November 2008

Check it out!

This week my wish list is featured on The MLB.com Shopper blog! I am very excited. Here’s the link: Kaybee’s Wish List

In other news, there is no news! The Padres and all of baseball have been super quiet. There was a rumor in the last week that Khalil Greene is off the trade block, but I don’t feel like speculating on that.

My Thanksgiving went pretty well. I had some great food, listened to a woman rant about Obama for half an hour, played some Pictionary, and ate some amazing pumpkin cheesecake. We also went to a Thanksgiving service at our church, which was really neat.

The offseason is so annoying. I hate the times like this, where MLB.com is scratching the bottom of the barrel to keep some sort of interesting news on the front page. I miss baseball. But one thing I love is the weather. I love having to wear jackets all the time. I love the crispness in the air. Living in San Diego, we don’t get snow. But I think I would love snow…maybe. I love the rainy days where you are stuck inside all day. I love the brilliant clouds. I am obsessed with clouds and sunsets.

Well, hopefully things will pick up soon. Meanwhile, I will enjoy this amazing weather!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

thanksgiving leaves.jpgIt’s that time of year again. The time when the leaves are changing and the weather is turning cold. It’s a time to think of all our blessings, to eat a lot of food, and be thankful.

Of course, I am extremely thankful for my friends and family. You guys are amazing! Here are some other baseball-related things I am thankful for this year:

  • I am thankful for a major league team in my city. Only 29 other cities can say that they have a major league team. I love the Padres. They are a decent organization, and they could be worse. They’ve given us three championship-caliber seasons in a row. 2008 was just a bump in the road. We have the potential to go deep into the postseason.
  • I am thankful for Petco Park. Some fans don’t like it, but I love it. I love being downtown, peering through the buildings until I glimpse Petco. It’s a beautiful stadium, it really is. I love it’s distinctive features, like the Western Metal Supply building, the Beach, the Park in the Park, the Porch. The stadium is a part of San Diego. I love it.
  • I am thankful for MLBLOGS. I have very few people in my life who I can truly talk baseball with. It can get kind of depressing. But here, it doesn’t matter if you’re young, old, male, female, accepted, or lonely, you can just come here and talk baseball with fans all over the globe. This blog has been a huge blessing to me in the 6 months I’ve been writing it. This is a great community.
  • I am thankful that I am able to attend a few games. My family isn’t rich, and a game for all of us costs $100-150. But I was able to squeeze out three games this year. Each one was extremely special. I got to see Trevor Time for the first time. He got his 550th save that day. I got to see an 11-3 win that had 4 homers in it. I got to see our new left fielder, Chase Headley, hit a home run. It was so much fun.
  • I am so thankful that my salvation does not depend on the fate of the Padres. Kind of obvious, I know. But without God, I would be dead. And the thing is, I deserve to die. I deserve to live in eternal hell. But by His miraculous grace and mercy, and the death of Christ on the cross, I am redeemed. When I die, I am going to Heaven for eternity. But while I am here on this rotten earth, God is with me, watching over me, and He’s in control of every aspect of my life. It’s amazing, and totally undeserved. It is only by grace that I am saved. Thank you, Lord!

I also want to thank all my readers. You guys have been great, thank you so much for reading about the Padres and other randomness! Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone!   

Randomness

Man, everything in baseball in the past week has been s-l-o-w. But maybe we should enjoy it. This might be the calm before the storm. Speaking of storms, it’s supposed to rain here in San Diego. We’ve had clouds for the past two days, but not much rain yet. It’s really overcast out there, so hopefully it will pour later.

In other randomness, how ’bout checking out an amazing baseball movie? I highly recommened “The Rookie”. Wow. This movie is my all-time favorite baseball movie, and it is close to my all-time favorite movie. All I can say is, WATCH IT. It is a great family movie, really clean, really fun. I could watch that thing everyday. I won’t even go into the story. But it showed me what it’s like for an “old” man in the minors. It’s an amazing movie. Like I said, WATCH IT.

In this time of football madness, I really miss baseball. I can’t stand football. I hate even looking at pictures in the newspaper. It is just disgusting, brutal, and way too manly. Pretty pathetic sport, I think. So it’s hard to stick in the sports world during the offseason. All the sports sites are overrun by football and other sports. No one is talking baseball in social circles. Oh, I despise the chargers, by the way. They are sick. So, I have no comfort in another sport.

