Is it weird to post to your old blog again after saying goodbye to it five months ago? I started a new personal blog this summer and sat down to write today but couldn’t think of anything. I decided to check out this blog to see if there was anything that would inspire me and ended up wanting to write here. So I guess I will.
Especially because I missed its birthday.
It would have been technically five years on June 23, 2013. This blog has been in existence for five years, not that I’ve updated it at all for the past year.
Five years. I can hardly believe it. I’ve come such a long way in the past five years, I can’t even put into words how much has happened and changed in that amount of time.
This whole journey was with and because of the Padres. Today, they’re tied for third place in the NL West only 2.5 games behind first place. It’s been five years of ups and downs, that’s for sure. Mostly downs. But who knows what will happen this year or the year after next. I’m just excited to see where this season takes them cause it’s been really exciting so far.
Thank you for five years. I don’t know how many of you still check up on my blog but I am still getting a ridiculous amount of hits so I know there are people visiting.
It’s been remarkable.
Here are some of my favorite Trevor Hoffman moments. There are so many, but they’re all so great :)
- Save 479: Of course, the day that Trevor broke the All-Time Saves record was an amazing day for Padres fans. I remember sitting in my room having the radio blaring, listening as Trevor came in to pitch. It was sooo exciting. I was so happy and overwhelmed for him. It was a seriously great moment.
Save 500: Almost as cool as #479
Coming home: After two years away from the Padres, Trevor retired at the beginning of the 2011 season and joined the Padres as a front office assistant. With a new ownership that was more respectful towards veteran legends like Trevor (that was a dig at John Moores), we welcomed him back with open arms and great joy. It’s wonderful to have him back here. San Diego is where he belongs and where he always will. I hope that he will never, ever leave us again.
These are just a few of many, I’m sure. I would write about more, but I’m short of time. After all, Trevor saved 552 games for us. Going through each one would take waaaayyy too long ;)
It’s a game like last night’s that makes you feel great being a Padres fan.
But if you are a Padres fan, you know that in all likelihood, the Padres won’t be able to live up to what they did last night the next day, but it still feels good.
Yesterday, we won 15-5 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. We had four home runs, including a grand slam by Chase Headley. I remember years ago when Khalil Greene hit a grand slam at PNC Park. That was pretty great.
But what this game really told me was that we would be so much better if we didn’t play in Petco Park so much. I know this is an old, old subject, but last night was enough to convince me. We went nuts last night, hit four home runs, had 15 hits, and scored 15 runs. You won’t see that at Petco anytime soon.
Kyle Blanks and Aaron Cunningham each hit a solo home run. Jesus Guzman hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth. He also went 2-for-5 and raised his average to .360. I’m really, really liking this guy.
Will Venable and Cameron Maybin each had two hits. Everyone else was pretty exceptional too, and hey, we won the game by ten runs.
Hopefully, we will be able to carry on the momentum to today’s game. But it’s my fear that they will just let us down today and get no-hit or something.
Let’s hope that’s not the case.
We won tonight! Yay! We beat the Dodgers, 3-0. Tim Stauffer, who has been great all season, threw another amazing outing and got the win for the Padres.
He went six innings, allowing six hits and one walk with two strikeouts.
Then, the relieving group of Josh Spence, Chad Qualls and Heath Bell didn’t allow any more hits or runs. Man, when our pitching is really on, it’s really on. I love those games where everyone is shutting down everyone. So great.
Jason Bartlett hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth for our first run of the game. Then Aaron Cunningham scored on an error in the seventh. Finally, Jesus Guzman, who has been incredible lately, singled in Bartlett for our third run.
Man, talk about Guzman. He’s hitting .337 right now, and he’s really contributed a TON. Ryan Ludwick’s replacement, at least offensively? Maybe…
We now get to play the Pirates, who, coincidentally, we just traded Ludwick to. That’ll be interesting.
This whole 2011 season for the San Diego Padres has been a downpour of depression, but once in a while, they surprise us and come out with a ray of sunshine.
Tonight’s game was one of those games where you get really excited about Padres baseball. I know that we won’t be able to keep it up for the rest of the season, but it’s really nice to have a game that you can be happy about.
