September 2009

5-0 :)

IMG_7845.JPGOnce upon a time, some person, probably an ex-Padres fan, donated a poor Padres jersey to a thrift store in San Diego. One day, a young lady, who was a huge Padres fan, went to the thrift store and found said jersey. She looked at the price tag: $6. “Oh, I am so getting this,” she thought to herself.

She wore it to the Padres’ fan day, and also to her first game of the year, two days later. The Padres won the game.

The young lady was not superstitious at all, but just the same, she decided to wear it to her second game of the year. The Padres won again.

We all know that a jersey can’t really control the outcome of a game, but the young lady wore it to her third game of the year anyways. Hey, if it worked for the first two, why change it? The result was the same: A Padres win!

Now the young lady was getting second thoughts about the superstitions stuff. Of course, she wore it to her fourth game of the year. And what do you know, the Padres won!

The young lady now had no doubt at all of the power of the jersey. Before her fifth game of the year, she had a nightmare that she would forget the jersey. On the day of the game, she laid out the jersey on her bed and did not forget it. It’s no surprise that the Padres won that game too.

I present to you all, the incredible six-dollar jersey!

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IMG_8156.JPG This jersey is so sweet. What a great buy, and man, it really helped me have a good time this year at Padres games. Not that a jersey wins our games or anything… :)

This game was my birthday present from my parents, and my whole family came along. We got to PETCO just after the Dodgers started batting practice. I went over to the Dodgers side and met Emma, who gave me the Padres’ Opening Day cap and a Padres banner. Thanks so much Emma!

We hung out on the Padres side for the rest of batting practice, but no Padres players came out so I didn’t get any autographs, but that’s all right. We went up to our amazing section in the upper deck. I got my 5 for $5 deal, and when I got back to our seats, I found three teenage Dodger fans in the row in front of us. My sister and I became “frienemies” with them. We gave each other a lot of flak for our teams. They were busting on my Padres hard, and it was hilarious. I mean, the Dodgers are statistacally a better team than us, but I think we’re really on the same level. Who won the series at Dodger Stadium two weeks ago? That’s right, the Padres did. Who won the game last night? That’s right, the Padres did.

We had a pretty rowdy section. Lots of Dodgers fans were in the stadium last night. The loudness of their cheering scared me. It almost sounded like they were the home crowd. That only motivated me to cheer harder, of course, as I’m sure it did for a lot of the Padres fans in the crowd. 

In the first few innings, the Dodgers fans in our section kept bursting out in “Let’s go Dodgers, let’s go!” Of course, the Padres fans got right into it, screaming “PADRES!” over the Dodgers part. But I mean, they kept doing it! Once it faded out for a while, they would suddenly burst out again! I was like, oh man, are we going to have to do this for the rest of the game? ‘Cause my voice would have been gone by the fifth inning. Thankfully, things calmed down a little in the middle innings.

I knew that Kouz was supposed to make his first start in quite a while last night, but I was so excited when he was really announced. He batted sixth, so I kept waiting for him to be announced. Chase Headley was batting fourth, and when they announced that he was playing left, I was like ohmygoodnessYES!!! Chase has played third in every game that Kouz was out, so I knew that it had to be Kouz at third. I stood up and screamed when Kouz was announced. It was sooo exciting! I even teared up a little. It was sooooo good to have him back!!

Cesar Ramos made his first major league start for the Padres. He allowed a single and a walk to start off the first inning. Then here’s what happened: Andre Either grounds into double play, second baseman David Eckstein to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to shortstop Everth Cabrera to third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff. Rafael Furcal out at 3rd. It was a sweeeeet play, and great to get those two quick outs.

Ramos pitched very well. It seems like he walked a ton of guys, but he only walked three. He only allowed one run on four hits in five innings. He was goooood, for his first start. You could tell that he was nervous in the first. He threw a lot of balls. He had a couple really good innings, but for most of his outing, I didn’t really feel like he was totally on top of things. He started off a lot of batters with balls. 

I’d say his best inning was the third. He got two outs before allowing a single and walk. Then Andre Ethier came up and battled against Cesar for 13 pitches. It was a super stressing at-bat. Ethier saw a lot of pitches, and with every foul (he hit seven of them) I was so worried that he was going to totally pound one. But he finally, finally grounded out to Eck to finish the inning. Whew.

