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July 28, 1990 | IRV LETOFSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Comedian Roseanne Barr was full of contrition at a crowded press conference Friday as she told how panic set in four notes into her now-legendary screeching of "The Star Spangled Banner" before the start of a San Diego Padres baseball game Wednesday night.
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June 21, 2013 | Bill Shaikin
For the first time in his young career, Yasiel Puig faced a starting pitcher for the second time. And, by the middle of the game, Jason Marquis apparently had figured out Puig's kryptonite. Slow and slower, spinning low and away. For the Dodgers, this would be a particularly inopportune time for the league to have solved Puig, if even for a little while. The Dodgers and their lightweight offense sank deeper into the basement of the National League West on Thursday, with a 6-3 loss to the San Diego Padres.
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January 13, 1991 | BOB NIGHTENGALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The three sat together in pews at Calvary C.M.E. Methodist Church in Pasadena Friday during the funeral service, trying to comfort one another and erase feelings of guilt created by their friend's death. These were three of Alan Wiggins' closest friends growing up in Pasadena, staying together from Little League to Elliott Junior High to the Senior Babe Ruth League to being teammates at Muir High.
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June 9, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
The message has reached the San Diego Padres' clubhouse loud and clear: Win. Or else. "We're the Cleveland Indians in the movie 'Major League,' " closer Heath Bell said. Second base David Eckstein nodded and laughed when asked about comparisons with the fictionalized version of the Indians, who had to win a division title to avoid a move to Miami. "That has been going around, yes," Eckstein said. "We know we need to win if we want to keep these guys here."
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July 27, 1990 | BARRY M. HORSTMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Accustomed to defending their team's dismal play this season, San Diego Padres officials found themselves facing an even bigger public-relations nightmare Thursday as strident criticism of TV comedian Roseanne Barr's rendition of the national anthem at a baseball game here poured in from around the country.
NEWS
April 3, 1990 | CURT HOLBREICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An investment group of 10 Los Angeles and San Diego businessmen, led by television producer Tom Werner, signed a letter of intent Monday to purchase the San Diego Padres baseball team, club owner Joan B. Kroc said. Terms of the agreement were not released, but sources have set the price at $75 million. The deal still must be approved by the other 25 major league baseball owners.
SPORTS
September 27, 1996 | ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The third baseman of the San Diego Padres has played through a bad back that sent him to a chiropractor, a pulled chest muscle, a groin strain that kept buckling his knees, a torn rotator cuff that will require surgery, and dehydration so severe that an IV needle was still in his left arm only minutes before Ken Caminiti got off the trainer's table that day and played, prompting disbelieving General Manager Kevin Towers to think of the movie "Bang the Drum Slowly." Tough?
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June 9, 1990 | BOB WOLF
Twenty years later, Clay Kirby still can't understand why it happened to him. Pitching for the Padres against the New York Mets on July 21, 1970 at San Diego Stadium, Kirby had a no-hitter going for eight innings, only to be taken out for a pinch-hitter. The Padres were behind at the time, 1-0, but that didn't lessen the shock. With the Padres mired in last place in the second season of their existence, and headed for a 63-99 record, Kirby figured Manager Preston Gomez would let him bat.
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March 10, 1991 | BOB NIGHTENGALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The voice on the other end of the telephone, trying to stay vibrant and robust, starts to tremble. The speaker wants to apologize to his son, the one he neglected most of the past five years. He wants to tell him that he is sorry for the suffering he has caused. Most of all, he wants to let him know that he has a father again. "I'm so sorry for everything I've done to him," Leon Roberts says. "I cry at night, thinking how I've hurt him. There were a lot of things I did that weren't very nice.
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April 3, 1990 | CURT HOLBREICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An investment group of 10 Los Angeles and San Diego businessmen, led by television producer Tom Werner, signed a letter of intent Monday to purchase the San Diego Padres, club owner Joan B. Kroc said. Terms of the agreement were not released, but sources have set the price at $75 million. The deal still must be approved by the other 25 major league baseball owners. Jerry Kapstein, Kroc's son-in-law who has been handling sale negotiations, said he expects no difficulty obtaining that approval.
