I seriously can’t believe that it’s that time of year again. I’m sitting here participating in all the Christmas traditions, and I’m going, the last time I did this could not have been a whole year ago. I haven’t even graduated from high school yet, and the years are already flying by incredibly fast.
It just goes to show you how fragile life really is, how fleeting. I am so thankful that I have hope for not only this life, but the life after.
I hope that you all will be able to take a few moments this Christmas to really relflect on the true meaning of Christmas: the birth of Jesus Christ. The entrance of God into our world.
I know that many of us have heard the story thousands of times, but when you really try to wrap your mind around that concept, it’s unbelieveable. God, the creator of this world, humbled Himself so low that He started life as a completely dependant child with very poor and unknown people as parents. I mean, this is God Himself! He should have entered the world majestically. He should have flown in with golden chariots and trumpets proclaiming His entrance. But no. He came in the humblest of places. It’s just remarkable.
Even more remarkable is that He did that for you and me. He came into this world, He lived the perfect life that none of us could, He died the death that we deserved, and He rose from the dead. He conquered death. It’s truly a reason to celebrate.
I am so thankful that He did that for me. I know my heart. I know there is no way that I could ever deserve any of that. I can’t earn His favor. I am a rotten sinner. I’m not worthy of anything. But because of His incredible love and grace towards me, He came into this world, lived the perfect life that I couldn’t, died the death that I deserved, and rose from the dead.
It’s all unconditional. Ultimately, none of us are worthy. I know that we like to hide our dark secrets. We don’t like to admit that we mess up and that we are really broken inside. We get really good at putting on a good face. But we’re all broken people. We really don’t have it together. We need something bigger than us to step in and save us. And that’s what Christmas is all about. It’s God reaching down to us and rescuing us when there was no way that we could do it on our own. It is my hope that you will realize this amazing truth this Christmas.
I found this quote this week by Peter Larson:
“Despite our efforts to keep him out, God intrudes. The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: a virgin’s womb and an empty tomb. Jesus entered our world through a door marked, ‘No Entrance’ and left through a door marked ‘No Exit.'”
I hope that all my readers and fellow bloggers have a wonderful Christmas filled with joy and laughter and fun times with friends and family. I am so thankful for you guys!!
The Padres are certainly making some interesting moves this offseason. When Adrian was traded, a lot of people thought that they were giving up on the 2011 season. Man, we lost a ton of amazing players this offseason already. But suddenly, we’re adding players almost as much as we’re losing them.
We signed Dustin Moseley and Aaron Harang, traded for Cameron Maybin and Eric Patterson, and now we’re about to sign Orlando Hudson. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m actually excited about seeing how this team is going to come together. Honestly, I think we’re going to be okay.
We might not do as well as last year, but I’m really excited to give these guys a chance. Why should they be any less than they were last year, just because there’s a few new guys around? I can’t wait to see what happens.
I’m also extremely excited about the new minor league ballpark that will be coming to Escondido in a few years! I live very, very close to that area, and I am beyond excited about having Triple-A baseball so close by. I really hope that the whole deal goes through, but as of right now, it really looks like it’s going to. It’s going to be amazingly cool to have it right here.
(Photo credit: San Diego Padres owner Jeff Moorad’s investment team)
Also, I was really touched by an article in the Union-Tribune yesterday about Adrian. The Trevor Hoffman and Jake Peavy separations were not pretty, and I know that Jake had quite a few bad things to say about the Padres and San Diego. We do not appriciate that at all, Jake. It just left a bad taste in my mouth about that guy. There is absolutely no reason to turn around and bash the team that brought you up in the first place.
But anyways, what was so refreshing about Adrian’s trade was that it was so smooth, and Adrian is being incrediblely nice about it. If you are an Adrian fan, I would really recommend reading the article. He has absolutely nothing bad to say about us. He understands that it was a business move, and he agrees that it had to happen now. He still loves San Diego, and with he’s still very commited to serving the people of this city.
I am just so pleased that the separation went so well. He’s probably the classiest guy that I’ve seen in a long time. I am really happy that he’s still going to be very involved in this community. Thank you so much, Adrian. This just makes me respect you even more. What a role model!
Speaking of the trade, have I mentioned how happy I am that he went to the Red Sox and now the Yankees? At least the Red Sox are my second favorite team. I am really happy that he’s getting the opportunity to play for such an incredible team in the Boston Red Sox.
The U-T just reported that the Jason Bartlett trade is actually happening and will be officially announced this afternoon. All I have to say is, finally! Yet another great addition to our club.
Wow, Christmas is only a week away! I hope all of you are not going too crazy with all the preparations :) I think that the Padres have been giving us plenty of things to be excited about for Christmas.