In the bottom of the third, Tony Gwynn hit his second major league homer just inside of the right field foul pole. It was so cool to get first blood, and to get our first hit of the game!  

On the Dodgers side, Chad Billingsley was excellent. He went six innings, only allowing two runs on two hits. He walked five and struck out five. He really held us down, and it was pretty frustrating.

In the top of the sixth, Orlando Hudson started off the inning with a triple. Andre Either got on when Everth completely botched a ground ball. It was terrible, and he looked so disappointed in himself. The tying run scored. 

I’d say that the key of the game was the bottom of the sixth. After one out, Eck and Adrian walked. Chase flew out, but then Will Venable walked to load the bases. My dear Kouz came up and singled to center, driving in the go-ahead run. For some reason, Glenn Hoffman sent the oh-so-slow Adrian in, and he was out. Oh well. The go-ahead run scored, but I really think they should have held Adrian to keep the inning alive. There’s some great arms in the Dodgers outfield, and it’s obviously not a good idea to test them.

The bottom of the seventh was a really great inning too. Nick Hundley walked, and Everth sacrificed him over. Oscar Salazar grounded out, sending Nick to third. Tony Gwynn came up to bat, and the pitcher threw a wild pitch. Nick came home easily. Great execution by my boys. Tony Gwynn stole a base, but Eck grounded out. Oh well.

In one of the later innings, a foul ball went down the left field line. A bunch of fans leaned out to try to grab it, and one of them fell out onto the field. It was pretty funny!

So we went to the ninth inning, and it was major stress time for me. Heath “Always has to make it interesting” Bell was coming in. Thankfully, he was really on. He didn’t even allow a baserunner. He got the heart of the order, too. He struck out Manny looking, Matt Kemp swinging, and Loney swinging. We got the win!

I thought it was so cool that we held down Manny for the whole game. He went 0-for-4 and looked really terrible at the plate. I got the sense that he really didn’t care. I don’t think he got one ball out in left, so he was probably really bored. The Padres have been able to keep Manny down really well this year. I still don’t get why he’s even allowed to play baseball though, or why the Dodgers fans like him so much. Pretty crazy stuff.

At one point in the game, the scoreboard showed a sign that said something like, “Sorry, Dodgers, no champange tonight!” The staduim erupted in cheers. It was sooo sweet. We don’t want to see any team, especially the Dodgers, clinch on our turf. It’s okay, since they’ve got a playoff spot. They can clinch at home this weekend. Not here. Not on our watch.

It was so satisfying to get the win because of all the Dodgers fans there. We had a crowd of 25,318. That’s amazing for a Tuesday night, but I’m sure it was mostly that big because of the Dodgers fans. If it was any other team, we probably would have had 10,000 less people.

The teenagers in front of us were totally demeaning the Padres all night, calling them names like crazy, even to their bitter end. I was like, hello? Look who’s dominating here. Haven’t you been watching this team for the past two months? They’ve been AMAZING!! Well, I guess they’ll get it next year where we play extremely well. I’m so excited for next year. It’s going to be great. The Padres will finally get the recognition and respect they totally deserve. We’ve got something amazing going on here, and I want everyone to see it. It’s frustrating when these people are telling me how terrible my Padres are when they’re doing amazing right in front of their eyes. It almost seems like they’re uneducated. It seems like they haven’t been watching, and so they say what they think they know it right. But it’s not. It would be like me saying that the Yankees are a terrible team just because I haven’t checked on how the Yankees have been doing lately. Do your research, peoples. The Padres have been playing incredibly.

But it was so much fun. I took a lot of flak from the Dodgers fans, but didn’t give much back. I let my boys’ performance on the field do all the talking. And they didn’t let me down. What a great 3-1 win. I really really hope that we get tonight’s game too!

Clayton Richard is pitching tonight. It would be so sweet to get the mini-sweep here. Especially from the Dodgers. Especially in this playoff race here. Man, the Padres only have four games left!! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! So sad. Oh well. At least I’ll have my Red Sox for the next month. GO RED SOX!!

