Two former Friars share July 20th as a birthday. Jim Lewis made 12 relief appearances for the 1991 Padres and Ray McDavid saw action in 20 games as an outfielder for the '94 and '95 teams. Both were "true" Padres in the sense that they spent their entire Major League careers with the team.
Jim Lewis pitched 13 innings spread over 12 games out of manager Greg Riddoch's bullpen in 1991. He debuted August 9th and last pitched October 5th of that year. He struggled with control, walking 11 batters in addition to allowing 14 hits. Lewis struck out 10 batters and managed to keep his ERA down to a surprisingly respectable 4.15. He turns 48 today.
Ray McDavid, much like Alex Pelaez, was born and raised in San Diego and suited up only for the Padres. Unlike Pelaez, McDavid didn't attend SDSU; he was drafted out of Clairemont High by the Padres in the 9th round of the '89 draft. He made it into 9 games with the '94 Padres, collecting a pair of RBI and his only extra base hit, a double, in 28 ABs. He came up for 11 more the next year and managed 3 singles in 17 ABs before riding off into the sunset. Today is his 41st birthday.
Writing this gave me an idea. Would you guys (and gals- when I say 'guys' I mean 'people') like to see this as a regular thing? It seems pretty doable; most days will have one or two while others will have zero or three, plus the birthday aspect lends itself to me doing about a month's worth of them in advance in one good coffee binge.
Would you like the recognition of Padres' birthdays, past and present, to become a regular feature?
Heck yeah! I'm so excited for the next 364 days! (42 votes)
Ugh, no. I'm not a fan of awesome stuff. (14 votes)
56 total votes