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Kevin Kouzmanoff <3

One of my favorite parts of FanFest – finding a ton of Kevin Kouzmanoff signed baseballs. Super cool. This photo is now permanently the background on my phone. More on FanFest to come later.

Kouzmanoff Update

Just thought that I should let you guys know that Kevin Kouzmanoff (finally) got signed by the Kansas City Royals for a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training last week. It isn’t much, but at least he did get signed. I was getting a little worried there.
Though I would have preferred that he got signed by the Padres, at least he is going to be playing. In Triple-A Omaha. But whatever.

Also, Jan. 16 was the two-year anniversary of his trade from the Padres to the Oakland A’s. That was such a sad day. I can’t believe it’s been two years already. Thankfully, I did get to go see him in August when he was with the Rockies. That was the coolest game ever.

I’m just happy that my boy is still in baseball and still doing the best he can. He hasn’t had an easy career, that’s for sure, but he’s fighting hard. I love him :)

Unfortunately, the Padres won’t be playing the Royals in Interleague this season, so I won’t get to see him at all. But hopefully next year, when he gets traded back to the Padres. Right Padres? Right. Sounds good.

GO KOOOOOOOOOOOZ!

Top 100 MLBlogs of 2011: #6

Unfinished Business is the sixth most popular MLB.com fan blog for the year of 2011.

Last year I was #8, so I guess I’ve made progress this year despite being insanely busy. Actually, this was  probably the lowest year yet in terms of content, and I still gained two spots.

I was busy this year, mostly with finishing high school, working on The Telescope and spending a ton of time  with friends. And of course, being a fan of the Padres. We had a terrible year. It was sad. But 2012 is a new year, and  maybe all these trades will actually help us out. Who knows.

I just want to say thank you to every single one of my readers, whether you read every post or one every once in a while. Padres fans really are the best fans because we have the deal with one of the worst teams in Major League Baseball. But we love them despite it all. So thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts and my rants and my love for Padres baseball.

I’ve been doing this for over three years (WOW!) and I don’t plan on stopping soon. My sixth season of Padres fandom is coming up as well. Crazy stuff.

Thank you again. You guys are amazing.

GO PADRES!

Rizzo didn’t make it to Opening Day, got traded to Cubs

Anthony Rizzo was traded to the Cubs today for pitcher Andrew Cashner and Minor League outfielder Kyung-Min Na.

#RizzoMania was obviously very short-lived.

I’m sure a lot of us knew that Rizzo was headed out the door, especially when the rumors were flying right after Mat Latos’ trade. I really didn’t expect him to be on the Padres’ Opening Day roster, and what do you know, he’s not going to be. Oh well.

I did get really excited when he got called up earlier in the year. I was actually bordering on Kevin Kouzmanoff-like excitement about him, but when he didn’t do that well, it wore off. He’s really young, really cute, but I think he got called up too early. He wasn’t ready for it. But we don’t have to worry about him anymore, I guess.

But something that is interesting about this trade is the fact that Rizzo is going to Chicago, where Jed Hoyer and Jed McLeod are now. McLeod was the one who drafted Rizzo to the Red Sox. Hoyer then traded Adrian Gonzalez for him last year, and now he’s bringing him to the Cubs. Hoyer obviously wants Rizzo wherever he is.

This Cashner guy is a pitcher who has started, but the Padres seem to want him as a reliever at the start. He was injured for most of last season. The Padres always seem to get a lot of those.

Hopefully this trade will work out well for the Padres, though I don’t think we got the better side of the deal.

Happy New Year!

2011 is officially over, and 2012 has begun. With that comes a new beginning to the San Diego Padres season. We’ve said our goodbyes to Heath Bell, Jed Hoyer and Mat Latos, and we’ve welcomed Huston Street, Carlos Quentin, Edinson Volquez and of course, Mark Kotsay. There still might be some moves to be made, but it’s time to put the business aside and get down to the game.

We are about three months away from Opening Day.

As usual, I look ahead to the season with excitement, but also a lot of questions.

Are we going to hit? Is our rotation going to be okay? How’s the bullpen going to pan out? Will we still have Anthony Rizzo by the start of the season? And when will the Padres sign Kevin Kouzmanoff already? (He’s currently a free agent.)

Truth is, I have no idea how this team is going to look on Opening Day. I have a good idea of what players will be there, but there are a lot of new guys. I don’t know how well the team will play together or how strong of a team we’ll be.

I don’t think we’re going to do exceptionally well, but we might not do terribly either. It’s all up in the air right now. This year’s team is already looking a ton different from last year’s team.

As always, it’s going to be an adventure.

GO PADRES!

Mat Latos to Reds, Padres get four players

NOOOOOOOOO!

Okay, he wasn’t the best pitcher, especially in the past year. But really? Really Padres front office? Why not just trade away Nick Hundley and Chase Headley while we’re at it? Why not trade away all recognizable players so we can pay to watch players whose names we do not even know?

Mat Latos was traded to the Reds today for RHPs Edinson Volquez and Brad Boxberger, INF Yonder Alonso, and C Yasmani Grandal.

