12:35 PM There are two days I take off every year. The second Tuesday of July and November 11. Got the basics of the Honey Do list done before noon. Then the festivities began with the mail delivery. 2016 Bowman Inception Manuel Margot autograph which makes 983 Padrographs. Also today came a book that I am looking forward to reading.
12:45 PM Eating my ASG lunch, Chili Cheese Dogs and watching a baseball movie, one I have never seen before, For Love of the Game with Kevin Costner and Kelly Preston.
1:53 PM, For Love of the Game is not really a baseball movie, but a love story with a little bit of baseball in it, but hey John C Reilly and JK Simmons are in it.
3:00 PM, that was a pretty good movie. The baseball was well done. You could really tell when it was made by the off field apparel. The only downer part was when Billy Chapel flashed back to the 1984 World Series against the Padres. I was going to watch another movie but there really isn't enough time. So I will just watch TV until the pregame show starts.
4:39 PM, the Pregame has started and so far not too impressed.
4:48 PM, introducing the lineups, Andy Green gives the NL an advantage? Knowing the park better than anyone. Lots of Dodger fans at the game. Big shout out for Fernando Rodney from the crowd. Colon gets a big pop too. Drew Pomeranz get huge pop. Stasburg, hometown kid gets a big pop.
4:52 PM, AL intro, Miggy gets lots of applause, Yankees get taller and taller,
4:54 PM, NL starters, Bring Back the Brown, Wil Myers get huge pop, but I like the Kids unis better.
4:57 PM, filling out the line with all the sailors. some players high cuffed, none of the kids are though Some of the players having great fun with the kids with them, especially Big Papi. Nice shiny gold pieces on Perez's catching gear
5:03 PM, national anthem, who is Rachel Patten? kids are self conscious when the camera gets in their face. She forgot the last two words, Play Ball! Nice flyover, another commercial.
5:08 PM, Dick Enberg celebrating Rod Carew and Tony Gwynn with new Batting Championship trophies. Crying while watching the tribute to Tony. The crowd chants Tony's name. Cool looking statues. Commisioner Manfred seemed to be moved also.
5:17 PM All Star Memories with the players. 34 first time all star, 27 players under 26,
Kevin Pickford pitched 16 games for the Padres in 2002. That is the extent of his major league career.
Wes Gardner pitched in 14 games for the Padres in 1991. He had previously played for the Mets and Red Sox. He finished his career in 1991 with three games for the Rockies.
Ron Taylor finished his major league career with 4 games in San Diego in 1972. He made his major league debut in 1962 with Cleveland and then played with the Cardinals, Astros and Mets before finishing with the Padres.
Donn Roach made his major league debut in 2014 with the Padres, pitching in 16 games. He then went on play with the Mets and is pitching in the Mariners system this year.
Carlos Villanueva is pitching for the Padres this year. He made his major league debut back in 2006 with the Brewers and before coming to San Diego also played with Toronto and the Cubs.
Adam Rosales, Adam signed as a free agent in January 2016. He has played in 54 games for the Padres this year. I sent this to Adam and it took about 2 months to come back. Jabari Blash, Jabari came to the Padres in a trade with the Oakland A's late last year. He played in 23 games earlier this year and is currently playing at AAA El Paso. I sent this to Jabari back on April 23 and got it back last week. Joe Vitiello, Joe played in 39 games for the Padres in 2000. I made this custom and got it signed through an autograph dealer.
With the arrival of these three Padrographs I have 977 unique Padrographs.
I already had Chris Rearick on a card, but now I have Cory Mazzoni also. Cory pitched in 8 games last year for the Padres and is pitching at AAA El Paso this year. Rudy Giron was signed by the Padres in 2014 and is currently playing at AA Ft Wayne. Aaron Northcraft was drafted by the Braves in 2009 and joined the Padres organization last year and is currently pitching at El Paso. Drew Pomeranz came to the Padres last year and is one of the bright spots in this Padres dismal season. Don Wengert pitched in 10 games for the Padres in 1998. Craig Colbert was the Padres bench coach in 2007 and 2008. Dan Radison was a coach for the Padres in 1993 and 1994. Logan Allen is pitching at Ft. Wayne this year. I currently have 974 Padrographs.
Zach Eflin, was drafted by the Padres in 2012 and is now in the Phillies system. Chip Ambres, Chip played in 24 games for the Padres 2008. Justin Upton, Justin played in 150 games for the Padres last year and is currently with the Tigers. Trevor Megill, Trevor was drafted by the Padres in 2014. Eddie Rodriguez, Eddie is the first base coach for the Padres after two seasons as a minor league coordinator. James Shields, this is an upgrade card.
With the five cards I now have 966 different Padres signatures.
Found a couple of dealers who had just returned from spring training and picked up a few more current, former and future Padres. Brandon Morrow, pitched for the Padres last year and is expected back from shoulder surgery soon. Austin Allen, drafted by the Padres in 2015 and is currently catching at Ft. Wayne. Marc "Scrabble" Rzepczynski, pitched for the Padres in 2015 and then was traded to the A's. Alex Dickerson, played in a few games for the Padres in 2015 and is currently at AAA El Paso. Colin Rea, pitched last year for the Padres and is currently pitching for the Padres. Christian Bethancourt, came to the Padres in December 2015 and just hit a homerun for the Padres today.
