March 2009

What a Weekend

It was a really great weekend. Sure, the Padres didn’t do so great, but there was a lot of cool stuff that happened. Hang in there for this long entry, because there’s some pretty cool stuff ahead…

To start, I realized that I needed to make a poster for Trevor. When Jake Peavy won his CY Young award in 2007, I made this really cool poster commemorating that. I also made a poster when Chase Headley was finally called up to the majors last year. So, it made sense that I should make one for Trevor. I worked on this during the game on Saturday:

IMG_3340.JPGThis is now hanging on my wall. Pretty cool, huh?

My brother’s second game of the season was Saturday afternoon. The boys played pretty well. They lost 5-4, but I thought they did a good job. I really should have brought my scorebook. I wanted to keep track of the game somehow, and the only logical thing to do was keep score of it. But all I had was a pencil and a little notepad. I had to invent my own way of keeping score of the game! It was really interesting because I’m so used to the convienence of a scorebook. Next time I’m definitely bringing my scorebook. That should help me keep better track of what’s going on. For example, I missed some of the scoring of the other team somehow, so at the end of the game I had that my brother’s team had won 4-3. But they had lost 5-4 instead. Hmm.. One of the highlights of the game was when a kid from the other team hit an inside-the-park home run. Even though it was the other team, it was pretty cool to see. The boys’ next game is Tuesday night. Hopefully it won’t get rained out!

Yesterday afternoon, my family went to a local park to practice baseball with my brothers. Unfortunately, there were adult softball games being played on both fields. We found a patch of grass and played some catch, but when we were done, my dad and I went to watch one of the games. It was really interesting. It was very casual, co-ed, just a bunch of people having fun playing softball. It was funny because a guy hit an inside-the-park home run! I mean, how many times do you see two inside-the-park home runs in the space of two days? But some of those players were really good. It looked like so much fun!

I’ve been thinking about the 2009 pocket schedules a little. I have a lot of them, like two from each of the last four years. So, I was wondering when I would find a display of them in a store or somewhere. Yesterday, my dad handed me one. I literally screamed! A guy from our church had found one somewhere and gave it to my dad to give to me. It’s a really cool schedule this year, with the 40th anniversary logo on the front.

pocket schedule 2009.JPGAnd now, the best part of this entry! I think I mentioned that my friend and his family were going to the game in Peoria on Saturday. This family is one of my closest friends, so they definitely know all about my fandom and love of the Padres. They got to watch a terrible game, but they did have a lot of fun. They had some really great seats that were merely a few rows behind the Padres’ first base dugout. Once it was 10-5 Oakland, they left the game. I expected them to bring me something back, since I’m like a really big Padres fan and stuff, but I had no idea what they planned to bring me, and boy was it a shock. One of the things they brought back was this really cool Spring Training cap. I love it!

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IMG_3345.JPGHow cool is that?

IMG_3346.JPGMy friend showed me a bunch of the pictures they had taken. They got a lot of really great pictures, and maybe I’ll post some once I get them. Anyway, he was telling me about the autographs they got while showing me the really up-close pictures of the players. I was really happy for them, and I remember thinking that I hoped they had brought the autographs so I could see them. Boy, was I in for a surprise!

Later in the day, my friend and his brother came up to me and my sister and presented us with these plastic Padres hats…autographed by seven players! I was so shocked. No way had I expected that they got the autographs for us! That helmet is probably worth a lot. It was signed by Brian Giles, Kevin Kouzmanoff (yay!), Cha Seung Baek, and David Eckstein. The other three…well, we have no idea who they are. I think they were minor league players. I might have been able to recognize them if I was there, but I don’t think my friend studied the rosters at all. I might be able to figure it out when I get the pictures, but for now we have three unknown autographers. If any of you can read Scribble, please let me know. 

I had a really hard time getting a good picture of the hat, because it reflects everything. The light, the flash, the surrounding area. So, these are the best I could do, but you’ll get the point. (A note: my friend was able to get the hats at a thrift store for a dollar. I’m telling you, there are some incredible deals at thrift stores!)

IMG_3384.JPGThis one is really dark, but you can kind of see the autographs.

