April 2009

Padres Fan Day 2009!

Wow, what an incredible event! I hardly know where to begin, but begin I will!

My mom, my brother and I arrived at Petco Park around one pm.
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Jen soon joined us. We got in contact with Hyun Young, who had been there early. We would meet up with her later.

We ran down to the field because some players were signing near the Padres dugout. Unfortunately, the players ran off the field just as we got down there. So, we missed most of the workout. Oh well.

Thumbnail image for IMG_3538.JPGNext we went to the Jake Peavy autograph line, which was full. We decided to take a gamble and went into the overflow line. We waited for about an hour, watching the scoreboard and listening to the music that blasted through the stadium.

IMG_3562.JPGJake made pretty good time. He got through everybody in the guaranteed section in probably forty minutes.

It wasn’t looking great for us in the overflow section though. We had certainly taken a gamble. We were only about five rows in, so we were close. But if Jake didn’t get to us, we wouldn’t have time to go anywhere else. We would either get Jake’s autograph or none at all. We took a huge risk! 

It looked very unlikey. They said the first two rows of the overflow would get to go, and that was it. But Jake is an incredible man. The next two rows got to go, and ours was next. We were begging to ourselves, “Just one more, just one more!”

Well, we got it. They told us to get up, and we got to join the line. It was so cool. After going through that range of emotions, worry to disappointment to panic to joy! Very cool. We walked down the steps, watching Jake as he signed for the people ahead of us. They were moving people through very quickly. A guy would take your one item to be autographed, put it in front of Jake, you step in front of Jake as he signed, and then you were gone. It was very quick.

Jen was ahead of me, and as Jake signed her ball for her, she told him that though she is a White Sox fan, he was her new favorite Padre. As I stepping in front of Jake, I said, “We love you, Jake!” I think he said something in reply, but I couldn’t hear what he said. Oh well.

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IMG_3590.JPGLet me rave a little about this guy. He went way above what he should have done. I knew he would sign extra for as many fans as possible. What class this country boy has! I love him. I mean, he’s starting tonight! Any other ace might have opted out of an event like this in order to prepare for the game. But this guy was incredible. He really shouldn’t have done as many autographs as he did. What a great guy! Well, at least now if he gets traded I’ll have his autograph! This guy has great class. I am very thankful for this one autograph.

IMG_3628.JPGNext we went to the Padres’ garage sale, which benefitted the Padres Foundation for Children. There was a lot of cool stuff for a really good price. I got three baseballs, a coffee-tabe type book about Petco Park, a Sports Illustrated magazine with Trevor on the cover from 2002, a music sheet of the Padres’ official song, and a poster, all for under $15. I was really impressed. A lot of the stuff was from years ago, but it was pretty cool. I really enjoyed “shopping”.

After that, we went to the Cox/Channel 4 table. There was this wheel thingy that you could spin and win strange things. I got sunscreen :)

IMG_3637.JPGThen we finally met up with Hyun Young. We hung out for a while, talking some baseball. We were still standing near the Channel 4 table, and when we saw some of the postgame guys signing autographs. So we thought, why not?

I went up to the table first and laid a piece of blank Padres paper on the table in front of John Weisbarth.

“What’s this?” he asked.

“A piece of paper.” I replied.

He stared at it for a few seconds. “Would you like me to sign it?”

“Sure!” I exclaimed.

So he did, asking me my name and then trying to think of something clever to write on it. “Thanks 4 watching!” was what he came up with. Isn’t that brilliant? He thought that was really good. He passed it on to his comrade Steve Quis, who signed it as well, putting a “+” between his name and John’s.

The Hyun Young gave him a piece of (Jen’s) notebook paper to sign. John told Steve that he had to come up with the witty saying this time. Steve couldn’t think of anything, so John wrote the “thanks 4 watching” again. And something else with their signatures. But Jen’s…wow. I’m going to let her tell you about that one. We laughed and laughed and laughed.

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IMG_3642.JPGThey were really funny.

