September 2010

I Won’t Give Up

We are NOT done yet. We are NOT. We have five games left and I refuse to give up on these boys now. They just mean so much to me and too much is at stake to give up. I don’t care what anyone thinks. Even if the entire city of San Diego gave up on the Padres, I will not. I would never be able to live with myself knowing that in these last few games, in the time they needed it most, I gave up. I am NOT going to do that. I will not. I refuse to ever give up on these boys, even if it mean that this weekend, they’re going to break my heart. It’s a big possibilty, I know. But man, it would be worth it just to know that I never gave up, that I was right there with them to the very end, that I pulled and pushed and gave all I had until it was done. I am not giving up. I will not back down. I will not give up on my San Diego Padres.

I know we’re having issues with hitting and with getting runners in. We still have five games, “plenty of time” to get a lead and a playoff spot somewhere. The playoffs aren’t everything (there’s always next year) but after all the work that my boys have done, all the incredible accomplishments they’ve made, all they’ve done to show that San Diego is not just a last-place team, I will not stand to let them just give in for these last few games. After all this, after all that time in first-place, they owe it to themselves to at least get a fighting chance to win this division. It was ours for such a long time. Why shouldn’t in be our way to the playoffs.

If these boys get out there and play like they’ve been playing all season, like the first-place team we’ve come to know, if they play every single inning as hard as they can, if they don’t give up, don’t give in, and show their fans why they’re out there on that field, then I’ll be okay with not getting to the playoffs. What I will not tolerate is for them to get out there and give up. That would break my heart more losing the playoffs. They just cannot give up.

I am not giving up on my Padres. I would not be able to live with myself if I did. In fact, I’m probably going to be cheering harder than I have all season. 

Even if they break my heart, I’m always going to love these boys. Oh I love you guys sooo much!!!!

Believe in my boys. I know they can do it.  

We’re Going To Make It!!!

Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy. You know, we would wait until the very last week of the season to determine who’s the best in the West. Sigh. I guess it just adds to the ridiculous amount of drama around here.

Like, are we going to be able to beat the Cubs? Are the Braves going to fight for the Wild Card? Are the Rockies going to get back into the race? Are the Diamondbacks going to be able to knock out the Giants? Will the Division leader be determined in the next few days or in the three-game showdown of the Giants and the Padres to close out the season?

That’s a lot of questions, and I know you can see how much dramatic flair there is to this end of the season. Which is cool, I guess. Maybe for fans of any other division. But for me, Padres fan, this is sooo super stressing. I have 100% confidence in my boys, but the problem is, I can’t control what the other teams are doing. It’s not like it’s totally up to the Padres to win the West right now. There’s so many other factors that are out of our control.

We’re going to get into the playoffs, guys. Somehow, someway, we’re going to get there. Of course, I’d prefer if we win the West, but the Wild Card would be okay too. As long as we get in there, we’ll be good.

But I have a feeling that it won’t be decided until this three-game series against the Giants. Figures. Oh man it’s going to be crazy.

Don’t you dare stop believing.

GO PADRES!!!! 

It’s Not Time To Panic Yet, But…

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That’s all I’ve got. Don’t you dare give up on these boys. They need us now more than ever. Don’t you dare stop believing.

GO PADRES!!!!!

Back Where We Belong

SAN DIEGO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!!! YEAH BABY!!!!

I’m so happy that we were able to get the past two games against the Dodgers. It was pretty sad to not be in second place for a few days, but we’re back now and that’s all that matters.

Tim Stauffer threw a great game last night. He went six innings, three hits, one run. Pretty sweet.

Miguel Tejada hit a huge homer: one, it pretty much won the game for us, and two, it was his 300th career home run. Congrats Miguel!!

Then, of course, we had the dynamic trio of Luke Gregerson, Mike Adams, and Heath Bell. Man those guys are good. Gregerson’s inning was spotless, and while Adams and Bell allowed a walk each, they all got the job done.

I’m just sooo excited to be back in first place. We’ve seriously come too far to not win the division.

Huge thank you to the Cubs. It’s about time. Be sure to get them Giants tonight!!

The Giants are 0.5 games behind, and the Rockies are three. The Dodgers are eliminated. 11 games to go.