IMG_3397.JPGA sort of better picture :)

IMG_3405.JPGBrian Giles

IMG_3411.JPGTop to bottom: Cha Seung Baek (53) and David Eckstein

IMG_3413.JPGTwo of the unknown autographs

IMG_3437.JPGKOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOZ!!!

So, that pretty much made my day. Sorry I wasn’t able to get that great pictures of it, but maybe I’ll try again later. Now we need to figure out how to display it…Thank you so much to my friends who gave this really cool stuff to me! 

What a weekend, huh? It was a really great one, full of fun and blessings. GO PADRES!!

(pictures: all mine)    

You Just Gotta Laugh

Wow, what a weekend! It was so big that it’s going to take two entries. Wow.

  • Saturday: 15-6 A’s

Oh boy. This game was so bad that it was funny. Josh Geer started and gave up two home runs, two doubles, and three runs in the first. In his second inning of work (yeah, they actually gave him another inning after all that!), he gave up another run. So, what’s that? 5-0 Oakland in the second. But it was only the beginning. Only the beginning.

Justin Hampson was able to get through unscathed. The game was passed to Cla Meredith, who threw a scoreless inning. That’s really rare these days from the Padres’ pitching staff. Very impressive. But then Cesar Ramos gave up six runs in 0.2 innings. That’s really great for the young guy, huh? I can’t believe they left him in for that long. Chris Britton had a scoreless inning, but he gave up three walks. Matt Buschmann gave up four runs. What is that now? 14 runs for Oakland. Scott Patterson gave them their 15th. Mark Worrell closed out the game with a scoreless inning. Did you know that he hasn’t given up a run yet this spring? I really like this guy. I hope he makes the Opening Day roster.

So, in case you hadn’t noticed, our pitching is really, REALLY bad. With Friday and Saturday combined, they gave up 28 runs. That’s nasty. Man, it’s just bad right now. And Saturday was the day that I was hoping that we’d have a good game on the pitching side! I mean, most of the guys who threw on that day are the best of the pitching staff right now. I know, it’s still really early in the spring, and we have like four weeks ’til Opening Day. But I don’t understand how these guys could be so solid a week ago and are now falling apart all over the place.

The offense was bad. We scored six runs, sure, but the other team scored 15. Yeah. David Eckstein had a good game, with a double, RBI single, and sac fly. Brian Giles had an RBI single. Will Venable had two hits and drove in a run. Kouz got a hit and an RBI.

You just gotta laugh when the game gets that bad. I mean, the A’s were just pounding out run after run after run. It’s just a Spring Training game, no reason to get upset, might as well just laugh. We were getting killed. You never like to see you team do so miserably, but that game was just funny.

  • Sunday: 4-2 Rockies

OK, so what’s up with the Rockies? Once they get to face the Padres’ terrible pitching, they finally get it going and win some games! Figures. I knew they were going to get going soon.

Let’s see…Chris Young…first inning…three runs to Colorado. CY also pitched the second and gave up another run. This was only his third outing, so I guess he can have a bad day. But I am slightly consoled by the fact that he was the only pitcher who gave up runs yesterday. Nick Schmidt, Mike Ekstrom, and Will Inman had scoreless innings. But I am very pleased that Mat Latos had two scoreless innings. That has got to feel great for the young guy. Before yesterday’s outing, he had allowed four runs, three home runs, and six hits in two innings. I am very happy for him.

Offense? Travis Denker and Matt Antonelli drove in our runs. Chris Burke went 2-for-3. Nick Hundley had a triple. That was pretty much it. It wasn’t that great of a day for the Padres.

Today we are playing the Diamondbacks. Hmm, that’s going to be interesting. Cha Seung Baek is starting. He has not been doing well so far, but hopefully he will find his groove soon. Let’s see if we can get a “W” today!

GO PADRES!!  

A Wild and Woolly Game

  • 13-11 Rockies

Man, there has got to be something in the air when the Padres and the Rockies played. I mentioned a couple of the weird things that have happened in the past between these two teams like Game 163 and the 22-inning game in my post eariler. Today’s game was almost like we were playing in Coors Field!