Things were winding down. Hyun Young left, and then we prepared to leave as well. But before we left, I noticed a guy who I’ve heard and read about. He kind of stands out in a crowd, as he had prosthetics for arms. His name is Alex Montoya. He was born without arms or one of his legs. He published a book about his life last year, and as it happens, I’ve been reading it!

tate publishing.jpgHe grew up in San Diego, and his dream was to work with the Padres. Well, he’s finally working for them, and he’s at the ballpark all the time. I first heard about him when 4SD had a feature about him. It was really cool to meet him, to shake his hook, to talk to him about his book. He was a really nice guy. Meeting him was definitely a highlight of my day.

It was soooo much fun to be there at PETCO Park! We had a great time. I really enjoyed it. It was so great to get out and support my team, check out how they are doing.

I have Spring Break this week, so it’s going to be a lot of fun to concentrate on the Padres as they open the season tonight. I am so excited!!

Here are some random pictures from yesterday:

 

IMG_3534.JPGKevin Towers on XX Sports Radio

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IMG_3547.JPGDavid Eckstein talking to Bob Scanlan

IMG_3579.JPGCutest picture of Kouz ever :)

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IMG_3635.JPGIt was a really fun day, and I’m so glad I got to go. Thanks Dad and Mom!

Tonight is the opening game of the season for the Padres, Jake Peavy against Hiroki Kuroda. It’s going to be so much fun to see how my Padres do this year. I am so excited!! GO PADRES!!!

(photo credits: me, tatepublishing.com)      

I ♥ San Diego!

Well. Let’s just say that the players were anxious to get back to San Diego, so they weren’t fully concentrated on the game. We lost to the Mariners 18-3. Yeah. Chris Young threw 3.2 innings and gave up nine runs on nine hits with four walks. Not very good, but of course he was thinking about getting back to his wife and daughter. Scott Hairston hit a homer, though.

Last night, some of the Padres played their Double-A team. The Missions came out on top 7-3. It was not the best game for the Padres, but Kouz had two hits!!

I don’t think I’m going to have the time to blog this weekend, which means that my next entry will be a report on the Fan Day! As you all know, I super excited along with Hyun Young and Jen. I am really excited about getting to go downtown.

SanDiegoSkyline_lg.jpgI am pretty much obsessed with downtown San Diego. I love just going anywhere near it. I love even going down the highway towards it! We went to a party in La Jolla last week, and we went part of the way that we go downtown. I was pretty excited! Kind of weird, I know. But I LOVE downtown!

I’m sure that the majority of my love for downtown San Diego is because of this:

petco ariel.jpgI LOVE PETCO PARK!!! That place is my favorite place to be. I absolutely love this ballpark. It’s so beautiful! And it’s in downtown San Diego. I live about 45 minutes from downtown, so I’m not used to all the buildings. But I love it! I love how crowded, how busy it is. I love the towering buildings.

petco-park-1gates.jpg(Hyun Young and Jen – just FYI we’re going to be meeting at these gates!)

I am so obsessed with downtown San Diego. Like I said, I love just going anywhere near it. And on Sunday, I have the extreme privilege of going to the place that I dream about: the gorgeous Petco Park. I haven’t been there in about seven months. I miss that place, and I am so excited that I get to go to Petco Park. It’s going to be so much fun just to be there! I’m going to take so many pictures it won’t be funny. Thankfully, I have room for 1000 pictures on my camera :)

I was born in a hospital near downtown San Diego, so I think that’s where part of my extreme love and loyalty for the city comes. I loooooooove San Diego!!!!

san diego sunset.jpgThis is my home. This is where I was born, where my loyalties lie. I love San Diego! 

Tonight we are playing the Angels at Petco Park in the first of two games in the So-Cal exhibition games. I can’t believe we’re going to be in Petco!! Very exciting!!

GO PADRES!!!

(photo credits: farm4.static.flicker.com, history.sandiego.edu, cityinsights.com)  

The End of the Beginning

First off, let me clarify some things from yesterday’s entry, which was obviously an April Fool’s joke. The Padres won 6-5 on Tuesday, and my brother’s team lost 17-10 on the same night. So, in my report of the game, I mixed the two. Also, Moorad has no such ideas (that I know of). Except hopefully he has the same feelings about Trevor, though. So, that was a fun entry to write, but it is not true. APRIL FOOLS!!

