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PLAYING KETCHUP OUT WEST
Ron Fimrite
May 12, 1975
Nothing matches the sloganeering served up in the San Diego baseball emporium of hamburg honcho Ray Kroc. And with the maturing of fine young players, the hapless Padres are patties no longer
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May 12, 1975

Playing Ketchup Out West

Nothing matches the sloganeering served up in the San Diego baseball emporium of hamburg honcho Ray Kroc. And with the maturing of fine young players, the hapless Padres are patties no longer

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On opening day a year ago, the Padres must have thought they were playing for a new Charlie Finley when Kroc snatched the public-address microphone and, before 38,000 fans, berated his team for "some of the stupidest ballplaying I've ever seen in my life." Understandably, there was employer-employee tension after that fulmination. But that too has passed.

During one of the Padres' next home stands San Diego sportswriters will present Kroc with a gold megaphone. The better to call the players stupid? No, it is unlikely that he will feel called upon to use it this brave new season.

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