April 2009

Saved By the Bell

  • 6-5 Padres

Most of us know Heath Bell’s story. He spent nine seasons with the Mets, being shipped back in forth from the major league club and Triple-A so many times that the players joked about the “Heath Bell Express”.

heath mets.jpgHeath was finally traded to the Padres along with Royce Ring in 2006. With the Padres, Heath got an opportunity to prove himself as a major-league pitcher. That he has done, spending two seasons as set-up man to Trevor Hoffman, and now taking over the closer’s role.

heath throwing.jpgIt has been well chronicled about Heath’s feelings towards the Mets. He’s mostly thankful that they traded him. But while he was with the organization, he felt that they never gave him a chance.

So I know it’s been great for him to be able to go out there and pitch against his former team, to show them what they missed out on, to show them that he really was a good pitcher. Heath saved the first game of the series, a 6-5 win, and he got so excited that he threw a pitch at the backstop. This time, he was so pumped up that he was throwing 96 MPH. But more on that later. 

Jake Peavy started the game, and gave up a three-run homer to Carlos Delgado. Obviously, things weren’t looking that great. Our ace threw 44 pitches in the first inning and gave up three runs.

But my Padres don’t get put down that easy. Not these boys. In the top of the third, Henry Blanco started it all off with a walk. Rookie Everth Cabrera came up to the plate and had an extremely impressive at-bat. He was taking pitches, running the count to full, and then getting a solid single. It was great. Jake Peavy came up and laid down the perfect bunt to move over the runners for Jody Gerut.

Jody singled Blanco in. NEXT! David Eckstein came up and drove Cabrera in. Brian Giles grounded out for the second out, but then Adrian Gonzalez was intentionally walked. Chase Headley came to the plate and drove in two runs with a single. Koooooz drove in Adrian for our fifth run. Then Henry Blanco, who started the inning, ended it with a strikeout. But the damage was done. We came back from losing 3-0 to winning 5-3 in one inning! I loved how we were able to play small ball, just getting singles, moving the runners over, and driving in some guys even with two outs. This offense is so much better than last year’s!

In the fifth, Adrian walked and Chase drove him in with a double for our sixth run. It was great! Chase had four hits on the night, driving in three runs.

Jake exited after five innings, so into the bullpen. Cla Meredith and Edwin Moreno threw one scoreless inning each. Duaner Sanchez, a former Met, gave up a two-run homer to Ramon Castro, making it a one-run game.

Onto the ninth, and Heath Bell. He got two quick outs, but then it was Delgado vs. Bell, head to head. Heath wasn’t going to get this save easily. He got two called strikes to start Delgado off, then two balls. Delgado proceeded to hit four foul balls. Heath threw him a ball, and then Delgado hit another foul. Finally, finally, Heath got a called strike to save his fifth game in five chances (that leads the majors by the way). I’m almost glad I wasn’t listening to that AB ’cause it would have been so stressing!

It was an excellent game. We won the series, 2 games to 1! We are still on top of the NL West with a 7-3 record, though we are tied with the Dodgers. This team is just amazing. It’s so exciting to be winning, and to have such a great team!!

Today we are playing the Phillies, Chris Young against Cole Hamels. What a pitching matchup! It’s going to be a great game!

Too bad I don’t get to listen to it though. I’m going on a retreat in the mountains by a lake this weekend. But this time it’s going to be for leisure and fun, instead of serving. I’m really excited, and I think it’s going to be a great weekend. I will miss blogging and listening the games and stuff, but I’ll be able to catch up when I get back. Of course, feel free to leave comments letting me know about how the Padres do or any big baseball news!

GO PADRES!!!  

An Ode to Kouz

Look there he goes
Isn’t he dreamy?
Monsieur Gaston
Oh he’s so cute!
Be still my heart
I’m hardly breathing
He’s such a tall, dark, strong and handsome brute!

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Look there, he goes

Isn’t he dreamy?

Monsieur Kevin

Oh he’s so cute!

Be still my heart

I’m hardly breathing

He’s such a tall, dark, strong and handsome brute!

Kevin_Kouzmanoff.jpgI absolutely love this picture, and I just had to write another entry just for it. Plus, I love the Beauty and the Beast musical, so…yeah! GO KOOOOOOZ!! I love you!!! 

(lyrics from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast the Broadway Musical)

Forgettable

  • 7-2 Mets

Oh boy. Let’s just say that it was bad. I don’t even want to go into it that deeply. Kevin Correia went five innings, allowing two runs on five hits. But the bullpen finally crumped in a very strange 7th inning. The Mets got four runs in that inning, thanks to some sloppy plays and defense. Oh well. It’s not even worth going into detail. Suffice it to say that Luke Gregerson gave up his first two runs of the season, Edward Mujica gave up two runs, and Luis Perdomo gave up a solo home run in his major league debut. Nice.

