August 2009

Back to Business

What is up with Albert Pujols? I mean seriously, besides being a figurative Padres killer, he really is a Padres killer!! Why do his hits always find themselves hitting the Padres pitcher? Why is he taking out our players like crazy? What did they ever do to him?

Hey everyone, I’m back!! I missed blogging like crazy. I went the whole week without internet access, and I almost went crazy. Yep, I’m a computer addict and proud of it! Anyways, it was a great relaxing vacation, and I’m not going anywhere for at least a couple months now. I know, leaving for two weeks has not been very good for my readership. I will have to work very hard to get things back to buzzing around here.

Now, I don’t really want to talk about Pujols for this whole entry, because he’s not a Padre and I have better things to write about. But I just have to say, stop hurting our players Albert!! First, Chris Young (guy has never been the same since), Josh Bard (he’s with the Nationals now. oh boy), and now Edward Mujica. Alllbbbeeerrrrt!! That guy has actually been good for us this year!!!  Just, cut it out. Please. It’s not very nice.

OK, HOW ‘BOUT THEM PADRES?? Yeah!! Can I get a “WHOOOO HOOOO”? This team has been incredible lately. I’m blaming the youth movement and Randy Ready. Thank you, Padres, for making some moves to make this team better. Like firing our fourth hitting coach in four years. Excellent move. And I can’t believe I’m saying this, but thank you for trading Jake Peavy, no matter how much it hurt. It was a great trade. It’s already making us better, while Jake is still sitting on the DL. This team is looking excellent. I can seriously see them contending next year. I really can.

So what about this youth movement? I caught scores all last week, but I’m sorry, I don’t have a lot of detail and I don’t really want to dig for it either. If you want a more detailed description (I’m not sure why you would want details from a game a week ago, though), check out Hyun Young’s entry. So, brief overviews are amazing.

Last week, we played the Brewers for three games in Milwaukee.

In the first game of the series, Adrian Gonzalez had six hits as the Padres won 13-6. We had 22 hits total! Adrian went 6-for-6 and drove in three runs. It must have been a great, great game!!

In the second game of the series, we had a four-run rally in the seventh to take a 6-5 lead. We won the game thanks to Heath Bell, who left the potential tying run on third. Kouz had three hits, Adrian had two.

In the third game, Cesar Carrillo made his major league debut and did terribly. He threw 2.1 innings and allowed eight runs. Not good. But what was good was Kouz getting five hits. Man, he’s been really hot lately! I mean, he’s always been hot, but he’s been getting hotter! Um, yeah. And, Adrian hit his 30th home run. But Trevor closed the game as we lost 12-9. Booo.

We did win our second series of the row, and we have been playing excellently. I wish I could tell you all the details, but we would be here for hours. Suffice it to day that the Padres are playing very well, and all the players are doing great. Mostly.

This weekend was not so pretty for the Padres. You have to give credit to the Cardinals. That team is AMAZING!! We got swept in three games. Not good. I’d say that the team played pretty well, but were shut down.

In the first game of the series, we had 11 hits, but the only runs we got was from a two-run homer by Kouz. Latos was not good in his start, though. We lost 9-2.

In the second game of the series, we lost 7-4. ‘Nuff said? Oh, Adrian hit his 31st homer. Yay!

The third game was terrible. There were two rain delays totalling two hours and 19 minutes. Ugh. We had a 6-5 lead going into the ninth. Adrian hit his 32nd homer of the season. Heath Bell came in to close, but he gave up the tying run, and then a walk-off two-run homer.

But Heath has been so amazing this season. That was only his second blown save!! It’s too bad that we got swept, but like I said, the Cards were amazing. They’ve gotta win the Central. They are gooood.

OK, so the Padres are coming home for seven games. Three against the Cubs, then four against the Cards. Oh boy, not them again!! Just keep Pujols away from the pitchers. They need a screen when they pitch against him. Goodness.

