Originally posted on Padres Public  |  Last updated 9/18/13
I wasn’t sure what to think when I first heard in April of 2009 that new owner Jeff Moorad was bringing Tom Garfinkel from Arizona as the Padres new Chief Operations Officer. This was probably because I have no idea who the Padres’ previous COO even was, though turns out it was former CEO Dick Freeman. Nor did I have much of an idea what he did. What stood out most about Garfinkel at the time was having his own baseball card. Tom’s Story Begins in Breakfastown It didn’t take long for Garfinkel to make waves, catching the eye of jbox from Gaslamp Ball by making declarative statements about a city in which Garfinkel had only been employed for a few months. How long has Garfinkel been in San Diego? A few weeks?  He can definitively say that this is a “breakfast town”?  I’ve lived here all my life. Never once have I ever heard it referred to as a “breakfast town” and for some reason it annoys me that this is what a fan expert takes away from his research. It wasn’t a great first impressi
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