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Countdown to Trevor’s Ceremony: Introduction

For the next few days leading up to Trevor Hoffman’s Retirement Ceremony (August 21st, Petco Park, 12:30 p.m. Tickets at padres.com), I am going to be posting about my top favorite Trevor moments. Ones that impacted me personally, and ones that impacted the city of San Diego as a whole. Trevor Hoffman is one of my all-time favorite Padres, and I have so much admiration and respect for this guy. I’m beyond excited at the opportunity to be at his ceremony and really honor his incredible career.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the first post about my favorite Trevor moments. I can’t wait.

GO TREVOR!!!

Mets top Padres in rubber game.

The Padres lost a three-game series to the Mets this afternoon, 7-3.

Despite an outstanding performance on all sides the night before (offense and pitching), the Padres weren’t able to pull through Wednesday, leaving Padres fans wondering if the season of losing would ever end.

Starter Mat Latos was solid, only making one big mistake. He threw six innings, allowing three runs with six strikeouts. All three runs came on a three-run homer to Mets third baseman David Wright in the third inning. (Wow, that’s a lot of threes.) Unfortunately, his offense wasn’t able to back him up and he got the loss, his 12th of the year.

The Padres only got three runs in the game, with two of them coming in the bottom of the ninth. Nick Hundley doubled in Aaron Cunningham with no outs, and then Alberto Gonzalez doubled in Hundley right before Jason Bartlett struck out to end the game.

But the Mets had no such problem. Angel Pagan, leading off in the lineup, had two hits and three RBIs. That, coupled with Wright’s bomb and Willie Harris’ RBI single in the eighth gave New York more than enough to win the game.  

Padres fans know that the team isn’t going to go anywhere, at least not this season, but it would always be nice to have some good games during the last few months of the season, like Tuesday’s 6-1 win. But a series like this shows why the Padres are 15 games out of first place: even if they are able to have a solid game, they aren’t able to carry that momentum even to a game the very next day. Consistency, momentum, whatever you want to call it, the Padres don’t have it. And that’s why they are stuck in the cellar of the NL West.

The Padres will host the Florida Marlins for the next four games over the weekend, leading up to Trevor Hoffman’s retirement ceremony before the game on Sunday. You won’t want to miss it.

GO PADRES!!!!!!

 

Looking Up

Last night’s game was a great one for the San Diego Padres.

We had 15 hits, which is rare. But it was so much fun to watch! Nick Hundley, who recently came off the disabled list, had three hits, two triples and a double. Two triples!! It was so great.

Then Logan Forsythe, Jesus Guzman, Kyle Blanks, Orlando Hudson and Alberto Gonzalez had two hits each. Cameron Maybin hit a solo homer in the seventh.

We actually got the early lead with two runs in the bottom of the first, and kept that lead for the rest of the game. The Mets were able to get one run in the top of the fourth, but we added one run in the bottom of that inning, two runs in the seventh, and one run in the eighth.

Cory Luebke, who started the game, threw very, very well. He had a no-hitter through 3.2 innings. He ended up only giving up three hits on one run with five strikeouts. What an outing!

In relief, Chad Qualls allowed the Mets’ only other hit in the game. Luke Gregerson and Erik Hamren threw the eighth and ninth with no problems.

It was a really good 6-1 win. We had some really solid hitting, really solid pitching. It was great to see.

 Guess what? Trevor Hoffman day is only a few days away!!!! I am sooooo excited. But I’m going to cry so bad. Just the sound of Hell’s Bells makes me freak out, so I’m pretty sure I’m going to be a mess on Sunday. But that’s okay. Trevor Hoffman is my all-time favorite Padre (besides Kevin Kouzmanoff), but more than that, he’s one of the all-time favorite Padres in San Diego. I have so much admiration and respect for Trevor, I could go on and on about how much this guy means to me.

I’m just so happy that this retirement ceremony is happening. There was a time just a few years ago where I thought Trevor and the Padres would never be on speaking terms again. Those were some bad days. But I’m so, so, thankful that we have new leaders in the front office, people who respect Trevor and all he means to San Diego, people who will give him an amazing ceremony to honor his incredible career. It’s going to be a great day to be a Padres fan.

GO PADRES!!!!!

Epic Fails

The Padres have had a bad past two days.

Last night, we had a 8-6 lead when Heath Bell came in to get the save but instead gave up three singles, two wild pitches, and three runs to give the Mets a 9-8 come-from-behind walk-off win.

 

Then, tonight, Chad Qualls gave up a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth, and then Josh Spence gave up two runs to give the Mets a 5-4 lead and win.

