June 2009

Who Are You?

OK.

Will the real San Diego Padres please stand up??

I don’t know my team anymore. Who are you? Where’s the team that went 9-4 at the beginning of the season? Where’s the team who had a ten-game winning streak going only two weeks ago?

I don’t know who my team is anymore. Are they the ones who get swept, who can’t hit and can’t pitch, or are they the ones that went 9-4 and had a ten-game winning streak? I don’t know. I have no idea what’s going on.

In the first three months of the season, all the Padres have been doing is going up and down. They’ll win four series in a row and then lose a series and get swept in the next. They’re bats will be working like crazy, matched with excellent pitching, and then the next week they can’t pitch and they can’t hit. It drives a fan nuts, and something’s gotta give eventually.

We’re only into the third month of the season, but this team needs to figure out who they are. Are they going to be a winning team, or a losing team? It’s as simple as that. We’ve seen a lot of both so far. One week we’ll be riding a high with this team, but the next they’ve sent us crashing into the waves.

Right now, we’re 11.5 games behind those pesky Dodgers, and we’re on a four-game losing streak. The Dodgers are showing no signs of slowing, yet. I still believe that they’ll going to cool down and we will be able to get all the way up there and ever overtake LA. But we have to keep the distance as close as possible so that we can be in a good position to strike when the Dodgers do fall apart.

So, are we going to give up and sink farther, or are we going to fight and wait to stay in this thing? It’s not over til it’s over; we’ve got a ton of baseball left. But at some point, a team’s gotta say what they want to do, determine what they are going to do, and they have to do it. I don’t know when my team will do that. But they need to do it soon.

Listening to the games is getting old. This week, we’ve lost four games badly. I don’t want to listen to it. I just don’t. Nobody likes losing. Last night we were down 5-0 by the fifth inning and you could just tell that our hitters weren’t going to get anything. They are dead in the water right now.

Adrian is getting walked almost every at-bat. The numbers are ridiculous. People are getting smarter, and they don’t want anything to do with Adrian. So they Unintentionally Intentionally walk him. He doesn’t have a legitimate threat batting behind him. Sorry Kouz, but he really doesn’t. Kouz doesn’t scare the opposing pitchers. Not many of our guys do.

We got four hits last night. Two from Eck and two from Chase. Good job, guys, you were able to figure out Doug Davis, who we’ve faced how many times? We face this guy ALL the time…why haven’t you figured him out yet???

Our pitching was pretty terrible. They gave up runs, and we lost 8-0. Ouch. Not what we needed at all.

I don’t know what’s wrong with this team. I don’t know who they are. I don’t know what they’re going to be. I don’t know how many fans are going to stick with this team.

One thing I do know, though, is that Adrian will be voted into the All-Star game tonight, and a huge crowd will get Adrian action figures, but he won’t get the chance to hit.

adrian.jpgLast night I got to watch my close friend play his last games of volleyball this season. His team actually won the championship - against their own school! That was pretty funny. It was a lot of fun to see my friend play (he’s REALLY good), and to see them win! They were undefeated the whole season, losing only a exhibition game to some girls (haha). It was very exciting, and I am so happy that they won!

Today is some more championships, with my brother’s team looking to get to the World Series. I really really really hope they can make it!! I’m really looking forward to eating seeds again, and watching some good baseball (unlike the Padres). Hopefully my brother’s team will play hard and come out with a win!! GO PIRATES!!

To make me feel better about the Padres, here’s a picture of my baby that was in the newspaper yesterday:




Kouz 3 001.jpgHahaha, he’s really cute :)

Well. Kevin Correia will give up many runs for the Padres and the lineup will hopefully get a few more hits. HA! No, maybe Correia will be able to hold the Diamondbacks down and we can win a game this week.

GO PADRES!!!

(photo credits: mlb.com, Union Tribune/Macys)                                                    

VOTE FOR ADRIAN!!

