Annie Heilbrunn has been one of the most prominent voices and well-known faces in San Diego sports media for years. Today she announced that the Padres have [finally] hired her in an official capacity, which is long overdue but very well-deserved.
If you've watched/read/listened to any of Annie's work in the past (and if you're a Padres fan, there's no way you haven't), you're sure to be ecstatic about this news. I think Annie has to be one of the most universally liked sports journalists in San Diego. If you don't believe that, just do a quick Twitter search of "Annie Heilbrunn" right now and try to find a single negative response. I doubt you will.
As mentioned in her tweet, as well as in this tweet by Wayne Partello, Annie's role with the Padres is content producer, which is what she's been doing forever and how she's made herself one of the leading media personalities in San Diego. She's worked for NBC, Fox Sports San Diego, and the San Diego Union-Tribune* doing print, radio, TV, web - you name it, Annie's probably excelled at it. This is for real the best move the Padres made all offseason, and I couldn't be more excited to see what she has in store for us. Now the Padres just need to find a new home for Bob Scanlan...
So somehow @padres have hired me to do all the stuff you guys are used to me doing. Excited to bring you content! pic.twitter.com/LUUiFfHP2c— Annie Heilbrunn (@annieheilbrunn) February 11, 2016
Welcome to the team, @annieheilbrunn! pic.twitter.com/4y9APZQNzM— San Diego Padres (@Padres) February 11, 2016
@annieheilbrunn @padres Congrats, Annie!— Ben Higgins (@BenHigginsSD) February 11, 2016
@annieheilbrunn congrats!— jesse agler (@jesseagler) February 11, 2016
@annieheilbrunn Let me be the first to congratulate you on your new job with the @Padres.— Gaslamp Ball (@gaslampball) February 11, 2016
This is good. https://t.co/DvzfEE0J7E— Bob Glauber (@BobGlauber) February 11, 2016
@annieheilbrunn @Padres that's so great!! Congrats!!— Eric Stangel (@EricStangel) February 11, 2016
Just a fantastic hire! https://t.co/PbIxXCZB6t— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) February 11, 2016
@annieheilbrunn @Padres Easy on the ears, eyes and easy to call a friend! Congrats to the 1st Lady Of Sports in SD! Good work, Pads!— Mike Costa (@costa1360) February 11, 2016
@annieheilbrunn @Padres I love it when things happen that make total sense.— Bobby Cressey (@Bobbycressey) February 11, 2016
@annieheilbrunn I would say congrats @Padres, not the other way around— Johny Fields (@juaniitocampos) February 11, 2016
Congrats Annie. Much deserved. https://t.co/JODM1LlUKm— Eric Weddle (@weddlesbeard) February 11, 2016
*Back in the day she even worked on MTV's Total Request Live interviewing celebrities on the show. Thankfully she came back to San Diego after that and we've been able to enjoy her work here ever since.