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It’s Only the First Game

  • 4-1 Dodgers

Well, it wasn’t the best Opening Day ever. It wasn’t the most well-played game for the Padres, but I saw some things that signal hope for this team.

Jake Peavy started, going seven innings. He gave up four runs, three earned, on seven hits with eight stikeouts. In the first inning, when he gave up two runs, he was not very sharp. He went 1-2-3 in the second, but gave up one run in each of the third and the seventh. He wasn’t the sharpest, but I thought he did a pretty good job. I am very glad that he went seven innings. The bullpen is very fresh now. It’s a very good thing that he went so deep into the game.

The two guys who pitched from the bullpen were very good. Luke Gregerson and Edward Mujica threw scoreless innings.  

We got our one and only run in the bottom of the first. Jody Gerut double off the first pitch he saw. David Eckstein moved him over with a sacrifice, and Brian Giles drove him in with a ground-out. We only had five hits, but we left seven runners on. At one point we left the bases loaded. It was not very good. But I have hope for these hitters. Eckstein had some excellent at-bats, though he only had one hit and one walk. Adrian Gonzalez walked twice. But my boy Kouz had a bad night. He came up in two critical do-or-die situations and he died both times. Oh well.

kouzo my baby.jpgI’m not upset, angry, or devastated about this game. Disappointed, sure, but I’m not ready to jump off a bridge or anything. It’s only the first game of the season! One loss, and people are already comparing this year to last year! Peoples, it’s only the first game!! We’ve still got 161 ahead of us. I saw positive things in the game last night. Face it, the Dodgers were really good. We were shut down by their pitching. I know we will be better than this.

Yesterday’s game was attended by the largest crowd in Petco Park’s history, at 45,496. I think that is so cool! Sure, a lot of the crowd was Dodgers fans, but still. We just came off a 99-loss season and we draw the biggest crowd in Petco Park ever!! 

Tonight we are playing the Dodgers for the second of four games this week. Chris Young will be starting against Randy Wolf. And guess what…I’m going to the game!!

Kind of a weird situation of how we’re going, but basically a friend offered to take my sister and me to the game last night, but we couldn’t get tickets (at least we got beat out by the biggest crowd in Petco Park history!), so we’re going tonight instead. My friend is sort of a Dodgers supporter, so it’s going to be a lot of fun! My goal is to convert him into a Padres fan. It’s going to be so much fun!

I’ve been to a Dodgers/Padres game before, it was my very first baseball game ever! But I wasn’t “concious” of the meaning and the rivalry. But that game did kindle my hate of the Dodgers because 1) the won, and 2) they got the winning run off of Trevor. This time, it’s going to be a lot of fun to experience the rivalry and scream like crazy. My throat’s already sore in anticipation!

This friend, who is like an older brother to my sister and me, is an incredibly gracious man. He doesn’t really like baseball, but he knows how much this means to me, so he’s taking us anyway (though he’s trying to make us think it’s only because the Dodgers are playing that he offered to take us). Even though he isn’t a big fan of the Dodgers (he’s a football/basketball guy), he still pretends to really like them. Since he is sitting on the fence and it not a die-hard Dodgers fan, I have hope to convert him to the Friars!

Also, he’s not feeling the best, but he’s going to suck it up and go anyway! What a trooper! He is a really great guy, and my sister and I thank him so much for taking us tonight! I know we’re going to have a lot of fun. Even if my “brother from another mother” and I are going at it all night! Haha! GO PADRES!!

It’s going to be a lot of fun. Of course, I will be taking a lot of pictures. I hoping the break the 300 mark today. Yeah, 300 pictures should be enough. GO PADRES!!!

(photo credit: padres.com)     

What a Weekend

It was a really great weekend. Sure, the Padres didn’t do so great, but there was a lot of cool stuff that happened. Hang in there for this long entry, because there’s some pretty cool stuff ahead…

To start, I realized that I needed to make a poster for Trevor. When Jake Peavy won his CY Young award in 2007, I made this really cool poster commemorating that. I also made a poster when Chase Headley was finally called up to the majors last year. So, it made sense that I should make one for Trevor. I worked on this during the game on Saturday:

IMG_3340.JPGThis is now hanging on my wall. Pretty cool, huh?

My brother’s second game of the season was Saturday afternoon. The boys played pretty well. They lost 5-4, but I thought they did a good job. I really should have brought my scorebook. I wanted to keep track of the game somehow, and the only logical thing to do was keep score of it. But all I had was a pencil and a little notepad. I had to invent my own way of keeping score of the game! It was really interesting because I’m so used to the convienence of a scorebook. Next time I’m definitely bringing my scorebook. That should help me keep better track of what’s going on. For example, I missed some of the scoring of the other team somehow, so at the end of the game I had that my brother’s team had won 4-3. But they had lost 5-4 instead. Hmm.. One of the highlights of the game was when a kid from the other team hit an inside-the-park home run. Even though it was the other team, it was pretty cool to see. The boys’ next game is Tuesday night. Hopefully it won’t get rained out!