What a sloooooow off-day. Nothing happened at all in the Padres world, except more talking about how amazing Adrian is. He’s seriously the most underrated player in baseball, but we know how good he is. We know that he needs to get to the All-Star game.

This Saturday is a big Adrian night. It’s called “Swing the Vote” night, and I think you can get a discounted ticket and sit there voting for the whole game. Something like that. The giveaway is going to be Adrian Gonzalez figurines, which Adrian says is a bit of the whole team. Kouz’s body shape, Edgar’s leg guard, Eck’s batting, Adrian’s goatee. I would be very interested in getting my hands on one of these figurines. Hmmm…maybe the thrift store in a few weeks!

figurinne.jpgAdrian is now fifth in the top five for first basemen, but he’s still woefully behind in the amount of votes. I’ve voted as much as I possibly can, and it’s driving me nuts that I can’t do more. Hey, maybe I can convince my sister to let me use her email address to get more votes for Adrian!

I really want this guy to get into the All-Star game by votes from the fans. Sure, he’s going to be in the game, but I don’t want him to be a bench player who comes into the game near the end. He deserves to be the starting first baseman. We really do need to swing the vote! This guy has been so amazing for us this season. Plus, he’s leading the majors in home runs. Ahem!! This guy needs to be voted into the game!!

adrian gonzalez.jpgOK, well first things first. The Padres have a huge four game series this weekend against the Diamondbacks. Chad Gaudin is starting tonight against Doug Davis. Good luck with that. HA! Well, maybe our bats will wake up and we can have a great game. 

Continue to get well soon, Jake and Scotty!!

GO PADRES!! 

(photo credits: padres.com, Donald Miralle/Getty Images North America)  

No Thunder

Yesterday, San Diego got thunder and lightning and rain. It was very exciting. We haven’t had that in so long! I don’t think we’ve had in since 2007 at least.

I love thunder. I love the rain. It’s been cloudy for about a week, and we’ve barely had any rain. But yesterday it finally rained and rained in broad daylight. It is so much fun to be stuck inside listening to the thunder and the rain.

To me, thunder is a work of God. I don’t really care about a scientific explanation for it; to me, the thunder is a display of God’s incredible power. I just love it. I love the low rumble, and then the loud BOOM! It’s amazing.

We get it here so rarely that it’s a really big thing. I wish San Diego had more thunderstorms, though it does drive the neighbors’ dogs crazy.

Well, there is one thing I can tell you: the Padres do not have any thuder. Nor do they strike like lightning. Rather, they are the ones getting zapped by lightning. They are dead in the water right now.

Don’t ask me how it happened. I’m a Padres expert, but I can’t explain how they came home with a nine-game winning streak there and got swept by the Phillies. I can try to explain it, but I don’t know what’s going on in the clubhouse. I don’t know what’s going through these guys’ heads.

Maybe it’s just that the Phillies were way too good for us. They were out-hitting us and out-pitching us, so that might be an explanation.

Maybe they just have lost their bats. Maybe they are tired. Maybe they…I don’t know. I have no idea what is wrong with this team right now.

Chris Young gave up three runs in six innings. I guess that’s a good start, but with the way we’ve been hitting, that’s not good enough. Greg Burke gave up two runs, but Gregerson and Mujica were good.

David Eckstein drove in our first and last run in the bottom of the eighth. We only had six hits in the entire game and lost, 5-1. 

Before the game, Scott Hairston was put on the 15-day DL. Will Venable was called up from Triple-A. I bet he wasn’t too excited after the game. He went 0-for-4 with an error. Poor guy.

And Jake is still sick. And thankfully, we have an off-day today. We need it. We need to step back and get our heads together!!

Well, they do.

I haven’t been able to listen to the games because of other commitments, and I don’t really mind. I don’t want to listen to this pathetic baseball. Not at all. They had better get it together SOON.

