We were excited to meet up with Terry Kennedy the night of the 1984 Anniversary celebration at Petco. He was signing autographs and we asked if he would consider completing our Throwback Thursday Padres Alumni questionnaire. He agreed and we were pleased to receive his responses.
When Jack McKeon became the GM of the Padres, Terry Kennedy was one of the first players he traded for. Terry was part of a deal that saw John Littlefield, Al Olmsted, Mike Phillips, Kim Seaman, Steve Swisher and John Urrea traded the San Diego Padres in exchange for Rollie Fingers, Bob Shirley, Gene Tenace and Bob Geren head to St. Louis. Terry blossomed here in San Diego, playing on 3 All-Star Teams in 1981, 1983, and 1985 and was a big part of the Padres 1984 World Series club. We asked TK if he would share some memories and thoughts about his career here in San Diego. We hope you like looking back with Terry Kennedy.
Padres360– What was the proudest moment of your Major League Career?
Terry Kennedy– Two things come to mind for me. One, Being an All-Star 4 times and being able to count myself amongst the elite, even if it was for one day. The other is having free seats to watch Tony Gwynn, Goose Gossage and Cal Ripken play every day.
Padres360 – What special memories do you have about the 1984 Padres club?
Terry Kennedy – We grew up together (developed) and by adding Goose and Nettles, we became a complete club. Coming back 2-0 vs. the Cubs was unbelievable.
Padres360 – Who was your favorite player on the Padres when you were on the team?
Terry Kennedy – Tim Flannery.
Padres360 – What path did you take after you retired from the MLB?
Terry Kennedy – I stayed in pro ball as a coach, manager, field coordinator and a scout.
Padres360 – What advice would you give to minor league player today?
Terry Kennedy – Have a fall back plan, finish school, save some money. It’s hard to get to the Major Leagues and harder to stay!