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.
I can’t believe that it’s this time of year again! Amazing how fast the time goes, huh?
Though we should be thankful every day, I’m glad that we do have a day set apart to really think about our blessings. And oh boy, am I blessed! Here’s just a few of the bountiful blessings that I have:
- I am so thankful first and foremost, for my Savior Jesus Christ. Without Him, I would have nothing. He’s provided for me in everything, and I am just so thankful that He would love a wretch like me. It is so reassuring to know that it’s not about me, but it’s all about what He did on the cross for me. My Father is so incredible! It’s all because of Him. I hope to give Him the glory in everything that I do, because He so deserves it.
- I am so thankful for this baseball community here at MLBlogs and the community of Padres fans through other blogs. It’s been so much fun to meet some of you and cheer on the Padres together. Hyun Young, John, the guys at Gaslamp Ball and RJ’s Fro, Steve, keep up the great work. I am honored to be a part of such a strong core of Padres bloggers.
- I am so thankful for the Padres’ season this year. Man, that was fun. It was so great to have a winning team here in San Diego, and I really hope that we’ll be able to continue that. I mean, so many people didn’t think we were going to go anywhere, but we were a first place team for almost the entire season. Especially for Padres fans, that’s a lot of be thankful for.
- I am so thankful for all my friends and mentors at my church and youth group. You guys mean so much to me, and I don’t know what I would do without you. Thank you so much for loving me, for laughing with me, for crying with me, for being there through everything. I am truly blessed to be in such a tight-knit body of believers. I love you all so much!!
- I am so thankful for Kevin Kouzmanoff. That dude is just so amazing, and I’m so glad that he was able to play in San Diego for three years. I was at Boomers last night, and I got to drive the #5 go-kart twice and I was like, man, I miss that dude. He is just way too cool. I am also really thankful that I’m not obsessed with the guys that everyone likes like Robert Pattison and Zac Efron, who are basically unaccesable. I’ve seen Kouz many, many times, I’ve gotten his autograph, I’ve sat next to him for a picture. He is a very real person in my life, and I’m so thankful for my baby :)
- I am so thankful for this blog and all my readers. I love being able to tell you guys my thoughts about the Padres and being able to hear your reactions. And even if you don’t comment that much, I know that you are reading, because this blog is in the top 10 fan blogs on MLBlogs.com. That just blows my mind. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for putting this blog in there and for keeping me there. I am so thankful for this blog and for all of your guys. I know I say it over and over again, but without you guys, there would be no purpose to this blog. I can’t thank you enough. You guys are just amazing!!!!!
I hope that you all have a GREAT Thanksgiving.
HUGE congratulations to Bud Black! Today he won the National League Manager of the Year award by one vote. Pretty sweet.
Buddy absolutely deserves this. I thought he did an incredible job with the team this year. We were in first place for the majority of the season, and though we choked at the end there, it was still one of the best seasons ever.
Buddy had been managing here for about four seasons: two seasons, we were within one game of the playoffs. One of the other ones was horrible, and the other one was okay. But I absolutely love having Buddy as our manager. He is an overall great guy, and he knows how to run a baseball team.
The team went 90-72, ending up second in the NL West. It was an amazing season, but the end was heartbreaking. Thankfully, baseball is the game of moving on.
Congrats, Buddy. You totally deserve this. Keep up the incredible work, and let’s get into the playoffs next year, okay? Okay. Good. Glad we have an understanding.
I miss baseball. I miss my boys. I can’t wait for next season!!!!!!
(photo credit: padres.com)
The Latest Leaders list for October came out last night, and I’m #7!!!! I’m so excited :) Just wanted to thank you all so much for your faithful support and for coming back to read what I have to say. It means so much to me!
I thought I’d talk a little today about my blog’s title, which, as you should all know, is “Unfinished Business.”
I got the name from a then-GM Kevin Towers quote after the 2007 season. During the 2007 season, all you Padres fans know, was the Worst Game Ever. After a remarkable season, we found ourselves tied with the Colorado Rockies for the Wild Card. So, we went to Colorado for a one-game playoff. It was October 1, 2007. A Monday night.
It was literally the worst game ever. Our ace, Jake Peavy, was horrible. Adrian hit a grand slam. The game went back and forth the whole time. Finally we got to the 13th inning and Scott Hairston hit a two-run homer to take the lead. It was sooo incredibly exciting!