Me and my jersey are 5-0 this year. Isn’t that sweet? Five games and five wins. It’s been a great year. I love my boys so much!!

GO PADRES!!

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Bring It On!

I am so excited about the game tonight! It’s going to be a blast. Man, this has been a great season. From Fan Day to today, it’s been so much fun! I’ve been extremely blessed with being able to go to four games, and I’m going to my fifth tonight.

Even though the Padres are out of it, this is going to be like a playoff game here. I am so excited! There’s probably going to be a lot of Dodgers fans coming in, including Emma, as they look for their team to clinch the NL West. Well, sorry guys, but I really really hope you don’t get it tonight. Tomorrow, maybe, but not tonight. I need to see my boys get a win here. In fact, I refuse to let you guys clinch tonight. Not on our turf. Not on my watch.  

Things are always super intense when the Padres and Dodgers meet. It’s definitely going to be a playoff atmosphere for these next two days. I was at the second game of the season, when we opened against the Dodgers. I had a blast, screaming “BEAT LA!” I loved the atmosphere. I loved cheering as hard as possible to drown out the Dodgers fans. I love this. It’s going to be sweet. Bring it on!

I’m also super excited about the return of the Kouz. He’s missed 17 games!! I’ve missed him like crazy. It’s going to be so good to see him on that field again, being his usual amazing self. I’m probably going to cry when he’s announced tonight. Oh man, I can’t wait to see him again. I LOVE YOU KOOOOOOOOOOZ!!!!

In case you didn’t notice, I’m SUPER excited about going to the game tonight :) It’s going to be so much fun, and I’ll try to get a blog entry up tomorrow with all the pictures and stories from all my adventures out there. I love PETCO. I love my Padres. I love beating LA. It’s going to be a great night.

So I watched this video this morning and it made me cry like crazy. It was the Angels’ tribute to Nick Adenhart after clinching the AL West last night. Oh man. Check it out here.

I gotta feeling that tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good good night

GO PADRES!! BEAT LA!!! 

End of the Road

What a nasty series. I thought we were supposed to be better than the Diamondbacks!!! Ugh.

Well, at least the first game was amazing. The story of the game was Kevin Correia, new ace. We signed K-Cor in the offseason, and he’s done incrediblely well this year. Sure, he’s had some rough patches, but he’s definitely been a huge positive this year.

On Friday, he went nine innings, allowing no runs on six hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. How cool is that?? He was amazing!! That was definitely one of his best starts this year. Wow. He really held down the Diamondbacks. Great job, Kevin. Great job.

kcorcomplete.jpgWe got four runs on nine hits, but K-Cor didn’t even need that much. We won 4-0!

Buuuut then things kind of went downhill. In the second game of the series, we were right in it…until Chad Tracy hit a grand slam. It was not good. We got all our momentum sucked out of us as we lost 8-5.

Next game was pretty much the same story. We were right it, even coming from behind, but the Diamondbacks got some late big hits and won the game 7-4.

What on earth is up with the Diamondbacks beating us? It’s all very strange. I mean, we’re a better team than Arizona. And yet they pretty much dominated us in the last two games. Weird.  

Instant replay was used for the first time in a Padres game yesterday. It was kind of cool, but the call went against us. Oh well.

Dude, there’s only FIVE games left in the Padres’ season!! I am soooo sad!! I’m going to miss my boys like crazy. BUT I am so thankful that I get to go to one more Padres game tomorrow. It will be my fifth game of the season, which is super cool for me because my favorite number is five (because of Kouz, obviously). Hopefully, it will be my fifth win of the season. That would be epic.

Speaking of my baby, check out this section from the AP: 

San Diego third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, who has missed the last 17 games with thigh and back injuries, went through a full pregame workout Sunday. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he started Tuesday,” manager Bud Black

AHHHHHHHHHHHH YES!!!!! I think I’m going to cry when he’s announced tomorrow. Oh goodness, I miss him sooooo much!! Yeah, I’m totally going to cry. It’s going to be sooo much fun to see him out there on the field tomorrow.