We’re almost there, Friar Faithful. We’re going to make it. Deeeep breaths. Okay. We’re going to make it.

GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES (man it feels good to say that again)!!!! SWEEP LA!!!! GO CUBS!!!! 

GO PADRES!!!

The Padres beat the Dodgers 6-0 in an essential game in Dodger Stadium last night.

Clayton Richard threw his first career shutout and outfielder Ryan Ludwick drove in four runs as the Padres stayed 0.5 games behind the Giants in the NL West.

It was such a sweet game! I was so happy with Clayton’s performance. He did seem to be allowing quite a few of runners, but man, he threw a shutout, so I guess he did fine. He allowed eight hits, walked two, and struck out six. But seriously, we needed that outing. Not only did he just throw a great game, he allowed a well-deserved rest for the bullpen. Hopefully with a couple days off, these guys will be rested and ready to get out there and hold down everyone for the next 12 games.

12 games. Can you believe that? I absolutely cannot. It seems like the season just started! It’s unbelievable to me that we only have 12 games left in the regular season. Insane. That just goes to show how much fun we’ve been having…the time flew by.

We’ve come so far this season. Nobody expected these boys to be on top of the NL West period, much less for almost the entire season. No one expected them to be in the playoffs, but that’s where they’re headed.

I kind of wish we were like the Minnesota Twins right now. They clinched last night. But the NL West is probably not going to be decided until like the last series. How exciting would that be to clinch against the Giants? Take over the division and then win it. Oh boy. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to do it before then, but man…take about tension and excitement. That would be crazy.  

We really needed that win last night, and I’m so glad we were able to find our bats and get it. Even better was that I got free pancakes at Denny’s this morning because the Padres scored six runs. Check it out. http://xx1090sandiego.com/pages/dennys. It’s pretty sweet.

I am very disappointed in the Chicago Cubs, though. Last night they lost 1-0 to the Giants. Somehow they could not get one stinking run across the board, much less two to beat SF. They’d better get their game on tonight and BEAT THOSE GIANTS!!!

Starting Friday is “San Diego Padres Week.” Seriously. It’s official and everything. I’m so excited about it :) :)  

Tim Stauffer is pitching against Ted Lilly tonight. Let’s do this.

GO SHOULD BE IN FIRST PLACE PADRES!!!!!! BEAT LA!!!! GO CUBS!!!!! 

Still In It

Man, this weekend was tough! I had a feeling that the series against the Cardinals was going to be a battle, but I didn’t realize just how bad it was really going to be. I guess that even though the Cards are not doing so great right now, they will always, always do great against the Padres. Just one of those bizarre baseball things.

Not going to lie, I think we really needed two of those games instead of just one. We were able to get back into first place for approximately a few hours, and we’re only half a game behind. It could have been a lot worse. But man, we’ve got to pull ourselves together. We can’t afford to be losing series like this.

We’ve got 13 games left in the regular season. 13!!! That’s barely anything, but if things keep going the way they have been lately, it’s going to be a battle all the way to the end. I’m sooo nervous!!!

I am counting on beating the Dodgers for the next three games. We ABSOLUTELY have to get at least two out of three. Preferably. Failure is not an option. It’s just gotta happen.

A huge positive from this weekend was Chris Young’s performance on Saturday. He only threw four innings, but he didn’t allow anything but a run and three hits. He threw 69 pitches, 41 for strikes. Most of them were fastballs too, but he was effective. Congrats CY!!

I just wanted to take a quick look at the ERAs of some of the guys in the bullpen. Our entire pitching staff is an overall 3.46, which is second in the Major Leagues, only behind the Giants by 0.01 points.

Joe Thatcher’s ERA is 1.32, which is second only to Chris Young’s 0.90 (haha). Joe’s thrown in 59 games.

Next is Mike Adams with a 1.82. He’s thrown in 62 games, but he has significantly more innings than Thatcher.

Heath Bell has a 1.87, which is great for a closer. He’s got 42 saves!

Ernesto Frieri is a 1.95, but he’s only thrown in 29 games.

Ryan Webb goes up to 2.95, but he’s only been in 48 games, while the guys in the 1.00’s have thrown a lot more.

Edward Mujica is 3.44. But Luke Gregerson is a 3.49, which is eh. He’s actually thrown more innings than anyone in the bullpen, though, so maybe he’s excused.

