Eight Years Strong

On Valentine's Day in 2005, a blog was born.

It has been eight years to the day since Dex, jbox, and Kev started a little Padres blog known as PFS76. Thousands of blog posts, memes, jalapeno handshakes, dream diaries, and disgruntled foulweather fans & BBFs later, Gaslamp Ball has become... I don't know quite how to describe it. A smorgasbord, if you will, of Padres fandom.

I've only been a member of SBN/GLB since near the end of the 2009 season when I was trying to look up info about the Pad Squad and fate (or Google... whichever) led me to this wondrous place full of weird and awesome Padres fans. But I'm proud to be part of such a rad community of Padres fans who keep me sane (if you can call it that), make every baseball season even better than it already is, and make me a better fan. You guys are all great.

Thanks to Dex and jbox for continuing to make Gaslamp Ball a fun and unique haven for Padres fans to gather and talk about our favorite team, and for letting me share my voice. I hope that this is just the 8th of MANY Gaslamp Ball anniversaries to come as the blog continues to grow, and I can't wait until the day when all us Gaslamp Ballers can celebrate a World Series together.

And now there's like a twig or a branch or something in my eye so since today is also the anniversary of my favorite band of all time, I'll leave you with this parting song.

"Gaslamp Ball Memories" (sung to the tune of Weezer's "Memories")

Bloggin' 'bout baseball pants and One-On-One with Flan
Padres Fans Since '76 is where it all began
Watching Padres players act in movies and TV
Little did they know they'd one day form this blog, GLB

Memories make me want to go back there, back there
All the memories make me want to go back there, back there
All the memories, how can we make it back there, back there?
We'll never forget you, Kev!

Bloggers, not journalists, who try to keep the faith
If you're wondering how many years they've been here, this is their 8th
Some think they don't know what they are doing half of the time
But Dex and jbox know that loving the Padres is no crime

Memories make me want to go back there, back there
All the memories make me want to go back there, back there
All the memories, how can we make it back there, back there?
Eight years of blogging the Pads!

Now that Spring Training's here, there's much to look out for
You never know when a sea lion will wash up on a grassy shore
Soon we'll see new fences and the ballpark grass will then be mowed
Padres get their groove on and Gaslamp Ballers won't be bored

Memories make me want to go back there, back there
All the memories make me want to go back there, back there
All the memories, how can we make it back there, back there?
Jalapeno handshakes for all!

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