Usually, our bullpen isn’t like this. And two fails two nights in a row? Unheard of.

Hopefully they can pull it back together for the last game of the series. Let’s not get swept!

GO PADRES!!

SWEEP!!

Well, what do you know.

Your San Diego Padres have won three games in a row, and they didn’t hold anything back.

We scored 35 runs. Had 40 hits. Hit five home runs, including two grand slams.

This is not the Padres we’re used to, but man, did I enjoy this weekend. It’s really great for us, but we do feel for the Pirates, since we’ve experienced so much of their pain, like the Union-Tribune article was talking about. Today we gave the Pirates their 10th straight loss. Ouch.

One thing I was really excited about today was Mat Latos’ outing. He did really well! He went seven solid innings, only allowing two runs on four hits, and those runs didn’t come until the bottom of the eighth. He also had seven strikeouts and got the win. Way to go, Mat!!

Former Padre Kevin Correia actually started for the Pirates, which I thought was funny. He only went 5.2 innings and got the loss. HA!

The sweep was a great victory, but we had a lot of bad news this week on the injury side. Chris Denorfia was put on the DL with a strained hamstring, which is really sad. Here’s a great video that shows us many reasons why losing Chris is so bad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCCKEsNMomA 

Also, Chase Headley is going to be out for a few weeks with fractured left little finger. Not good. Not good…at all.

We go to New York to play the Mets next. Tim Stauffer is starting tomorrow night.

GO PADRES!!!

Goodbye, Mike Adams

(North County Times)

What a shocker. The Padres totally surprised us near the end of the trade deadline by not trading Heath Bell, but another person in the bullpen who I hadn’t even heard any trade rumors before.

Mike Adams got traded to the Texas Rangers yesterday for two Double-A pitchers. Not entirely what we needed, but whatever. I was literally convinced that Heath was going to be traded. I think everyone in San Diego, including Adams and Heath himself, thought that he was going to get traded. But nooooo. The Padres just had to go and pull a fast one on us. So tricky.

I am glad to still have Heath with us. He’s such a great guy, and though he does give us a lot of heart attacks, it’s fun to have him as our closer. I know it probably won’t last, since he’s going to be a free agent at the end of the season, but you never know…

Ryan Ludwick also got traded. He went to the Pirates for a player to be named later or cash considerations. I would rather get a player. Then he might be able to help us out a bit. “Cash considerations” has always seemed pretty funny to me. It kind of sounds like what slavery used to be, like you’re buying the player. Weird.

But anyway, that was an interesting weekend. On the playing side, not much has changed. We’re still losing consistently. We’re still in the cellar.

But Trevor Hoffman’s retirement ceremony!!!!! Definitely something to look forward too. Except now it’s been moved to pre-game instead of post-game. A little weird, but it’ll still be amazing. I’m soooooo excited :D :D

GO PADRES!!!!!!! BEAT LA!!!!!!!!!

Arrrrgggghhhhh…

Well, we’re back! The All-Star Game is over. Heath Bell went a little nuts, and Adrian hit a home run. Of course.

But now we’re back to reality, and that is the reality of your last-place San Diego Padres. No doubt about it, we deserve to be in last place, and our first game back from the All-Star Game was proof enough of that.

Here’s how the miserable thing went: Aaron Harang had a stellar outing of seven innings, five hit ball. We had a one-nothing lead until the top of the ninth, where Heath Bell blew the save and gave up a home run to Aubrey Huff. Aubrew Huff creeps me out, because I remember seeing his baseball card when I was like seven or eight. This guy has been around for a looong time.

So that home run stunk. Then of course we went into extra innings. And it all miserably ended when the Giants got five runs in the top of the 12th to win the game.

FACEPALM.

I don’t know what we’re going to do with ourselves. Especially now that it looks like the days are numbered for Heath and whoever else can get us a minor leage prospect. Who’s going to be our closer if we trade Heath? Luke Gregerson? He was the one who ruined the game for us in the 12th last night, thank you very much. Or maybe the front office thinks that we won’t need a closer anymore because we’ll never get to the point where it will actually matter to win a game in the ninth.

Oy. At least we have Trevor’s retirement ceremony to look forward to. I’m going to that, by the way. SOOOOOOOOOOOO excited!!!! I seriously think I’m going to completely break down and cry. Man, it’s going to be an amazing day :D

GO PADRES!!!!!

Why I am not watching the All-Star Game…

I will not be watching the All-Star Game tonight by choice. I am most definitely boycotting it. Naturally, since my family doesn’t get any channels on TV, I wouldn’t have been able to watch it anyway, but even if I did have the opportunity, I’m not going to watch it.