Tim Stauffer threw a great game, and his offense actually helped him out this time. Stauff went six innings, only allowing four hits with four strikeouts. He got the win to even his record at 6-6.
We got two runs in the top of the first with two straight doubles, which started off the game on a great note. Then we added another run in the seventh on an error and the fourth run in the top of the ninth.
We had 11 hits in the game, which was great. Will Venable, Cameron Maybin, Ryan Ludwick and Orlando Hudson all had two hits each.
Such a good game :) Like I said, I’m really happy about this game. Granted, we are playing the Marlins, but hey, a win is a win.
Aaron Harang is pitching tomorrow. Let’s get the series win!
I am so sad about the Padres right now, like you wouldn’t believe.
We just lost 1-0 for the second day in a row to the Los Angeles Dodgers. But more than just a loss, we had a no-hitter going until the bottom of the ninth with two outs.
It seriously can’t get worse than this.
The Padres have never, ever had a no-hitter in the history of the club. To come that freaking close, and not get it…it’s heartbreaking.
Well, we probably wouldn’t have been able to keep it much longer anyway because we hadn’t scored any runs so it would have had to go into extras. But in the bottom of the ninth, with two outs, Luke Gregerson allowed a double and a single to lose the game.
We were one-hit ourselves. Cameron Maybin got that one hit.
But man, we can’t score a run. We lose by one stinking run. I’m pretty sure this is going to be a horrible second half.
But I’m a Padres fan forever. Even if we don’t win another game this season, I will still be a Padres fan.
Being a Padres fan isn’t easy. But it’s what I am. It’s what I do.
Congrats to Derek Jeter on getting his 3,000th hit. Even though I am not a Yankee fan (GO RED SOX!!), this guy is probably one of the best baseball players out there. So good job bud.
I really cannot stand the All-Star game. It just bugs me so much. First of all, the Padres are severely cheated every year. Like the most players we ever get in there is two, while the stinkin’ Yankees get six this year. And we don’t even have two this year, only one player, ONE player repping the Padres. It’s pathetic.
I guess it doesn’t matter as much this year because we’re so horrible, but even last year when we were one of the best teams in the National League, we only had two players in the stupid game.
Also, I’ve never liked how all these players from rival teams have to come together and play together! I’m sure that the players are much more mature about it than I am, but as a fan, I cannot stand the idea of Heath having to go there and be civil with players from the Giants or Dodgers. That would stink!!
Think back to your high school days. Being in the All-Star game would be like having to play on the same team with players from your biggest rival school, the one that you and your whole school hated. It’s not cool.
I really think that the game would be much better at the end of the season. Even just for the fact that fans will be able to vote for players who really deserve those spots, not just based on the performance of a few months of playing time. I feel like there are many players who have amazing performances in the second half of the season, but never get any credit for it.
Point is, I do not like the All-Star game, and I probably will boycott it. We all know that’s just going to be a slugfest for the American League, anyway.
Reason number one why you should not panic about tonight’s 6-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners: it was just the accuracy of their starting pitcher that kept us out of the game.
We did lose to the Mariners tonight, and though it’s a pity that we did, I’m not worried at all. Okay, I guess it is the Mariners and it isn’t surprising that we lost to them, but still. I think this whole winning thing is going to stick around for a while for the Padres.
Seattle’s Jason Vargas was literally dominant. He threw the whole game for goodness sakes, without giving up a run!! Really gotta give him credit for such an amazing outing. And hey, we’ve got Cory Luebke going for us tomorrow, so no problem.
I guess one of the biggest things I’ve learned is how amazing Padres fans are. Really, I’ve met so many amazing people through the Padres over the past few years, and it’s been so much fun to realize that I’m not alone in my love of the Padres. There are many people who bleed Padres blue just like me, and I’ve been privileged to get to know some great Padres fans, whether just by talking online or by meeting in person out at the ballpark. I really think that I wouldn’t have had so many chances to meet some of these people without my blog.
