Gary Gygax and Spring Training TV Schedule

Gary Gygax died on Tuesday. Along with Bill James and the folks who created Intellivision, Gygax was an unwitting participant in my misspent youth. He probably also helped me survive said youth, but that’s another story.

Seriously, we had plenty of ways to waste time before this here Internet thing. My humblest thanks to Mr. Gygax for helping me realize that.

. . .

So, baseball. They’re playing games but I haven’t watched any, so I don’t have much to say. Thankfully that’s about to change. Here’s the Padres spring training TV schedule (times are PT, games on Channel 4SD):

  • Sun, Mar 9 vs White Sox, 1:05 p.m.
  • Mon, Mar 10 vs Rangers, 7:05 p.m.
  • Fri, Mar 14 vs Dodgers (in China), 10:05 p.m.
  • Sat, Mar 15 vs Dodgers (in China), 10:05 p.m.
  • Tue, Mar 25 vs Royals, 7:05 p.m.
  • Fri, Mar 28 vs Angels (at Petco Park), 7:05 p.m.

We’ll fire up our first IGD of the year on Sunday, see if it still works. I’ll be at the game, which reminds me…

I’m heading to Peoria on Thursday. I’ve talked to some of you already, but if I haven’t and you’re planning to be there over the weekend, drop me a line so we can make plans or whatever.

Will I have copies of the book? Not likely. I know, I totally suck. They’re en route — somewhere in Illinois at last check. Worst case, I’ll have my copy that we can pass around like a cheap… er, we can pass it around and then I’ll make sure to get yours to you when we’re back in San Diego.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need some elixir of waking…

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26 Responses »

  1. I got my copy of the DS 08 annual yesterday; thank you sir!

  2. I got my hard copy yesterday as well. :)

  3. I received my copy yesterday and read it cover to cover. Great job on it this year!

  4. There’s an online diary by Padres minor leaguer Dirk Hayhurt up on Baseball America. He calls it the “Non Prospect Diary.” It’s a pretty good read.

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/prospect-diary/2008/265716.html

  5. Randy Wolf didn’t make it out of the first inning again. He was actually worse in this start, giving up 4 runs (3 last time). I’m not too worried about it since he is coming off an injury, but if he can’t pitch this season the Padres are in trouble. Looking at the contract that Boras client Corey Patterson signed, I wonder if the asking price of Kyle Lohse has come down? Again, as I’ve said before, he seems to be a perfect pitcher to sign to a one year deal — he’s just turned 29 so he’s in his prime, he’s a flyball pitcher, and he’s looking for a long term big deal (where better to build you value then in Petco?)

    Also, did you see that Adrian Gonzalez’s brother Edgar is in camp? I brought him up a few days ago, wondering who he was. Now I know why he’s in camp.

  6. I still have my Monster Manuals AND my Fiend Folio. Unfortunately, I no longer have my Pitfall or Atlantis cartridges. I think that the Padres’ team speed can be summed up in just one D&D character: Black Pudding.

  7. Gygax…wow. That brings back memories. Somewhere, a Beholder weeps.

  8. Have received and read all of Ducksnorts Annual 08! Great job, Geoff. Will be taking my copy to Peoria when I go in two weeks. Will really help figure out all those prospects! Love watching those minor leaguers play.
    Another horrible outing for Wolf today. Good thing spring training means nothing. Hope he gets his control going soon. I am now really pulling for LeBlanc at #5 now.

  9. Kepp in mind that 2 seasons ago Chris Young had a terrible TERRIBLE spring training and once the season started he was pretty awesome. Wolf’s performance does send up a warning flag but it doesn’t mean all that much just yet. With that said I have been rooting for Leblanc all along. I think it would be great to get a young “home grown” player into the rotation with this years staff. If he is in the Padres long term plans (and it seems as though he is) Jake, CY, Maddux all would seem to be great guys for a young pitcher to come up with be around and model himself after professionally and personally.

  10. Quote from Wolf:

    “Spring Training is the height of my frustration every year,” said Wolf, who calls himself a slow starter. “Especially the first two weeks of Spring Training, I’m awful. I know I’ll get there. But the process of getting there is so frustrating. I hate going out there and not being sharp. It’s kind of embarrassing.”