There are a lot of reasons, most of which you can read here: http://kaybee.mlblogs.com/2011/07/03/padres-shirked-in-all-star-game-again/ But it really boils down to one thing: what’s the point in watching?

I am a fan of baseball, and this is the mecca of baseball’s greatest players. But even more than that, I’m a Padres fan, and I find it really hard to be excited about anything baseball-related that isn’t very Padres related. If I do have the opportunity to watch TV and I run into a baseball game that isn’t the Padres, I’m not compelled to watch it. I might watch the Red Sox, but nothing attracts me to baseball more than the Padres do.

So, for me, watching the All-Star Game isn’t exciting because there’s only one Padres representative, Heath Bell. And we all know that he’s probably going to get to throw two pitches and give up the AL game-winning grand slam to Adrian Gonzalez. That’s my prediction.

I have never liked the All-Star Game and probably never will. I just don’t understand why it’s in the middle of the season. It really doesn’t make any sense.

Anyway, the whole thing just drives me nuts, and I think that it’s best for my health and well-being that I don’t watch the 500 Yankees players plus Adrian hit two gazillion home runs off Heath Bell and win the game. Yeah. Definitely a good idea.

GO PADRES!!!!

No Possible Way

I hate it when the Padres get the bases loaded. You know why? Because there’s an 100% chance that they aren’t going to get a run in, especially if it’s bases loaded with no outs.

It’s just pathetic!!! This game was sooo heartbreaking. First of all, it was against the Dodgers. We can’t lose to the Dodgers because one, they’re our rivals, and two, they’re in last place instead of us and we do not want to go back there. Second of all, both pitchers threw incredible games. Mat Latos went 7.1 innings, allowing five hits and one run with six strikeouts. Chad Billingsley, who won the game, threw eights innings, only allowing four hits and five walks. He really shut us down, but Latos was on his game as well, which was really good to see.

The Dodgers scored their run in the bottom of the ninth off Mat Latos. Josh Spence came in to get the last two outs, and I think he’s been doing an amazing job. Spotless ERA so far and really got us out of that inning.

But then came the ninth. It looked so promising, but I should have known, I should have known that there was no possible way that my Padres could score one stinking run.

Cameron Maybin, lead-off double. Anthony Rizzo and Rob Johnson, both hit by the first pitches thrown to them. Bases loaded. No outs. Two consecutive strikeouts and a flyout leaves us right back where we started: in the land of patheticness.

I don’t know what to say to that. It gives me a headache just thinking about it, it’s so awful.

We left 11 runners on base. How did the team do with runners in scoring position? Oh, just 0-for-11. That’s all.

This is not our season, man. Here we are on the brink of the All-Star game, and 40-50, 10.5 games behind first place. I’d like to think that we’ll be seeing the team who won the past 10 out of 16 games, but I doubt it. I’d like to think that we’ll be seeing the team that beat Tim Lincecum and the Giants last Monday, but I doubt we will. I’m sure we’ll have beautiful spurts of winning like we just did, but it’s not going to get us anywhere.

But let’s beat the Dodgers anyway. Might as well.

GO PADRES!!!

Sweet Victory

Today was a great day for Padres baseball.

Entirely because we got the sweet victory of defeating Tim Lincecum and the Giants.

It all started in the top of the first where the Padres got three singles and a sacrifice fly to score two runs.

Clayton Richard started the game for the Padres and went just long enough to get the win, five innings with no runs allowed. Ernesto Frieri unfortunately allowed two runs in the bottom of the sixth to bring the Giants from 3-0 to 3-2. Josh Spence, Chad Qualls, Mike Adams, and Heath Bell also pitched, with no damage done until Heath made things very interesting in the bottom of the ninth. Overall, a very solid day on the pitching side.

Our offense wasn’t too shabby either. We had 11 hits in this game. Every player in the starting lineup had a hit, and Will Venable and Jason Barlett had two. Will hit a big insurance-run homer in the top of the ninth.  

So we won, 5-3! It was so sweet. So so so sweet. Especially handing Lincecum the loss, that was probably the best part. I mean, these guys have always kind of been our rivals since they’re in our division, but they instantly became hated in the eyes of Padres fans because of what happened last season. That was our division. We had the NL West all season, and the stupid Giants swooped in and stole in right out of our hands and went on the win the World Series. I hate the Giants.

This four-game series is pretty important. I’d say that we need to win it to have any hope for our season, from a game perspective and from a front office perspective.

Let’s do this.

I hope you all have a wonderful Fourth of July!!

 

 

 

 

GO PADRES!!

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