  • 6-1 Padres

Down to business. My Padres are rolling, man! They’ve won five out of their last six. I know it’s only spring, but they picked a good time to get things going.

Jake Peavy started, giving up four hits in five innings with three strikeouts. Incredible! He did not give up a run in 14 innings this spring. Sure, he fell apart at the WBC, but he’s doing great right now. I am so excited about the season he can have this year. He’s definitely going to be a highlight for the Padres, no matter what happens.

Edwin Moreno pitched a scoreless inning. Check it out: his ERA this spring is 0.66. Yeah! Put him in my bullpen! Isn’t that great? I think he’s going to be good.   

Adrian Gonzalez hit a huge two-run homer (with a bro-BI – brother batted in!). Luis Rodriguez had two hits and drove in three runs. Chase Headley had two hits also.

I am so pumped about my Padres, it’s sooo cool! I’m really excited about Fan Day, and then Opening Day the next day. Looking at the roster, we look really good. Sure, we aren’t the Yankees, but we’ve got some solid players.

Check out our bullpen: Heath Bell, Cla Meredith, Edward Mujica, Arturo Lopez, Edwin Moreno, Frankie De La Cruz, and Duaner Sanchez. Very Latino bullpen this year, huh?

We didn’t expect a bullpen like this. I mean, Mujica joined the team yesterday! But I’m really excited about these guys. I hope they do extremely well for us.

Just FYI, here’s our rotation: Jake Peavy, Chris Young, Walter Silva, Kevin Correia, and Shawn Hill. Looking good…

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Rawlings_baseball.jpgIt’s baseball time.

Today the Padres are playing the Mariners. Chris Young will pitch for the last time before his start on Tuesday. Since it’s the last spring game for the Padres, we all know what that means – the starters will play a few innings, then it’s the invasion of the minor leaguers.

GO PADRES!!!

(photo credit: italiansrus.com, blogs.villagevoice.com)    

Crazy Game and Strange Ideas

  • 17-10 Padres

It was a crazy game! Shawn Hill started and gave up nine runs in the first two innings. It looks like he’s going to be in the rotation, but I’m not sure if I really want him there. Luke Gregerson threw two solid innings, which is good. Heath Bell came into the ninth to save the game. He got a couple outs, but he allowed a single and stolen base. With the tying run at third, I think he got a full count on the last batter of the game. The hitter took a called strike to end the game. Heath was obviously not the best, but he got out of the inning.

The hitters did pretty well. They were behind badly, but they were able to get a few runs. Eliezar Alfonso and Brian Giles each hit a homer. Adrian Gonzalez had three hits. Jody Gerut had two hits. Some of the younger guys were really good. There was this one hitter on the other team, the Phillies, who was huge! He looked like he belongs in the next division. He just killed us. But our hitters did very well. They were able to get seven runs in the bottom of the sixth, though that fell seven runs short. Oh well. But it was a pretty cool game!

I mean, you win some, and you lose some. It was great to get that win after a great weekend, but we severed a five game winning streak! Let’s just hope we can get back on track as the season starts and goes on!

So, I was doing a little research on the Padres’ new owner, Jeff Moorad. Apparently he has a lot of new plans for the Padres. Very interesting…Petco Park is certainly going to be very different with him in control. First of, he loved carousels when he was a kid. As a result, he thinks the Friar Faithful would like to have some carousels around the park.

carousel.jpgOf course, you would have to pay to go on one of these.

His menu improvements seem like they would be pretty drastic as well. He’s been in Arizona for a while, so I think he’s picked up some weird ideas from there. For example, he thinks that San Diego fans would appreciate special food like THIS

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and THIS
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EWWW!!!!

But the best part is that Moorad believes that this guy needs to be back in a Padres uniform next year:
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Now that makes me like Moorad, no matter what weird ideas he has!!

Today we are the playing the White Sox…probably. Chris Young might be starting. Who knows if the game will start at 1:05? Maybe we will win!

I hope you all have a great day! Haha!

GO PADRES!!!

(photo credits: rundles.co.uk, flatrock.org.nz, covemountainkennels.com, imagecache2.allposters.com) 

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