The all-time saves leader, Trevor Hoffman, came in to save the game and get us our playoff spot. Except…things did not go as planned. Bam bam bam bam, single, single, triple, run-scoring flyout, and we were done. The Rockies went on to the World Series, but lost to the Red Sox (TAKE THAT!!).
So ANYWAYS, Kevin Towers said during the offseason that we had some unfinished business with the Rockies. I completely agreed with that, and that was what I titled my blog when I started it in the 2008 season.
But after 2008, the title was not really relevant anymore, because we couldn’t just stay mad at the Rockies for the rest of our lives. Well, the fans can (and I am), but the team itself was completely different than those guys who were in Game 163.
I debated changing the name after that season, but decided that it was still very relevant, because the Padres have the “unfinished business” of never winning a World Series. In our 41 year existence, we have reached two total World Series, and won zero. Our first time was 1964, and our second was 1998. We have had no success at all. Pretty sad.
Our unfinished business is to win a World Series. I know that someday, someday, we will. We’ll get it eventually.
Just wanted to let you all know that we still have that Unfinished Business. I honestly thought that we had a chance this season. But hey, that’s the duty of a die-hard fan, right? We believe in the impossible. Even there in that stupid last game of the season, I clung to a hope that we would force the playoff. I HATE THE GIANTS!!!
I absolutely hate that the Giants won the World Series. I don’t care about Bochy or Flan or whatever. The Giants freaking kicked the Padres out of the playoffs. That is unforgivable.
Blech. We’d better dominate the Giants’ butts next season.
Well, the Adrian drama goes on. He had shoulder surgery not to long ago, and now it looks like he’s not going to be ready in time for the start of Spring Training. Smooth, Adrian. Real smooth.
Also, FAN FEST IS SET FOR SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2011. BE THERE.
Hey, that’s actually not that far away…only three months!! Sweet!!! I’m soooooo excited :D :D :D :D :D
I hope you guys all have a great weekend. I’m super busy writing it up for NaNoWriMo…
I hate the offseason.
It’s been so sad without Padres baseball. I couldn’t even watch the playoffs with more than a passing interest because the Padres weren’t in it. I am extremely mad that the Giants won the World Series!!!!! It is just so wrong. When you think about the fact that the Padres were in first place like 97% of the season, and the Giants just came out of nowhere and snatched the NL West from us right at the last second…oh my goodness. It just drives me nuts. Even worse that the Giants won the whole thing. Man, that was our spot. We were the ones who should have been there. Oh man it is so frustrating and heartbreaking.
But anyways, things have been pretty sad around here after the World Series ended. Chris Young, after five years with the Padres, has become a free agent and the Padres aren’t showing too much interest in getting him back. I love Chris so much!
Even though he’s been of little use to us in the past few years, I still feel like he’s one of the all-time Padres. He’s been here so super long, and when he was good, he really did have a big impact on our club. Thank you so much for all the great times, Chris, and no matter where you go, I hope you’ll be able to play the game you love.
Also, Yorvit Torrealba had become a free agent, and will not come back because he wants a multi-year contract and the Padres are not going to give him that. I can’t help but think that this is seriously going to hurt us next year. Yorvit was such an essential part of our success this year. I honestly don’t think we would have gotten close as we had without him.
Plus, our catching situation has not been that great at all. Sure, we’ve got Nick Hundley, but he’s been up here for a few years, and not much to show for it. I don’t trust him as an everyday catcher, mostly because of his offense. I know that catchers aren’t supposed to be that great offensively, but still. Nick is really going to have to step it up.
Hopefully the Padres will be able to pick up a good catcher for the season though. But I don’t know about you, but I’m getting kind of tired of the whole pick-up-a-veteran-catcher-for-one-year thing. I think it’s about time we find a guy who can be a long-time catcher for us. I think the pitchers deserve to have a guy will be consistently there from year to year instead of having to get to know a new guy every single season.
Jon Garland has also filed for free agency. I believe that Jerry Hairston Jr., too has become a free agent, but he’s very interested in returning to the Padres.
I have a feeling that there’s going to be a lot of change to this Padre team over the offseason. Hopefully it won’t be too bad, but still.
We also picked up Adrian Gonzalez’ option for 2011, but Jed Hoyer said that he will most likely become a free agent after 2011. Sigh.