I have cards in the mail for all of these guys put it has been over a month and they were fairly cheap on ebay.
I picked some more 1957 Padres and got some customs back. Bill Moran-Bill Moran played in San Diego in 1957 and 1959. He went on to have a 7 year MLB career. Bill Harrell-Bill Harrell played in San Diego in 1957 and would play in the majors for 4 seasons. Gary Bell-Gary Wiese played in San Diego in 1957 and 1958 and would play in the majors for 12 seasons. Earl Averill Jr.-Earl Averill Jr. played in San Diego in 1957 and 1958 and played in the majors for 7 seasons. Jim "Mudcat" Grant-the orginial Mudcat Grant pitched in San Diego in 1957 and then played for 14 years in the majors. Brian Dorsett-Brian played in 11 games for the Padres in 1991 in the middle of an 8 year major league career. Mandy Romero-Mandy played in 27 games in San Diego in 1997 and 1998 before playing in Boston and Colorado. Paul Doyle-Paul split 1970 between California and San Diego, starting 9 games for the Padres. Steve Rosenberg-Steve appeared in 10 games for the Padres in 1991 finishing his major league career after three seasons with the White Sox.
Rocky Gale, Rocky made his major league debut last year with the Padres. He was resigned by the Padres as a minor league free agent and invited to camp as a non roster free agent this year. I made this card and used the 1988 template because that was the year he was born. The card came back in about two weeks.
Andy Green is the Padres manager this year. I used the 1967 template because I knew that would be this years Heritage. I asked him to sign one card and keep the rest. He signed and returned them all. I have given all the extras away.
Tarrik Brock is the first base coach for the Padres this year. Same story as with Andy Green, sign one and keep the rest. But he signed them all.
These are a combination of customs that I got signed through an autograph dealer, a custom from Gavin at BCB that I got signed through the mail, and some through the mail big league request that came back quickly.
Bob Patterson, pitched in three games in September of 1985. One of my customs, that I got signed through a dealer.
Sam Perlozzo, played in two games in September of 1979, playing in his final major league game on my 22nd birthday. Another of my customs signed through the dealer.
Horace Clarke, played in 42 games for the Padres in 1974. He and Lowell Palmer were purchased from the Yankees in May of 1974. I don't know why Horace signed the card twice. Another of my customs, an upgrade from a previous custom.
Ken Reynolds, pitched in 19 games for the Padres in 1976. This is an upgrade of a previous custom I had done. I think I will keep the previous custom in the collection.
I have decided to add signatures from 1936-1968 Padres to my collection if I happen across them, maybe I can find a Pete Rose card with the Padres.
George "Catfish" Metkovich, appeared in 24 games for the Padres in 1957. This card and the other two PCL Padres were purchased from a dealer on ebay.
Dolan Nichols, pitched in 41 games for the PCL Padres in 1957. He also played for the Cubs and Portland in 1957.
Don Dillard played in 95 games for the Padres in 1959.
Matt Kemp is currently playing for the Padres. The 2015 & 16 took about a week and a half to come back from Peoria.
Melvin Upton, Jr. is also currently playing for the Padres, both of his cards also took about a week and a half to come back.
I currently have 941 different Padres cards signed.
My numbering is out of whack and I need to check it out.
George Stablein, this replaces his 81 Rookie card he shares with Craig Stimac and Tom Tellman.
Lowell Palmer, I found this color picture and made another 74 of Palmer with the Padres.
Jack Bloomfield and Phil Roof were coaches with the Padres.
I have looked for a Sandy Sr. card for my collection.
I now have somewhere north of 930 different signatures.
#929-Austin Smith was drafted in the second round of 2015.
#930-Jim McAndrew pitched in fifteen games for the Padres in 1974 and is the father of former major leaguer Jamie McAndrew
#931-Dennis Sommers was a coach for the Padres from 1988-1990
#932-Chuck Estrada was a coach for the Padres from 1978-1981
#922, Jack Maloof was a coach for the Padres in 1990.
#923,Mike Couchee pitched in 8 games for the Padres in 1983.
#924, Fred Kuhaulua pitched in 5 games for the Padres in 1981.
#924, Jacob Nix was drafted by the Padres in 2014.
#913, James Shields pitched in 33 games for the Padres last year and is scheduled to be in the rotation this year. Found this on ebay.
#914, Desi Relaford played in 45 games for the Padres in 2000. Didn't know I needed him til I know this on ebay.
#915, Lowell Palmer pitched in 22 games for the Padres in 1974.
#916, Jerry Moses played in 13 games for the Padres in 1975.
#917, Tony Castillo played in 5 games for the Padres in 1978.
#918, Jeff Francoeur played in 10 games for the Padres in 2014. I sent this to Jeff at Phillies spring training and got it back after the season.
#919, Danny Frisella pitched in 65 games for the Padres in 1975. Found this on ebay.
#920, Chris Rearick pitched in 5 games for the Padres in 2015.
#921, Dick Sharon played in 91 games for the Padres in 1975.