  11. BP’s ranking of the minor league systems:

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=7204

    Pads are up from 29 to 12, but they feel Headley and Antonelli are likely to move up to the big club quickly and will be tough to replace.

  12. I’ve uploaded some videos from yesterday and today’s game to youtube … let’s start with a look at Kyle Blanks … not exciting as he draws ball 4 (it’s the best video I got of him) …

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52X3ei6N2wk

  13. Here’s a look at Blanks running the bases …

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw5LKnLfEqw

  14. From today’s game … McAnulty draws ball 4 …

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUfhihedj9U

  15. OK … finally a good one … Wil Venable hits one into the 5.5 hole …

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxyIdM3zwtw

  16. Here’s Chip Ambres smoking a line drive to RF … but right at the RF-er :-(

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__7sEO6dw28

  17. And finally, Vince Sinisi grounds out to end the game …

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlKsi8krxAM

    … the real tragedy of this is that Matt Antonelli was in the on-deck circle (which, after McAnulty’s AB was the main reason I had my camera out) …

  18. Here’s notes from today’s game …

    – Chase Headley was chased *all* over LF today … it seemed like every ball the A’s hit went to some odd part of LF … he botch’d his first ball in the first by taking a step back and then not being able to come in fast enough and it drop’d in front of him … later in 1st inning, he made a very fine catch running deep into LCF … then in 2nd a fly ball that he got to on the run glaced off his glove … but then again he redeemed a bit with a long running catch in the corner on the track in the 3rd … he had a couple more good plays and a couple more iffy plays … he had one chance to make a throw to the plate on a single to get a runner from 2nd, and it was not a good/strong throw, nor accurate (up LF line) … bleh … at the plate was nothing special … he did draw a walk, but ground out and line out to 2B in his 2nd and 3rd ABs …

    – Gerut with 2 good ABs, both hard hit balls

    – I’m liking EGonzalez … hit a nice HR today (is that an oxymoron? perhaps) … then got caught looking at strike 3, which was, for the 2nd time in 2 days, looked like a bad called strike …

    – Why did McDougal start at 2B? Anyone got any good ideas for how/why he’s getting playing time? Seems like a waste …

    – All our pitchers looked bad … Wolfe perhaps got a bit of a bum deal today as Headley’s misplay cost him an out and his final batter got a broken bat bloop hit … Estes as not good looking … but then again, Heath Bell got hit hard also … I guess Bass’ inning was OK, but he was bailed by a running blunder by Bowen (to get doubled off 1st base on a fly out to LF) …

  19. I can’t resist the temptation of pointing out Adam Bass’ scoreless inning today…

  20. 18 – how did Bass look though, overall? Does he throw strikes? Anything out of the norm?

  21. 20 – I’d say nothing out of the norm … he’s a decent size’d kid … the first hitter today hit a long line drive to LF which Chase misjudged a bit but did catch up and made the play on … then the next hitter (Rob Bowen) hit a ground ball thru the 5.5 hole … then the next batter hit a fly ball to LF which Chase made a good catch on, and then I lower my attention to my scorebook, but it’s my understanding that Chanse threw the ball into SS who then fired to first and caught Rob Bowen still lolly-gagging back into first base for the 3rd out … so Bass only face 3 hitters and retired just 2 of them, and both of them got good wood on the ball … so … now that I rethink thru the details, I’d say he did not have a good inning … these were the hitters in the 7/8/9 spots in the order …

    I don’t remember details of pitch counts or strike/ball counts … just a general impression that he physically looked good and looked like he threw good … which just means that I understand how/why the Padres are giving him a look-see …

  22. 18 … also must note that Myrow got 2 ABs today and hit the ball hard both times … a liner to RF for a single in the 7th and broken bat ground ball up the middle for a single in the 9th (which was followed by a good AB by McAnulty, who worked the count full before taking ball 4) …

  23. All of those games on Channel 4?

  24. 12/13 … there’s a pic of Kyle Blanks that shows, uh, a *different* side of him … http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080304&content_id=2405741&vkey=spt2008news&fext=.jsp&c_id=sd … you’ve been warned :-)

  25. Thanks for the videos, LM. Even a 10 second clip of these guys is cool to see.

  26. #23: Yes, Channel 4. I’ve added that. Thanks!