It all started in the beginning of the game, really. Kevin Correia started for the Padres and did very well. But he allowed a two-run homer to Yorvit Torrealba in the first inning to get the scoring going. Correia pitched three innings, and besides the homer, threw very well. The next pitcher was Wade LeBlanc. LeBlanc has done really well in his first innings of work, but once he hits that second inning, he essentially falls apart. Same thing happened today. His first inning was really sharp, 1-2-3. But his second was really bad. He gave up THREE runs. Three of them! It was a nasty inning. The next victim, er, pitcher was Chad Reineke. Reineke was average last year when he was with the Padres. He seems to have a problem with giving up a lot of runs. Today, he gave up four runs in the sixth, only two of them earned. In the seventh, Ivan Nova gave up four runs.

That’s 13 runs given up by this pitching staff. Jae Kuk Ryu and Cesar Carrillo had scoreless innings, but that’s a tiny positive. In the beginning of the spring, our pitching staff was really sharp. But it seems like there’s a bug going around the pitchers, and it’s called the “giving-up-too-many-runs virus”. I don’t like it. The cure? Who knows, but if these guys want to be on the Opening Day roster, they’d better heal up quick.

On the offensive side, we hit very well. But once again, it was too little too late. We got things going in the fifth, when we scored five runs. Chase Headley had a huge three-run homer, followed by Kyle Blanks with a solo homer. But the most exciting part of the ballgame for the Padres was probably the bottom of the 9th. I stopped following the game because I thought it was over. The boxscore had a big “zero” in the Padres’ spot for the 9th, so for some reason I thought it was done. But as they say, it’s not over ’til it’s over! Because in that 9th, Chad Huffman hit a grand slam with two outs! But we still fell two runs short, and we fell to the Rockies.

Well, that was the Rockies’ first win of the spring, and of course it had to be against their NL West rivals. Figures that it was a high scoring game too. Either the Rockies’ hitters were really frustrated and ready to win, or the Padres’ pitching was going down the drain. I’d say it’s a combination of both. A few of our young guys had a really good game, so I am very pleased about that. But I am not happy with our pitching. Not happy at all.

It was a really good broadcast, though. It was just Ted and Jerry, and with Jerry on the air so much, it can get very amusing. They actually had Chase Headley up in the booth during the game, and it got pretty funny. Ted thought that Chase would be a really good broadcaster, so he’s like, “Hey, if you don’t have anything else to do, come talk to us and we’ll get you a job!” To which Chase replied, “Well, hopefully I’ll have a job for the next 15 years or so!” But it’s true. Chase has a really good presence on the radio, and I think he would do a good job. He got married in the offseason, and he talked a little about that. He said that since he’s so ugly, he had to take any girl that would have him :)

Since you all were wondering (riiiight), I decided to do this entry today because I’m planning on sleeping in tomorrow morning, and knowing me, I’ll probably sleep ’til 11 or so. The Padres have a game against the A’s in Peoria tomorrow at noon. One of my friends is actually going to it, so it will be cool to hear his account of the game and to see a bunch of pictures. Josh Geer is starting. Following him will be Cla Meredith, Chris Britton, Mark Worrell, Cesar Ramos, and Matt Buschmann. That’s a lineup of some great pitchers. We’ll have to see if the virus has reached them yet.

Well, have a great weekend, everybody! GO PADRES!!    

Padres vs. Rockies Today!

  • 4-3 Rangers

Yesterday we played the Rangers, and we lost. Cha Seung Baek allowed one run in two innings. He now has a 9.00 ERA in the spring so far. Lovely. Anyway, Justin Hampson then threw a scoreless inning. After him was Joe Thatcher. Yes, of course he allowed a run! I’m telling you, this guy can’t pitch! He could at the end of 2007, but he lost it. Next Oneli Perez and his 20.25 ERA pitched and allowed two runs. But the next four pitchers had scoreless innings. Our pitching has still be incredible, it’s usually just one or two guys that don’t really have it. Like Thatcher.

We had some problems on the offensive side. We had five total hits. Will Venable, Drew Macias, and Evereth Cabrera drove in runs for the Padres. We got one run in the sixth, one in the seventh, and one in the eighth. But we fell just one run short. Kouz had three at-bats. He didn’t get a hit, but he made two solid throws on the field. Luis Rodriguez stole second and third and scored when Venable drove him in. Or, at least that’s what the Padres website said. I have reason to believe that it was actually Everth Cabrera who stole both bases. Apparently Cabrera was pitch-running for Rodriguez. There was an interview on XX 1090 after the game where they mentioned Cabrera stealing two bases. Also, there is a comment on the news story on padres.com from a person who says that they were at the game and it was Cabrera. Hmmm… It wasn’t the best game, but the players are getting their work in, and that’s all that really matters.

