On Sunday, the San Diego Padres’ 2009 season came to an end. My boys’ record was 75-87, 20 games behind in the NL West. They ended with a sad loss to the Giants, but this season on the whole was not a loss. Some amazing things happened here in San Diego, and it’s definitely going to be a season to remember.
I can’t believe it’s really over, man. Over the last two months of the season, I was so busy that I wasn’t able to listen to as many Padres games as I would have wanted to. Now I can’t listen to any Padres baseball until March. It’s kind of sad. It was really weird for me to be able to just sit there and listen to the game on Sunday. It had been a long time since I had been able to sit down and really listen to a game. I love listening to the games. It’s kind of sad that it’s over.
Our season ended when Kevin Kouzmanoff struck out in the bottom of the tenth with two runners on. It was a long, crazy game. The Giants took an early lead, 3-0. We didn’t score until the bottom of the sixth. David Eckstein came up with a runner on. He hit his second homer of the year to pull us within one run. Eck is obviously not a home run hitter, but his value to this team in unmeasurable. You don’t see it in his numbers, but he’s been just incredible this year. I don’t think this team would have the postitive outlook on next year that we have if we didn’t have David Eckstein. He’s brought so much to this team! Both of his homers were in essential situations this year. His first was against the Mets in the bottom of the ninth. We had two runners on, but two outs. I think we were down to our last strike, trailing by three runs. Suddenly, Eck hit a three-run homer to tie the game. Even thought we lost the game later, that was just huge. The one on Sunday was pretty much the same.
We tied the game in the bottom of the seventh on a wild pitch by Randy Johnson. Unfortunately, neither team was able to get anything until the top of the tenth.
Earlier in the game, the Padres had intentionally walked Pablo Sandoval in a situation when the Giants could have scored. But for some terrible reason, they didn’t walk him in the top of the ninth. It cost them their season. Sandoval hit a solo homer, and the Padres were unable to capitalize in the bottom of the inning. Thus ended the Padres’ 2009 season.
It was kind of frustrating that we ended the season on such a bad note. I mean, we won practically every series in the month of September, and we just had to go and lose to the Giants. It puts a sour taste on the season to end like that, you know? We could have at least won the last game! Oh well. What’s done is done.
It’s going to be a really interesting offseason for the Padres as changes are made. The changes actually started before the end of the season, when General Manager Kevin Towers was fired on Friday. I’m still not sure what I think about that. KT was an incredible GM. He made a lot of great deals. He got us Trevor Hoffman, he drafted Jake Peavy, he got Adrian and CY in a very lopsided trade, and he even got a treadmill for a catcher once! But then, of course, we have to look at the negatives. We only won four titles under him. We only got to one World Series. His number one draft picks all ended up terribly. He kicked Trevor out, he traded Jake away. He’s an expert at making a team with very little money. But what I think it comes down to is the championships. Sure, he built some great teams, but he didn’t get them to the Big Show. Thanks for all the years, KT.
Trevor Hoffman re-signed with the Brewers yesterday. How rude. Trevor’s got 591 saves now. Oh my. I just thought of something very sad. He’s going to get his 600th with the Brewers! Aw man. I miss him, I really do. It kills me that he’s going to get such a big milestone with the Brewers. TREVOR!!!!
Now I need to talk about my dear Kouz, who has had an outstanding season. He only had three errors in 309 chances. That’s a .990 fielding percentage! Incredible. So incredible, in fact, that the Hall of Fame has asked him for a glove that he used during the season. He said he won’t give them his “gamer,” but they will be getting a glove that he used in this amazing season. Will he win a Gold Glove? Probably not, but I think he’s starting to get some notice around baseball. This dude is incredible, people. Believe me, I know :) Love you Koozie!!
Well, we’ve got a big playoff game tonight. A Game 163, to be exact, between the Twins and the Tigers. I can’t believe that there have been three of those in three years! That’s amazing. I feel bad for you Twins and Tigers fans ’cause these games are so stressing. Just make sure you dude touches the plate in the bottom of the thirteenth, and everthing will be good…
I’m wearing my Red Sox shirt today, and I’m ready for these playoffs to start. It’s going to be great!! I can’t wait.
GO RED SOX!!!
Well, I sat down at my computer and wrote an entry for about a hour this morning. While I was trying to upload a picture, my internet went down and I lost the whole entry. I just couldn’t try again, it was way too disheartening. So, I’ll try again tomorrow. This auto-save is terrible. UGH. Well, hopefully I’ll have something for you tomorrow. Have a great day!
I love beating the Dodgers. Especially if it means delaying their playoff clinching. I think it’s kind of funny how they get to within one game of clinching and then they just can’t get it done!! But hey, we’re helping the Dodgers. Now this series between the Dodgers and Rockies will be HUGE this weekend. A ton of people will be coming out to watch, so that’s just more money for the Dodgers. Plus, it will be super interesting to see what happens. If Colorado swept, they would be the NL West champs. Aren’t you so glad that we didn’t allow you guys to clinch, Dodgers? :)
Last night’s game was amazing. I am so thrilled with my boys right now. They’re fighting hard. They’re not giving up, even though they’re not going to the playoffs. This is just great.
Clayton Richard threw his best game as a Padre so far last night. He allowed a single to Matt Kemp in the top of the first with two outs. And what do you know, that was THE hit that the Dodgers got all night!! Sweeeeeet. Clayton went seven innings with a one-hit shutout. He walked three and struck out two.
We got a run in the bottom of the first with a single by Chase Headley.
In the third, we got two runners on. Kouz came up and guess what? He hit a three run homer! Since he came back on Tuesday, Kouz has had two game-determining hits. It’s great to have you back, Koozie :)
We got one more run in the fourth on an interference call. Tony Gwynn hit a ball in the infield. The throw went home, but Everth ran back towards third. The catcher threw to the third baseman, who Everth tripped over. You can see that the third baseman trapped Everth’s leg between his own. Everth pulled free and touched third. The umpire gave him home for that. Sweeeeet.
In the past two games, 18 innings, the Dodgers only scored one run on five hits. HAHAHAHAHAHA!! Wow. We did good. The Dodgers left two runners on in the first. They didn’t get a runner as far as second until there were two outs in the ninth. Wow, our pitchers did amazing!
After Clayton left, Mike Adams and Luke Gregerson held the one-hitter. Man, I am soooo happy about this game!! 5-0 just looks so good.
So, we swept the Dodgers in the mini-series. Man, that’s satisfying. The Dodgers were hoping to get the NL West tied up here, but they can do it this weekend at home. Whatever. Not on our watch. Not on our turf.
I’m loving my boys so much right now. This is really cool. We only have three games left, but I know they’re going to play hard and finish out the season well. Great job, guys.
Aren’t these playoff races sweet? It’s amazing how the schedule worked out. The Dodgers and Rockies will be battling it out this weekend. The Tigers and Twins get to beat up each other to see who will win the AL Central. It’ll be interesting.
Padres have an off-day today before attacking the Giants for three. I can’t wait.