We’re going to be playing the Diamonbacks for four starting tomorrow. We’ll just have to see how we do. We’re 25-28 right now, 11 games behind. Hmmm…

So I participated in the chat with Heath Bell yesterday. It was really cool because it was raining and thundering while I was doing it. He only answered two of my questions, but the rest of the questions were great. You can read the whole chat transcript here, but I’ll share a few of my favorites:

sabathia23: Is this actually you or is it the computer?

Heath_Bell: Yeah this is actually me. I’m not a computer. I’m sitting here in my “That’s How I Roll” shirt.

s4rwg3: Heath, would you consider doing a Taco Bell commercial? Do you even like the food there?

Heath_Bell: I would love to do Taco Bell commercials. I’d like to throw a couple of fastball burritos at the Taco Bell chihuahua.

mohammed92: What was your favorite moment in a Padres uniform?

Heath_Bell: My favorite moment as a Padre is when Trevor Hoffman got his 500th save. I was able to set him up for that. When we went out to congratulate him, me and David Wells carried him around on our shoulders.

Hahaha, Heath is a crazy crack-up. He’s hilarious!! All through the chat, he kept throwing in hints to vote for Adrian. I thought that was really cool of him. One question was about his nicknames, and he threw in that Adrian’s nickname is “Gonzo” and Scott Hairston’s is “Scotty” and that we should vote for them. So, I finished my voting during the chat and I wish I had more email addresses to vote with. I want to get Adrian to the All-Star game so badly!!

As a closing to this entry, I wanted to share a picture of last night’s sunset. Though we didn’t see the sun for most of the day, it did come out near the end.

IMG_4965.JPGGO PADRES!!!

(photo credit: me)

It’s On

The Padres, huh? Well, let’s just say that I am not happy with them right now. Not happy at all. First of all, Jake only went one inning, giving up four runs and two walks. Turns out he has the flu, and he really did look sick out there.

get well soon.jpg

I feel so bad for him. Plus, he got the loss! That’s terrible. Yes, we lost. 10-5. It was so nasty.

Once Jake left, it was bullpen-imploding galore. Buddy put Josh Geer, who usually starts in the game in the hope that he would be a long reliever. No such luck. He only went one inning, giving up two runs.

Next was Luis Perdomo, who hadn’t pitching in forever! I forgot that he was in the bullpen, because seriously, he hadn’t pitched since May 16th!! He threw four innings, but gave up two runs. Joe Thatcher finally gave up two runs (NOOOO!! Sent him to Single-Single-A right now!!!). Cla Meredith threw two scoreless innings though.

Scott Hairston strained his left bicep. That sounds really weird. Like he was busy flexing in the outfield and suddenly strained his arm from looking at those beefy muscles. Hahaha. But it’s not really that funny. Scotty’s been incredible for us lately, and it always seems that he gets hurt when he’s really going. I feel so sad for him!!

get well soon.jpg

Adrian hit his 22nd homer of the season, Edgar got a couple hits, Chase had a two-RBI single. And…Blanco had two hits.

Well, that’s enough of that. On to the more important stuff!

Last night, I watched one of the most incredible baseball games I have ever seen.

It was my brother’s second game of the playoffs – they won the first one on Saturday. It’s sudden death, so the Pirates already sent one team home. They played the Cardinals last night, the #1 seed.

In the top of the first, the Pirates got three runs with two outs on four hits and a walk. The Cardinals got one back in the bottom of the inning, but nobody scored again until the fourth inning, where the Pirates got one.

In the top of the fifth, my brother got hit-by-pitch. It was kind of scary, because it got him pretty bad on the arm and he’s my brother! He’s been hit three times this season, and that was definitely the worst. But he was fine and went to first. The next two batters struck out, then the one after that hit a ball right in beween first and second. My brother was running to second, and he ran into the ball. Oh well…

In the bottom of the fifth, things got hairy. The Cardinals got two runs to make the score 4-3 Pirates. For the first time that night, I thought we might actually lose. I didn’t want to lose!

