Dick Enberg was on the Scott & BR show on Mighty 1090 last week and he was asked if he would continue to be involved with the Padres after his retirement from the broadcast booth last season. He said hopes to work with the Padres again and he pitched some ideas to ownership.
“I really hope so. I talked to Ron Fowler and Peter Seidler, we had lunch about three weeks ago. And how I might still be involved in the whole Padres process. I really would like that. I don’t want another full time job but we threw out some suggestions — I threw out some — I could be an ambassador of sorts for the Padres to the San Diego community.
Maybe I could be the liaison between the Padres organization and the radio and television people, both for the home broadcast and for those that are visitors, like ‘what can I do to help you out here? Is there something we might do better here to publicize and present the Padres package?’
They are ruminating on that possibility. I hope they’ll come up with something. I don’t want to walk away. I have too much invested in the Padres. I still think I have some good things to give back to them. I don’t want to interfere with the new broadcast teams and all they do but I’d like to be part of the process.”
So the thing I don’t understand is whether these are job proposals or volunteer activities. Enberg can’t possibly need the money at this point and I can’t imagine the Padres would want to pay someone of Enberg’s stature the salaries he’s accustomed to, to act as a broadcast liaison. If he wants to volunteer just to get out of his Rancho Santa Fe home on occassion then that’s cool. I wouldn’t even mind if he filled in as Pre-Game host on occasion but I’m not sure if the Padres need another ambassador. Whatever, it’s Ownership’s money and if that’s how they want to spend it, have a ball. When you’re 80-something, maybe just retire though.