But first things first. The Cubs. Hmmm. Let’s look at our pitchers this week: Kevin Correia, Cesar Carrillo, and Mat Latos. All three had rough outings last time out. All three had better pitch very well in the next three games. Hopefully we will hit well at home. Hopefully there will be big crowds to cheer on our boys (don’t know about that…the Chargers are back). Hopefully we will get some WINS!!

It’s great to be back, everyone.

GO PADRES!!!    

Doing It Again

I’m abandoning you guys. I know, it’s sooo soon from the last time. I’ve barely been home a week and I’m heading out already. This time, you won’t have a substitute to entertain you. My family is going on vacation for a whole week!! It really is too soon after my last trip, but that’s OK. I’m going to miss blogging soooo much, as well as the Padres games. I’ve just started getting back into them. Ah, oh well. We’re going to have fun, I’m sure, and don’t worry: I’m not planning on going anywhere for a while after we get back next Sunday.

Cheer on those Padres for me while I’m gone :)

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I LOVE THIS KID!!!!

Oh man, this was an amazing game. I think Everth Cabrera, the hero of the game, said it best: “It was definitely one of my worst games, but ended up being one of my best games.”

everth slam.jpgIt had been a terrible game up for the Padres up to the ninth. Oliver Perez was excellent. He threw 6.1 innings, allowing only one run and two hits. Man, he shut us down!

Everth Cabrera made an error in the first inning that led to two unearned runs. Otherwise, Kevin Correia was amazing. He threw six innings, allowing six hits and no earned runs. He was good too.

The bullpen was perfect, yet again. Joe Thatcher, Mike Adams, and Heath Bell threw three scoreless innings.

Before the ninth, the Padres had left seven runners on. The score was only 2-1, and they should have scored at least one run by then. But they didn’t, so they went to the bottom of the ninth losing by one run.

I fully expected my boys to come back, though. It was only one run, and with this team, that’s gotta be possible. I didn’t think of all the opportunities they had missed already, I just thought of what they could do now. Sure, we were going up against K-Rod, but this is the new and improved Padres. Anything is possible.

The innings starts. Kyle Blanks walks on five pitches. Will Venable comes up and doubles down the right field line. Blanks races all the way around and doesn’t hesitate around third as Glenn Hoffman brought him in. The throw comes in, but Blanks touches the plate and the umpire calls him safe. The replays show that the catcher did get Blanks’ hand before it got the plate, but the Padres got a huge break there.

blanks scores.jpgI instantly hoped that we wouldn’t go into extra innings. No no no, not that again. But we did have a guy on third with no outs. We had to get him in. We HAD to!! 

Henry Blanco walked, then Oscar Salazar was intentionally walked. That brought up the amazing rookie, Everth Cabrera. So bases loaded, 2-2 tie, NO OUTS.

I have no idea why the Mets walked Salazar to get to Everth, since Everth is clearly a better player than Salazar, but there probably were a couple reasons. Everth had struck out three times already that night. He was a rookie, and this situation could put a lot of pressure on him. But I knew that if Everth couldn’t get it done, Eck was right behind him. There was no possible way we would get out of this inning without scoring a run.

So, Everth vs. Rodriguez. Rookie vs. star closer who had already blown the save. 

This at-bat was so stressing!! First two pitches: called strike, swinging strike. Then ball in dirt. Two fouls. One ball. One foul. One ball. You just knew that something had to give here. This was the last at-bat. Full count. K-Rod was taking his time.

Finally, finally, the very last pitch was thrown. Everth hit it to right field. Ted Leitner said it would at least win the game. Then suddenly, it was gone!! WALK-OFF GRAND SLAM FOR EVERTH CABRERA!!!!

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grand slam celebration.jpgOh my goodness, it was soooooo exciting!! I was hanging onto every single pitch in that ninth inning, and we finally got it done!! It was so great. That was the Padres’ first grand slam of the year, and Everth’s second major league home run. What an excellent way to end the game, huh? Sooo exciting. I was super hyper. It was amazing!!