Something rather sad entered my mind yesterday. It may be a tough offseason again. Kouz might be on the trading block. And believe me, if you thought my reactions to Trevor and Jake’s departures were bad, you can’t imagine what it would be like if Kouz got traded. Oh man. Let’s just pray that the Padres see enough worth in Kouz to stick with him. I need my #5!!!

San+Diego+Padres+v+Arizona+Diamondbacks+-gkHc9mDRpSl.jpgPadres have an off day today. We’re coming home for the rest of the season. Two against the Dodgers and three against the Giants to finish it. Wow. Here we go.

GO PADRES!!! 

Saving The Game

The Padres and Rockies played the rubber game of a three-game series last night in Colorado. This Padres team has really, really settled into their role as spoiler very nicely. It’s been amazing to watch! And they never give up. That’s what I’m loving here. They may be down, but they’re not done.

In the first inning, Troy Tulowitzki hit a three-run homer to put the Padres down earlier. We had a lot of problems getting that clutch knock all night. And yet, somehow, we were able to get the win!

claytonhomer.jpgClayton Richard threw very well. He went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, with two walks and two strikeouts. He did have that one bad pitch to Tulo, but for the next five innings, he was very good.

nickhomer.jpgIn the top of the fifth, Nick Hundley hit a solo homer, his eighth of the year. Nick had a huge game. He had two hits, drove in two runs, and scored three runs. Good job Nick!!

In the seventh, we got the bases loaded, and the pitcher walked in a run! YAY!! That made the game 3-2 Colorado. David Eckstein hit a sac-fly to bring in the tying run.

In the eighth, Nick and T. Gwynn each drove in a run with a single. That gave us a 5-3 lead.

Ian Stewart homered in the bottom of the inning to bring the Rockies close. We went 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth, and I was not happy. I thought Heath was going to be coming out, so I was like WE NEED SOME MORE INSURANCE!! But we didn’t get anything.

Thankfully, Heath was unavailable, and Luke Gregerson pitched the bottom of the ninth. I trust Luke a lot more than Heath right now, that’s for sure.

Luke made it a little interesting by allowing a single, but he had this. He got three outs and his first major league save and yet another Padres series win!!!

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nickhighfive.jpg YAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!

I’d say that Nick Hundley and Luke Gregerson tie as players of the game. Plus, they worked really well together in that last inning.

Last night was the Padres’ rookie razzing. Sounds like 14 players had to dress up. Wish I could see picture of that!

We won yet another series against yet another contending team!! It’s amazing how well we’ve played spoiler. I don’t think this will keep the Rockies out of the postseason, but still. A series loss is a series loss. The Padres still have the Dodgers and Giants to spoil. OK, and the Diamondbacks too.

We’re playing the Diamondbacks for three games this weekend. K-Cor is pitching tonight!! YAY!! 

GO PADRES!!!

A Will And A Way

After a disappointing game on Tuesday, the Padres were ready to put it behind them and get something going in the second game of the series against the Rockies.

Tim Stauffer started. He only threw 4.2 innings, though. He had a no-hitter going into the fifth, but he had allowed five walks and his pitch count was way up. He allowed two runs on three hits when he was unable to get out of the fifth inning.

stauff.jpg In the second, Will Venable hit his 12th homer of the year to give us a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning, T. Gwynn singled in Oscar Salazar for our second run.

venable solooo.jpg In the fifth, Tim Stauffer and Everth Cabrera singled to start off the inning. One out later, Adrian walked. Yet another out later, Will Venable doubled in all three guys. Sweet!!!!

venable doubleee.jpgThe bullpen was great. Ryan Webb, Joe Thatcher, Mike Adams, and finally, Heath Bell. Heath was able to get his 40th save of the year. Yay Heath!!

We won 6-3, spliting the series.

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Talk about Will Venable, man. Seems like we’ve had a lot of specific guys who are heros of the game lately. Like last week we had Luis Durango. Chase Headley had a huge game this week. Now Will. It’s so cool! These guys are thriving up here, and it’s so much fun to watch.

Will had two hits and drove in four runs. He also walked once! Congrats, Will, you’re the player of the game!

I’m loving the blue and sand, by the way. The guys have been wearing that a lot on the road trip, and it looks great.

I haven’t heard any news about Kouz today. Hopefully he’s getting better like crazy and will be ready to go out there next week!!!! GET WELL SOOOOOOOON KOOOOOOOOOOZ!!!!

