Results tagged ‘ go padres!! ’

Winning A One-Hitter

highfivesallaround.jpgThis was an intense game.

Last year, Jonathan Sanchez threw a no-hitter against us. We faced him again last night, and he was almost as good as that. This time, he threw a one-hitter. And the amazing thing is, we won the game.

Mat Latos started the game for us, and he was incredible. He went seven solid innings, giving up nothing but four hits and one walk. Absolutely amazing. Let me tell you something: if we hadn’t had the stunning pitching performances like we’ve had for the past five days, we would not have won those games. Without good pitching, you don’t win. But thankfully, we’ve had incredible pitching. Wow I love these guys.

In the bottom of the fourth, Chase Headley singled (that’s our one hit). He then stole second, and a batter later, Scotty Hairston hit a sac-fly to get him in.

Chase was an essential part of this game. Hey, he’s been an essential part of this winning streak! Last night he stole three bases, got our only hit, and scored our only run. Amazing.

Most times, a very close game like this one was is a lot more intense than a game where the Padres are winning like 17-2. This was a nail-biting, and we had some seriously close calls.

Mike Adams came in to pitch in the top of the eighth and instantly got himself in trouble by giving up a lead-off triple. Gulp.

He got the next guy to ground out to third. Then he got a pop-up to Adrian. Finally, he struck out the last guy he faced. It was scary, man, but Mike got himself into that situation, and it was up to him to get out of it. It was really, really great that he was able to, but Mike? How ’bout you don’t get yourself into that situation next time in the first place? It would make things a lot easier on all of us. Thank you.

mikeadams.jpgThen my boys weren’t able to get any more runs in the bottom of the eighth, which was very scary. Heath Bell cannot handle one-run leads. It just doesn’t work with him. I would really, really appreciate it if you stopped making him go out there with only one run to work with!! It’s just to hard on my heart.

I don’t understand why on earth Heath has to make things so interesting, but for some reason, he does. He got an out, but then he put the tying run on base with a walk. What on earth?? That’s not very logical. Then he allowed a single!! I was freaking out. Thankfully, the runner stopped at third, but now you’ve got runners on first and third with only ONE out!!!

Oh man it was awful. Heath got the next batter to fly out to right field, and the runner at third stayed put. Then, the last batter was super intense. You could tell that Heath was ready to get that guy because he was sticking with his fastball and going right for the strike zone. It went called strike, swinging strike, foul, foul, and finally, swinging strike. After all those fastballs, Heath went with his curve and got John Bowker to go for it. HUGE sigh of relief here.

heathyells.jpgAs I was sitting there watching the game on Gameday, I didn’t want us to lose it. Not only would it be our fifth win in a row, and we would win the series, but we would win a game with only one hit. I think that’s pretty sweet. I was very, very relieved when Mike and Heath were able to get out of those nightmarish innings. You guys can’t do that to me!!!

All that matters though, is that we won the game. We won a game with only one hit. Of course, that’s a terrible thing, because we really need to have more hits as a team, but the story of this game is the pitching. Sanchez and Latos were incredible. Sanchez struck out ten batters. The bullpens were not perfect, but they were able to keep the other team from scoring. Overall, it was an incredible game.

Another thing I’m super excited about is that we’ve moved into first place with these Giants. YES!!! I love it when my boys are #1. I know we were in first place for a while last season, and it didn’t last very long, but it will be very interesting to see how it goes this season. How cool would it be if we stayed in first place for a very long time? I love these boys!!

The series finale against the Giants is going to be this afternoon down at Petco. It’s not a rubber game, because my boys already won the series!! HAHAHAHAHA!!! I think it would be amazing if we could sweep this series and take sole possesion of the NL West. Sound good? Let’s do it.

Jon Garland’s pitching, so he really needs to get things together. I will not be happy at all if he blows this game for us. GET IT TOGETHER JON STEVEN GARLAND!!!!!!!!!!

Yep, that’s my boys. Top of the NL West. I’m so proud to be a Padres fan right now, and I’m looking forward to some more amazing baseball.

GO PADRES!!!    

Spring Training Countdown: 6 Days!!!!

Okay. I’m ready for baseball now.

UPDATE!

ACK!!! Look what I just found!!!


kouzas.jpg

ohmygoodness. I knew he was going to look great in green. MISS YOU KOUZ!!! 

GO PADRES!!! 

Become a fan of Unfinished Business on Facebook!

 

New Year = New Hope

Happy New Year everyone! Can you believe that it’s 2010 already? I certainly can’t. It’s unbelievable how fast the time is going by!

But I’m super excited about a new year, which means a new season of Padres baseball! Let’s see, it’s been about three months since I got to listen to a Padres game. It doesn’t seem like much, but it has been a really long time! On the bright side, we have just over a month until pitchers anc catchers report. This season is going to be here before we know it!

I would like to look at the team as it stands right now. I know we’ll probably make a few more moves before Opening Day, but as of right now, what does the team look like?

Pitching: I think we’re definitely going to have to add at least one more veteran guy to this rotation. Right now, we’ve got Kevin Correia, Mat Latos, Wade LeBlanc, Clayton Richard, and Chris Young in contention for the rotation, among others. Oh dear, I hope so much that CY will be able to stay healthy all year. I miss him sooo much!! These are all great guys, and great pitchers as well. That said, most of them are very young. If the Padres add a veteran pitcher or two, I think we can take that as a sign that some of these guys are going to be in the minors for the first half of the season. Latos, LeBlanc, Richard, are amazing pitchers, but there’s room to grow. I think that the Padres are going to try to get some more starting pitchers before Spring Training.