I just thought it was interesting how good some of these guys are by the numbers. Like Adams and Bell have been extremely instrumental. Gregerson too, but he seems to be slipping a little lately.

Well, I don’t you about you, but I still believe in this team. This division is absolutely crazy right now, but we’re still in it and I believe that we’ll be in the playoffs in a few weeks. Stick with them. They’re going to pull through.

GO SHOULD BE IN FIRST PLACE PADRES!!!! BEAT LA!!! 

Hanging On!!!

I TOLD YOU THIS WAS GOING TO BE CRAZY!!!!!!

Seriously, last night’s game was a nightmare. I could not believe it. I was madder than I’ve been all year. I’m glad that you all couldn’t hear me, ’cause it was pretty ugly. I’ve never screamed at my computer so much in my life.

I’m not very happy with Mat Latos right now. I mean, goodness, he picked a great time of the season to suddenly have this huge meltdown. We NEED him right now. We need him to be that dominating CY Young candidate he was a few weeks ago.

Well anyways, I was like, this is absolutely ridiculous. It’s 8-2 in the bottom of the second. I was soooo upset, but man, we still had seven whole innings left. Unfortunately, the pitching totally imploded and the final score was 14-4. We didn’t even have a chance.

So there’s another problem: the pitching. It’s been incredibly dominant all season and we CANNOT LOSE IT NOW. If we don’t have our solid bullpen, we’re done. There’s no way we can win without our pitching.

We wouldn’t be where we are today if we didn’t have the kind of pitching we had all year. But now I’m really worried. Of course, we take things one game at a time, and today’s game is really worrying me. We’ve got Chris Young starting, right? He hasn’t pitched in the majors since April, and he’s coming off of a pretty major injury. I don’t think he’ll be able to go more than five innings, maybe 80-90 pitches. Even if he was pitching incredibly, I don’t think the pitching staff would risk him getting injured again.

So say he comes out in the fifth. That leaves four full innings that the bullpen has to take care of. Last night we used Latos, Correia, LeBlanc, and Mujica, so the rest of the guys should be well rested, but still. We absolutely need to win this game today, and those guys are going to have to hold it together.

Though last night’s game was a huge blow to the team and to the fans, we really got of easy. It was absolutely amazing to look at the standings this morning and to see that we still only .5 games behind. What a relief!! We are totally still in this thing, and though it’s been crazy, I think we’re still going to win the West.

HUGE thanks to Randy Wolf of the Brewers. I don’t know what we would have done without him. He threw an incredible game against the Giants last night: nine innings, three hits, no runs, six strikeouts. Wow. Thank you thank you thank you Randy!!!!

Guys, we need this game. I just cannot emphasize how much we need to win this game. We need to get back in first place where we belong. I know you can do it. My goodness, you’ve been proving it to us all year. Get out there, get some big hits, and win. Simple as that.

I love you guys so much.

GO SHOULD BE IN FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!!

Buckle Up

I do not appreciate being shoved out of first place. It’s rather rude of the Giants to do such a thing to us. After all, we’ve been leading practically all year. We cannot and will not let it slip out of our hands now.

But man, I’ve got to give credit to the guys for the amazing job they’ve done this season. I don’t think we’ve ever seen a Padres team quite like this and they’ve been so much fun to watch. Though we’ve lost first place for the day, I have the ultimate confidence in my boys. They’re not going to let the Giants take over first place, not after all this time.

We’ve got three more games against the Cards. Starting pitchers: Mat Latos, CHRIS YOUNG!!!!!!, and Jon Garland. Look good? The Cardinals have always had our number, but they’re seven games behind the Reds in the NL Central. As long as our pitching holds things together, I think we can get these next three games.

Mat Latos wasn’t the greatest last time out, but he’s been so amazing all season, I have no doubt that he’ll bounce back and pitch an incredible game tonight.

Then CHRIS YOUNG!!!!!!!!! is pitching on Saturday!!!!!!! I’M SOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!! It seems like forever since he’s been okay to pitch. I hate how hurt he’s been, it’s so sad!! I’m just so happy that he’ll be able to help us out during the stretch. On Saturday, I don’t think we can expect any more than five solid innings, so the bullpen will have to be seriously on their game. But I mean, wow, it’ll just be amazing to have Chris pitching in a major league game. Welcome back, Chris. You have been missed.