Oh man, I love Everth. He is soooo amazing!! His defense is great, he can hit, and look, he’s only going to get better. Wow. I love him sooo much!! What an amazing baseball player.

So, the Padres did what I asked for: get a split of the series. But now they have the chance to win the next two as well. How cool would that be?

Mat Latos is pitching tonight against Bobby Parnell. Mat’s going to have another great outing, I think. He’s been so good in his past few starts, and I think he’s going to do very well again. And with his amazing offense behind him, he can definitely get this!!

I am sooo excited about these Padres right now. They are amazing!!

Let’s get this series, boys.

GO PADRES!!!

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Playing Like a Team

The Padres lost the series to the Braves the other day, but last night they went out with a new mentality against a new team, and they played a great game.

BUT before the game even started, there were a few interesting moves from the Padres’ front office. First, Chad Gaudin was traded to the Yankees for a player to be named later or cash considerations. I think this is really funny. There’s a article about the trade saying that adding Gaudin will give the Yankees depth. HA! Chad has been terrible all year!! I don’t think a little change of scenery is going to change that. But you never know, he might really help the Yankees out. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Goodbye, Chad, and good riddance.

Next, the Padres extended Bud Black’s contract for the 2010 season. YAY!! Plus, there’s an option for 2011. This is Buddy’s third season as the Padres’ manager, and I think he’s done an amazing job. He’s done his best with the pieces he’s been given, and if we can give him the right pieces, he can do great things with them. I don’t blame the manager at all for the Padres’ recent misfortunes. It’s not his fault at all. Congrats, Buddy!!

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Now, on to the game. Clayton Richard made his second start as a Padre, and he did very well once again. He threw 5.2 innings, allowing three runs, five hits, four walks, and stuck out five. BUT he didn’t allow any runs until the sixth, which is where he ran into some trouble. He allowed two walks, two singles, and a run-scoring-double-play before leaving the game. He got his first win with the Padres! Good job, Clayton. 

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And now, the offensive side. Oh man, this is some good stuff :)

First inning. Tony Gwynn singled, David Eckstein doubled, and Adrian Gonzalez sac-flied T in. 1-0 Padres. Kouz singles in Eck. YAY KOUZ!!! 2-0 Padres. 

Third inning. Eck walks. Adrian hits his 29th homer of the season. YEAH GONZO!!!! 

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But the Padres are not done in the third, oh no. An out later, Will Venable walks, Chase Headley walks, Henry Blanco singles, and Everth reaches on a error and a run scores. Then, Clayton Richard, of all people, came up and singled in a run. It wasn’t a cheap single, either. Now that’s called helping your own cause!!

Fifth inning. Chase Headley walks, and Blanco drives him in with a single. YAY!!

Then the Mets get their three, but no one’s really worried. At least, I wasn’t.

The bullpen was amazing, as always. Luke Gregerson went 1.1 scoreless innings, Mike Adams went one, and Edward Mujica went one with two strikeouts.

In the bottom of the seventh, we went single, single, single to load the bases. T. Gwynn was then walked to give us the 8-3 lead.

So, we won the first game of the four-game series against the Mets, who are not doing well at all. It was a really great game for us.

Henry Blanco had three hits. Kouz had two. Adrian drove in three runs. The bullpen was solid, and we hit very well.

Just a great, great game. These boys have been playing so well lately!!

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Tonight is Kevin Correia against Oliver Perez. Correia had a rough ending to his last outing on Sunday. Hopefully he will be a lot better today.

GO PADRES!!!

Going for the Split :)

We lost 6-2 yesterday. So much for a series win.

Chad Gaudin was terrible from the very beginning of the game. He didn’t have his stuff at all, and it was not a good sign. Chad’s struggled a lot this year. If he’s not on at the beginning of the game, he’s not going to have anything for the rest of it. He got his 10th loss of the season yesterday. Yikes.

He only went 3.1 innings, giving up six runs on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts. He was terrible!!