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March 16, 2008 | Dylan Hernandez, Times Staff Writer
BEIJING -- Driving balls toward the empty metal bleachers behind the outfield wall during batting practice Saturday, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was admittedly worried. "Really, I was," Kemp said. "I was like, 'What's going on?' " But a crowd that was officially counted at 12,224 gradually flowed into the Wukesong Baseball Stadium over the first two innings to watch the first major league baseball game in China, a 3-3 tie between the Dodgers and San Diego Padres. The two-game exhibition series concludes today.
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January 4, 2008 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
As her decorated Stanford women's basketball career winds down, Candice Wiggins still can't sit through an interview without being asked about her late father. Alan Wiggins was a fleet-footed second baseman who helped lead the San Diego Padres to the 1984 World Series, only to have his career dissolved by drug use, an addiction that ultimately led to his death at age 32.
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December 2, 2007 | Dylan Hernandez
Randy Wolf's stint with his hometown Dodgers proved short-lived. The free-agent left-hander has agreed to a one-year contract with the San Diego Padres, pending a physical, a major league source said. The oft-injured Wolf, who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, gave the Dodgers a hometown discount in November 2006 by signing a deal that was guaranteed for one season. He won seven of his first 10 decisions, posting a 3.68 earned-run average through June 1.
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July 16, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The San Diego Padres gave rookie Justin Germano a big job Sunday: beat All-Star Brandon Webb and avert a three-game sweep by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Germano responded by driving in a run and giving up none to help the Padres beat the Diamondbacks, 4-0. "I was very proud of him, going against an All-Star on the road, a team that had a lot of momentum, and he held them down," Manager Bud Black said. "A great job."
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April 4, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Jake Peavy sparkled in six shutout innings and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants, 7-0, Tuesday in front of a sellout crowd of 42,773 in the season opener for both clubs, giving Bud Black a victory in his debut as a major league manager against predecessor Bruce Bochy. "That's the way you draw it up," Peavy said. "Put some zeros on the board and make it hold up."
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November 9, 2006 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
Bud Black got his dream job on Wednesday. After turning down one managerial job and interviews for two others during his seven years as the Angels' pitching coach, Black struck gold. The San Diego Padres hired him as their manager, so he got a promotion without having to uproot his family from its San Diego County home. "He's a great communicator with a great baseball mind," Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. "He'll be very successful with that opportunity."
SPORTS
April 19, 1990
Linda Smith, wife of Jerry Kapstein, chief executive of the San Diego Padres, has filed for divorce. Smith is the daughter of Padre owner Joan Kroc. Kapstein has relinquished his front-office duties.
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May 26, 1996 | ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He is a self-described computer nerd who has turned software into an impressive collection of hardware. John Moores, formerly of Houston and now of San Diego, is said to be worth more than $400 million, but he hasn't forgotten humble roots. His success in computers and real estate has been accompanied by wide-ranging philanthropy. He even contributed an estimated $80 million to rescue a charity case known as the San Diego Padres from the fire sale regime of Tom Werner and partners.
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October 10, 2006
The San Diego Padres have been eliminated in a division series by St. Louis three times since 1996. A look at the Padres' playoff history: 2006 -- Lost to St. Louis Cardinals, 3-1, in NL Division Series. 2005 -- Lost to St. Louis Cardinals, 3-0, in NL Division Series. 1998 -- Lost to New York Yankees, 4-0, in World Series. Defeated Atlanta Braves, 4-2, in NL Championship Series. Defeated Houston Astros, 3-1, in NL Division Series. 1996 -- Lost to St. Louis Cardinals, 3-0, in NL Division Series.
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October 7, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Instead of trying to avoid a first-round playoff sweep, the St. Louis Cardinals are trying to complete one. After finishing the regular season in a tailspin, the Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series against the San Diego Padres. The series resumes today with the first postseason game at the new Busch Stadium. "The last six weeks or two months, we had trouble winning two games in a row," Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa said Friday. "We've had two solid games.
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