Being in second place stinks, but seriously, we’ll get out of this. After St. Louis, we’re going to LA to face the Dodgers. They’re 11 games behind, and five games away from being eliminated. Plus, they totally failed on beating the Giants. If they can’t beat the Giants, they can’t beat us. We’re really, really going to need that series.

Can you believe that after this Cardinals series, there are only going to be FOUR more series in the regular season? Talk about coming down to the wire. Oh my goodness. The next few weeks are going to be CRAAAAZY. 

We’ve got 16 games to get back our first-place lead and hold it. I sure hope you guys are all buckled in, because this is going to be one crazy ride.

GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!!!

Just What We Needed

The last two games against the Rockies have been SWEET. There’s positives and negatives to playing at Coors Field: one is that your offense really gets going. But the negative is that the Rockies’ is going too.

Jon Garland pitched an amazing game last night. He threw seven innings, allowing three runs, but only one of them was earned. Plus, he went 2-for-2 with a run scored. What a night!

So, about that offense. We had 16 hits last night, which was pretty sweet. Aaron Cunningham and Ryan Ludwick (finally) had three hits each. Eck, Tejada, and Garland had two hits each.

One person I was not happy with, though, was Chase Headley. He left seven runners on base! He did have the decency to finally get a hit in the ninth, though, but he got left on base himself. Oh well.

Speaking of the ninth, it was hilarious because Heath Bell got to bat! He had come into the game in the bottom of the eigth (a horrible inning because we could not get anyone out) and then, of course, he was going to pitch the bottom of the ninth, so he had to bat for himself. I’d say that he actually did a decent job. He ran the count to 3-2 before lining out to right field. 

But the bottom of the ninth is a completely different story. I was not pleased with Heath’s performance mostly because he made every single Padres fan probably have a heart attack.

So we had a 7-4 lead, right? Plenty of breathing room for Heath. He rarely gets leads that big. He should have enjoyed it. Well, maybe he was enjoying it a little too much.

Long inning short, he allowed two runs, facing five batters with only one out, until finally finally he got a double play to end the inning. HUGE sigh of relief. Punching out the frustration on walls. Fainting in relief. Outburst of anger towards Heath for making us go through that. Then finally, joy in realizing that we won and we’re still top of the NL West, baby!!

Just look at those standings, man. It’s amazing how much can change in just a few days. We are now 1.5 games ahead of the Giants, and 3.5 games ahead of the Rockies. A tiny bit more breathing room, but it feels so much better than that rut we were in a few days ago. Whew.

Well, the game is starting and hopefully we can get the sweep.

GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!!

Not Giving Up

Well, here we are again. Forced to share first place with the Giants. It’s not pleasant, but I guess if we have to endure it for a day, then there’s not much we can do about it.

Not only that, but the Rockies, who we are playing tonight, have come out of nowhere and are now only 1.5 games behind!! No one said this would be easy, I guess.

I don’t know about you, but I’d much, much rather have a very safe lead than a very unsafe lead. Maybe some of you like all this crazy drama stuff, but this is too nerve-wracking for me. I guess it does make things interesting.

What a bizarre situation we’ve gotten ourselves into! Our biggest rivals for most of the season come into our house and take three out of four, tying themselves with us for first place. Then, the day after, we go to Colorado who is right behind us at 1.5 games!!! It’s just way too crazy. Just saying, we’d better get out of this ASAP.

Even though this situation is ridiculously crazy, I am not giving up on my boys. They dug this hole for themselves and they’re the ones who are going to get out of it, but I’m going to be there to support them all along the way. They’re scaring me like crazy, but I’m sticking with them. 

I believe that we’ll be able to get out of this little jam. I’m not exactly sure how, but I think they’ll be able to do. We’ve come so far. We can’t give up now.

Needless to say, tonight is a MUST WIN GAME. The Giants are idle, and the Rockies must be beaten. The San Diego First-Place Padres need a win.

Guys, please. Pitching, hold down their hitters. Hitters, for goodness sakes, find your bats already. Defense, you know what you need to do. Let’s get back together and get a win. We need it!!!

GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!!!!!

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