But I keep busy. Spring Training will (hopefully) be here really soon. I just want to get there with Jake. I’m afraid that Trevor is really gone, but if we can just keep Peavy…But I’m sure the front office will be nice and wait ’til Christmas Day and then trade him. Lovely. We’ve still got a ways to go. But it is going by. WE WILL SURVIVE!!!!  

My First Baseball Game

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Today I decided to blog about my first baseball game. It’s not like there’s anything else interesting to talk about, and we’ve still got a lot of offseason ahead. Today I have been inspired with a bunch of stuff I can write about, so keep stopping by: I’ll have new entries up frequently.

So, my first baseball game. Before it, I was not very interested in baseball. I remember summer days when we would have the game on the radio, but we weren’t big fans. I’m not sure why my parents wanted to take me and my three younger siblings to a game that day, but I am so glad they did. It was Thursday, June 23, 2005, a 12:35 pm start against the Dodgers. We bought the tickets there, so we were in line for 15-20 minutes. We missed the national anthem and the first pitch, but we got to our left field seats in good time. I’ve kept journals for a good part of my life, and I recently discovered the entry I wrote on this game: “My first glimpse of the field was amazing. Our seats were so perfect. It was such a beautiful sight. I would love to go again, and I can’t believe I never wanted to go to a baseball game…The game was wonderful. Ryan Klesko hit a home run. That was my favorite part. Trevor Hoffman was a pitcher. There were 41, 686 people who came to watch. The Padres were winning 3-0, but in the 8th inning the Dodgers got three points. Then they got another point. They had a tenth inning and the Padres lost. But the game was amazing. The Padres are greatly supported. There were not many Dodgers fans…That game was so amazing. I would love to go again.”

I really don’t remember much about that game. I don’t remember Klesko’s home run, nor do I remember Trevor coming into the tie game and giving up the Dodger’s winning run. But with the internet I was able to go back, read an article on that game, and even watch highlights. I don’t remember details. There was this one fan who kept booing everything, though. I remember him. But as you can tell from my journal entry, I was captivated.  I didn’t understand much about what was happening on the field. I might have been a little bored, but I really enjoyed it. That game was the seed. In the next few years it took root and grew. But not right then. I still wasn’t sure about this baseball thing. 

This game did spur my loathing of the Dodgers. They beat my Padres in my first baseball game ever, and so they have always been my most-hated team.

In that game, I took 4 pictures with my disposable camera. Today, when I go to a game, I take 200-300 pictures with my digital. Things have definitely changed since that first game. Then, I was a casual observer. Today, I am a die-hard Padres fan.  

 

Towers says that Braves, Cubs are still in it

Kevin Towers is pathetic. I guess it really isn’t his fault, but this is so ridiculous. Latest news is that the Cubs still might be in the Peavy sweepstakes even though they signed Ryan Dempster. He has also reported that the Braves could be still in it too. Sigh. Is it Spring Training yet?

 

Things are NOT Looking Good

Things have slowed down over the weekend. On Friday, the Braves announced that they are out of the Peavy race. That’s a relief. But now the talk is the Angels or Yankees. Now, Jake wants to stay in the NL, but he would probably approve a trade to the Angels because it isn’t that far from San Diego. He would probably go to the Yankees because he wants a championship. Jake wants to go to a winning team, but he might not approve a trade if they give up essential players for him. This is just a ridiculous example, but if the Yankees traded A-Rod to the Padres for Jake, Jake wouldn’t want to go because he feels that A-Rod is essential to the Yankees winning. He might not have approved the trade to the Braves anyway because he wanted a solid shortstop like Yunel Escobar behind him. Now, Jake does want to stay in the NL. My theory? He wants to keep his ABs. If he goes to the AL, he won’t get to bat anymore. Last year, Jake was hoping to have a higher batting average than ERA. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out (2.85 ERA to .265 batting average). Oh, well. But he had 13 hits on the season, including 2 doubles. He also hit a homer in Spring Training. He loves to hit, and he can be a threat at the plate. So, in the NL, the Cubs are interested. But they don’t have good pieces to send us. It is most likely that Jake will get traded, but I so wish he would just stay here.

Things on the Trevor side are not good. Trev came out and actually spoke to the press on Friday. Here’s another sad thing involving the front office: Trevor and a bunch of players were vacationing in Puerto Rico. The front office called him on vacation and told him over the phone that the deal was off the table. HOW PATHETIC IS THAT???? Trevor talked a lot about everything that’s been going on. Everything he said, the front office said the exact opposite. Trevor thinks there’s no possible way he could be coming back to San Diego. Sandy Alderson? Oh, sure, he could still be coming back. They are not on the same page. Trevor is going to walk out the door. And the front office won’t even care.  