On the offensive side, Scott Hairston drove in a run in the fifth. In the top of the ninth, Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo homer. This one was special though, as it was his 100th career home run. Congrats Adrian!

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I know he’ll downplay it because it didn’t help the team win (and that’s all that matters to him), but it is a big accomplishment. So congrats to Adrian on #100!

Scott Hairston and Luis Rodriguez had two hits each, but that was mostly it. It was a saaad game. Definitley the worst so far, and I am so ready for the game tonight. Jake’s pitching, so that will be perfect to erase this nasty game.

Today is the rubber game…the last game in this series against the Mets. Jake Peavy, Henry Blanco catching him, I think we’re going to have a great game. WE NEED YOU JAKE!!

GO PADRES!!!!

Me and My Gang

It’s all for one and ONE FOR ALL YA’LL
It’s a brother and a sister kinda thang
Raise up your hands if you all wanna hang with
With me and my gang
We live to ride, we ride to live
Me and my gang
Jump on that train
Grab a hold of them reins
We gonna rock this thang, cock this thang
Me and my gang

 Today in the Latest Leaders I got #15, which is the best I have ever ranked. So, first of all, a HUGE thank you to all my readers. You guys have been amazing!!

Lately I have really grown to like Rascal Flatts. Their music is pretty amazing, and one of my favorite CDs is Me and My Gang.


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I thought this song was kind of appropriate for the Padres. Kind of seems like a Jake Peavy song, ya know?

The Padres and their fans are on an amazing adventure right now. Hey, five-game winning streak and on top of the NL West. This season is going to be exciting, at least for a while. I think the Padres fans have been skeptical of this winning team, but more and more are coming behind them and joining the party. We don’t know where our Padres are going, but it will be so much fun to find out.

I know that I, for one, will be sticking by these Padres all year, even if Monday night was the last game we will win this year. Even if we lose Jake Peavy (oh boy), even if we don’t lose another game this year. Even if this team crashes and burns. It’s not easy, I found that out last year. But I’m going to stick by this team no matter what.

So, jump on that train, grab a hold of them reins, let’s rock this thang, cock this thang…me and my gang/Padres!!

Today, in my dedication to #15, I’m going to mention 15 members of my gang who have had superb performances in the last week.

GANG MEMBER #15

luke gregerson.jpgLuke Gregerson has been excellent this week. He’s gone five innings, giving up only three hits and that’s it. He’s been able to get out of bases-loaded-with-no-outs jams, and he’s been absolutely solid.

GANG MEMBER #14

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Adrian Gonzalez has been warming up over the week. He has eight hits, seven RBIs, and two home runs in eight games. He’s going to be so good this year!

GANG MEMBER #13


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Scott Hairston is a stellar ballplayer, man. He’s been so solid this week, with some spectacular catches in center field, as well as some blast from the plate. This guy can flat-out play!

GANG MEMBER #12


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Luis Rodriguez has been pretty good in the past week. He’s played in seven games, with three hits and four RBIs. But check this out: he has eight walks! Wow, that’s pretty good. But understandable since he’s been hitting low in the lineup, usually right before the pitcher.

GANG MEMBER #11

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Duaner Sanchez has kind of gone under the radar, but he’s been solid for the Padres. He’s thrown three innings, allowing nothing but a walk. He came into some essential games, too, like Monday when the Padres had a one-run lead.

GANG MEMBER #10 


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Heath Bell has had no problems taking over Trevor Hoffman’s job as closer on the Padres. He has four saves in four opportunities so far this season.

GANG MEMBER #9


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David Eckstein has been an excellent pickup for the Padres. He’s had some great at-bats, even though they didn’t always end up in a positive result. Still, he’s been very solid in his hitting and his defense.

GANG MEMBER #8


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Chase Headley has been playing very well for the Padres. He has six hits and five RBIs in eight games. He also has two home runs, and great defense in left field.

GANG MEMBER #7


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Henry Blanco was not signed by the Padres for his offense, but San Diego has recieved some of it anyway. In addition to catching some excellent games, Henry has two home runs already.

GANG MEMBER #6


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Chris Young has throw 13 innings so far, allowing only two earned runs with 12 strikeouts. He has earned two wins, beating Randy Wolf and Tim Lincecum.

