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Monday, February 27, 2017

This is not a metaphor: San Diego Padres’ Petco Park is underwater

Here’s the Padres’ official explanation, courtesy of FOX 5:
San Diego Padres spokeswoman Shana Wilson told FOX 5 an amount of rain had fallen so quickly the drainage was slow to keep up. Field crews do not anticipate any damage from the standing water.

The Padres also noted there was not grass on the field because of a recently hosted monster-truck rally. Presumably, Petco will be in better shape come April 7. That’s when the Padres will host the San Francisco Giants to kick off their home slate.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 27, 2017 at 10:14 PM | 59 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: February 27, 2017 at 10:23 PM (#5409755)
How can there not be substantial damage from that much standing water?
   2. perros Posted: February 27, 2017 at 10:29 PM (#5409757)
Time for another monster truck rally!
   3. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: February 27, 2017 at 10:49 PM (#5409765)
So the Padre groundskeeper is going to be rather busy rebuilding the field.
   4. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: February 27, 2017 at 10:59 PM (#5409767)
How TF do they hold a monster truck rally at the baseball stadium 1 month before the season starts, when there is an empty and obsolete NFL stadium they could use?
   5. Nasty Nate Posted: February 27, 2017 at 11:07 PM (#5409768)
This is a perfect representation of their miserable depth chart.

This is probably the high water mark of their system.

If they traded for Jesus Aguilar, he would improve his walk rate.

Etc
   6. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: February 27, 2017 at 11:24 PM (#5409771)
It's weird hearing about all these floods in California. It would have been nice if all this rain could have been distributed more evenly over the past 4 years.
   7. Cargo Cultist Posted: February 28, 2017 at 12:00 AM (#5409780)
How TF do they hold a monster truck rally at the baseball stadium 1 month before the season starts, when there is an empty and obsolete NFL stadium they could use?


Easy: they are both greedy and really stupid.
   8. John DiFool2 Posted: February 28, 2017 at 06:28 AM (#5409810)
Time for another monster truck rally!


Or some powerboat races...
   9. RickG Posted: February 28, 2017 at 08:40 AM (#5409827)
The field will be fine. I saw this happen once, at Waterloo Riverfront Stadium, in 2004. Terrible storm flooded the dugouts (guys were swimming laps) and the field. They pumped out the water and played a delayed doubleheader the next day.

Of course...that was a Northern Iowa game. 5 years later Northern Iowa dropped baseball. So maybe the Padre organization needs to watch out.

Riverfront Stadium was a dilapidated hole before the rain...but it's still standing!
   10. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 28, 2017 at 08:46 AM (#5409830)
So the Padre groundskeeper is going to be rather busy rebuilding the field.

I don't think it will be that big a deal. Most northern ballparks don't have any live grass on the field right now.

Grass grows quickly. And they can alway bring in sod.
   11. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 28, 2017 at 09:07 AM (#5409834)
Back in the 19th century, the Pirates played a game on a flooded field. Waist-deep at the deepest point in center field. Ground rules for the day were that anything hit in front of an outfielder was a single, and anything hit to the gaps was a double.
   12. GGC Posted: February 28, 2017 at 09:25 AM (#5409846)
On this site, you see strawmen attacked vigor and fury. But (and I know that this is going to probably start some sort of ridiculous debate), this is probably about as ridiculous as they get:

Eh, I can't finish this parody. Someone else will have to find a good climate change quote.
   13. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: February 28, 2017 at 10:01 AM (#5409861)
And they can alway bring in sod.


I've always wondered about that. I hear all the time "They re-sodded 2 days ago" at a football game. Doesn't it take sod a while to root properly? Why don't we ever see squares of sod flying every which way as 22 very large men run every which way on it?
   14. Rally Posted: February 28, 2017 at 10:11 AM (#5409866)
What a great opportunity to stage naval battles for the amusement of the crowd.
   15. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: February 28, 2017 at 10:28 AM (#5409876)
Back in the 19th century, the Pirates played a game on a flooded field. Waist-deep at the deepest point in center field. Ground rules for the day were that anything hit in front of an outfielder was a single, and anything hit to the gaps was a double.


I always like these old stories of playing conditions. I'm reading a book about Addie Joss and there was one game they won because the superintendent of an apartment building next to the stadium turned on the coal fire and suddenly there was so much smoke that Sam Crawford couldn't see anything and left a fly ball drop.

