August is apparently Memory Lane month for the Tucson Padres and local minor league baseball in general.
First the T-Pads are turning their remaining Thirsty Thursdays (starting this week and running each Thursday through Aug. 29) into a Tucson Toros-themed night, complete with the team wearing 1990s-era Toros jerseys.
Now, those locally operating the soon-to-be-headed-to-El-Paso AAA club are on the lookout for anyone and everyone who's ever worked for either the Sidewinders or Toros throughout the years. Former Toros workers will be honored on the field before the Padres' Aug. 24 game, while ex-Sidewinders employees will get the same honor on Aug. 25.
It's yet another great gesture by the local baseball machine to thank the dissapointingly few people who have supported these teams over the years. This final season's attendance is a woeful 2,657 per game, about 300 less per contest than last season and a good 1,500 behind the next worst club in the Pacific Coast League.
And this for a team that, entering today, is above .500 and only three games out of first place in its division. It'd be a disgrace if the T-Pads made the playoffs and drew less than 3,000 to a postseason game.