Adrian Gonzalez won his first Gold Glove yesterday. It is well deserved. Adrian is super-solid over at first. On this horrible Padres team, he was still able to have a spectacular year. He participated in the All-Star game this year, and now he has his first of many Gold Gloves. In 161 games, he had 6 errors with a fielding percentage of .996. Now, Adrian is a huge part of San Diego. He participates in countless charity events for organizations all over the county. In this uncertain offseason for Padres fans, we finally got some good news yesterday. When we’re getting nothing but trade rumors for our best player, we really need GOOD news once in a while. And here it is. It was amazing what Adrian was able to accomplish this year. He improved almost everywhere he could. He had a great year as an individual. He hit a lot better at Petco, driving a good number of homers to left field as well as right. Adrian is just a great guy, and this award is very deserved. CONGRATS, ADRIAN! Check out his website at http://agonzalez23.com/
In other news, it appears that Greg Maddux will retire. But he did get his 18th Gold Glove yesterday. Dude, he’s amazing. It was so much fun to have him in San Diego, and it’s too bad that he couldn’t end his career in a Padres uniform.
Yesterday we found out that Khalil Greene is on the trade block with Jake. It’s not that suprising. Khalil punched a storage chest after his 100th strikeout of the season and broke his hand. He was out for the rest of the season. The Padres filed a grievance against him for it. After an amazing year in 2007, he was slumping horribly at the plate. After every of his 10 homers, we always said, “Maybe this one will break him out of his slump!” We wanted him to suceed so badly. Relations between Khalil and the Padres have been a little conflicted lately.
But we Padres fans love him. He is a very good shortstop. His defense was average this year, but he is a stunning defensive player. Some of his plays will stick forever in Padres history. In 2007, his bat was so good. He was a big part of getting us to game 163. But this year, he just never got going. We love him because of his missing emotions. All through the year, whenever he struck out, he would just walk away with no expression whatsoever. Whenever he made a stunning play, he would just get up, brush himself off, and show nothing on his face. As the year went on, though, he would grimace at himself a little. But all the stored-up emotions eventually resulted in the punching incident.
And now he might be out the door. It would be tough for a lot of Padres fans. I mean, he has incredible talent. This year he could be really good again. He’s had a chance to sit back and take a good long break. Plus, we don’t have anyone to replace him. But the talk has been around that we could get a shortstop in a Peavy trade. But I mean, if we Padre fans lost both Jake and Greenie, I don’t know how many of us would stick around. It might be the last straw for some Padres fans. Plus, I know there are a lot of girls who love Khalil. Like, LOVE Khalil. They would be devistated. We would have to get something really good in return to appease Padres fans. But no one can replace Khalil. NO ONE.
So, I think it is very likely that he will be traded. But it will be a huge loss for Padres fans.
Trevor Hoffman filed for free agency today. I’m not panicking yet, but I might be close. I found out last night when my dad heard a report on the radio. I quickly searched the internet, but found nothing substantial. I’ve been checking all day, and now the dreaded report is on the Padres website. The first time I heard, I was pretty upset, but I think I’ve made my peace. It would hurt a lot to lose him, but I would be able to stand it. This is tough on me especially because he was my first favorite Padre. When I was first becoming a Padres fan, he was the player I recognized. I remember sitting in my room, listening to him get his 479th save. I was so happy for him. Then, in September 2007, I saw him for the first time in person during batting practice. I was so excited to see him. I was actually able to get his autograph later that evening. This September I had the privilege to watch him get his 550th save. It was so incredible to actually see him doing what he’s famous for. I’ve always though it was so cool to have Major League Baseball’s ALL-TIME saves leader right here in San Diego. He IS San Diego. It would be ridiculous to lose him. But the good news is that we can still sign him. The Padres have offered him a contract. I don’t see why he would want to go anywhere else. Well, for us die-hard Padres fans, this is tough news in the least. Let’s just hope Trevor stays with the Padres.