GANG MEMBER #5


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Jody Gerut has five hits so far, including a home run and three doubles. He’s also had stellar defense in center. It’s been so much fun to watch him…

GANG MEMBER #4


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Brian Giles has five hits and four walks, but has not come through in a lot of big situations, like bases loaded with no outs. His defense has been superb, though. He knows that right field corner in PETCO so well!

GANG MEMBER #3


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Nick Hundley has definitley improved at the plate from last year. I think he’s going to have a really good offensive year. His catching has also been great.

GANG MEMBER #2


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OH MY GOODNESS!!! That picture is soooooo cute!!! WOW, I totally love it!!!  Ah, where was I? Oh yes, Kevin Kouzmanoff’s amazingness! He has six hits so far. I think he’s still warming up. He’ll get better as the season goes on… Just look at that guy. Wow.

GANG MEMBER #1

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Jake Peavy’s first start wasn’t the best, but his second was incredible. In 15.1 innings pitched, he has 18 strikeouts. I am so thankful that he’s still here in San Diego, and I hope he will be sticking around for a long time.

Again, thanks so much to all my readers! Without you guys, this blog has no meaning. Keep checking back here for all the latest Padres news!

Today the Padres are playing the Mets again, Kevin Correia against Oliver Perez. GO PADRES!!!

There’s Five

 
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  • 6-5 Padres

The New York Mets opened their brand-new ballpark, Citi Field, last night. The Padres were invited to the party, and boy did they spoil it!

It all started with Jody Gerut, the Padres’ leadoff hitter, in the top of the first (which is usually a good place to start you know). With a 1-1 count, Gerut hit a solo homer down the right field line. Jody is now the only player to open a ballpark with a home run.

Walter Silva came in with a 1-0 lead. He only went 4.2 innings, giving up five runs on eight hits.

The Padres quickly build up a 5-1 lead over the Mets. In the second, Silva singled and Gerut doubled. David Eckstein then doubled them both in. Brian Giles singled in Eckstein.

In the top of the fifth, Adrian Gonzalez hit his second homer of the season. In the bottom of the frame, Silva lost it. He gave up four runs, the big blow being David Wright’s three-run homer. Suddenly, we had a tie ballgame.

Not for long, though. Luis Rodriguez tripled off of Ryan Church’s glove. A few outs later, Pedro Feliciano balked, apparently bothered by David Eckstein’s antics at the plate. That was the winning run.

Edward Mujica, Duaner Sanchez, and Edwin Moreno had great outings. They held the Mets down, that for sure. The bullpen has been so solid!

Then, it was revenge time. Well, not really. But I know that Heath Bell felt great going against his former team, who never really gave him a chance. Check out this quote from the Union Tribune, which made me laugh out loud: “Next in was Bell, who was so excited that he threw a 97-mph fastball off the backstop. No matter.” Oh my goodness! He was really excited, but he got the save, ending with a pop-up to my boy Kouz.

Heath now has four saves in four opportunities this season. He’s been good! Man, he’s certainly a lot more riled up when he goes out there, though. Trevor would never get that excited about a save!

Jody Gerut had a great game. He had two hits and a walk, plus some great defense in center. David Eckstein also had a great game, with three hits.

The bullpen was great, man. They held a one-run lead for four innings!

This team is so exciting! We are now 6-2, and we still have our lead on the top of the NL West. Now we have won five in a row. I’m loving this. My Friars are playing some great baseball right now!

Today is an off-day (in the middle of a series). I think it’s great that we get a break so everyone can recouperate after a big week. Then we can get right back into it on Wednesday with a big win!

GO PADRES!!

(photo credit: Union-Tribune) 

Sweep ‘Em Outta Here

What a weekend! These Padres are on a roll!

  • Friday: 7-3 Padres

Shawn Hill started the game, going five innings and giving up only two runs on seven hits. We picked up this guy like, last week. I think it’s great that he was able to pitch so well on Friday! 

The rest of the bullpen was great. Hill left the game with the bases loaded and no outs. Luke Gregerson came in and got a grounder to first, where Adrian Gonzalez fired it home to get the force out, and Nick Hundley threw it back to get the hitter. Gregerson then struck out the next batter. I have been really pleased with Luke this week. He’s been so solid!

Let me tell you, the pitching has been incredible so far. And when the offense and defense is solid too, the Padres are going to have a good night at the ball yard.

The man of the night, as he has been for many nights, was Scott Hairston. First off, he got a single and scored our first run in the bottom of the first. We got three runs in the bottom of the first, thanks in part to a Brian Giles double and a Kevin Kouzmanoff single.

