sports media scrambling in the wake of the exit, and the future for the NFL in this city. From over the airwaves to on the field, the hosts also dig into their feelings on the current direction of the team. On Tuesday night the Padres allowed their starting shortstop Erick Aybar to come in and pitch. The game was a blowout and everything worked out, but was this a good look for a baseball team to project in April? Is being a weird team fun? Should fans “Embrace the Tank” and have fun with it? The guys explore these themes and their honest reactions to them while looking forward to what the future may or may not bring.
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Baseball is back and so far the Padres aren’t terrible. After ten games they have an even record with some legitimate bright spots. This week the guys sat down with The Mighty 1090’s John Gennaro and David Jay from Madfriars.com. to discuss the still-young season. There was plenty to talk about it! First they discuss San Diego’s relationship with former Padres manager Bud Black, who was fired almost two years ago and has reemerged as the head coach of the Colorado Rockies, an in-division semi-rival. Wil Myers hit for the 2nd cycle in Padres history and the guys talk about how this exciting event spawned vitriol towards Matt Kemp, the polarizing former Padres outfielder, who while in San Diego, hit for the franchise’s first cycle. Then they talked about the overall trajectory of the rebuilding Padres by looking at players of note in the minors with David Jay, who studies all levels of the team’s development system. Will the Padres be able to rebuild in a timely fashion to satisfy the fans, media, potential free agents or TKF co-host Dallas McLaughlin? It’s too early to tell. Regardless, everybody on this podcast agreed that CF Manuel Margot is fun enough for now. Let’s go Padres!
This week the guys sit down with Brady Phelps from Lobshots.com. They talk about the Raiders going to Vegas, the Padres upcoming season, and the beauty of the Lavar Ball Crying Jordan meme. Then they close The Kept Faith Baseball Film Series #TKFBFS with For The Love of The Game (1999).
This week the guys sit down with Andy Keatts from VOSD and Padres Jagoff from Gwynntelligence.com to discuss the past, present, and future of The Blashwagon (The party bus for Jabari Blash aka Blashheads). Then they talk about the Lake Elsinore Storm, WBC, San Diego Hall of Champions, and March Madness. Finally, they continue The Kept Faith Baseball Film Series #TKFBFS with a debate over the Rookie of The Year/Little Big League rivalry.