At least we got something good in return.

I feel a little better now. Now that I think about it, Mat wasn’t good at all in the past year. I don’t think Mat is going to be that good next season. So we probably got the better end of the deal.

But still. It kind of stinks that the Padres are trading away so many people. Yesterday we traded Aaron Cunningham to the Indians for Cory Burns, a pitcher. The only reason I don’t like this trade is because Aaron was the last player left on the Padres who we traded Kevin Kouzmanoff away for. So essentially, that deal wasn’t worth it because none of the players we got are left on the team. Oh well.

The baseball world is abuzz with this Latos trade. Almost all of the trending topics on Twitter in the United States are about this trade. It’ll be interesting to see how things go when the season starts for the additions of both teams.

GO PADRES!

Welcome to San Diego, Huston Street

New Padres closer Huston Street. (flickriver.com)

The Padres traded for Huston Street mere days after Heath Bell signed with the Marlins last week.

The former Oakland A and Colorado Rockie brings a more veteran presence to the Padres. He has been in the majors for seven years and has 178 saves. I think this is a great move by the Padres. I’m just glad we didn’t try to replace Heath with some minor league player.

But forget the numbers. This guy is CUTE. Yes, I did just do a Google search to see if he was single. Not that I’m interested or anything, it’s just weird to have an obsessive crush on a baseball player who is taken. (Kouz, as far as I can tell, is single. No, my obsession is not creepy.)

I’m not saying that this guy might become my new favorite player, since I have yet to see him close a game. But all signs point to a potential new favorite player for me.

Goodbye, Heath. Nice having you here.

San Diego Padres’ Heath Bell pumps his fist after striking out Pittsburgh Pirates’ Xavier Nady to end the eighth inning in their baseball game in San Diego, Sept. 17, 2007. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

I’ve been a Padres fan for about five years, and I’ve seen the team go from full of star players to no better than a minor league team. Those star players didn’t help out on the winning side, but the Padres were much more glamorous five years ago.

In the past five years, we’ve lost Jake Peavy, Trevor Hoffman, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Chris Young, Greg Maddux, Adrian Gonzalez, Khalil Greene, Brian Giles, Mike Adams and now finally Heath Bell.

The Padres don’t have any starpower anymore. You could probably argue for someone like Mat Latos or Nick Hundley, who have been here for a while, but they don’t have the kind of appeal Jake Peavy and Trevor Hoffman had when they were here. The organization has officially been left faceless. They have officially become a minor league team.

They’ve been playing like a minor league team long enough, and now our last real star player is gone, so that brings us down a level.

It’s so sad.

Then there’s another thing. We got rid of Mike Adams in July. Who on earth is going to close for us? At least we still have Luke Gregerson.

I say let’s bring back Trevor Hoffman. I’m sure he’s still got another season in him.

Well, Heath, we are going to miss you. Not only were you a decent closer, but you were a really entertaining guy. Best of luck with the Marlins and their strange-looking new uniforms.

GO PADRES!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

In preparation for this post, I looked back over the past three Thanksgiving entries I’ve written on this blog. They were written in 2008, 2009 and 2010. It’s so cool to look back on those to see what was going on in my life and where I am now. A lot has changed since I started this blog over three years ago. Amazing.

All my other Thanksgiving posts were really long, but I think I’m going to keep it simple this year.

I’m thankful for friends, family and everyone else who’s touched my life in some way.

I’m thankful for my church, youth group, college and career group, girls’ Bible study, other girls’ Bible study and other college group.

I’m thankful for my Padres. I love them so very much, even if it was a bad year. We’ve got to get better someday…

I’m thankful for the opportunity to work on a student newspaper and everything that comes with working with other people pretty much all the time. We’ve had some pretty great adventures.

I’m thankful for a God who cares about the little things just as much as the big things in life – I’m so thankful that I can trust Him with everything from getting me to the gas station when I’m really low on gas to life-changing decisions. It’s all in His hands, and He’s been so merciful to me on so many levels.

What do I have that I have not recieved?

I don’t understand how anyone can look at their lives and not see a God working through every moment. I truly have been blessed beyond anything that I deserve; in fact, I don’t deserve any of it. I’m so grateful.

I hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I love you all.

GO PADRES!!

LeBlanc to Miami, Baker to here

The Padres traded Wade LeBlanc today to the Miami Marlins for catcher John Baker.

Pretty exciting stuff, only because I love catchers. Any catcher is a great catcher in my eyes. I love seeing a new one join the team. He will obviously be Nick Hundley’s backup, but still, it’ll be good to have him here in SD. He’s got a career batting average of .277.

Hey everybody. Yeah, I know I haven’t blogged in a long time. Not only is it the offseason, but I have been ridiculously busy with The Telescope and school. Mostly The Telescope. But that’s okay, because it’s been a blast.

I’m really curious about how next season is going to go for the Padres. New General Manager? Okay. Is that going to change anything? Doubtful. Look at who we’ve signed so far: Mark Kotsay, who I thought retired years ago, and a 31-year-old catcher. It looks like the same old, same old to me.

GO PADRES!!

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