Well, one super fun thing that I’ve done this offseason was attending “Unashamed: The Movement” in Long Beach. It’s a group of Christian rappers who are touring the United States right now, including Lecrae, Trip Lee, Tedashii, and Sho Baraka. It was an amazingly fun concert for me because Lecrae is one of my all-time favorite artists ever. (yes, I know that’s redundant) Seriously, if they come to your town, go see them. It is an incredible concert and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Check out the details here: http://www.reachrecords.com/unashamed/
I can’t wait for Padres baseball to start.
Man, it’s tough not being in the playoffs. I don’t like it when I don’t have any motivation to follow the postseason except to see that the Giants get knocked out of there.
READ THIS: http://rjsfro.com/2010-articles/october/fandomchangeplayoffs.html Must-read postseason article for all Padres fans. Whatever you do, don’t cheer for the Giants. Please. That’s just wrong.
We are PADRES fans. That means that we cheer for our team NO MATTER WHAT, even if they’re not even playing anymore. After all the believing and cheering during the season, you cannot, and I repeat, CANNOT, turn around and cheer for the team that detroyed your amazing season. Don’t think that the Padres aren’t watching. They’ve got the Santa thing going with the nautghty and nice list, except it’s more like the faithful and the unfaithful list. Just because the Padres are done playing doesn’t mean that your obligations as a fan are over. Fanhood doesn’t have a contract, but if it did, I’m sure there would be a clause obligating you to cheer for your team constantly. You can’t get out of the contract.
But fanhood shouldn’t have to be an obligation. It shouldn’t be something that you HAVE to do. If you really love your team, you’re just not going to cheer for the Giants because you hate them for what they did to us. It just comes naturally out of your love and heartbreak for your team.
Fanhood is a very special thing. And it’s unique for each fan. Maybe you feel okay cheering for the Giants. I don’t know how you could rationalize that, but maybe you can and you’re okay with that. But for a lot of us, we just can’t do that. We can’t cheer for the Giants. They were pests all season and the last straw was shoving us out of our rightful spot in first place. It would be going against everything I fought for as a fan to cheer for the Giants now. I won’t do it.
I can’t wait for my Padres to get into the playoffs. I can’t wait for the start of next season!! I miss Padres baseball soo much :( It’s so sad not to have it around.
Every year I give out virtual awards to my boys for different catergories. Since there’s so much to commemorate, this one is going to be interesting.
MVP: Adrian Gonzalez. He hit .298 with 31 homers and 101 RBIs. ‘Nuff said.
Honorable mention: Mat Latos, Miguel Tejada
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Aaron Cunningham. I was extremely impressed with this guy. He did very well offensively, but his defense was outstanding. I can’t wait to watch this guy play every day.
STARTER OF THE YEAR: Hands down, Mat Latos. The dude was incredible for us this year (except at the end of course, but we won’t go there). His total record was 14-10 with a 2.92 ERA.
RELIEVER OF THE YEAR: Luke Gregerson. He threw 78.1 innings and only allowed 30 runs, plus he got two saves this year (out of seven opportunities). He had 40 holds, which set the all-time MLB record for a single season.
Honorable mention: Heath Bell
VETERAN OF THE YEAR: Miguel Tejada. I am sooo glad that we got this guy or we wouldn’t even have been close to the playoffs. He added so much to the team, and I really hope the Padres bring him back next year.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Will Venable – the guy made some seriously beast catches this season.
COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tim Stauffer. He’s been really on and off for the past five years, usually the kind of guy that we only used if we had to, and even then, we knew he wouldn’t really give us much. This year, something was different. This year, he became one of the most dominant pitchers on our staff. He was 6-5 with a 1.85.
DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE YEAR: Ryan Ludwick. I really wish he could have pulled it together.
FLOPS OF THE YEAR: Everth Cabrera, Kevin Correia
OVERALL AMAZING PLAYERS WHO DIDN’T GET A SPECIFIC CATERGORY BUT WERE A HUGE INFLUENCE ON THE WAY WE PLAYED THIS YEAR: Mike Adams, Jon Garland, Joe Thatcher, Clayton Richard, Yorvit Torrealba, David Eckstein, Jerry Hairston Jr., Chris Denorfia, Tony Gwynn, Matt Stairs
UP-AND-COMING PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Cory Luebke. He only made three starts, and didn’t do exceptionally great, but I see a lot of potential. Hopefully he’ll get a good look in Spring Training, a little more minor league time, and then maybe he can come up later in the 2011 season.
STAR WARS MASCOT OF THE YEAR: Yoda, it is. Thanks so much for accompanying us on our journey through the universe of Major League Baseball. May the Force be with you.