Yesterday afternoon, my family went to a local park to practice baseball with my brothers. Unfortunately, there were adult softball games being played on both fields. We found a patch of grass and played some catch, but when we were done, my dad and I went to watch one of the games. It was really interesting. It was very casual, co-ed, just a bunch of people having fun playing softball. It was funny because a guy hit an inside-the-park home run! I mean, how many times do you see two inside-the-park home runs in the space of two days? But some of those players were really good. It looked like so much fun!

I’ve been thinking about the 2009 pocket schedules a little. I have a lot of them, like two from each of the last four years. So, I was wondering when I would find a display of them in a store or somewhere. Yesterday, my dad handed me one. I literally screamed! A guy from our church had found one somewhere and gave it to my dad to give to me. It’s a really cool schedule this year, with the 40th anniversary logo on the front.

pocket schedule 2009.JPGAnd now, the best part of this entry! I think I mentioned that my friend and his family were going to the game in Peoria on Saturday. This family is one of my closest friends, so they definitely know all about my fandom and love of the Padres. They got to watch a terrible game, but they did have a lot of fun. They had some really great seats that were merely a few rows behind the Padres’ first base dugout. Once it was 10-5 Oakland, they left the game. I expected them to bring me something back, since I’m like a really big Padres fan and stuff, but I had no idea what they planned to bring me, and boy was it a shock. One of the things they brought back was this really cool Spring Training cap. I love it!

IMG_3352.JPG
IMG_3345.JPGHow cool is that?

IMG_3346.JPGMy friend showed me a bunch of the pictures they had taken. They got a lot of really great pictures, and maybe I’ll post some once I get them. Anyway, he was telling me about the autographs they got while showing me the really up-close pictures of the players. I was really happy for them, and I remember thinking that I hoped they had brought the autographs so I could see them. Boy, was I in for a surprise!

Later in the day, my friend and his brother came up to me and my sister and presented us with these plastic Padres hats…autographed by seven players! I was so shocked. No way had I expected that they got the autographs for us! That helmet is probably worth a lot. It was signed by Brian Giles, Kevin Kouzmanoff (yay!), Cha Seung Baek, and David Eckstein. The other three…well, we have no idea who they are. I think they were minor league players. I might have been able to recognize them if I was there, but I don’t think my friend studied the rosters at all. I might be able to figure it out when I get the pictures, but for now we have three unknown autographers. If any of you can read Scribble, please let me know. 

I had a really hard time getting a good picture of the hat, because it reflects everything. The light, the flash, the surrounding area. So, these are the best I could do, but you’ll get the point. (A note: my friend was able to get the hats at a thrift store for a dollar. I’m telling you, there are some incredible deals at thrift stores!)

IMG_3384.JPGThis one is really dark, but you can kind of see the autographs.

IMG_3397.JPGA sort of better picture :)

IMG_3405.JPGBrian Giles

IMG_3411.JPGTop to bottom: Cha Seung Baek (53) and David Eckstein

IMG_3413.JPGTwo of the unknown autographs

IMG_3437.JPGKOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOZ!!!

So, that pretty much made my day. Sorry I wasn’t able to get that great pictures of it, but maybe I’ll try again later. Now we need to figure out how to display it…Thank you so much to my friends who gave this really cool stuff to me! 

What a weekend, huh? It was a really great one, full of fun and blessings. GO PADRES!!

(pictures: all mine)    

But Eckstein signs with Padres

Well, it looked like shortstop Omar Vizquel would be signing with the Padres. All the reports appeared that way. But guess what, the Padres pulled one on us. This afternoon, they signed shortstop David Eckstein instead. He was one of the names that had been floating around, but boy did it look like Vizquel was going to get it! Oh well. I actually like this addition better, because Eckstein is much younger (David is 34; Omar is 42). Now, you know that the Padres are going low-budget this year, right? It is supposed to be around $40 million, maybe less. And Eckstein is not a spring chicken, and he’s had some time in the majors. But his salary for this one-year contract just makes me laugh. How much is he getting? $850,000. Yeah. That’s them cheap Padres. I mean, that is a lot of money. But considering what the players get these days…I just think it’s pretty funny.

Thing is, the guy wants to play second base. We do not need another second baseman. Apparently, David signed with the Padres because they offered him the chance to play second. I just don’t understand this front office. Now they are saying that Luis Rodriguez and Chris Burke will get most of the time at short. OK, whatever. But what about the guys like Edgar Gonzalez? He’s worked hard to get up here. He had been in the minors for 8 years before making his major league debut last year. I guess we’ll see more clearly what the team is going to look like in Spring Training.

We also picked up a former Rays pitcher, Jae Kuk Ryu, off of waivers. Can anybody tell me how to pronounce that? There’s not much info on him, but he will definitely get a look in Spring Training for the bullpen most likely. What’s up with my Padres? They’ve signed four players this week. I guess they’re getting ready to play some San Diego baseball!    

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