So naturally, we needed more insurance. How’s 11 runs? Enough? Yeah, I thought so too. We got six hits and six walks in the top of the sixth, plus two hit batters. We batted way around the order. Oh – and we got nine of the runs with two outs. It just kept going on and on. The pitcher was all over the place, walking a lot of runs in.

My brother got a two-run single with two outs. I was so proud!! I was really nervous because I thought he might be backing out of the box because of what happened the last time he was up there. I was silently begging him to, “Just stay in the box. Don’t be scared!!” I was also worried because I didn’t want him to be the one who killed the inning. But he came through big time. That was so great!! 

At one point I thought the inning was over because a batter had hit a ball and got “thrown out”. But the umpire called it foul. “Doesn’t anyone listen to me?” he exclaimed.

The energy in this inning was so amazing (that might have been the AMP. More on that later…). We had the best crowd of families that we’ve had all season. We were all into every pitch, cheering on our boys. It was amazing! We’ve never been that loud!

In the bottom of the inning, Pirates pitchers gave up four runs, but they finally closed it out. Everyone was extremely excited. They won 15-7!!! 

My brother got a game ball! I was so excited when he came out of the dugout!! This team has had an incredible season. They went 7-7 in the regular season, but they’re on fire right now. Next they’ll play on Saturday to see who goes to the World Series. That’s going to be an amazing game. I would say it would be great to just get there, but that would be a sight lie. I want to win it all!!

My brother was so cute. After the game, he said that he was cheering so hard that he was crying! I know exactly what he means since I do that regularly at Padres games. Ahem. Anyways, he’s got a beautiful game ball and a beautiful bruise. If he never plays baseball again, I think this season has been incredible for him. And it’s not over yet :)

Before the game, I tried sunflower seeds for the first time. Well, it actually wasn’t my first time. On Saturday, my sister had some and shared a couple with me. I mostly just chewed them up, and I couldn’t find any seed in it. So I tried again last night, and I am so hooked, man!

davidsunflowers.jpgThe seeds are amazing. You can just stick them in your mouth and almost unconciously work on them. I see now why a lot of baseball players love them. And seriously, the only proper place to eat them is at a baseball game. It’s just weird to be spitting anywhere else. And I love spitting. It’s kind of cool.

My 7-year old brother was really funny. He saw my sister with her seeds on Saturday, and he really really really wanted to try it. So we got a big bag yesterday before the game. During the game, he would sit there on the bleachers with his seeds, and when he would spit, he would spit the shells and a lot of saliva with it. The ground in front of him was very wet and covered it seeds. He’ll just have to work of that… 

I think I’ve finally found a baseball game food. Licorice is slightly weird. Peanuts…no way. But sunflower seeds, yes! I don’t know if I’ll do it at the game in July, though. I don’t know if I should be doing such a thing around all the rich people, haha!

amp-energy.jpgAlso, I had an energy drink for the first time last night. Yes, there were a lot of firsts last night! I had an AMP, and it was soooo good! It definitely gave me a lot of energy. I wonder if they sell energy drinks at the ballpark. That would be extremely useful. It’s not easy screaming your voice out and clapping your hands to blisters!!

It gave me so much energy that I couldn’t fall asleep until midnight. Hehehe…

This was the first song that my brother listened to when he got home. It’s on.