CUTEST PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Lance Zawadzki. Man he’s adorable.
There are many, many more players and the things that they did that deserve one of my virtual awards, but it would take too long to mention every great thing that my Padres did this year. We just had such a great season!! Thank you so much to all of you guys for such a fun year. I CAN’T WAIT FOR NEXT YEAR!!! I love you all so much. Go Padres.
Today is Trevor Hoffman’s 43rd birthday. This year was a big one for Trevor as he got his 600th save with the Brewers. But he only got 10 saves total this year, which was not that great. He blew a whole bunch and then was demoted from his role as closer. I think the years are finally catching up with him, but he’s still an amazing guy. He’s probably not going to be with the Brewers next season, so Padres, hint hint hint.
Sure, we probably won’t have him replace our Delivery Man of the Year, Heath Bell, but before Trev retires, he’s gotta come back to his Padres.
We love you, Trevor. Hope you have a day!!! And hey, come back to San Diego soon, yes?
Well, it’s been four days since the season ended. It’s been rough, that’s for sure. Especially since everyone who thought that the Padres were not going anywhere this season are back in full force saying, I told you so! It’s extremely frustrating, but what can you do. The only consolement I’m getting is that I believed all season and I didn’t give up. I was right there with my boys the whole time, and man they had an incredible season.
As the offseason goes on, I’ll be writing some season-rememberance stuff, but right now I kind of want to review my personal season of blogging.
Let me tell you, this year has been absolutely amazing. I didn’t blog as consistently as I have in years past, but this blog has really had a great year. In 2009, I was around the 20s in the Latest Leader list. This season I jumped up to number 10 and number 11. That’s where I was for most of the year until I jumped up to #6 in August and now, I was #5 in the top fan blogs list. I’m soooo excited!!!
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that my all-time favorite baseball player is Kevin Kouzmanoff, whose number is 5. I’ve always wanted to be #5 on the list so that I could do a dedication to him and I’m soo excited that it’s finally happened!!
Since there’s a lot of recaps going around, I’m going to review Kouz’s season. I didn’t really talk about him much this season because I was so focused on the Padres’ first-place dominance, but I think it’ll be cool to see how he did after he was so sadly shipped away from the Padres.
Kouz was traded to the Oakland A’s on January 16th, 2010, in exchange for Scott Hairston and Aaron Cunningham.
He hit .247 with 16 homers and 71 RBIs. He played in 143 games, and of course, his back acted up near the end of the season and he was out for a few weeks.
His fielding stats, though, are no where near as impressive as last year. Remember that when he had three errors all season and a .990 fielding percentage and he didn’t get a Gold Glove? That was so sad. Man. But anyways, he had 12 errors this year, and a .968 fielding percentage. So, not too bad, but not as great as last year.
On another matter, he’s still as adorable as ever ;)
I missed you a lot this season, Kouz. Definitely not the same without you, and your trade even effected my fanhood just a little. I’m glad you had a great season with the A’s, and I hope that someday you’ll be able to play in San Diego again. Love you!!!!!
Thank you guys sooo much for your great support. Thank you for getting me to #5. This blog would be meaningless if no one read it, so thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy putting it together. You guys are amazing!!!!
GO PADRES!!! GO KEVIN KOUZMANOFF!!! GO #5!!!!
I write this with tears streaming down my face. Man, it wasn’t supposed to end like this. Padres, I just want you to know that I love you very much, and thank goodness for “next year.” Seems like we always have to comfort ourselves with that, and it’s true again this year.
It wasn’t supposed to end like this. From the beginning of the season, we were instantly put down as the last-place team in the NL West. It took a little time, but we soon estabished ourselves as a team to contend with. We inhabited first place for almost the entire season until the Giants snatched it away from us in the past few heartbreaking weeks. Now, we’re done.
Looking back over the season, it’s amazing to see what we accomplished as a team. But we didn’t do anything with it. We were supposed to be National League West Champions. But San Diego’s heartbroken once again and San Fran is celebrating. Baseball is such a heartbreaker.
I’m too sad to say much more. The one thing that hurts so much right now is realizing that there’s no more Padres baseball to listen to or watch. I guess I was so focused on the winning and the playoff push that I totally forgot what was coming after…the end of the season. I don’t know how to deal with no Padres games until April. I love my boys sooooo much. I don’t want to turn the focus to next year. I want to play some more baseball.