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So I was looking at our team yesterday, and we seriously have a ton of holes. I feel like guys are slipping out of our hands so fast that we can’t catch them all and they’re leaving us completely empty.
Who have we lost this offseason already? Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox, Yorvit Torrealba to the Rangers, Miguel Tejada to the Giants, Kevin Correia to the Pirates, and now Tony Gwynn Jr. to the Dodgers. Plus we lost Chris Young. Our roster is looking awfully thin right now.
But we have signed pitcher Aaron Harang, and we’re about to sign Dustin Moseley, who is also a pitcher. So now our rotation looks like…Mat Latos, Harang, Clayton Richard, Moseley, and Wade LeBlanc or Tim Stauffer. I don’t know. It might work, but it seems like a very unstable rotation.
Well, I guess we’ll have to see how things pan out. We’ve still got a ton of offseason left (waaaaaa), so we have a lot of time to pull a team together.
In other news, the Latest Leaders list on MLBlogs.com came out for the month of November. This blog is #5 of all fan blogs!!! I’m sooooo excited!! I think I was #5 a couple months ago, but 5 is my absolute favorite number and I’m so excited to get it again.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, to all of you for reading this blog. It’s so much fun to know that you guys are reading so much that you’re putting this blog in the top 5 of all fan blogs. I can’t thank you enough!
Of course, I can’t mention the number five without showing you THE number five:
Love you Kouz :)
I hope you all have a great day!!
The deal is done.
So Adrian’s deal is just about done. I am very sad :( He had a physical today in Boston, and all that’s left to do is release an official announcement. But from what it looks like, we’re only going to get three minor league players. I don’t like that at all. Sure, they’re top prospects, but with losing Adrian, we need players who will be able to help us right now.
Very sad day for all Padres fans. I hope all of you are doing okay, but I know it’s going to take us a while to deal with anger and the hurt. Oh well. Hoyer thinks that this is the best for the club, so I guess we need to trust him.
I love Adrian. At least he’s going to the Red Sox, and not the Yankees.
Today was pretty sad, but one thing that cheered me up was a grand opening for a new Cox Solutions store in Escondido, featuring Tony Gwynn Jr. and Jane Mitchell!
I seriously had so much fun. There was a ton of great free stuff, which I was really glad to get. Plus I got Tony’s autograph and a picture with him, which was super cool.
I also got to meet Jane Mitchell and get a free copy of her beautiful new book, One on One: My Journey with Hall of Famers, Fan Favorites, and Rising Stars.
She was sooo nice, and I’m super excited about reading the book, especially the section about Kevin Kouzmanoff. Jane does something very unique, and I’m really excited about leaning more about her and her career, especially since she’s a female in a man’s world, just like I want to be.
So that was a lot of fun. I’m so glad that I was able to go :)
Waiting in dread for the final word on Adrian’s trade…
I know that this was inevitable, Adrian leaving, but I still don’t want it to happen. Even if you don’t know anything about Padres baseball, you’ll know that Adrian Gonzalez plays for us because he’s the face of the team. He’s the only one left. First we got rid of Jake Peavy, than Trevor, and now it looks like Adrian’s out the door. Of course, we still have Heath Bell, but you can’t base an organization’s face around the closer. I don’t think it really works.
I’m just going to say that if Adrian gets traded, the Padres as a business are going to suffer. Unless we get someone the caliber of Josh Beckett or David Ortiz in return, I believe that the fanbase will shrink considerably. I know that even aquiring Aaron Harang has turned my sister off completely to the Padres, but trading Adrian Gonzalez…for the average fan, who on earth do you go to a Padres game to watch?
I do have to admit that I would love to get Jacoby Ellsbury here. I love that guy. And going to the Red Sox isn’t the worst thing for a player like Adrian to do. At least it’s not the Yankees. But losing a guy like Adrian…man. Hometown boy, long-time player, face of the franchise…I don’t really see how trading him is going to benefit you.
Okay, I know that if we do trade him, we’re going to get a lot in return. A lot. But I think the Padres are still going to take a huge blow.
I hate losing players. I hate losing guys who have helped us so much and in so many ways. Adrian’s just been incredible for us, and I really don’t want to lose him.
Adrian Gonzalez is my 8-year-old brother’s favorite player. He loves playing baseball. He loves pretending to be Adrian Gonzalez. I don’t have the heart to tell him that his favorite player is about to be traded. And I know that my little brother isn’t the only kid in this city who loves Adrian. Kids look up to this guy. It’s going to be pretty tough for a lot of them.
Well, it’s a good thing that the Red Sox are my second favorite team.
I love you, Adrian. Thank you for everything.