This is apart from the constant instances of crowds sitting in the outfield so practically every hit was a ground rule double, and train crashes that probably led to Joss having a perforated lung or something because he was hospitalized a few days later with mysterious flu-like symptoms, and players committing suicide because they were in debt to gamblers and had helped gangsters steal the team payroll, etc.
   16. Zonk is a Doppleclapper Posted: February 28, 2017 at 10:31 AM (#5409880)
Kurt Bevacqua-man is buoyant, floating, and ready!
   17. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 28, 2017 at 10:37 AM (#5409883)
Somehow I doubt the attendees will interpret this as God expressing His opinion of monster truck rallies.
   18. Zonk is a Doppleclapper Posted: February 28, 2017 at 10:44 AM (#5409890)
Padres announce radical roster moves.... still looking for a quality 1B...

C Steve Lake
2B Kurt Bevacqua
SS Craig Shipley
3B Wade Boggs
OF Curt Flood
OF Tim Raines
OF Mickey Rivers
SP Chuck Rainey
SP Mike Leake
SP Steve Trout
RP Steve Rain
UT Junior Lake
OF Kevin Bass
   19. Bote Man the walk-off king Posted: February 28, 2017 at 10:49 AM (#5409900)
Lew Wolff could not be reached for comment.
   20. Bote Man the walk-off king Posted: February 28, 2017 at 10:51 AM (#5409901)
#18 - 1B Mike Carp.
   21. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 28, 2017 at 10:53 AM (#5409903)
Backup catcher Tim Laker played 4 games at 1B. Also Mike Lago or Rod Canew.
   22. Zonk is a Doppleclapper Posted: February 28, 2017 at 11:01 AM (#5409910)
How did I forget Carp?

The beginnings of the list were easy to come up with since, prior to last year -- the Cubs tended to field decidedly watered down teams (the two Lakes, Rainey, Trout, and Rain immediately popped into my head).
   23. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: February 28, 2017 at 11:05 AM (#5409912)
1B - Randy Bass or Mike A. Marsh-all
RP - Mike G. Marsh-all
   24. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 28, 2017 at 11:06 AM (#5409914)
Chris Waters should be on the pitching staff somewhere, too.
   25. SoSH U at work Posted: February 28, 2017 at 11:22 AM (#5409926)
I've always wondered about that. I hear all the time "They re-sodded 2 days ago" at a football game. Doesn't it take sod a while to root properly? Why don't we ever see squares of sod flying every which way as 22 very large men run every which way on it?


The Bears have had sod problems in the past.

   26. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: February 28, 2017 at 11:32 AM (#5409936)
They should get Seal to sing the opening day anthem.
   27. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 28, 2017 at 11:35 AM (#5409941)
Just please don't have Phish do God Bless America. That takes long enough already.
   28. A triple short of the cycle Posted: February 28, 2017 at 11:38 AM (#5409946)
Good thing the A's didn't move to San Jose.
   29. Zonk is a Doppleclapper Posted: February 28, 2017 at 11:54 AM (#5409962)
The Bears have had sod problems in the past.


Yeah, but I hear they're willing to basically just give away that sod Cutler...
   30. geonose Posted: February 28, 2017 at 11:55 AM (#5409963)
Don't they have to have the field in shape well before the April 7 home opener? The WBC will be there in a couple of weeks.
   31. Stormy JE Posted: February 28, 2017 at 12:14 PM (#5409993)
They're still shitty.
   32. GGC Posted: February 28, 2017 at 12:26 PM (#5410018)
P Don Drydock
C Carlton Fish
1B Gill Hodges
2B Frankie Fish
3B Ken Calimari
SS Luis Aquaricio
LF Willie Starfish
CF Curt Flood
RF Tim Salmon
   33. Bote Man the walk-off king Posted: February 28, 2017 at 12:39 PM (#5410038)
It's not just the field proper. What about mud and debris clogging the drains in the dugouts? The lowest spectator seats might be full of gunk that needs to be washed out. There could be secondary problems that don't appear right away.
   34. QLE Posted: February 28, 2017 at 12:43 PM (#5410041)
Just please don't have Phish do God Bless America. That takes long enough already.