Just FYI, this team is amazing. I’ve been having so much fun following this team for the past few months, I don’t want it to end! But we only have NINE games left!! WAAAAAAA!!

Oh well. Next year will be amazing.

So the rubber game is tonight. Rockies vs. Padres. Clayton Richard vs. Jason Hammel.

GO PADRES!!! 

It’s Back…

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I told you the story yesterday, but I gotta tell it to you again.

It’s always something

“My calf feels great,” third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff told Black Monday afternoon, “but I tweaked my back.”

Kouzmanoff, who was hoping to be able to return to the lineup Tuesday with a sufficiently recovered strain of his left calf, was more embarrassed than pained to report his latest injury. Evidently, he hurt himself when going back to sit in the chair in front of his locker at PNC Park, but the chair wasn’t there and he went straight to the floor on his backside.

Black said he thinks the tweaked back is not serious enough to keep Kouzmanoff from playing in Colorado.

Poor Kouz. He was just getting excited about coming back after the calf injury, and then his back acted up again. I know, it’s a terribly cheesy title, but it’s true. His back problem is back. And that’s not good news at all.

He was supposed to be back in the lineup last night. Now it looks like he won’t be able to play in this series at all!! Well, at least he’s got a lot of family in that area that he can spend time with, but I know it’s disappointing that he can’t be playing.

I’m going to the game next week against the Dodgers, and I really hope he’ll be ready to play by then. Just be ready by Tuesday, Kouz. Even if you don’t get to play in Colorado or Arizona. Make sure you can play in front of the home crowd next week!!

I wasn’t going to blog about last night’s game, but after watching some of the video I just have to. Last night, the Rockies got a two-run inside the park home run by Clint Barmes. When I saw it fold out on Gameday, I knew that one of our players had to be hurt for something like that to happen. Sure enough, Will Venable replaced Edgar Gonzalez in right field.

Edgar had done very well in the game up to that point. He had two hits and drove in three runs. He also scored a run. When the ball hit by Barmes was coming towards him, he dived for it and just missed. When he landed, his dislocated his left shoulder. He rolled around on the ground in obvious pain and the baseball stayed in the right field corner. Tony Gwynn ran over to get it back to the infield, but by the tim he got to the ball, Barmes had already scored. I can’t blame Barmes for being excited about that, but he got it at the expense of a player’s season. There’s no way that Edgar is going to play again this season. So, I think it was bad class for the Rockies to show Barmes, smiling like crazy, in the dugout. I didn’t like that at all. Oh, and the Rockies announcers couldn’t even get Edgar’s name right! They called him Luis.

Adrian and Eck and Buddy and the trainer all went out to Edgar. The trainer helped him off the field, but Edgar was in a ton of pain. It was so terrible to watch!!

Now let me tell you the sad story of Edgar’s misfortunes against the Rockies. First of all, he got hit in the head by a Rockies pitcher on July 18th. He could have died! Thankfully, he was OK, but he missed a lot of playing time. Then, he faces the Rockies again. He hit a three-run double against them, and then in that very same game, he dislocates his shoulder and ends his season. Bad form, Colorado. (I know Colorado couldn’t control what happened last night, but we’ve got to blame it on someone, right? Plus, all this seems a little fishy. What did Edgar ever do to you guys?)

Strange, miserable things always happen when the Padres and Rockies meet, especially at Coors Field. I’m getting kind of apprehensive about letting the boys play there. Players get hurt, playoff hopes are ruined, it’s 40 degrees and rains, and the scores often go out of control. Playing at Coors is too stressful!!

By the way, we lost 11-10 last night. We got four runs in the top of the ninth and left the tying and winning runs on. It was not good, but at least we were able to fight back. Very strange game. The Rockies scored in every inning except the sixth. But, I guess that’s Coors.

I really hope tonight’s game is not as stressing as last night. Like, the Padres get 10 runs in the first and keep adding on through the game. Tim Stauffer is pitching tonight. GO STAUFF!!

Be careful in that strange Coors Field, boys.

GO PADRES!!!

Three Out Of Four!