 

Some people call me an overacheiver
But I’m always a believer
It’s my time to shine
Here we go

CHORUS
It’s on, it’s on, it’s on, it’s on
It’s on, it’s on, it’s on, it’s on
C’mon, let’s roll
Everybody, yeah, here we go (here we go)
It’s on, it’s on, it’s on, it’s on
It’s on, it’s on, it’s on, it’s on
Right here and now
Everybody, it’s going down

I’ve been waiting for this moment
It’s time to throw down
I’ve been dreaming this dream forever
Now I know the time is right (It’s on)
Better make some room for me (It’s on)
Now I know it’s time to be
Better than I ever was
I don’t do it for the money
I do it for the love

Chorus

I’ve got the answer
It’s beating in my heart
I’m gonna make it happen
There’s no way
I won’t tear this apart
I’m gonna show ‘em what I got
I’m gonna give it everything
This is no joke I wrote
This is my destiny

One shot
One shot, you got
And if you don’t take it then
You’re always not – no!
It’s on
So let’s go
It’s on
Here we go

One chance
One chance to rise
You go get yours
And I’ll go get mine
It’s on, it’s on

Chorus

Show ‘em what you’re worth
It’s been on since your date of birth
Why you here
Why you on this earth
If you can’t live your dream
Man, it’s gotta hurt

Chorus x2

It’s going down
It’s going down
Trust me from the depths of my soul (it’s going down)
I’m tellin’ you, it’s going down (it’s going down)
The moment now, it’s on (it’s going down)
I’m tellin’ you it’s going down (it’s going down)
The moment now, it’s on (it’s going down)

 

Tonight is Chris Young as the Padres try to salvage the last game of this series.

GO PADRES AND GO PIRATES!!

(photo credits: energyfanatics.com, utxmart.com Lyrics: “It’s On” Corbin Bleu, lyricstime.com)       

Cloudy With a Chance of Sunshine

 

dark cloouds.jpgSan Diego got a few hours on sunshine yesterday, the first since Wednesday, but the sky quickly clouded over again.

Same thing happened with the Padres.

From the very beginning of the game, you could tell it was going to be a long one. Kevin Correia struggled, only throwing 4.1 innings while giving up four runs on 10 hits. He stuck out five but only walked one. He was just not on his game. That or the Phillies were really on their game. I can never figure that out. I think this time it was a combination of both.

The bullpen was fairly solid. Meredith, Thatcher, Gregerson and Burke pitched. Gregerson ran into a little trouble, giving the Phillies an insurance run.

The offense was OK. We had six hits. Adrian hit his major-league leading 21st home run. Scott Hairston hit his eighth. Adrian is on track to hit 65 this year! There’s not possible way he could do that at Petco, but that’s what he’s on track to hit! Wow.

The ninth was the worst part of the game. The score was 5-3 Phillies going into the bottom of the inning. As we’ve found out lately, these Padres don’t give up. They’re fighting back, picking away, and they just won’t go down easily. 

Adrian walked to start the inning. Scott Hairston flew out, just missing it.

scotty grim.jpgThen Brian Giles came to the plate. With a count of 1-0, a pitch got away from the catcher. Adrian, who is not the fleetest of foot, went for second. He slid in, the throw came in, and the umpire called him out. The look on Adrian’s face was just heartbreaking. Oh man. I have never seen him look like that. It could have been interepreted as “Do you know who I am? You just called the home run leader out!” But he was really thinking, “My team needs this run. How could you call me out and ruin our chances for winning??” 

adrian disbelief.jpgThis picture doesn’t fully show the look on Adrian’s face, but if you want to see it, watch the video .

Buddy came out to argue, and as the guys on the radio watched the replay, they realized that Adrian was slightly pushed off the bag by Jimmy Rollins and the umpire didn’t see it and thus was in no position to call it. Absolutely terrible. That was an essential run we needed on the bases, especially with only one out. I just put my head in my hands, like I’m sure many Padres fans did. I knew we were done. Sure enough, Brian popped out and that was it.

We lost pretty miserably. It was a long, long loss. Just terrible. This was one of those games you just want to forget.

Hopefully Jake will be able to help us erase those memories as he starts the second game against the Phillies tonight. Jake will be our sunshine after these dark cloudy days. I will probably miss the beginning of the game since I’ll be at my brother’s baseball game, but that’s OK. Maybe my boys can score some runs for Jake without me! Haha.

