Let's talk about something not so heavy - promotional ineptitude

Lots of serious business talked about lately. Which is good. Serious things deserve serious thoughts and should be talked about. I'm a bit burned out though.

So yeah, we've discussed how the promo give-away schedule is terrible. It is. I don't know why the Padres don't care. If you don't have a good on-field product, why are you also torturing us with terrible give-aways?

Military Opening Day felt lackluster. Which is not to say I don't appreciate it. Nobody honors the military like the Padres....and truthfully the Padres could do even more. I'm trying to figure out what was missing. Mostly I guess it was just missing a giant flag on the field. There were also no flyovers or parachute-men...but that could have been a result of the weather.

The TV promos are so boring. They are all serious business with words like "honor", "loyalty", "hustle", and "teamwork" flying across the screen. They have the players just standing around looking serious all while dimly lighted in front of a dark background. A lighthearted commercial would work better. Show that it's fun to watch the team. Show that it's fun to be in the crowd and cheering along. Being serious only works if the team is winning. A fun lighthearted attitude goes quite a bit further with a losing team.

I bet you don't even know this year's's something like "It Takes A Team". Yawn.

Where are my free jack in the box tacos? I loved those things.

The pad squad seems inconsistent with their uniform. They all wear different stuff and/or they change it each game. I haven't quite put my finger on it. I had a pad squadder say hi to me and I was all confused as I didn't know she was a team employee. I figured she must have simply taken an interest in my rugged manly good looks; oh well.

They changed the Sunday breakfast at the park. It's a buffet now ($14). And mostly requires a reservation. I was able to get in without one, but I guess they had limited spots. The food isn't as good. It was a decent (ballpark) value for $14. It's not a bad setup, but I wish it was communicated to the fans that it changed.

Speaking of communication problems, I guess the meeting spot for the ballpark tours changed. I haven't been on one actually, but figured I'd give it a try. Bought tickets online for Sunday at 10:30. I think the website might have sold me a bum ticket. I waited by the Western Metals Building like it said, but nobody ever came. Got conflicting reports from staff (ticket window personnel, security at employee entrance, ticket takers as to if there actually was a tour that day and where it would meet. I need to call them up and get a refund. It was a mess.

I still hate the giant golf club. I still hate the ugly fox sports stage at the park.

Had a problem with some a-holes throwing peanuts. Tried to get some help from the nearby usher. Took 2 different conversations before she got security to come by. Security only said that they'd keep an eye out. The peanut throwing still continued for at least 1.5 more innings (I got frustrated and left).

You'd think they'd get their act together with this sort of stuff. This is the stuff that gets the casual fan interested in the losing team....

I think I'm done rambling now.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Gaslamp Ball community and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Gaslamp Ball managers or SB Nation.

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