In the fourth, Brian Giles drove in David Eckstein with a single for the 4-1 lead. In the top of the seventh, Bengie Molina was at the plate with a runner on. He hit a long shot to left center field, and it looked like it was going out. Chase Headley was running over there from left field, but Scotty came in from center, leaping at the wall, and catching the ball. If Scotty hadn’t caught that, it would have been a tying two-run homer. Instead, Molina, disbelieving, was out. It was an incredible catch by Scott Hairston!

He wasn’t done though. In the bottom of that seventh, he came up to the plate with two runners on. What does he do? He hits a three-run homer! What a night for this guy! All in all, he had three hits, drove in three runs, stole a base, and made some spectacular plays. Hairston has done nothing but incredible things since we got him in late 2007. What a player!

Edward Mujica and Duaner Sanchez had scoreless innings. Edwin Moreno ran into a little trouble in the ninth, allowing a run, but he got out of it and closed the game. 

This was an all-around incredible game. The pitching was solid, the defense was fantastic, the offense was amazing. All the guys in the top of the order had a really good game. Scotty, Eckstein, Giles…whoo hoo!

  • Saturday: 6-3 Padres

Jake Peavy. Mexico Opening Night. Adrian Gonzalez long-sleeved T-shirt night. ‘Nuff said!

Jake was excellent last night, very Jake-like. His Opening Day start was solid, but he wasn’t the best. This time was the real Jake. Take 8.1 innings, 10 strikeouts, three runs, 106 pitches. He was so sharp, so on his game. It was incredible!

Both starting pitchers were really good for the first few innings. Jake and Jonathan Sanchez weren’t giving up anything. Until the third. Padres catcher Henry Blanco started off the inning with a solo homer.

But the Giants got that run right back in the top of the fifth. In the bottom of the sixth, the Padres took the lead for good. Henry Blanco led off the inning again, and he hit a solo homer again. Jake walked, Scott Hairston singled, and David Eckstein walked. Brian Giles flew out, but then Adrian Gonzalez hit a double that cleared the bases. It was great.

Chase Headley hit his first homer of the season, getting the Padres’ sixth and last run of the night.

In the top of the ninth, Jake started running into some trouble. He had 105 pitches, and his next one was a run-scoring double. So, Buddy took him out. Jake wasn’t too happy about it, I know he wanted to finish the game out. But Heath Bell came in to save his third game in three chances. He got a strikeout, then a pop-out to my boy Kouz in foul territory. Yay!

It was a great win for the Padres. Jake and Henry each had a really great game. By the way, Peavy and Blanco have been working really well together. I wouldn’t be surprised if Blanco caught Jake for the rest of the season.

  •  Sunday: 6-1 Padres

I got to watch the majority of this game, probably from the fourth inning to the end. It was so much fun to be able to see all the players and to see the game fold out before my eyes. I never get to watch baseball, so it’s really special for me to just be able to watch a game on TV!

Chris Young against Tim Lincecum. What a matchup! I knew it would be a classic game, but I thought my Padres would come out on top. We had the momentum, and CY was very solid his last time out. This time, he was even better.

He went seven innings, giving up five hits and one unearned run with seven strikeouts. He even hit a single, his second hit of the season! He was mowing, man. I was really pleased with his outing. He did a great, great job.

Lincecum was good, too. He seemed a lot more vulnerable than when we faced him last year. Maybe it’s just because of the confidence the Padres and their fans have. But I knew my Padres could beat him, even if he won the CY Young last year. He seems to have been off to a slow start this season. He was getting us out, but he wasn’t overpowering and dominating like last year.

In the third, the Padres’ offense turned on. Jody Gerut doubled, and a few batters later, Adrian Gonzalez drove him in with a single. Chase Headley then hit his second homer of the season.

In the sixth, Nick Hundley tripled to start the inning and Luis Rodriguez promptly sacrifice-flied him in.

The seventh led off with Adrian and Chase each hitting a single. Nick singled to drive in Adrian and Rodriguez sac-flied again to drive in Chase.

Luke Gregerson came into the game to relieve CY. He allowed two hits, but he threw two solid innings and has not given up a run yet. He’s pitched five innings so far this week.

Adrian Gonzalez had two hits, Kouz had two hits, Chase had two hits, and Nick Hundley had four hits, a career high. Nick actually went single, double, triple…and single. Too bad he didn’t hit for the cycle, but still a great game for Nick. 

It was a great 6-1 win for the Padres. I think the best word that describes this team right now is solid. The pitching has been incredibly solid, the hitting has been solid, and the defense has been solid. This team is solid, confident, and they are winners!