I haven’t been recognized too much by my blog (the Padres organization hasn’t endorsed me or anything yet), but running this blog has made me a better Padres fan than I think I ever would have been without it. I’m not just a fan who watches the games, talks to my friends about it, and then goes on with my life the next day. I have a voice here. I can talk about everything I like and a lot of times, I’ll tell you what I dislike about this team. I don’t know how much I’m impacting the Padres fan community, but at least I’m doing something here. I get the opportunity to be a voice for the fans here.
I don’t know how far the reach of this blog has gone. I don’t know if this is just a cute little blog that people read for fun or if this blog has changed someone’s life because of the sharing of my faith and hope in Jesus Christ. But that’s just the thing. I just don’t know. I never know who I could be reaching.
So to those who have been with me from the very beginning, thank you. I hope this blog has been meaningful to you in some way, even if you’re just entertained by my rants.
The purpose of this blog is not just to give you Padres information; it’s so much bigger. It has to be bigger. This is why: http://kaybee.mlblogs.com/2011/04/23/crazy-for-them-but-they-drive-me-crazy/
The past year has been a blast in terms of Padres baseball. We had such a good season last year, and it was really really sad when we lost the division to the Giants. That really stunk. This season hasn’t been that great, but hey, Anthony Rizzo is here. We should be happy.
Here are some of my favorite blog entries from the past year:
- Doesn’t Get Much Better Than This – July 20, 2010
- Absolutely Unacceptable – July 5, 2010
- To My Dear First-Place Padres – August 30, 2010
- It’s Not Time to Panic Yet, But… – September 24, 2010
- Trevor’s Time To Retire – January 11, 2011
- Heartbreaker – March 24, 2011
- WANTED: A first baseman who doesn’t have an average of .116 – April 22, 2011
- Anthony Rizzo <3 – June 10, 2011
MLBlogs Latest Leaders List (2008-2011): 44, 30, 21, 25, 24, 31, 23, 22, 36, 29, 31, 31, 21, 19, 15, 17, 21, 19, 22, 18, 10, 11, 11, 10, 10, 6, 5, 7, 5, 5, 4, 5, 4, 5
Latest Leaders in traffic from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010: #8
One really exciting thing this year was my rise in the standings. As you can see, I’ve been steadily making my way up towards to Top Five, and I’ve been in the Top Five for the past six months. I can’t tell you how much that means to me. I mean, when I step back and think that my little blog is the most popular Padres fan blog on MLBlogs.com, and that out of all the fan blogs in MLBlogs, mine ranks in the Top Five, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude.
Thank you to everyone here at MLBlogs, and all my fellow Padres bloggers. You guys are such an inspiration.
Thank you to all my readers. It’s because of you guys that I keep blogging and that I keep ending up in the Top Five. Thank you for all your amazing support over the past three years.
Thank you to all my friends who read this blog. I know you probably think I’m crazy, but thanks for putting up with it anyways :)
I’m really excited to see where the next year will take me and my wonderful blog. Let me tell you, it is my abosolute joy to write this blog. I really enjoy writing and hearing from you guys, and of course, cheering for Padres baseball. I love my boys so much!!!
GO PADRES!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY UNFINISHED BUSINESS!!!
P.S. This is a really good excuse to treat yourself to a big slice of chocolate cake…or a root beer float…or a cookie…
We won the series against the Red Sox. We actually did it!
It wasn’t easy, that’s for sure. The whole city of Boston was so upset that it sent four rain delays at us, but we would not be deterred. We still won, albite by a shortend game, and we took the series.
I can’t believe it! Man, if that doesn’t give you hope for this Padres team, I don’t know what will. I thought for sure that we would be creamed. The Red Sox were a really, really tough team to beat, but those last-place Padres did it.
TAKE THAT, ADRIAN “I WANT TO SWEEP THEM” GONZALEZ.
It does feel really good to go into the Red Sox’ home stadium and sweep them, especially because they have Adrian now. But guess what, Boston? We have ANTHONY RIZZO.
Naturally, Adrian had eight hits in the series, including going 4-for-4 today.
But all our guys did an amazing job in this series. Clayton Richard threw a great game today, finally earning his third win of the season.
These are my boys. This is what we’ve been looking for all year. Let’s keep this up, guys!!
P.S. Tomorrow is my blog’s third birthday!! So excited!!