San Diego Padres: Friar Flashback Freestyle

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What ever happened to some of the San Diego Padres‘ players that used to make us proud? I’m talking players like Quilvio Veras, Derrek Lee and Ben Davis, who we seem to never see around.

I’m sure you’ve seen Dave Winfield, but what about Matt Clement? Ask a Padres fan when is the last time they’ve seen Roberts, not Dave. I’m talking about the Roberts who was better known as Bip. I can’t do this rhyme blog, and not mention the times when the Padres had the crime-dog Fred McGriff. That’s back when at third-base was Gary Sheffield with Jerald Clark in left-field. That was before 1993, so the catcher at the time was Benito.

I remember when Greg Vaughn, Steve Finley and Tony Gwynn were the Padres’ starting outfield trio. In my opinion, there hasn’t been a better Padres’ outfield since. Those were the good old days back at Qualcomm when they had the palm trees behind the outfield fence. That’s no knock on Petco, home to Khalil Greene and Brian Giles before he was let go. I’m guessing Adrian Gonzalez made Padres fans forget all about Ryan Klesko.

Before the team wore the cammy’s and before the uniforms became blue and sandy, the Padres had a couple of Andy’s — Andy Benes and Andy Ashby. Speaking of uniforms — brown and orange — I loved when they used to wear it. Even though most of the new generation of Padres fans hate them, the brown and gold Taco Bell look also deserves some merit.

Speaking of Bell, when is the last time anyone has seen an ex-Padres player that went by the name of Derek? I still have memories of players like Wally Joyner, Jim Leyritz and Show — his first name was Eric. Even though Leyritz’s time in San Diego was just a pit-stop — that bat-flip of his I will forget not. I also can’t forget players like Joey Hamilton and Sterling Hitchcock.

Remember Mike Cameron who played center field, and played it well? That was before Milton Bradley, who last I heard was facing a stay in Jail. Speaking of Bradley; who remembers the game when he and the umpire had a spat and manager Bud Black was trying to hold him back, and in the midst of all of that, somehow Bradley tore his ACL?

Oh, I can’t forget about one of my favorite Padres pitchers. That would be none other than David Wells, or Mark Langston, along with the other Padres named Mark in that era. I’m talking Mark Grant, Mark Sweeney, as well as Mark Loretta. 1984, 1996, 1998, 2005 and 2006, a special shout-out to those rosters. On them I’m sure the late great Jerry Coleman hung the most stars, gave them the most oh doctors.

Mr. Coleman rest in peace.

The Padres’ organization has had some good moments, but also has had its share of grief. It was a sad day when Trevor Hoffman left, to say the least. Ask why? Because the team went from “Hells-Bells” to the only Bell they had was Heath.

It’s about time people start to recognize more of the Padres’ exes. I’m talking like Sean Burroughs who was sent to Tampa and Adam Eaton who was sent to Texas, and not just those from the 1998 team who the Padres recently honored and paraded around Petco Park in a Lexus.

We need to recognize Padres that played in different seasons, not only just that year. Before I go I can’t forget the Phil’s — I’m talking Phil Nevin and Plantier. Though I haven’t touched on them all, I just wanted to acknowledge some of the memorable players San Diego has had here.

Some of which who happen to be my favorite Padres in history, and some of which produced moments I can still picture vividly. If this brought a smile to the face of a Padres fan, trust me, it was done intentionally. Thank you all for joining me as I pay homage to some of my favorite Padres players and relive some of my favorite Padres memories.

Jason Cooper is a San Diego Padres writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter @mrjcpr or add him to your network on Google.

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  • Marcus

    Great piece! Big fan since ’92, when I was 8. You’re right, Vaughn/Finley/Gwynn is the best Padres outfield ever (and it’s not close).

    It makes me a little sad when I hear Padre fans that don’t know Andy Benes, Archi Cianfrocco, Chris Gomez, or Sterling Hitchcock. The saddest moment of my childhood was when Fred McGriff was traded to ATL, and the best was when the Padres won the NL West in ’96 by sweeping the Dodgers. Even though guys like Flannery, Gossage, Fingers, and Colbert were before my time, but if you don’t know the history, you’re doing yourself a disservice.

    • Jason Cooper

      Thanks Marcus, I really appreciate the read and feedback. Cianfrocco and Gomez are some great names to remember, definitely can’t forget about those two. I too felt your pain on the McGriff trade at the time!! With so many more moments and players in Padres history that could use some recognition, there may be a Friar Flashback Freestyle Part 2 coming.