The bullpen did very well, thankfully. Luis Perdomo went 2.2 innings, Greg Burke went two, and Joe Thatcher went one. Bullpen’s been good. Starting pitching, bad.

We didn’t get any runs until the bottom of the sixth. Will Venable hit a two-run homer, his fifth home run in the last seven games. We had seven hits, and that was it.

This is a forgettable game. I had hoped for a series win, but the Braves jumped all over Chad Gaudin and we couldn’t get back.

Ah well. Negatives? Kouz grounded into three double plays. That is not the way to get things done around here, my boy…

Now the Mets are in town for four games. You’d better get at least a series split, boys!!

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Oh man, that looks sooooo good!!

Clayton Richard is pitching tonight against Livan Hernandez.

GO PADRES!!!

A Streak Ended

Last night was a disaster. Don’t you just hate it when things are going really well in a game, and you turn your back for like five minutes and suddenly it’s 7-2 the other team? That’s what happened last night.

Things were going well. Will Venable gave us our first run in the bottom of the first with a solo homer. Nice job, you white-hot Will!

willy.jpgTim Stauffer was pitching decently. He gave up a run in the top of the second to tie the game, and a run in the fourth to give them the lead. But the Padres came back in the bottom of the foruth with a Chase Headley double. Tie game, again. The game was looking like the night before, where both teams were matching each other.  

Then Stauffer gave up a run in the fifth. He was done after that. Mujica came in to fail in the sixth. He gave up four runs on five hits before leaving the inning. He only got one out. Joe Thatcher came in and got the last two outs, which was good. But the damage was done.

Mike Ekstrom gave up two more runs in his couple innings. Where did he come from? Has he really been around? Man, I have no idea what’s going on around here.

Anyways, there’s no more to say about the offense because they didn’t do anything for the rest of the game. They got four hits to Atlanta’s 17. HA! Wow guys. That’s just great. Venable had one, Everth had one, and Chase had two doubles. We lost 9-2.

Worst part of this game is that Adrian’s consecutive game streak was snapped. Man, I hate it when things like that happen! I mean, why couldn’t he at least pinch-hit or something? Oh well. Adrian’s the kind of guy who wants to be out there every night, no matter what. He had a terrible fever earlier in the year and he pinch-hit that night. Almost had a home run, too. He played in 314 straight games before sitting out last night. Wow. Congrats on the streak, Adrian, and sorry that it had to end.

adrian streak.jpgSo, rubber game of this series today. I think we should win it. I really really think we need to win it. Now, that would be really cool! Chad Gaudin is pitching already, I think he just pitched on Sunday. He’d better pitch very well. He’s actually done a lot better with short rest, so this will be good for him. Ahhh, afternoon baseball at Petco Park. I wish I could be there :)

I found an photo editing program on my computer yesterday, and I had a lot of fun experimenting with it :)  Here’s one of the pictures that I was messing with:

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GO PADRES!!!

Glimpse of the Future

Last night’s game was like deja vu, except forwards. I think we saw a glimpse of the future, an echo of what is to come.

latos mat.jpgGLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE #1

Mat Latos made his fourth start as a Padre this season, and he was amazing. This guy has been called the next Jake Peavy in the Padres’ organization, and he’s one of the most prized pitching prospects we have. I wouldn’t say he’s a Jake Peavy yet, but he’s been very good.

Last night he threw seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits and striking out three. He did struggle early, loading the bases with no outs in the first, but he only allowed one run in that inning and one in the second. He kept the Braves down the rest of the way. It was great! 

The Padres are probably going to shut down Mat in a month or so because he threw a ton of innings in the minors this year, and he’s been going seven a lot up here too. Gotta watch out for that arm of the future, you know :)

 

will venable.jpgGLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE #2

Will Venable has really been heating up in the last week or so. Last night, he had three hits and drove in a run. Plus, he had a great sliding grab in right field.