Last night the Padres wrapped up their four game series with the Pirates by sending Wade LeBlanc to the mound against Daniel McCutchen.

Both teams had not hit a home run for the whole series, but that changed when Adrian Gonzalez came up in the top of the first. With a runner on, he hit his 39th homer of the season to give the Padres a 2-0 lead. With every home run that he hits, Adrian makes a new career high. I definitely think he’s going to have at least 40 this year. Wow.

adrian 39th homer.jpgThe Pirates have been worthy opponents this weekend. It was surprising, but it was pretty cool. They’ve got a lot of great young players right now, and maybe the Pirates will be a good team soon. Last night, they cut our lead in half right away on a solo homer by Garrett Jones in the bottom of the first.

leblanc awwwww.jpgWade LeBlanc threw very well. He only went five innings, but he only allowed one run on five hits. He walked three and struck out five. He was very solid, especially compared to earlier in the year!! YAY WADE!!

The Padres got a run in the third. The Pirates got a run in the sixth.

The Padres had a great eigth inning. Chase Headley led it off with a solo homer. Later in the inning, Nick Hundley hit a two-run homer to give us a 6-2 lead.

Unfortunately, the Pirates came right back in the bottom of the inning, getting three runs off Luke Gregerson, who has been so solid lately!! I guess that’s just baseball.

So, we were still clinging to our 6-5 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. Heath Bell came in. And you know what happens when Heath has only a one-run lead. Yep, he gives it up. He got the bases loaded with no outs! Thankfully, he only allowed one run to tie.

We went to extra innings. Neither team got anything in the tenth, but the Padres got plenty in the 11th, that’s for sure.

Everth Cabrera singled, Eck sacrificed him over, and Adrian was intentionally walked. Then Chase Headley doubled, driving in Everth. Will Venable was intentionally walked to get to Oscar Salazar, which I do not get at all. It was a very bad move, as Salazar doubled in Adrian and Chase. 

After a pitching change, Nick sac-flied in one, and T. Gwynn singed in our 11th run of the game.

Adam Russell took the bottom of the inning, and we won 11-6!! It was such an amazing game. The Pirates were really in it, but we took three out of four. Oh yeah!

Chase Headley had an incredible night. He had five hits, all from the left side, and drove in two runs.

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As you know, Kouz has been out for quite a while with the calf problem. He was hoping to be back in last night, but something came up. I’ll let the clip in the Union Tribune tell the story:

It’s always something

“My calf feels great,” third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff told Black Monday afternoon, “but I tweaked my back.”

Kouzmanoff, who was hoping to be able to return to the lineup Tuesday with a sufficiently recovered strain of his left calf, was more embarrassed than pained to report his latest injury. Evidently, he hurt himself when going back to sit in the chair in front of his locker at PNC Park, but the chair wasn’t there and he went straight to the floor on his backside.

Black said he thinks the tweaked back is not serious enough to keep Kouzmanoff from playing in Colorado.

Oh my goodness, I laughed so hard when I read this!! That’s just hilarious. At first I was like, oh no, not his back!! But then I realized that probably isn’t the chronic back problem that he has. Man, soooo funny!! Kouz is amazing :)

Yeah, so the Padres are ready to go play spoiler in Colorado. But it’s going to be soooo cold. I feel so bad for all the guys who have to play in weather like that! Well, hopefully they will be able to keep hot :)

Edward Mujica is pitching tonight.

GO PADRES!!!   

Pitching Wins It All

On Saturday morning, I got up around 9:20 in the morning. I suddenly realized that the game was about to start! That was pretty cool.

Clayton Richard went six innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits. He was good. The bullpen of Adams, Gregerson, and Bell were amazing too. Heath got his 38th save.

The Pirates got a run in the bottom of the first. Everth drove one in in the third. The game stayed 1-1 until the top of the ninth. Henry Blanco hit a sac-fly and Heath was actually able to get the save with only a one-run lead! Wow, that shave must have really worked!!

heathsave.jpgJake Peavy made his first start with the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night. He hadn’t been on the mound since like June 8th. It had been a looooooong time. Let me tell you, he looks pretty hot in black, but his colors will always be Padre blue. Anyways, he threw very well. He only went five innings, but he allowed three runs. And of course, the strikeouts are still there. He got five of them. And he got the win, so it was a good outing for him. Miss you Jake!!