It’s My Front Office’s Fault

Man, I hate the offseason. Now it looks like the Jake deal isn’t very close to getting done. OKKKK, I thought we just heard that he was really close to being traded. No? Oh, must have been an error there for some poor reporter. So strange. I guess I was feeling a little better because, hey, Jake might well be staying. But I had forgotten the other side of my distress: Trevor. Yeah, and it looks like he is definitely out the door. You know, it will hurt really badly to have Trevor gone and on another team. I’ll be really upset for a while, like mourning a lost friend, but then I’ll eventually be OK with it. Trevor is really like family to San Diego. I don’t know him personally, but like I’ve said before, he IS San Diego. I will definitely miss him. But as long as he isn’t on a rival team, I will still get to watch him pitch through the wonderful world of video. He will still be around. Plus, I will have to become that team’s fan. I might want to become an Indians fan, at least until Trevor retires. Just watch, he’s going to have a 40+ save season and win a World Series. So, I will get over it. I might even enjoy seeing him on another team. But the thing I will not tolerate is the front office. They have handled situations very poorly before, but I think this is the worst. They are the ones who get the blame for letting Trevor walk. They are the ones who will have to watch this team without him. I predict that sometime this season, after the closer for this team blows it big time, they will lie in their beds, restless, thinking about how they let the ALL-TIMES SAVES LEADER walk right out the door. How they offered the ALL-TIMES SAVES LEADER  $4 mil after he earned $7.5 mil the year before. They WILL regret this. They will look around the empty Petco Park one night, at the few season ticket holders snoring in their seats as the Padres are losing 45-0. They will say, we should have given Trevor the respect he deserves. We should have lowered tickets prices and maybe the budget, too, even lower. They WILL regret this. The fans are not happy. We don’t like losing our best players. But we are, unfortunately, used to it. So, sometime in the next few weeks, Trevor will probably be picked up by another team. Jake still might get traded, though things have slowed considerably on that front. And we only have one place to blame: the front office.      

Sinking Lower

I think I understand the front office’s problem: the lack of communication. I listened to a 25-minute interview with CEO Sandy Alderson yesterday. Utterly pathetic. I was glad that he came on. He even came in studio. But he was obviously hesitant, uncomfortable, and he dodged a lot of the questions. Gotta give credit to the XX 1090 guys, they were really going at him with all the questions the fans have been asking. One of the things that really stuck out to me was the lack of communication. On a lot of the questions, Sandy made excuses by saying, oh, I haven’t talked to (owner) John Moores about that, I don’t know if (GM) Kevin Towers was planning this, and worst of all, he hasn’t even talked to Trevor during this whole thing!! Outrageous. But he did admit that he was the one who took the deal off the table. The other thing that I noticed was that he said they really do think about the fans. Contrary to what we all think, the Padres front office really does put a lot if consideration to the fans. Though he said it almost exactly like that, I find it extremely hard to believe. They don’t care about us. They can’t. Here’s another strange thing that bugs me: Trevor asked for a meeting with Alderson, Moores, and KT. Trev’s agent said they didn’t get a response. As a result, Trevor is disappointed in the Padres. But KT said that he had left a message on Trev’s phone saying they would be available. Sandy also said that they have been available. Someone is having major problems here, and it’s not Trevor. The front office is losing the confidence of their fans. I wonder how many of us will be left when this is all over.

The news is out today. The Jake deal probably will be done by Thanksgiving. Trev will probably be on another team next year. The front office is ready to give away their two best players. It’s tough. I think I will be OK, but only until it really hits me about what they’re about to do. Oh man. WE’RE ABOUT TO GIVE AWAY JAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ok, maybe I’m more upset than I thought.     