Will was first called up to the majors in September last year, and he did very well. I think he came up this year when Brian Giles went on the DL. Now that we’ve got our outfield slimmed down, I think these guys are getting the playing time they need. Last night, Chase Headley was in left, Tony Gwynn was in center, and Venable was in right. And it worked!

I’d say that the biggest part of Will’s game is his defense. I watched a game once from the Beach out in the outfield, and I watched him make two spectacular plays to rob the hitters. It was so cool!! He’s good out there.

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Kyle Blanks has been so hot in the last week! Last night, he hit his sixth homer of the year to tie the game at two in the second. This guy had been tearing it up in the minors, so we knew he could hit. It took a while for him to get in a groove, but now that’s he’s made it, it’s so much fun to watch this big boy blast those balls out of here.

blanksie.jpgBlanks started playing the outfield after Spring Training, so he had even less time than Chase did last year to learn the outfield. Kyle has been decent out there. He hasn’t embarrassed himself, at least. But he has been able to play his natural position, first base, to give Adrian a break.

It’s going to be interesting to see how the Padres play Kyle. I think they would like him to be in his natural position eventually, but we’re holding onto Adrian for now. Hopefully they will be able to work that out without getting rid of another fan favorite.

 

GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE #4

everth stealing.jpgI’ve talked about Everth Cabrera before, but I just love this guy. He’s such an amazing player already, but he’s still learning. He’s still growing. He’s still improving!

This is Everth’s first season above Single-A. He was definitely ready for the Majors. Last night he had a hit in the seventh. He then stole second AND third base. Oscar Salazar drove him in with a single to give us an insurance run. What a player!! I love this guy. He’s going to be sooo great in the future!!

It was a great game. We got a run each in the first, second, and third innings. The bullpen was excellent. Mike Adams was ridiculously sharp. Wow. Did you know that his ERA is 0.86 right now? WOW!!!

mike adams.jpgHeath Bell was really great too. He went 1-2-3 with two strikeouts. The last out was a great play by Kouz, and we won the game 4-2!!

kouz dive.jpgIt’s always good to get the first game of the series, and the Padres played really well to get it. I am sooo proud of them! These young guys have been so amazing. It’s really exciting!

Tonight Tim Stauffer is pitching against Javier Vasquez. I think we can do it! These guys have confidence. I think that’s something that had been missing in the past few months. 

GO PADRES!!! 

Weekend of Wins

Over the weekend, the Padres played the Brewers for three games. Emotions were running high, with the Jake Peavy trade just coming down and Trevor Hoffman back in town for the first time as a Brewer. But the boys went out there, already on a three-game winning streak, and they fought hard.

In the first game of the series, Chad Gaudin started and boy was he bad. He only threw 1.2 innings, allowing seven runs, only three earned, on six hits. He gave up all seven in the second, so the Padres were down early.

In the fourth, the Padres got four runs. In the fifth, they got one. In the sixth, they got three more and that put them ahead 9-7. In the eighth, they got two more to make it an 11-7 game. WOW!! That must have been pretty cool to watch. With this team, if they get down 7-1, it doesn’t seem like they’ll come back. But they’ll suprise us sometimes. I love it when they do that :)

Will Venable has been very hot in the past series. He had something like seven hits and three homers!! That’s great.

In the second game of the series, Clayton Richard pitched. We just got him in the Peavy trade. He was good. He had a no-hitter going into the fifth. He pitched 5.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits with three walks and five strikeouts. He was gooood.

clayton richard.jpgAccording to Jen, this guy is going to be really good, so I really hope he works out. Is he going to be the next Jake Peavy? No way, because no one can replace Jake. But he might get close :)

In the second, Will Venable (hot) homered. Whooo hooooo!!

yeah vene.jpgIn the fifth, Kouz sac-flied in a dude to give us a 2-0 lead.

In the top of the sixth, the Brewers got two homers to tie the game. Not good.

But we got a run in the bottom of the sixth on Oscar Salazar’s double. We got one more in the eighth on a Tony Gwynn single. It was great!

