We had a great time at the Baseball Prospectus event Friday night. Big thanks to Dave Pease and Joe Sheehan for organizing, the Padres for hosting, and of course Paul DePodesta for being incredibly generous with his time. I’m sworn under threat of Very Nasty Things, Indeed (TM) not to repeat what was said, but I think it’s safe to note that DePo referenced Schopenhauer, Thomas Paine, and Malcolm Gladwell in his talk. He also answered all of our questions with patience, thoughtfulness, and as much candor as his position permits.
Several Ducksnorters made it out to the event, which pleased me much. I sat at a table with long-time readers Didi, LynchMob, and Anthony. Also appearing were KRS1, Oside Jon, Ben B., and the incomparable Lance Richardson, who led Didi, KRS1, and me to Donovan’s after the game (a win, no less!), where we stayed till closing. If you’ve ever hung with Lance, you know what I’m talking about; if you haven’t, you’re missing out on a good time. Too bad for you.
I could tell you what we wore and what we ate, but really, do I look like Burl Stiff to you?
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Greg Maddux gets the start Saturday night. He was, of course, on the Braves squad that the Padres beat to reach the World Series in ’98. The Pads will be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their last World Series appearance before the game. Several players from that team are scheduled to appear, including Kevin Brown. Here’s hoping he is remembered a little more kindly for his efforts on behalf of the club than he has been in previous returns to San Diego.