Padres Contest Winner!

There were 182 NSDCC listings in January, as of today – which means we have a clear winner, even if a few more listings get added by late-reporters.

Congratulations Rob Dawg!

The season starts on March 30th, and May looks like a great month to attend a game. What might be the two best giveaways of the season (vs. the Reds and the Royals) happen that month, plus the Dodgers make their first visit back to Petco Park.

Dawg’s favorite team, the Red Sox, also return in May!

The summary of guesses, with some additions from the FB page:

16 Noodle
89 Momento
99 Tom
104 BWell_SoCal
111 Majeed
115 Lifeisradincbad
117 Susie
119 Beachside
120 Curtis
128 Joe
130 Rob
136 Skip
140 Haile
142 MC
146 Derek
152 Drew
158 Susan
160 doughboy
165 Kingside
174 SurfRider
175 Sciguy
186 Rob Dawg
190 Bode
200 Jeff Campbell
203 Lauren Stickelman
213 Shadash
252 Aunt Nancy
262 Eddie89
298 Nick
333 Sherman Messing

149 Median

This was the first time that the actual count of January listings landed in the upper third of the guesses. But don’t get giddy about the inventory just yet – here’s how it compares:

NSDCC January Listings:

2018: 426

2019: 418

2020: 354

2021: 289

2022: 223

2023: 182

The lack of choices is what causes hyper-frenzy conditions – it causes buyers to freak out. When a top-quality listing hits the market, buyers feel like this might be their only chance this month, or this year, to buy such a good match to their needs – and then the lack of transparency makes them go nuts.

It’s going to be a wild and crazy season – and not just for the Padres!

Padres Playoffs 2022 Game 3

I got to go to Game 3 with daughter Natalie!

Many thanks to Gary Moyer, owner of our season tickets and the greatest friend a guy could ever have, for getting KR some recognition on the big board!

BJK, part-owner of the Dodgers, enjoyed the whole game and was very cordial about taking photos with fans.  This was all I needed:

Longtime friend and fellow season-ticket holder Doug brought his daughter too:

What a game!

Here We Go Padres!

The Padres won the game they needed to win last night!

There are games on Friday and Saturday night at Petco Park, and you may be wondering if you should attend.  The answer is YES, because we never know if we’ll get another chance.

It’s almost like today’s housing market.  People are passing on opportunities to buy today because they think there’s always tomorrow.

I’ll tell my story.

I became a season-ticket holder in 1998, and in my very first season, the Padres went to the World Series!

I told Donna that this was the greatest decision we’ve ever made, and she can plan on going to the playoffs almost every year, and we’ll have several World Series to come!

Look how that turned out. Two playoff appearances in 2005 and 2006 and we lost six out of seven games – that’s it (plus 2020 with no fans).

Yes, it is going to be very expensive (StubHub charges a 28% fee), plus there will be fights in the stands, and riots in the streets.  You won’t want to miss it!

I plan on being there. I’ll let you know how it goes!

For those of you who were here in 1984, this is a reminder of the craziness in Pacific Beach after we beat the Cubs to go to the World Series:

NSDCC Median $/SF

Instead of using the median sales price as a gauge, let’s look at the history of the median $/sf to help bring the size of the homes into the equation.


I remember 2018 and 2019 being fairly flat and a bit of a struggle.  Rates had been in the 3% to 4% range during the 2015-2017 period, and once they got back into the mid-to-high 4s in the summer of 2018, pricing hit the skids.  Luckily, rates dropped under 4% in late-2019 which caused us to be optimistic about the selling season of 2020 – and you can see that pricing got off to a good start.

The Pandemic Stall caused a blip in April, 2020, but we recovered and charged into 2021.  You could say that local pricing took off like a rocket, rising 25% in five months:

Jan 2021: $559/sf

Jun 2021: $697/sf

Today we are under where 2022 started, and it could get worse. However, the median for the 38 sales closed this month is an impressive $823/sf, which is 4% higher than last month.

But we have a long way to go!

Speaking of a long way to go, Rob Dawg wanted to stir it up, like most Dodger fans.  We have been subject to endless taunting since making the playoffs, including Charlie Steiner suggesting that the Padres rivalry with the Dodgers would be like a nail having a rivalry with a hammer.

Just you wait!

Bob Melvin has engineered the greatest rope-a-dope since Muhammad Ali. Sacrificing the first game last night with Clevinger vs. Urias was ingenious, because Kershaw is washed up and due for a dud – and Darvish has been lights out.

The Padres win tonight, and then come home to the raucous crowd who hasn’t seen a playoff game in 16 years, and Petco Park will be rocking for Snellzilla. Then we got No-No-Joe for Saturday’s game and the Dodgers will have to bring back Urias early on three days rest and he won’t have enough.

This is the last chance to get on the Padres bandwagon!

Padres History

Since the Padres signed a player for $300 million recently, it’s interesting to note that on this day in 1973 they were sold for $12 million, which would have been a record-high price for a MLB franchise!

But the city wouldn’t let the Padres out of the remaining 15 years on their lease, so the buyer cancelled.

The Padres owner, the notorious C. Arnholt Smith, did sell the team to Ray Kroc – and the rest is history.

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