I had hoped to have this up much earlier, seeing as I had the day off. Unfortunately I was informed by the missus we were table shopping today. Which lasted from 0930-1600. So much for that.
In the interim some dude using Axiom as his handle did a post for Gaslamp Ball which, well, is a real good summary of the nights events. You can read it here. There are some minor errors, but seeing as the guy did that post from memory let's not quibble. Well done, sir.
So instead, let me inundate you with photos and a couple of stories.
|Jerry Coleman still looks awesome, doesn't he?|
|Jed Hoyer at the microphone. Good seats, but no zoom on the ol' iPhone.|
|say 'Cheese' REAL LOUD!!!|
As an aside, I would hope the Padres hired a professional photographer for this memento. Mr Photo-expert-guy - you do realize a flash at that distance is completely useless, right? Unless you're trying to illuminate the bannister of the aisle just below you to get a good picture of it, that flash had absolutely no effect on the quality of the photo you shot. Just sayin'.
Here are some more shots from the OF grass during the photo shoot.
|Padre season ticket holders preparing for close order drill.|
|You can see the blue 'SD' rope, and yellow border rope, clearly.|
|Here's a better look at the design in center field|
|Tom Garfinkel, answering questions with panache|
Needless to say this made my wife's night.
I did have a chance to ask Jed Hoyer a quick question about Cory Luebke. Luebke is making his major league debut in a tough spot, with the Padres trying to break out of a 7-game losing streak. I asked Hoyer if he had any hesitation about starting Luebke tonight. He said they had planned 3 Sept as the kid's debut for a while, and didn't want to pull the kid last minute and mess up his preparation, an unnecessary emotional let down, etc. They also didn't want to give the appearance they were anxious or panicking, which is how that move would most likely be interpreted. This is a bit of a paraphrase, but I did get the impression the front office had discussed that question, and were satisfied they were on the right course of action for Luebke and the Padres.
He then told me it was a good question and thanks for asking it. Which needless to say made my night.