Weekly Buzz (June 13-17)
Padres first baseman Wil Myers selected as MLB All-Star Week ambassador
Wil Myers has been named the official ambassador for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Week. Myers’ role will be to help create buzz for several different events throughout the week, including the 87th annual MLB All-Star Game at Petco Park on July 12 and the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game on July 10.
“I first experienced MLB All-Star Week as a Futures player in 2011 and 2012, and I’m ready for more,” said Myers. “I’m looking forward to representing the Padres and Major League Baseball during an action-packed week of All-Star festivities here in San Diego.”
Other Padres players to hold this title include Trevor Hoffman and Dave Winfield.
CRSSD Fest releases their Fall 2016 dates
One of San Diego’s most popular music festivals, CRSSD Fest, has announced its return to Waterfront Park on October 1 and 2. The bi-annual festival, which takes place in spring and fall, featured a variety of electronic acts in its spring lineup. Earlier this year, the festival hosted popular artists like Odesza, Chet Faker, Tycho and Jamie Junes. Last year’s fall lineup widened the music selection by adding acts like The Flaming Lips and TV on the Radio. Only time will tell if 2016’s fall lineup will be EDM-based or a more eclectic mix.
Uber launches UberEats in San Diego
Uber now does more than pick you up and drop you off in San Diego. The popular transportation service has now added food catering to its services, easily accessible by swiping the plate icon instead of the car icon while in the app. The company will be offering the service daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The driver gets the notice to pick up your food and instructions on what you need, then brings it to wherever you request, all by the touch of your smart phone. Similar to the idea of GrubHub, UberEats aims to offer patrons quick access to delivery food. The fee for delivery will be a flat $5 rate per meal.
San Diego McDonald’s now offers Sriracha-flavored items
San Diego-based McDonald’s restaurants have long been a guinea pig for a handful of new ideas that the larger-than-life fast food chain has. Example A: We got to test out their all-day breakfast menu concept. Next up on the chain’s list for improving their customer’s satisfaction? Sriracha and Big Mac special sauce.
The new flavor of sauce is made with white cheddar, kale, spinach, crispy onions, tomato and a secret blend of Sriracha and traditional Big Mac sauce. The flavor option is part of the restaurant’s signature crafted menu that aims to give guests more options when ordering. The signature menu items are currently available at participating restaurants throughout San Diego county. Would you try a Sriracha Big Mac?
SeaWorld’s beloved pilot whale, Bubbles, dies
If you’re from San Diego or have visited SeaWorld enough times, you are probably familiar with one of the legendary pilot whales named Bubbles. Bubbles spent more than 30 years living at SeaWorld, participating in various shows around the park since her arrival in 1987. She performed at Marineland on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County, which closed in the late 1980’s, before she was moved to SeaWorld.
Sadly, Bubbles passed away on Thursday, June 9 at the park. She was still performing in shows in the days prior to her death. Bubbles was believed to be the oldest pilot whale in a zoological park in the world.
“While Bubbles will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, she has helped generations of park visitors gain a better appreciation for all animals and the ocean environment,” SeaWorld said in a statement.
Thanks for the childhood memories, Bubbles.