Heath Bell closed it out and we won our fifth straight!! Man, the Padres have been playing very well lately. It’s really cool :)

On Sunday, with the series already won for the Padres, they went for a sweep.

Ace Kevin Correia started the game and did very well. The game was tied at 1-1 in the seventh when Correia and the Padres bullpen ran into a lot of trouble. They gave up five runs in the inning to give the Brewers a big advantage.

That was basically it for the Padres, as they lost 6-1. But the worst part was that the Brewers put Trevor into the game in the ninth. I mean, really? Well, maybe it was a cool thing for the fans there. But they’ve got a five-run lead and they put in their closer? Hmmm.

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Anyways, it was a disappointing end to the series, but at least we won it. We’ve won two series in a row!! What’s happened to this team? They’ve suddenly become very good, but I’m being very skeptical. They need to play well for the next few series for me to really think something good is happening here.

I think this is a preview of what this team’s going to be like in the future, when we’re finally done rebuilding. And it’s pretty cool. We’ve got a very young and talented team here. It’s exciting :)

Look at our rotation right now! We’ve got Kevin Correia, Mat Latos, Tim Stauffer, Chad Gaudin, and Clayton Richard. We’re looking good!

Well, we’re still at home, which is a huge blessing. We’re going to be playing the Braves for three games. Mat Latos tonight…

GO PADRES!!! 

(photo credits: San Diego Union Tribune)

Missing #44

001.jpgWell, I got back from my trip last night at about midnight. It was a long day of travelling, that’s for sure. It’s great to be back in the Promised Land (San Diego). North Carolina weather is pretty crazy. I really missed blogging about my Padres, and boy do I have a lot of catching up to do.

By the way, I thought my sister did a great job filling in for me. I loved her entries!! Thanks #1clameredithfan. I think it would be very cool if she started her own blog, yeah?

I think the biggest thing I should deal with tonight is the Jake Peavy trade. I’m sure you all have heard about it. It went down yesterday, a suprise trade really. I was at the airport in Raleigh and saw a TV with ESPN on. I was like, oh yeah! SPORTS!!! They were naturally talking about the trading deadline, which I had forgotten about. They were talking about the Victor Martinez trade to the Red Sox mostly. I felt sad that Justin Masterson got traded. I love Masterson! I hope he does well in Cleveland.

Anways, a little while later, they talked about a potential Heath Bell trade to the Dodgers. What on earth?? No way. I was pretty upset about that. I’m like, well who’s going to close for us?? Then, literally just as we were about to board, the news came on that Jake Peavy had been traded to the Chicago White Sox for four pitchers. I was sooooo upset!! I just started groaning. Nooooo. Noooooooo. NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Oh man, I was so upset. I cried all the way to Dulles. It was so devistating.

jake batting practice.jpgYesterday, San Diego lost more than a pitcher. They lost an ace, a CY Young award winner, a friend, a brother. I seriously feel like a very close family member has moved away and I won’t get to see him again. It’s sad.

peavy jake.jpgI just accepted that the Padres are going through a rebuilding season. But I didn’t realize that rebuilding would involve getting rid of Jake. I’d say that Jake is one of the best pitchers in Padres history. The guy goes out there with a fire to compete, and he’ll fight his hardest to get you the game.

jake standingHe was worth a lot, that’s for sure. He was headed out of here too, that was for sure. But things had gotten very quiet once he went on the DL. It seemed so likely that he would be hanging around. But then the front office went and traded him while he was on the DL. Is that even allowed? I mean, the guy isn’t even making the team lose or something. He’s just working hard to get back so he can help the team win.

jakechicago.jpgHe loved San Diego. Still does. He’s been here for eight years. He’s been on two championship teams. The Padres selected him out of high school, and he’s never been anywhere else in his career. Just a few offseasons ago, he got a $52 million contract. He moved his family, his wife and three boys, out here from Alabama just a year or so ago. He was ready to stick here for a long time.

