WE ARE JUST OVER TWO WEEKS AWAY FROM PITCHERS AND CATCHERS REPORTING FOR SPRING TRAINING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am sooooo excited. Every year I’m always so surprised at how fast the off-season goes by. At the very end of the season, it seems like Spring Training is so far away, but it always flies by so fast.
I’m also really excited about this team. It’s so different that it’s ever been. We’ve got a strange mix of new players, but I think it’s going to work out really well. We just signed Jorge Cantu, which is going to be great, plus we’ve got all these new guys like Aaron Harang, Brad Hawpe, Jason Bartlett, Chad Qualls, Orlando Hudson. I can’t wait to see how all those guys work together and become a team.
There’s been all sorts of interesting things going on around the organization. The Padres Awards dinner was this week, and of course, Adrian won MVP. No surprise there.
The Padres also announced two new jerseys, a gray road one and a new camo jersey. I really like the new camo.
FanFest is in two weeks!!! It’s going to be so great. I can’t wait to go back to Petco Park! I don’t even want to count how long it’s been since I’ve been there. Too long. Way too long.
Okay. I’m ready for Padres baseball now. Bring it on.
The first anniversary of Kevin Kouzmanoff’s awful trade was this past Saturday. I can’t believe that it’s been a whole year since the Padres traded away my baby.
Since that terrible day, things just haven’t been the same. I didn’t get to see Kouz all year, which is just strange.
I’ve had a connection with Kouz ever since he signed autographs for me and my friends way back in 2007. It meant so much to me that I fell in love with him right there and then. Also, both of our rookie seasons was 2007. We both had a taste of the majors in the end of 2006, but both of us really got into it in 2007.
Ever since that night, Kouz has been my all-time number one favorite baseball player ever. First of all, he’s a great baseball player, and he’s really nice and funny and I loved having him here in San Diego.
I’m sure all of you guys know what it’s like to have a favorite player on your team. It just makes your fanhood so much more fulfilling to have one specific special player that you cheer for. I’ll always be a fan of the Padres, the whole team, no matter what players are on it, but it was a lot more fun to be able to watch a guy that I loved watching play as much as Kouz.
As a Padres fan, you kind of have to be wary of the players on the team, especially when Moores was in control, because the name of our game is rebuilding. Any of these guys could be traded away, just like that. Now, I had gone through a lot of tough trades before the blow on January 16th, 2010. I thought that losing Jake Peavy and Trevor Hoffman was tough. But it was nothing like losing my all-time favorite player.
Of couse, Kouz is still my favorite player. He always has been and always will be. But it’s so sad that I can’t cheer for him here. He’s not on the Padres. He’s way up the coast with the A’s.
Kouz, it was a hard season without you. Thankfully, we were winning enough that I didn’t think about it too much, but still. It was so weird without being able to cheer for you here. I’m so happy that you had a good season, though, and I really hope that someday, someday, you’ll be able to come back and play for the Padres.
Thanks so much for everything, Kouz. I love you!!!!!
It was an incredible run. Trevor is one of my favorite players ever. He’s the classiest guy around, and he’s such a good baseball player. His years with San Diego are some that I’ll never forget. I’ll never forget the day that he became the All-Time saves leader, and the days he got his 500th and 600th saves. I’ll never forget the day that I got his autograph (which was the same day that I fell in love with Kouz actually).
We were so blessed to have him here for so many years.
Trevor, I don’t think you’ll ever know the impact that you’ve had on me and the city of San Diego. Even when we didn’t have many championships to look forward to, we always had amazing moments to look forward to because we had the best closer in all of baseball right here. Not only were you an amazing influence on the field, but you were an amazing example of sportsmanship and leadership.
I’ll never forget sitting in my room on a September afternoon, the radios blaring, as we listening to you getting your 479th save. That was such an incredible moment that it brought me to tears. I didn’t really know much about your career at that point, but I knew that that was a very special moment.
Thank you so much for everything. Thanks for all the memories and fun times. Thanks for staying here as long as you did. Thanks for giving us something incredible to cheer for and to watch. Thank you for being such an integral part of this organization.
Even though you were a member of a couple other teams, I know that you will always be a Padre. Especially now that you’re joining the club in a front office role, you are going to become a Padre again. I’m so excited that you’re back home, where you belong.
Always a Padre <3
I love you Trevor!!
See you in the Hall of Fame in 2016.
A couple of days ago the 2010 Leaders on MLBlogs.com came out, and this blog was the 8th most popular blog all year!! I’m so excited. Thank you guys so much :)
It was so much fun to blog during 2010, especially with how well my Padres played. I am very, very excited about next season, though. I just put up my 2011 schedule, which is actually quite the ritual for me. Ever since I became a Padres fan in 2007, I’ve put the season schedule on the wall next to my bed. This year is my fifth year of being a Padres fan. Of course, five is a very significant number because that’s Kouz’s number. I’m really excited to celebrate my 5th year of being a Padres fan :)
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Aaaand I miss my boys. It seems like forever that we’ve had any baseball. I’m so excited about how close baseball is to starting. I just can’t wait to see how good this team is going to be. The coolest thing about starting a new season is that you never know what’s going to happen. Maybe we’ll stink, but hey, at least we’ll get to watch some baseball. But maybe we’ll be the greatest team in the MLB. You just don’t know. Sometimes, you don’t even know until the last few days of the season :)
I can’t wait for baseball, and the Fan Fest, which is going to be incredibly fun.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I am soooo excited for 2011. It’s kind of creepy how fast it’s here already, but I’m excited nonetheless.
2010 was a great year, no doubt about it. Especially for Padres baseball. Our season was amazing!! We had a season that far exceeded all the expectations of just about everybody. But even as the season went on, and we won much more than seemed possible, not many people believed in us. Of course, the faithful did. The die-hards did. We believed in them all the way up to the last game of the season, when our only hope was to win against the soon-to-be World Champions. We weren’t able to come through in that game, but it was still a season worth celebrating.
There were some sad moments this year, most memorably, at the very beginning of the year, in January, when Kevin Kouzmanoff was traded. That hurt me very, very deeply. It was really hard to see him leaving my team, and my fanhood did suffer because of it. But he’s still my baby, no matter where he’s playing. He’s in Oakland now, but I’m still cheering for him and hoping that maybe someday he’ll get to come back to the Padres. The “Kouz Krush” lives on! (Thanks to unclejackie for that wonderful phrase!)
We also lost Adrian Gonzalez, which was quite the blow, but I guess it was easier to handle. We all knew that it was coming and it was handled so smoothly that it’s easy to deal with. Also, he’s going to the Red Sox, my second favorite team. At least he didn’t go to the Yankees. I would have been sooo upset if he had gone to the Yankees.
This was also a big year for my blog. I celebrated my second blog birthday, which was very fun. I also found myself in the Top 10 Latest Leaders for the first time ever, and have stayed in there consistently over the next few months.
Thank you all so much. This year was a blast, and I’m looking forward to more blogging and more Padres baseball in the year ahead. I’m also really looking forward to the FanFest, in which I will be meeting a lot of you through the Twitter meetup and just walking around Petco Park. I can’t wait to start a new season with a new team and hopefully get to watch some great Padres baseball.
Have a great New Year, everyone.
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…