We’re on top of the NL West right now. I know, I know, it’s crazy early, but we’re on top! This team that is supposed to lose 100+ games is better than anyone in the West right now. They’re on a four-game winning streak, and I don’t see any stopping them. They are fired up and totally confident. They go out there every game with a winning mindset. I know it’s cliché, but this team really has it. They really think, know, that they can win every single game. I really don’t see them stopping now. I mean, I’m sure we’re going to lose sometime, but right now, we are on a roll.

This team is exciting. They are exceeding expectations, they are winning, playing hard. They’re turning some heads. We can do this. We can win this crazy NL West. I truly believe that we have a chance for the playoffs this year. Of course, this is me speaking after the first week. There’s a ton of baseball left to be played. But there’s no doubt, no matter what happens for the rest of the season, we will remember this week. It was the start of hope. It was shocking, exciting, unexpected. For this one week at least, the Padres were good. They played the best baseball they’ve played in a long time. But best of all, they played together, and they won. They won five games, four in a row. This week showed how real baseball is supposed to be played. They played hard, they played solid, and they won, together.

That’s my team! That my Padres! Yep, that’s us ON TOP OF THE NL WEST!! Nope, not dead last, but very first. I am so fired up about these Padres!

The next victim, er, should I say opponent, is the New York Mets. Citi Field will be opening today. The Padres will have the honor of being the first opposing team in the stadium. Walter Silva will get to pitch against Mike Pelfrey. I expect Silva to be much more confident and calm as he goes out for his second big league start.

Four in a row, boys. Let’s make it five.

GO PADRES!!!!!    

From Death Into Life

 

nick adenhart.jpgSince the tragic death of Nick Adenhart on Thursday morning, a lot of people have been very affected by it. Why? Well, mostly because of how young Nick was. He was only 22, a kid really, with his whole Major League career and life ahead of him. A lot of people have been shocked by this incident because they know that they easily be in the same position that Nick was.

Things like this remind us of the fragility of life, don’t they? One night, Nick was throwing six scoreless innings. The next, he’s gone. Life is extremely fragile. It can be snuffed out, just like that.

I think this scared a lot of young people especially. At the age Nick was, most people think they know everything and that they’re invincible. Well, they’re not.

We face the risk of death every day really. Death is an inescapable reality. There’s only one thing certain about life, and that’s that it’s going to end. We are all going to die, one way or another.

People don’t like the talk or even think about death. For most of us, it’s some far-off reality. I don’t think any of us expect to die until we’re really old, like in our 80s or 90s. But then incidents like Nick’s death come around and knock us off our feet. It could happen to any of us. We could be doing something as simple as driving to the grocery store and a drunk decides to run a red light.

I’m not afraid of death, of dying. I used to be, I used to freak out about it. I used to be afraid for my family and my friends. I was so worried, so afraid of death. I was clinging too tightly to the world. I was worried about what would happen to all my stuff if I died. But then one of my mentors asked me if I was prepared to die. I told him yes, but thinking about it later, I realized that I really wasn’t. So I prayed and read my Bible, and the Lord gave me peace about dying. Ever since, I have had no fear of death.

You may be wondering how I can be at peace about dying. Well, most people see death as the end of the road. To them, once you die, there’s nothing. That’s it. But to me, death is only the pathway to something bigger and incredibly better than this life: Heaven.

Now, the reason I get to go to Heaven is because I am so perfect and because of all my good deeds, right? I deserve to go to Heaven, right? Dead wrong! I am a sinner! If I was not saved by Christ, I would be wallowing in sin right now. The only good things that come out of me are because of God. Without Him, I am nothing. We can’t work our way to God.  

This weekend, we are celebrating a holiday that has been relatively unaffected by the modern day culture. Oh sure, there’s the Easter Bunny and eggs, but the main focus is on church, the cross, and lilies. For a lot of people, Easter is one of the two times a year that they go to church, have an Easter hunt, and eat good food. For Christians, this weekend is so much more. This weekend, we reflect on the death of our Savior.

Good Friday. Interestingly named, huh? The death of Jesus was a dark and extremely sad event. He was tortured and nailed to a cross. He was rejected by His Father as He took on all the sins of His people onto Himself, and He died.

But that death was not the end of the story. To the people back then, it looked pretty hopeless. The Christ, the Son of God, was dead. The Jews had been waiting for the Messiah for generations. When He finally came, He came as a poor carpenter. They were expecting a strong powerful king who would liberate them. But now, to top it all off, He was dead.

But three days later, He rose from the dead. By living a perfect life that we could never live, and by dying the death that we deserved, He conquered death. His death gives us life. If we believe in Him, trust Him, and follow Him, He offers us salvation and a hope.