I just listened to an interview on XX 1090 of Kevin Kouzmanoff. It was so funny! They barely talked about baseball and what’s going on in camp, and that’s what made it so funny! They talked about really random stuff. Kouz actually said that he didn’t want to talk about baseball, so Darren Smith kind of threw away the questions he had prepared and totally talked about random things. I love Kouz!! It was a very cool interview. I really enjoyed it.

Today we are playing the Rockies. We have a lot of history with the Rockies over the past few years (game 163, the 22-inning game). I think there’s a bit of a rivalry here. I have always hated playing the Rockies after game 163, but that is understandable considering my strong feelings during and after that game. But now the Rockies have lost their leader Matt Holliday (who has still not touched the plate), and though they still have a lot of good players, they have not been doing that great this spring so far. I’m sure they will get their wins in, but so far they have lost eight games and that’s it. Yesterday they lost to Mexico 7-3. I think I just have a lot of bad memories of Rockie players… Here’s the lineup:

  • RF Drew Macias (well that’s interesting)
  • 2B Chris Burke (ahh yes the guy who plays like five positions!)
  • CF Jody Gerut (has he ever batted third before with the Padres?)
  • LF Chase Headley (go Chase!)
  • 1B Kyle Blanks (the big guy!)
  • C Nick Hundley (I love you Nick!)
  • 3B Travis Denker (no Kouz today)
  • SS Everth Cabrera (ah our base-stealer who didn’t get the credit)
  • SP Kevin Corriea (wow this is weird! I think this is the Padres’ first game that’s all National League!)

Kevin Corriea, who has been doing pretty well, is going to go for three innings today. He will be followed by Wade LeBlanc for two innings. Then Chad Reineke, Ivan Nova, Jae Kuk Ryu, and Cesar Carrillo. It will be an interesting game…

Hyun Young is going to the fanfest on April 5, so I think I need to go now too. My parents haven’t given me a “yes” or a “no” yet, but I think we should decide soon as it’s only like four weeks away! It would be so much fun to be able to get out there! I really hope I can make it!

I am so glad the weekend is almost here. It’s been a long week…

GO PADRES!!!  

Playing Texas Today…

Well, my dear Trevor Hoffman threw an inning for the Brewers on Tuesday. It was a scoreless, hittless inning, and he got a strikeout. That is so like Trevor to have a great spring. I think it’s April, though, that is his really bad month. I was thinking about this last night. I really hope he doesn’t get injured this season. That would be so sad! I almost wish he had retired in the offseason rather than sign with the Brewers. But he’s still got it in him, and he wants to pitch. I’m still clinging to the hope that he will re-sign with the Padres next season, but if he gets hurt this season, he might just hang them up after the season. AHHHHHHHHH!!!! Don’t get hurt, Trevor!

In some exciting news, the Lord has provided two possible opportunites for me to go to some games this year already! My brother’s baseball group will be going to a game in May, and I totally want to go. Also, my youth pastor’s wife told me that the church might be going to a game in August where the players will be sharing their testimonies after the game. I am so excited and thankful for these unexpected opportunites to go some games. Plus, maybe my family will go to one, and maybe I’ll be able to convince my parents to take me to one for my birthday, and maybe we’ll go to a few with some friends, and I still might meet Jake Peavy in a chance encounter and he’ll give me season tickets…haha. Anyway, I’m just getting really excited about getting to head out to Petco a few times this year. I absolutely love to be downtown, and I love Petco Park. I love it! I love being able to get out there and cheer for my Padres!

Oh yes, and maybe I’ll be able to go to the Fan Day on April 5th, too! That would be so cool, to be able to get some autographs and just get out to the ballpark with other Padres fans. And I’m trying to enter every contest for tickets to Opening Day that I can. I think it would be incredible to be able to go to Opening Day. It seems like it would be so much fun!

