Hey gang, the San Diego Padres will host a memorial for legendary broadcaster Jerry Coleman at PETCO Park Saturday. That is about as much detail as fans have been given so far about the event. Also, if memory serves, it is the first major event the team is hosting since Mike Dee replaced Tom Garfinkel as team president.
Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the event. That got me thinking, selfishly, about some place in the park that could honor Jerry Coleman in the right way. Something that lasts for more than a day. Some place that I could visit the first time I make it to PETCO Park this season. Something that Jerry would be proud of. Sure, there’s a statue of him already, sort of pushed off to the side, but I’m thinking bigger than that.
— John Gennaro (@john_gennaro) January 17, 2014
“Park at the Park.” It’s a dumb name. It’s always bothered me. It’s silly to write, or to say, and it damn sure doesn’t mean anything to the history of the team or the franchise. It’s maybe the second most identifying factor of PETCO Park, behind the Western Metal Supply building in left field, and it’s referred to only as what it is (a “park” at the ballpark). The name has less tradition and significantly less charm than “Western Metal Supply building,” which is a real shame when you consider that the Park at the Park is supposed to be a place for families and children to enjoy a baseball game the way they want.
I don’t know Jerry Coleman, but I am willing to bet that he’d be honored to have this park named after him, especially because the park is the only place that ties together the team’s history (Tony Gwynn statue), future (a small baseball field for young Padres fans to play on) and media coverage (FOX Sports San Diego’s pre-game and post-game desk). I also think Tony Gwynn, who always felt weird being called “Mr. Padre” because he felt that name should’ve been reserved for Coleman, would be happy to have his statue reside in Jerry Coleman Park.
Woe, doctor. You can hang a star on this idea, because Jerry deserves a part of the team’s home dedicated to him.
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I thought you'd comment on what the Dodgers and Padres did with their star players. Dodgers, 8 years 250 mil, Padres 1 year, 8 mil. I agree with the Pads! Long term deals suck and their track records prove it. Kershaw may be the exception, he looks like Koufax 2 to me, but it's still a silly deal.
There is an idea floating around that the field at Petco Park should be named for Jerry Coleman. I think that is a much better idea.
The Padres could not care less about Jerry Coleman as opposed to the millions they get from Petco for naming rights.