You see, when we believe in Jesus, His righteousness is credited to us. We don’t have to fear death anymore, because He conquered it! When we die, we will be in the presence of God forever. This world will pass away, but His kingdom will never perish. Can’t you see why I don’t fear death? When I die, I go to be with my Savior…forever!

We can’t wrap our minds around forever because we are so conditioned to everything having a time, a start and an end. We can’t imagine forever, but we know it will be incredible.

Death is not the end for those who have placed their trust in Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith. I am not saved because of what I’ve done or what I’ve accomplished, but by what Jesus did for me on the cross, so many years ago. And that’s why I’m celebrating this weekend. 

You can’t really live until you’re prepared to die.

easter cross.jpgI do have to warn those of you who have not placed your trust in God, though. The Son of God died. He became our failures, He became our sins. We’d better not take this lightly. In light of this truth, how then can we ignore such a great salvation? There is going to be a Judgment Day, and everyone will be accounted for what they did in their lives. If you are saved by Christ, you have nothing to worry about. But if you are not, how will you escape? God is offering you unconditional love, eternal life, and redemption from sins. All He asks is that you follow Him. How can you ignore such a great salvation? 

You’ve heard of the opposite of Heaven, haven’t you? Hell. Just as Heaven is a reality, so is Hell. And like Heaven, Hell lasts forever. Don’t wait until it’s too late. You don’t know when you’re going to die. Nick Adenhart didn’t. He didn’t finish his start and think, I’m going to die tomorrow. He didn’t know! You and I don’t either. Don’t put this off. The Heavenly Father is willing, if you are willing to let Him in. How can you ignore such a great salvation?

“Whoever believes in the Son has enternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” (John 3.36)

“God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3.16)

“This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into thw world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4.9-10)

“God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5.8) 

I hope you guys have a blessed Easter!

(photo credits: latimes.com, faithwestnewton.net)   

Padres Rally to WIN!!

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  • 4-3 Padres

What a great game! It looked like the Dodgers would prevail for a while there, but my Padres fought back and got the win.

Kevin Correia threw his first start of the season, going six innings, allowing three runs on five hits with four walks and five strikeouts. The first run he gave up was a bases-loaded walk. Matt Kemp drove in the other two with a double. I thought Correia did very well. The rotation looks really good so far!

Edwin Moreno and Cla Meredith threw one inning, giving up one hit and one walk each. Very good…our pitching is looking really great so far!

On the hitting side, we took a while to get it going. In the bottom of the fifth, David Eckstein drove in Luis Rodriguez to tie the game at one. Down 3-1 in the eighth, it was rally time. With one out, Adrian Gonzalez hit his first homer of the year. That was also the Padres’ first home run this week. Then Adrian’s older brother Edgar hit a triple on a ball that almost got out of the park.  Nick Hundley promptly smoked a single to tie the game. Luis Rodriguez doubled, driving in the winning run.

But the game wasn’t over yet. New closer Heath Bell came into the game to tie up the win. He gave up a triple, the potenital tying run, to Orlando Hudson. No outs. Wonders of wonders, Heath was able to get Manny to ground out. The runner at third froze. And then Andre Either walked.

We needed a double play. The guys on the radio mentioned it, and I was really hoping for it as well. That was the easiest way to get out of it.

Russell Martin, who hasn’t done the best in this series, was down 0-2 when he hit a ground ball to second. David Eckstein to Everth Cabrera to Adrian Gonzalez. Game over!

It was so exciting. That double play…if they hadn’t been able to get the runner at first, the tying run would have scored! It was a stressing inning, but we got out of it! I think that was really good for Heath to be able to work himself out of a jam like that and earn his second save of the year.

Now, I gotta talk about David Eckstein. What a pickup for the Padres! This guy has an incredible work ethic, and he’s just a great baseball player. He was out there working on stuff this morning even though it was a day game. Today he was finally rewarded with two hits in four ABs. This guy is going to be so good for us!

So, in review of this series, I think the Padres played very well. We only had one error, and that was Jake Peavy’s throwing error on Monday. We scored 11 runs to the Dodgers’ 14. The pitching was really great. I am so pleased. I mean, they weren’t perfect, but they were good.

I am really excited about this team. We were able to play well and split this series. I think we’re going to keep being good. At least, let’s hope so…

We are playing the San Francisco Giants for three games this weekend. And yes, Tim Lincecum is pitching on Sunday…

GO PADRES!!

(photo credit: cache.daylife.com)        

“Tonight, We Win!”

