It's Thursday and your San Diego Padres have an early game today (10:07 a.m. Pacific first pitch) as they wrap up a three-game road series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
So as you're getting your coffee and preparing to cheer on the Padres, let us serve you some of the latest news on the Friars.
San Diego Padres announcers once again rank high
That early start you're getting may include tuning in for Padres baseball and listening to the musings of Don Orsillo and Mark Grant. The duo (along with Tony Gwynn Jr. and Mark Sweeney) was just named as the third-best announcing combination in Major League Baseball by Awful Announcing. The full list can be found here, with San Diego tumbling from the top ranking despite "their best score ever," according to AA.
Jumping ahead of San Diego this season were the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants. Coming in dead last? The Detroit Tigers crew.
Padres fans have always held their TV personalities in high regard and this year proved no different.
San Diego Padres: Did Joe Musgrove say the wrong thing?
There are some words that, when spoken, sound really good. However, later you realize that those words might have a different meaning when heard by different people. Such could have been the case with Padres starting pitcher Joe Musgrove when speaking to Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune.
In this article published on Wednesday, Musgrove talks to Acee about the upcoming trade deadline and the potential for the Padres to sell off some of their pieces, including fellow starter Blake Snell and closer Josh Hader.
“I don’t think many guys in here have thought a whole lot about whether we’re buying or selling,” Musgrove told Acee. “I feel like whether we buy or sell, we’re a really good team regardless. There’s certain guys that they aren’t going to sell. And even if we do sell off — the guys that are available, Blake (and) Hader, that are going to be (free agents) at the end of the year — we have a good team in here without those guys. Obviously, we’re not the same team without them, but we do have a good team. So I feel like that’s not as much of a concern, and we’re not really thinking about that. We’re thinking about winning games one at a time and just putting as many as we can together in a row.”
Some jumped at the words "we have a good team in here without those guys." While it's hard to argue with Musgrove that Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr., and plenty of others will remain on the roster and that team will be "good," but it's also hard to believe that team would be as good without Hader or Snell available.
What do you think? Should Musgrove have said that or was he speaking the truth?
Philadelphia Phillies fans still talking about the Juan Soto plane ride
Remember that Phillies media member who was trying so hard to get to the bottom of the reasoning behind Juan Soto sharing a plane ride back to Philadelphia with members of the Phillies after the All-Star break? As it turns out, it was no big deal, Phillies manager Rob Thomson told Audacy's SportsRadio 94 WIP in Philadelphia in this interview.
“When we went to (Seattle), we left from Miami and flew to (Seattle), we took two of the Miami players with us," Thomson said. "And it was something that we offered to the Miami people because we were taking a charter, we had our entire coaching staff and had Nick (Castellanos) and Craig Kimbrel. And so we just offered it up, thinking that other teams would do that for us if we had that opportunity. So we had the two Miami players, and probably, I don’t know, 10 or 15 of their family members on our charter. So we did the same thing coming back with the San Diego guys, figuring they were starting the second half here. So that was really all it was, it was just a courtesy that we threw out there to the other teams.”
Ah yes, the season of rumors were everything becomes a bigger deal than it should be, right?