OK, we’re playing the Texas Rangers today. Cha Seung Baek is starting for my Padres. I have concerns about this guy. Right now, he pretty much has the third spot in our rotation locked up. But it seems like he gave up a lot of runs last year. Even so far in Spring Training, he’s given up a huge two-run bomb. Like, all of our starters so far have given up one run or less, but Baek gave up two runs. I hope he’s able to find his groove soon. Here’s the lineup for this afternoon:

  • CF Will Venable
  • 2B David Eckstein
  • DH Cliff Floyd
  • 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff (WHOOOHOOOO!!!)
  • LF Chase Headley
  • RF Emil Brown
  • 1B Kyle Blanks
  • C Eliezer Alfonzo
  • SS Luis Rodriguez

I am very excited that Kouz is getting to play third today. This is the first time he will play third in a real game this spring. He has been rehabbing his shoulder, which was actually a lot worse than I thought, so he might be still taking it a little easy. He can throw to first, and he’s got his range back, but he probably won’t play that many innings on the field. Go Koooz!

GO PADRES!!

(Oh yeah. Manny finally signed. I almost didn’t believe it.) 

Beat by LA

  • 5-4 Dodgers

Chris Young started and threw two great innings. He just made one mistake to Mitch Jones, who hit a bomb to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. They added to that lead in the 5th with an unearned run when second baseman David Eckstein booted a ball. But the Padres grabbed one of those back with an RBI by Eckstein (redemption!) in the bottom of that inning. In the 6th, Gabe DeHoyos gave up three runs, including a two-run homer from Blake DeWitt to increase the Dodgers’ lead to 5-1. The Padres fought back a little, getting a run in the 6th and the 7th each. They also got a run in the bottom of the 9th, but it was not enough. We lost to the Dodgers 5-4.

Our pitchers actually did pretty well. CY only allowed one run, but otherwise was really sharp. Cla Meredith, Chris Britton, Ernesto Frieri, Will Inman, and Mike Ekstrom all threw scoreless frames. Our hitters had 10 hits. Kyle Blanks and Nick Hundley has two hits each. You know, we haven’t scored that many runs, but our hitting has been pretty good. We’ve scored four runs in the last three games.

Today is an off-day, the first of four this month for the Padres. Tomorrow we will be facing the Texas Rangers in Surprise with Cha Seung Baek starting.

My two younger brothers are playing baseball with the city this spring, and my brother’s first game was last night. It was so cool to watch some baseball, even at almost the lowest level of play! It was really cold, but I had my Padres blanket, so I was pretty good. It was a neat game. My brother’s team lost like 8-3, but it was really fun to watch. I will definitely be going to many more of his games! I’m thinking that I’ll start doing write-ups and keeping score. It would be good practice for me. Anyways, here’s a picture from early in the game:

IMG_3240.JPGAh yes, that beautiful San Diego sunset :)

Thank you for your great response to my latest tribute to Trevor. I feel like that is one of the best pieces I have ever written. It really just flowed from my heart to my fingers. So, thank you!

GO PADRES!

(photo: mine)

A Tribute to Trevor…Yes, ANOTHER One

I’m sorry. I can’t help it. In the Latest Leaders, I got #31. And I’m going to do something kind of radical this time (unless you want to learn about Robert Woodard again…I didn’t think so. Besides, I just brilliantly figured out that #31 is retired for the Padres. I could dedicate this to him, but…). So, in a warped version of Jimmy’s tradition, I dedicate my #31 ranking to #51, baseball’s all-time saves leader, forever a Padre, Trevor Hoffman.
trevor spring training brewer.jpg

*Sniff sniff* OK, Kaybee, pull yourself together.

Trevor, you’re really a Brewer. I mean, I’ve known for months that you will be in THAT uniform, but to see you there, it’s tough, man. Not having you in Peoria is really hard. I only experienced one Spring Training that you were in. But it was really neat to hear you pitch in Spring Training 2008, after that long hard offseason of dwelling on Game 163. It was so great for you to get out there and pitch some scoreless innings.

This year, you are certainly doing your own thing. I mean, you’re not even with the team as they go play their games! If you were still with the Padres, would you do the same thing? Pitch bullpens instead of pitching in the actual games? Stay behind in Peoria while we went to play other teams? I guess we won’t find out until next year, when you sign with the Padres again (*cough* *cough* hint hint).