jake monday.jpgBut then the 2008 offseason came around. Trades to the Braves and the Cubs fell through. Jake started the game on Opening Day as a Padre. Then, during a ten-game winning streak, the Padres tried to trade him to the White Sox. He turned it down, saying that it was in the best interest for him and his family to stay in San Diego. So he did. Then he got hurt, and things quieted down. And finally, out of the blue, he became a White Sock.

jake white sox.jpgHe’s excited about being on a winning team. He’s REALLY excited about being on a team that has a chance for the World Series this year. I can’t blame him. I would love to be a fan of a team that really has a chance to win. I definitely understand that this seemed right for him. I’m not mad at him. I can’t be. He’s going to get a chance to win on the White Sox, and that’s all I could want for any of my boys. They want to win. That’s why they’re playing baseball. And I’m willing to let them go if it means they get to win. Well, not to the Dodgers though. I would never forgive them if they went there :)

jake dugout.jpgOne of the worst parts of this whole situation is that Jake consented to the trade. That’s really really tough on the fan. It’s one thing when a player doesn’t have a choice when he’s traded, but when he talked with his family and his friends, thought about it, and wanted to leave, that’s hard. He was just sick of losing, I guess.  

So when I saw the comic in the newspaper today (it was actually yesterday’s paper), I thought it was so perfect for this situation. The Padres’ front office seems to like to lose. At least, they’re looking so far ahead into the future that the players who could help us win now are getting traded away. It seems like the front office gets a neurotic pleasure at losing all the time. Man. I’m not mad at Jake for leaving, but I’m certainly mad at the front office for sending him out the door. It’s plain wrong.

One of the things I thought about as I was on the plane crying yesterday was what a person Jake is. He’s not only an excellent baseball player, but he’s a great guy. He was involved in so much charity work. He’s a Christian. He’s got a beautiful family. And he’s a country boy. I think I’ll cry every time I hear “Sweet Home Alabama.”

He was great to the fans, too. I couldn’t help but remember a certain Fan Fest at the beginning of the season. Jen and I got in the overflow line for Jake’s autograph. It looked very unlikely that we would get in, but Jake kept signing and signing and he got through a ton more people than he needed too. I’ll never forget that.

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IMG_3593.JPGChicago, you are getting an incredible player and person here. I am so happy for you :) I’m really going to miss Jake, and it’s going to be hard to talk about him for a while. But you know what, Jake’s going to be happy in Chicago. That’s important for him. If he went somewhere like say, Oakland, things would be a lot different. But he went to a team we won’t have to face. He’ll get to pitch on a winning team. He won’t get to bat, but obviously he’s OK with that. Jake will always be a Padre, though. Always. He was “born and raised” with the Padres. He’s OUR ace. Man, what a rotation for the White Sox!! Anyways, we’re going to miss him a lot, but these guys we got in return had better do well for us in the future. 

I love you Jake. Just like I told you at the Fan Fest. We all love you. The Padres are deeply different without you, and it’s going to be a hard adjustment. But you’re in a better place :) You went from dead last to a winning team in a matter of minutes. You’re going to have a lot of fun in Chicago, I know it. It’s going to be a huge adjustment for you too, but you’re strong. You’ll get through. So will I.

Wow you guys, I feel soooo much better just writing this all out. Blogging really is therapy :) Whew.

OK, I should probably mention that the Padres are on a four-game winning streak. That’s soo cool!! They’ve been playing really well.

In other news, we got Sean Gallagher from the A’s to complete the Scott Hairston deal, our hitting coach was fired and Randy Ready replaced him, Mark Prior was released. Trevor is in town with the Brewers and I think I’m finally over him too. Whatever.

Clayton Richards is pitching for the Padres today. We got him yesterday. I know that Jen’s talked about him a lot, so he must be really good. And he has been today. So cool!! It’s good to see the trade have immediate impact.

Well, I should probably go to bed. It’s soo good to be back, you guys. I missed you sooo much!! I hope you have a great weekend!!

GO JAKE!!

GO PADRES!!!!  

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