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As some of you know, I got to attend the game last night. I had so much fun! It was incredible to experience the Dodgers-Padres rivalry right there. There were a lot of Dodgers fans in attendance, but I tried my hardest to out-yell them!

My friend, sister, and I got to the ballpark about 40 minutes before the game. The Dodgers were nearing the end of BP as we walked all the way up to the Upper Reserved seats.

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While we waited for the game to start, we ate “dinner” and watched the players come out to warm up. We saw Nick Hundley head out towards the bullpen to do some sprints, and we were reminded of a game that we went to last year.

Eventually, the National Anthem was sung, the first pitches were thrown out, and it was time to play ball.

cywarming.JPGI was really pleased with Chris Young’s outing last night. He did very well after a bad spring. Last night he threw six innings, giving up five hits and two runs with five strikeouts. I had never seen the 6-foot-10 Young pitch live before, so that was really fun. He had a really great outing.

CYwindup.JPGOur hitters couldn’t do much against Randy Wolf for the first few innings. But in the bottom of the second, my boy Kouz hit a triple down the right field line. Very cool that he was able to get it over there as a right-hander. He got around the bases in good time and slid into third with no problem. Scott Hairston drove him in with a double down the left field line. Scotty’s going to be good for us this year! It was very exciting for the Padres to draw first blood.

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firstblood.JPGIt was disappointing to see the Dodgers come back and get two runs in the fourth, though. Manny started it off with a double. BOOOOOOOO!!! I was ragging on my friend about how good Manny was supposed to be and this was finally his first hit of the season! If he’s supposed to be this good, why didn’t he get a hit in say, in Monday’s game? HAHA! Russell Martin doubled in Manny, and later, Casey Blake drove Martin in with a sacrifice fly. 

Things weren’t looking that great for the Padres hitters. They were not doing much against Randy Wolf. But in the sixth, they really turned it on.

Adrian Gonzalez started it off with a single, followed by Kouz doing the same exact thing. Chase Headley drove them both in with a double! It was so cool! The Padres fans were going estatic! Later in the inning, Luis Rodriguez sac-flied Chase in.

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32padres.JPGThings got a little tense when Edwin Moreno came out of the bullpen for his major league debut. You could tell that he was a little nervous, especially facing some of the best Dodgers hitters. He gave up two walks, but got Manny to pop out to end the inning. That’s a great dose of confidence for the young guy.

It started sprinkling in the bottom of the 7th. I felt these pricks in my arms, and since the previous inning had found me going crazy and clapping really hard, I thought my arms were going to sleep! But then I realized that it was raining. It didn’t rain hard, but it was really fun to watch the game through the rain. It was beautiful.  

Duaner Sanchez threw a scoreless inning, and before we knew it, it was the top of the ninth. But the bells didn’t ring through the stadium. The fans didn’t stand in anticipation of the all-time saves leader trotting out of the bullpen. Instead, Heath Bell ran out of the bullpen. He didn’t trot, he kind of, uh…I’d say lumbered out really fast. He looked really pumped and energetic.

heathfirstsave.JPGEven though this wasn’t Trevor, the crowd was really supportive of Heath. When the announcer announced Heath, he drew it out like he did with Trevor: “Heeeaaattth Bell!” It just wasn’t right. It just wasn’t the same.

Heath did very well. He struck out the first batter, but walked the next one. He then went on to strike out the next two batters, and that was that. Padres win!!

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It was such a fun game! I really enjoyed cheering on for my team! I screamed and yelled like I never have before. I loved screaming “BEAT LA!!”. It was so much fun to try to out-yell the Dodgers fans in our section. There was a much smaller crowd than Monday, which I expected. We only had 20,035 out there last night! But it was a good crowd. A lot of Dodgers fans, but a lot of Padres fans as well. We had a blast! I love this rivalry, to boo Manny, to shriek “BEAT LA!!”. We did that so many times! 

Sure, these fans were on different sides, but we were all having a blast watching some baseball. Being a fan is so much fun! I would love to go to more Dodgers-Padres games this year.

We got to see a great game for our Padres. Kouz had two hits. Adrian had a hit and a walk. Nick Hundley had two walks. It was such a well-played game!

I wanted to mention David Eckstein, who has been hitting the ball like crazy, but always right at someone. He had four at-bats last night, and all of them were flyouts or lineouts. Soon, he’s going to find those empty spots, and he’s going to really help this club.

It was really cool for me to be out there so early in the season. It was only the second game! I’ve never been to a game that early, so that was really neat. I got to see the Padres first win of the season, Heath Bell’s first save as the official closer (his third in the majors), Edwin Moreno’s major league debut, Chris Young’s first win of the season, Kouz’s first hit of the season, and so many other things. It was very cool. 