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jakechisoxside.jpgYesterday, Kevin Corriea started for the Padres. Oh wow, he was good!! He threw seven innings, allowing six hits, no walks, and five strikeouts. He got his 11th win of the season. He was amazing yesterday!!

kcorpirates.jpgAdrian drove in his 90th run of the season. Oscar Salazar had three hits and drove in a run. It was a pretty wonderful game as we won 4-0. That was the 15th time this season that the Pirates had been shut out. Oh man.

Luis Durango was walked in one of the later innings yesterday. Guess what he did? He stole second, moved to third on an error, and scored on a sac-fly. Wow, this guy is good.

It was a great, great game, and now my boys a guaranteed a tie of the series. But why not get the series win tonight?

I had a dream last night that the Padres won the NL West. It was so exciting! I looked at the standings this morning and there’s no possible way that the Padres could win anything this year. But that’s OK. I’m so excited about next year!! I think we’ve got a huge chance to win the NL West next year. It’s going to be so much fun!!

Speaking of playoffs, we’re probably going to get some clinching done in the next few weeks. We only have two weeks left of baseball, you know. I am so excited about the postseason. It’s going to be great!!

OK, so my little cutie Wade LeBlanc is pitching tonight in the fourth game against the Pirates. GO WADE!!

GO PADRES!!

GO JAKE!!

Jake Peavy is making his first start as a member of the Chicago White Sox tonight.

jakechicago.jpgFrom one uniform…

jakepeavyyell.jpg…to another.

jake white sox.jpgFrom one city, one ballpark… 

petco ariel.jpg…to another.

us cellular.jpgEven though you are in on a different team, in a different league, a different time and place, your loyal fans in San Diego will still be cheering for you. Even though our front office kicked you out and you approved of the trade, we can’t wait to see you on the mound tonight. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen your fiery manner on the mound. Even though you are not ours anymore, you are still in our hearts. We will be cheering for you, Jake, and we miss you like crazy!!

peavywhitesox.gif I LOVE YOU JACOB EDWARD PEAVY!!!

Almost Over :(

I was just thinking about this: man, the season’s almost over!! That’s pretty sad for me. The offseason is always pretty depressing. Last year wasn’t that bad because I had this blog to write about my woes on, but I’m starting to remember what happened last year. Trevor Hoffman’s estranglement from the team, Jake Peavy trade talks, my stupid front office. I don’t think this offseason is going to be as dramatic, but I’m not ready to be done with Padres baseball.

Over the last month or so, this team has changed dramatically. Jake Peavy was out, rookies were in. As players went on the DL, the kids were called up. And look at that – our future is playing right now. I think this is a glimpse of our future. We’ve got a ridiculous number of rookies on the team right now, and you know what, it’s working. The team won six series in a row before the Diamondbacks broke the streak this week. They’ve been playing amazingly! They’ve been getting hits, rallying back, playing some great defense, stealing bases, playing hard. 2008’s team was kind of laid back. They didn’t play hard, they didn’t fight. These guys are so much different than anything we’ve seen in the last few years. Sure, they’ve made mistakes, but the positives far outweigh the negatives.

This team has been so much fun to watch. I couldn’t say that last year. We were stressing about not losing 100 games last year. Sure, we were in the cellar for a long time, but that didn’t really matter because we were playing great baseball. We were beating great teams. We are playing spoiler really, really well.

This has been fun. I love this team. I love all the little rookies running around. I think this team has some legitimate Rookie of the Year candidates.

I just hope we can finish out the season well. It’s been an up-and-down season, but I hope we can finish it on a good note. Overall, it’s been a great season. We’ve got a wonderful glimpse of the future, and I think we’re going to be a great team next year.

That’s what I’m going to have to look forward to all offseason: My 2010 San Diego Padres!!

I got a special suprise in the mail this week:

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A Heath Bell autographed ticket from our own Cat! It was sooo cool!! Thank you so much, Cat!!

Today the Padres will start their four game series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Tim Stauffer is pitching tonight against Charlie Morton.

GO PADRES!!!

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