IMG_1239.JPG Oh, the dude who is pitching for the Phillies is going to be making his major league debut. How ’bout we, uh, welcome him to the big leagues, boys?

GO PADRES!!!

(photo credits: Sean M. Haffey/San Diego Union-Tribune, farm3.static.flickr.com, me)   

A Win On A Sunday

It’s been overcast in San Diego for four straight days now, but yesterday Padres fans got a beam of sunlight as the club won the series finale in Colorado.

On Saturday, the Rockies won 8-7. It was a crazy back-and-forth game. The Padres had leads of 3-0, 6-4, and 7-6, but Heath Bell blew his first save of the season and handed Colorado the series win. The ninth inning was eerily like Game 163: Scott Hairston hit a tie-breaking home run in the top of the inning, but the closer blew the save, allowing three hits and just like Trevor did that night. This time, though, the winning run did touch the plate.

But on Sunday, the Padres went out to get the win and they got it. Adrian Gonzalez hit his 20th homer of the season in the fourth, giving the Padres a 3-0 lead. He had done the same thing the night before.

Chad Gaudin threw 6.1 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits with no walks and nine strikeouts. He was so sharp! We really needed that outing from him, and I think he needed it for himself. Solid outing for Chad, and he got the win.

meeting on the mound.jpgI LOVE KOUZ’S SHADOW!!!! 

Anyways, Kouz got his first two hits of the series and drove in a run. Scott Hairston hit his second homer in as many games. A lot of the guys had two hits yesterday: Scotty, Kouz, Adrian, Gwynn, and Josh Wilson.

It was an amazing 5-2 win, and it was Jake Peavy’s 28th birthday too! Happy birthday to Jake, keep icing up that ankle.

Heath got his 15th save in 16 chances. Now we can’t just say he got save #15 anymore. We have to add that unslightly “in 16 chances”. How could you Heath?!?!? But it was great for him to get right back on track right away.

Though we lost the series, I am still very confident in this team. They were so close to getting the second game, and they put out a great effort yesterday. We’re coming home now for six, and I think that’s going to be huge. It’s going to be great for the guys to get home, where we’re currently on a nine-game winning streak.

I just wanted to mention that my brother played in his first playoff game on Saturday. The game was delayed by rain for about an hour, but they won 3-1! It was very exciting. Next they’ll play tomorrow night. Hopefully they will be able to win and move towards the championship!

I have to share this letter to the editor that was in the Union-Tribune yesterday about Stephen Strasburg. It was hilarious!

“Haven’t Padres fans learned the virtue of patience? OK, so the Nationals take Stephen Strasburg first in the MLB draft and pay him $50 million. From your (Union Tribune’s) Friday story ‘Padres get Strasburg in dreams,’ you’d think the SDSU phenom would never don a San Diego uniform.

Perhaps the headline should have read: ‘Padres get Strasburg in future.’ Fast forward to 2027 spring training. The press release might read:

‘The San Diego Padres announced today that they have signed former All-Star and Cy Young Award winner Stephen Strasburg, coming off major elbow reconstructive surgery, to a minor league contract. Strasburg, who missed the entire 2026 season, is a candidate for the open fifth starting position in the Padres’ rotation.

‘I’m hoping, through intense rehabilitation, to get my fastball back to the mid-80s,’ Strasburg said. At 38, Strasburg would be the youngest starter on the Padres’ staff. ‘This guy was a steal,’ said Kevin Towers, MLB’s oldest general manager. ‘I envision the same sort of success with Stephen that we had with Mark Prior years ago.’ Patience, fans, patience!”

HAHAHAHAHA!! That was pretty good, and it could very well happen. I love the part about “at 38…the youngest starter on the Padres’ staff”!!

Kevin Correia will be pitching today instead of Jake. Jake will hopefully pitch on Tuesday, as that ankle is still bothering him a little. I have a good feeling about this series against the Phillies.

GO PADRES!!  

(photo credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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