It’s been so different here without you. There’s definitely something missing from the clubhouse, but I think the guys have accepted that you aren’t going to be there all season. That’s really tough, but they gotta accept it. It’s no use dwelling on the past, on what could have been. What happened isn’t going to change. The guys have got to move on, and so do the fans.

That’s going to be really hard. I don’t think we will really be able to say good-bye until the Padres have a save situation for the first time in the regular season. Normally (because Trevor Time is normal; it’s what we’re used to), we stand in anticipation after the last out in the bottom of the eighth. The bells start. BONG. BONG. BONG. We smile, starting to scream and jump around as the all-time saves leader, the Padre, trots out of the bullpen. But this time, we will stand, waiting for the bells, and they will never come. No, this time Heath Bell will come lumbering out of the bullpen. Instead of the leg kick, we will watch the arm-slinging. Heath is cowboy-style: big, lumbering, jerky, and fast. You are all style, very smooth. Leg way up, glove to your chest, then arms spreading out as your leg comes down and you push off, smoothly releasing the ball towards home plate. Soft thud in the catcher’s glove as the bat totally misses that deceptive change-up.

We will miss Trevor Time. That will probably be the hardest to deal with. But you know what we will also miss? We will miss YOU, not just as a pitcher, but as a person. We won’t get to watch you warm up during BP, we won’t be able to try to get your autograph. We won’t see you wandering in the streets of San Diego with your wife and kids. We won’t get to see your boys playing around in the ballpark. We won’t get to see you doing all the wonderful work in the community that you’ve been doing for so long. We won’t get to read your insightful quotes in the newspaper, we won’t get to read about your humorous exploits (the ball cart in BP…LOL). Oh, sure, we can read about the stuff you do with the Brewers, but it’s no where near the same. I have no doubt that you and the Padres will meet sometime this year, whether it be in Spring Training, Petco Park, or Milwaukee. I have a feeling that you will pitch against the Padres sometime this year, and it’s going to be hard. But if you come out to close a game against the Padres in Petco, you are going to get a wonderful ovation.  

Trevor, it’s going to be a long season. There will be many moments where we say, “I wish Trevor were here” or “Trevor would have been able to save that game”. It’s going to be hard. It will be so bittersweet to see you in the Brewers uniform. We know that you will do very well for the Brewers, and we wish you all the best. But we can’t help but think that you could be doing that in the Padres uniform. You are San Diego, man. We will miss your humor, your class, your kindness, your presence. 

But we are holding on to the hope that you will come back to San Diego next year. We’re CLINGING to that hope. And until you say otherwise, we will expect that you are coming back. You wanted to be here this year. You gave San Diego the chance to bring you back. But you had to move on, so you went to the Brewers. We miss you so much, Trevor. I can’t believe you’re gone! But we want to see you in the Padres uniform again next year. After a whole season without you, we want to relieve the pain. We want you to end your amazing career here in San Diego. We want our star closer back. We want the All-Time Saves Leader back in San Diego. And we’re clinging to the hope that that will happen. We love you, Trevor!

Thank you so much to all my readers for getting me to where I am. Without you guys, this blog had no purpose. So thank you so much for reading about Padres baseball, and I’m looking forward to covering the Padres all season! THANK YOU!!

GO PADRES!!

(photo credit: ESPN.com)     

Padres Beat Trevor’s New Team!

  • 4-3 Padres

It was a great game. Josh Geer threw two innings and only allowed one run. Outfielder Emil Brown hit a three run homer in the bottom of the first after two walks to give the Padres a 3-0 lead. We did not give up that lead for the rest of the game. Pitcher Mat Latos, who is still trying to find home plate this spring, gave up a two-run homer that tied the game. But no worries, as infielder Travis Denker drove the winning run in with an RBI double in the fourth. Cesar Ramos (first round pick), Nick Schmidt (first round pick), Jae Kuk Ryu, Cesar Carrillo (first round pick), Ivan Nova, and Matt Buschmann all had scoreless innings. We really have a lot of great arms here in camp. It will be very interesting to see who will make it to the Opening Day roster!