On the bright side, if it hasn't dried up by opening day, it will have by the time they finish with the national anthem.
   35. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 28, 2017 at 12:54 PM (#5410051)
There's really only one choice here for the pregame concert: Chicago's own Underwater People.
   36. JAHV Posted: February 28, 2017 at 01:17 PM (#5410071)
Doug Creek as another relief pitcher. It's a stretch, but Chuck Finley could also work on the pitching staff.
   37. csi: bedford falls Posted: February 28, 2017 at 01:24 PM (#5410081)
Friars sign Tekulve, just in case
   38. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 28, 2017 at 01:28 PM (#5410090)
Friars sign Tekulve, just in case

Nice.
   39. Ziggy's screen name Posted: February 28, 2017 at 01:44 PM (#5410109)
No Storm Davis sighting?
   40. vortex of dissipation Posted: February 28, 2017 at 02:43 PM (#5410181)
Crosley Field flooded in 1937. Here's a picture of pitcher Lee Grissom and groundskeeper Matty Schwab in a rowboat. I think he's over where the pitcher's mound is.
   41. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: February 28, 2017 at 03:07 PM (#5410213)
MGR Jimmy Dykes
   42. Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: February 28, 2017 at 05:08 PM (#5410353)
The article was updated. The water drained and the sod is being laid down. There is a new photo in the link.
   43. Bote Man the walk-off king Posted: February 28, 2017 at 05:53 PM (#5410407)
Party pooper!!
   44. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: February 28, 2017 at 06:03 PM (#5410412)
No Storm Davis sighting?

We should be thankful the park wasn't hit by Hurricane Bob Hazle.
   45. Darren Posted: February 28, 2017 at 06:30 PM (#5410426)
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   46. Walt Davis Posted: February 28, 2017 at 06:43 PM (#5410432)
I remember a Durham Bulls game (old stadium surely) where the left-field corner was still underwater and they had orange cones set up around it. I think it was a ground-rule double if you got it into the flooded area (nobody did that I recall).

C'mon, Mudcat Grant and Catfish Hunter have to be on that team.

EDIT: Also Hippo Vaughns spend time underwater. Apparently Bill Hands was nicknamed Froggy. Also do any of the froggy "eau" names relate to water?

EDIT2: Maybe we need a water vs. fish/ambi battle. Or earth/water/air teams.
   47. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: February 28, 2017 at 06:50 PM (#5410435)
Jose Paniagua? (Joe Breadnwater?)
   48. cardsfanboy Posted: February 28, 2017 at 07:34 PM (#5410457)
I know I'm showing my stupidity, but I don't get this one?

Friars sign Tekulve, just in case


It feels like something I should get, but it's just outside of my range apparently. Maybe it's because I always read that word as the pitcher and never assigned a homonym to it.

edit: also think people calling me stupid and explaining it to me, could help this reach 5,000 posts...
   49. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 28, 2017 at 07:40 PM (#5410458)
Tekulve pitched with an underhand delivery, so he was a "submariner".
   50. Omineca Greg Posted: February 28, 2017 at 08:42 PM (#5410484)
Tekulve pitched with an underhand delivery, so he was a "submariner".


You think so? I didn't think it was something so readily apparent like that.

"Tekulve" is believed to be a derivation of "Tehülwe", which in Norddeutsche means "at the swamp puddle." Don't believe me? You could look it up.

And if it's not that, it's probably a reference to the time Kent spent playing for the Pirates' 1971 Eastern League team. Here's a raincheck. I know, I would have gone with Dick Sharon too, tried to work in some sort of polyamorous reference, but not everybody is comfortable working blue.

Or it could be because he shared the record for games saved in a World Series until it was broken by John Wetteland.

But "submariner"?

And yes, I am back from Havana, thanks for asking me how my trip was.
   51. vortex of dissipation Posted: February 28, 2017 at 09:10 PM (#5410498)
Tekulve pitched with an underhand delivery, so he was a "submariner".


I thought "submariner" referred to something rated seventh or lower?
   52. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: February 28, 2017 at 09:13 PM (#5410501)
I thought it referred to Namor, the mutant king of Atlantis. In this case, oddly relevant.
   53. Howie Menckel Posted: February 28, 2017 at 09:24 PM (#5410505)
I thought it referred to Namor,

Garciaparra!
   54. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: February 28, 2017 at 09:54 PM (#5410519)
Wait, Garciaparra should have saved more than two women from drowning if that's the case. He should be saving people every day.
   55. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: February 28, 2017 at 10:06 PM (#5410528)
And yes, I am back from Havana, thanks for asking me how my trip was.


