May 8th, 2013
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The San Diego Padres are heating up.

The Major League club has put a new twist on an old baseball drill called "pepper," where fielders surround a single batter who has to hit the ball quickly back to them. (Many teams have banned this game because it can get a little dangerous.)

Now, the Padres are playing pepper in a whole new way.

The team has planted a honest-to-goodness garden of hot peppers in its bullpen at Petco Park. It turns out the sandy soil used in Major League parks is a perfect environment for sowing the seeds of success.

“We were on a losing streak and decided we needed to get hot as a team, so guys started picking them off the plants and just eating them,” said left-handed pitcher Joe Thatcher.

“You’re down there, you’re bored, you’re losing, you’ll do anything," added closer Huston Street. “We just said, ‘Let’s eat the peppers, maybe we’ll get hot.’ Like as a joke. We won that day, then we won the next day and the next day.”

Street is the leader of the pepper players and that isn’t always a mild task.

“A lot of times I have to be the ice-breaker, so I have to take a big bite," he said. "Then, they get to watch me suffer for like three innings, and then they’ll take a little bitty bite.”

The Padres fans can also get in on the game; the team’s head chef plans to incorporate the peppers into condiments, appropriately called "Strikeout Sauce" and "Bullpen Relish."

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  1. daysha mahoney(:

    HEY GUYS IM IN SCHOO WRITE NOW AHAH ! we have to do like this really dumb project lollololol im sooo bord lmao ! follow me on insta !: daysha_boooo

    May 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  2. mattski

    Were they pickled? I never understood how someone could pick a peck of peppers that were already pickled. ;-)

    May 9, 2013 at 6:52 am | Reply
  3. Joel

    They need to grow some Psilocybin mushrooms...psychedelics worked for Dock Ellis.

    May 9, 2013 at 2:46 am | Reply
  4. gary charles

    its a quirky, amusing sidenote. good for those guys.

    May 9, 2013 at 1:28 am | Reply
  5. HumanAdventure

    Not since Bluepper have the Padres done something so stupid.

    May 8, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Reply
  6. ScottCA

    Sure, those are peppers they are growing. Everyone is smoking peppers these days. They also keep some nice rolling papers in the ball pin for those "peppers". Looks like the grass in the field is not the only grass being grown there.

    May 8, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Reply
    • ScottCA

      Sure, those are peppers they are growing. Everyone is smoking peppers these days. They also keep some nice rolling papers in the Bullpen for those "peppers". Looks like the grass in the field is not the only grass being grown there.

      May 8, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Reply
  7. db

    Yeah, this is cute and funny until one of the pitchers gets a bad tummy ache and needs to come out of the game for fear of having a burning butt explosion on the mound in front of the entire crowd. Yeah, yeah it's the Padres and they can't possibly draw any kind of crowd of significance... but still.

    May 8, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Reply
  8. ReilleyFam

    Grow Weed too.

    May 8, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Reply
    • daysha

      amen ! hahah
      now follow me on INSTAGRAM ! daysha_boooo

      May 9, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  9. Thatys

    THATS-A SPICY PEPPER!!. EYAYAYAYAEYAYAYAYAYA

    May 8, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Reply
    • daysha

      HAHAH OMG ! MADE MY DAY !(;

      ..........follow me on instagram doe(; daysha_boooo

      May 9, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  10. Mz Brown

    If that is what it takes to get a win, eat up boys!!!

    May 8, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Reply
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Nice town. Crappy team.

      May 11, 2013 at 11:31 am | Reply

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