And no, Trevor did not pitch. In fact, he wasn’t even with the team. He’s kind of doing his own thing this year. Like he preferred having a bullpen session to pitching in an actual game. Maybe he has to be taking it more easy because he’s getting so old (42). Or maybe he likes to stay as far away from his new teammates as he can. Who knows, but whatever Trevor thinks he needs to do to prepare for the season, the Brewers better let him do it. I do not doubt that Trevor and the Padres will meet again soon.

I listened to XX 1090 for while after the game, Darren Smith’s show. He’s actually out there in Peoria this week, so about 20 minutes after the game he talked to Buddy Black. It was an interesting interview. Buddy talked about a bunch of the players in camp who have a chance at the Opening Day roster. He sounded like he had a cold, but it was a good interview. Immediately after Buddy left, Heath Bell came on. I love Heath, I really do, and I really enjoy watching him pitch. But he’s the one who is going to be in Trevor’s spot this year. He’s not replacing Trevor, but he’s taking his spot. He kept saying how he’s the leader in the bullpen now. I really like Heath, and I’m sure he will do very well, but there’s that bitterness in the background, you know? I thought it was a pretty intense interview, or rather Heath was being really intense. He’s going to be a leader with his words in that clubhouse, there’s no doubt about it. He considers himself a kid, but he’s going to be really serious about his work. I know that. Even his wife considers him her “fourth child”. But I can tell that he’s going to bring a different intensity to the closer’s role. Trevor was always so cool, so calm. He just trotted out there and went about his business. But Heath is going to probably be more emotional on the mound. It’s going to be different ’cause Heath can throw a lot harder than Trevor. Plus, their styles of pitching are obviously different. Like Heath said, one of the hardest parts of this transition is winning over the fans. Heath is going to be playing in the WBC for USA. He just found out yesterday. Something funny he said in the interview was that he doesn’t talk to opposing batters because he wants them to think that he’s slightly crazy and wacko. But now he’s going to have to talk to his USA teammates! I guess he wouldn’t like the All-Star game much, then…  

Today we are facing the Dodgers! Talk about a rivalry. We are going to be facing them in Petco for the first four games of the regular season. That is going to be very interesting. At least they don’t have Manny (yet). Chris Young is starting against Chad Billingsley. Billingsley seems like the type of guy that we’ve hit hard in the past. We’ll have to see how it goes, but I think CY will be pretty solid. Unfortunately, Corey Brock does not have the lineup up yet. I got up too early this morning. Oh well. Hopefully we will roll out a good lineup that will hit the Dodgers hard. GO PADRES!!  

Peavy in Midseason Form…Already

  • 4-2 Padres

I didn’t get to hear the game at all, so this entry is based on a boxscore. Jake Peavy made his second start of the spring and went three innings. He allowed one hit, and then retired the next eight batters. Sounds like all his stuff was really good, and he was obviously very effective. After the game, he was on a plane to Florida to get really to play for Team USA in the WBC. I am very pleased that he is doing so well so early. Hopefully Jake will be our Opening Day starter! Wade LeBlanc took the next two innings and gave up two runs. Justin Hampson, Arturo Lopez, Greg Burke and Edwin Moreno also threw a scoreless inning each.

On the offensive side, we got three runs in the bottom of the first! Will Venable and Travis Denker drove in runs. Chase Headley had a couple hits and drove in a run. It was a really good game for the Padres. And about 7,000 people out there! I knew there would be a lot of Padres fans out there!

Today we are playing the Brewers, and I bet that Trevor is scheduled to pitch. Well, it actually looks like he’s going on his own schedule, but I bet he’s going to pitch against us today. Figures…but if he does, I am totally going to cry. Oh, I just read Corey Brock’s blog, and Trevor is not scheduled to pitch. But knowing Trevor, I’m sure he would make a surprise appearance…just kidding :) Anyways, here’s the lineup:

  • CF Jody Gerut
  • 2B Chris Burke
  • RF Brian Giles
  • DH Cliff Floyd
  • LF Emil Brown
  • 1B Kyle Blanks
  • C Eliezer Alfonso
  • 3B Travis Denker
  • SS Evereth Cabrera

Josh Geer is starting for two innings, followed by Mat Latos, Cesar Ramos, Nick Schmidt, Jae Kuk Ryu, Cesar Carrillo, Ivan Nova, and Matt Buschmann.

GO PADRES!!

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