How was the trip? Did you get to see Fidel Castro's grave?
   56. RMc Has Bizarre Ideas to Fix Baseball Posted: March 01, 2017 at 03:56 PM (#5410968)
C Steve Lake
2B Kurt Bevacqua
SS Craig Shipley
3B Wade Boggs
OF Curt Flood
OF Tim Raines
OF Mickey Rivers
SP Chuck Rainey
SP Mike Leake
SP Steve Trout
RP Steve Rain
UT Junior Lake
OF Kevin Bass


I don't forecast a pennant from these guys...so send 'em to the showers.
   57. GGC Posted: March 01, 2017 at 04:40 PM (#5411028)
I thought "submariner" referred to something rated seventh or lower?


Moist excellent.
   58. Omineca Greg Posted: March 01, 2017 at 06:51 PM (#5411109)
How was the trip?


It was excellent.

Everyday we went up and down seven stories in a Soviet elevator. I wondered how often the Щербинский лифтостроительный завод came out to service the lift. I guessed not often, and then I got scared. But not scared enough to walk up seven flights of stairs in the sweltering Havana humidity.

We met a rockero in the Submarino Amarillo. He was drinking piss warm Cristals that he had brought himself in a plastic bag, so I bought him ice cold mojitos and we spoke of music, life and love. He was sure that Cubans all loved metal, but they just hadn't had a chance to hear it yet. My son and him sang Judas Priest riffs to each other. But he knew every word in every song in every genre; it turned out the rockero and I were exactly the same age, only 2 days different, he knocked on the DJ's window and got him to spin Ohh La La. When we sang, "They come on strong and it ain't too long, Before they make you feel a man, But love is blind and you soon will find, You're just a boy again...", we both meant every word.

When the money got low I fried chorizo and boiled plantains.

We saw Che's beret and Fidel's typewriter.

We dodged rogue waves on the Malecón, even going to the darkest places, where in the moonshadows of the ramparts, lovers made promises and held each other tight as the midnight breakers crashed against the masonry, and nobody could say which tempest was the greater.

We were approached by a hundred jinetaras. My son asked, "That's creepy! We look just like each other, how many family vacations involve picking up father and son hookers?"..."Don't forget," I said, "lots of French people come here."

We rode in a pistachio '56 Buick Roadmaster, driven by a man 30 years younger than his car.

We rode in a '75 Lada, driven by a man 30 years older than his car.

We saw the place where Hemingway drank too much and fell down. Probably.

We are at the panadería when the lunch truck came, and all the bakers came out all dressed in white, their shirts soaking through with sweat.

Víctor Manuel García Valdés. You know it's true.

We helped the Cuban Army eradicate Zika.

We saw the statue of Vladimir Lenin. But I can't listen to music too often. It affects your nerves, makes you want to say stupid, nice things, and stroke the heads of people who could create such beauty while living in this vile hell..

We saw the statue of John Lennon. Dirás que soy un soñador pero no soy el único.

Did you get to see Fidel Castro's grave?


No, Fidel's grave is in Santiago de Cuba, I didn't go there. His grave is next to the resting place of José Martí.

SI VES UN MONTE DE ESPUMAS... (Verso V)

Si ves un monte de espumas,
Es mi verso lo que ves,
Mi verso es un monte, y es
Un abanico de plumas.

Mi verso es como un puñal
Que por el puño echa flor:
Mi verso es un surtidor
Que da un agua de coral.

Mi verso es de un verde claro
Y de un carmín encendido:
Mi verso es un ciervo herido
Que busca en el monte amparo.

Mi verso al valiente agrada:
Mi verso, breve y sincero,
Es del vigor del acero
Conque se funde la espada.




If you've seen a mount of sea foam,
It is my verse you have seen:
My verse a mountain has been
And a feathered fan become.

My verse is like a dagger
At whose hilt a flower grows:
My verse is a fount which flows
With a sparkling coral water.

My verse is a gentle green
And also a flaming red:
My verse is a deer wounded
Seeking forest cover unseen.

My verse is brief and sincere,
And to the brave will appeal:
With all the strength of the steel
With which the sword will appear.

José Martí
   59. Stevis Posted: March 01, 2017 at 09:35 PM (#5411194)
What, no Noah Syndegaard?

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