I also thought it was pretty cool that I got to see Randy Wolf pitch. Last year, my first game of the season was Randy Wolf pitching against the Mariners, so it was kind of ironic that I saw him in my first game of this season too.

As we left the ballpark, you could tell that Padres fans were estatic. They were yelling, cheering all over the place. The Gaslamp was celebrating! This win really pumped up all the Padres fans, myself included. I am so excited about this team! It was such a great game!

Sure, we lost on Opening Day. This team is still proving itself. We don’t know what the next 160 games will bring. We may lose the rest of the season, but “tonight, we win”. I’m going to remember this game for a long time.

I want to leave you with the beautiful calm rain over the silent Petco Park.

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IMG_3911.JPGTonight we continue the series against the Dodgers. Walter Silva will make his major league debut against Chad Billingsley. Let’s get another “W”, shall we? GO PADRES!!!

(photo credits: me)   

It’s Only the First Game

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Well, it wasn’t the best Opening Day ever. It wasn’t the most well-played game for the Padres, but I saw some things that signal hope for this team.

Jake Peavy started, going seven innings. He gave up four runs, three earned, on seven hits with eight stikeouts. In the first inning, when he gave up two runs, he was not very sharp. He went 1-2-3 in the second, but gave up one run in each of the third and the seventh. He wasn’t the sharpest, but I thought he did a pretty good job. I am very glad that he went seven innings. The bullpen is very fresh now. It’s a very good thing that he went so deep into the game.

The two guys who pitched from the bullpen were very good. Luke Gregerson and Edward Mujica threw scoreless innings.  

We got our one and only run in the bottom of the first. Jody Gerut double off the first pitch he saw. David Eckstein moved him over with a sacrifice, and Brian Giles drove him in with a ground-out. We only had five hits, but we left seven runners on. At one point we left the bases loaded. It was not very good. But I have hope for these hitters. Eckstein had some excellent at-bats, though he only had one hit and one walk. Adrian Gonzalez walked twice. But my boy Kouz had a bad night. He came up in two critical do-or-die situations and he died both times. Oh well.

kouzo my baby.jpgI’m not upset, angry, or devastated about this game. Disappointed, sure, but I’m not ready to jump off a bridge or anything. It’s only the first game of the season! One loss, and people are already comparing this year to last year! Peoples, it’s only the first game!! We’ve still got 161 ahead of us. I saw positive things in the game last night. Face it, the Dodgers were really good. We were shut down by their pitching. I know we will be better than this.

Yesterday’s game was attended by the largest crowd in Petco Park’s history, at 45,496. I think that is so cool! Sure, a lot of the crowd was Dodgers fans, but still. We just came off a 99-loss season and we draw the biggest crowd in Petco Park ever!! 

Tonight we are playing the Dodgers for the second of four games this week. Chris Young will be starting against Randy Wolf. And guess what…I’m going to the game!!

Kind of a weird situation of how we’re going, but basically a friend offered to take my sister and me to the game last night, but we couldn’t get tickets (at least we got beat out by the biggest crowd in Petco Park history!), so we’re going tonight instead. My friend is sort of a Dodgers supporter, so it’s going to be a lot of fun! My goal is to convert him into a Padres fan. It’s going to be so much fun!

I’ve been to a Dodgers/Padres game before, it was my very first baseball game ever! But I wasn’t “concious” of the meaning and the rivalry. But that game did kindle my hate of the Dodgers because 1) the won, and 2) they got the winning run off of Trevor. This time, it’s going to be a lot of fun to experience the rivalry and scream like crazy. My throat’s already sore in anticipation!

This friend, who is like an older brother to my sister and me, is an incredibly gracious man. He doesn’t really like baseball, but he knows how much this means to me, so he’s taking us anyway (though he’s trying to make us think it’s only because the Dodgers are playing that he offered to take us). Even though he isn’t a big fan of the Dodgers (he’s a football/basketball guy), he still pretends to really like them. Since he is sitting on the fence and it not a die-hard Dodgers fan, I have hope to convert him to the Friars!

Also, he’s not feeling the best, but he’s going to suck it up and go anyway! What a trooper! He is a really great guy, and my sister and I thank him so much for taking us tonight! I know we’re going to have a lot of fun. Even if my “brother from another mother” and I are going at it all night! Haha! GO PADRES!!

It’s going to be a lot of fun. Of course, I will be taking a lot of pictures. I hoping the break the 300 mark today. Yeah, 300 pictures should be enough. GO PADRES!!!

(photo credit: padres.com)     

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