It Just Keeps Getting Worse

What a lovely way to start the day. I got up my internet and watched my Padres toolbar in horror. The scrolling Padres news moved by: Padres withdraw offer to Hoffman. OUCH. I can’t believe this. Is our front office so dumb as to think that this will help us in some way? Do they not realize that for many fans, this will be the last straw? I have been doubting the front office’s sanity with all this Peavy trade talk, but this is going too far. When reporters talked to GM Kevin Towers, he was as shut up as a frightened turtle. Does this mean you don’t want Trevor back? No comment. Do you still want to see Trevor finish his career as a Padre? No comment. This scares me. It seems as if Trev is definitely done as a Padre. I have stuck by the front office before, but now I’m getting fed up. The whole Moores situation is UGLY. He needs to sell his part of the team and get out of here. Towers has done good things before, but he’s the owner’s puppet. Maybe the problem isn’t the men on the field. Maybe it’s the insane people in the front office. Say we lose Trevor. Then they trade Jake. Then the front office wants to get rid of Greenie so bad that they sent him out for a few pathetic prospects. On my goodness I am FED UP. This is getting so ridiculous. We need new leadership. Poor Bud Black. He has the potential to guide a team deep into the postseason, but the front office isn’t giving him the pieces. They give him guys like Jim Edmonds and Randy Wolf. PATHETIC!  This is soooo sick. Now that it seems like the Padres have dumped Trevor, what are we going to do?  What if he gets picked up by a team in the NL West? I really hope that the Padres will be better next year, but it looks very unlikely. We are not going to get better until we get new leadership. It’s time for a rebuilding season, but not on the field. We need a new front office. I am so sick of this. 

7 Reasons for Trevor to Stay in San Diego

trevor legkick.jpgTrevor Hoffman, baseball’s all-time saves leader, is a free agent. He’s been offered a contract by the Padres, $4 million for this year and a $4 million option for next year. But there’s been no word from Trevor or his agent as of yet. I am very certain that he will stay, and here’s the reasons why.

REASON #7: He has 554 saves, 552 with San Diego. He tied for the all-time record here in Petco Park. The next day, he became the all-time saves leader against the Pirates. He also got his 500th and 550th at Petco. I mean, he’s already made history here. Every save breaks his own record. He became the leader here in San Diego, as a Padre. Why should he add to that record in another uniform?

REASON #6: He’s been here for 15 years. That’s a long time. His first team was the Flordia Marlins, who traded him to the Padres in 1993. It would be plain WRONG to go to another team for only one or two years. Why can’t he be sort of like Tony Gywnn?

REASON #5: His family is very established here. Trevor’s wife, Tracy, runs a children’s gym. His three boys, Brody, Quinn and Wyatt have lived here their entire lives. If Trev is going retire in a few years anyway, why move on now?

REASON #4: Trevor Time and the fans. Ever since Hell’s Bells first played in Qualcomm Stadium in 1998, every Padres fan heads to Petco with the hope of seeing Trevor Time. When the Padres are leading by a few going into the top of the 9th, we buzz in anticipation of our all-time saves leader making an appearance. I had the extreme privilege of seeing Trevor Time live for the first time this year. I will never forget it. Seeing him on the mound, Hell’s Bells blaring through the stadium, all 30,000 or so fans standing and screaming, all of us confident in our legend. It’s amazing. It’s a San Diego tradition. We die-hards love him. There are some who will doubt him, but the faithful know. He may struggle, he may fail, but he always takes all blame, and he fights to win. You gotta cheer for a guy like Trevor.

REASON #3: He’s been in this situation before. In 2005, Trev was a free agent. He got offered a really good contract by the Cleveland Indians. He turned it down to stay with the Padres, sacrificing about $11 million. He’s not in it for the money, that’s well known. He wants to stay in San Diego, and the front office seems to want him too. So this won’t be about the money. It’s going to be about Trevor pitching for his team.

REASON #2: He can still pitch. I know the excuses, the bashes: he’s old, he’s washed up, his time is over, he can’t pitch. Well, the truth is, he may be 41, but he CAN still pitch. I mean, look at Greg Maddux. Look at Jamie Moyer. They are both really old guys, but they pitch well every fifth day. Trevor is a closer; he does not pitch that much. His save oppurtunities are usually very far apart. He gets a lot of time to rest, and he keeps himself in great shape. Though he does struggle at the beginning of the season, he always bounces back and finishes decently. He threw really, really well last year, better than he has in a few years. His stuff was great. The guy has one, if not two, years left in the tank.

AND NOW, THE NUMBER ONE REASON FOR TREVOR TO STAY IN SAN DIEGO IS…

He IS San Diego. Ask any Padres fan. Besides Tony Gywnn, Trevor is the face of the Padres. He’s been here for 15 years. He is our celebrity. He’s going to the Hall of Fame in a Padres uniform. Besides his amazing performance on the field, he is generally a great guy. He always gives the press all the time it needs, especially after he blows a save. He also does a ton of charity work.

We love him here. This is where he belongs. We need our closer. We need Trevor Hoffman.          

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