I think the bullpen is good to go, though. Sure, you can never have enough pitching, but we have a great group of guys out there right now: Mike Adams, Greg Burke, Mike Ekstrom, Luke Gregerson, Edward Mujica, Joe Thatcher, Ryan Webb, plus the closer, Heath Bell. I don’t think we’ll have too much of a problem with finding guys for that bullpen.

Catching: Catching is one of the biggest gaps that I see on this team right now. We only have Nick Hundley and Dusty Ryan on the roster right now, both very young guys. I’m still not sure how the Padres are going to sort out this position, but my best bet would be that they sign a veteran catcher. It would make a lot of sense. So, we definitely need a little help on the catching side. 

Infield: I think we’re very well covered in the infield: we’ve got Adrian Gonzalez, David Eckstein, Everth Cabrera, and Kevin Kouzmanoff. All four are phenomenal defensive players, and they’re a blast the watch. You’ve got a two-time Gold Glove winner in Adrian Gonzalez. A veteran guy in Eck. A young, but excellent guy in Everth. Plus an almost-Gold-Glove winner in Kouz. I feel very safe with this infield. They’re amazing!

Outfield: Like Hyun Young said, this outfield is very, very young. We’ve got Kyle Blanks, Luis Durango, Tony Gwynn, Chase Headley, and Will Venable. Kyle really impressed last year. He’s a big kid with a lot of power, and I think he’s a fixture in the outfield.

Durango didn’t play much in the outfield when he was up here at the end of last year, but he can run. He caused quite the stir in San Diego after a few stunning games. If he gets on base, he’s going to get to second. Or third. I am really excited about seeing what this guy can do.

T. Gwynn’s been in the majors for a while, but I think he’s going to thrive here. It’s super exciting :) Chase has been in the outfield for a couple seasons, but is still pretty young. As long as he finds his bat, I think he’ll have a great season. 

And Will. I love Will. He’s a great kid, and an amazing outfielder. I really hope he sticks around on the roster for the whole season.

We’ve got a great outfield, but very young. I think we definitely need to sign a veteran guy.

Bench: I’d say that the bench is the biggest problem. Our bench has always been terrible. We’ve tried guys like Tony Clark and Cliff Floyd, but they’ve always been hurt or not that great. It’s a really tough part to play, coming off the bench late in a game all the time, but hey, it has to be done. I definitely think that we need help in this area.

So, as you can see, things are looking pretty positive. I don’t think we’re 100%, but we’re getting close. A few pieces, and I really think that we can have a great winning season.

That’s the biggest thing that we need to work on this season: winning. The second half of last season was great. I really, really loved being a fan of a winning team. It was so much fun! But that’s gotta carry over to this season. Padres fans are getting excited about this team. Things are changing for the good, and I just really hope that we’re not wrong in placing our trust in this team.

No matter what happens, it’s going to be great to have baseball back. I miss it: the sound of a well-struck ball off the bat, long summer nights listening to Ted, Andy, and Jerry, the beauty of a ball snagged by an infielder and hurled across the infield. I miss it a lot!

Hey, just wanted to let you guys know that you can become a fan of this blog on Facebook! Just follow this link: http://www.facebook.com/#/pages/Unfinished-Business/273968091144?ref=ts 

I can’t wait for 2010 Padres baseball. GO PADRES!!!  

Bring It On!

I am so excited about the game tonight! It’s going to be a blast. Man, this has been a great season. From Fan Day to today, it’s been so much fun! I’ve been extremely blessed with being able to go to four games, and I’m going to my fifth tonight.

Even though the Padres are out of it, this is going to be like a playoff game here. I am so excited! There’s probably going to be a lot of Dodgers fans coming in, including Emma, as they look for their team to clinch the NL West. Well, sorry guys, but I really really hope you don’t get it tonight. Tomorrow, maybe, but not tonight. I need to see my boys get a win here. In fact, I refuse to let you guys clinch tonight. Not on our turf. Not on my watch.  

Things are always super intense when the Padres and Dodgers meet. It’s definitely going to be a playoff atmosphere for these next two days. I was at the second game of the season, when we opened against the Dodgers. I had a blast, screaming “BEAT LA!” I loved the atmosphere. I loved cheering as hard as possible to drown out the Dodgers fans. I love this. It’s going to be sweet. Bring it on!

I’m also super excited about the return of the Kouz. He’s missed 17 games!! I’ve missed him like crazy. It’s going to be so good to see him on that field again, being his usual amazing self. I’m probably going to cry when he’s announced tonight. Oh man, I can’t wait to see him again. I LOVE YOU KOOOOOOOOOOZ!!!!

In case you didn’t notice, I’m SUPER excited about going to the game tonight :) It’s going to be so much fun, and I’ll try to get a blog entry up tomorrow with all the pictures and stories from all my adventures out there. I love PETCO. I love my Padres. I love beating LA. It’s going to be a great night.

So I watched this video this morning and it made me cry like crazy. It was the Angels’ tribute to Nick Adenhart after clinching the AL West last night. Oh man. Check it out here.

I gotta feeling that tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good good night

GO PADRES!! BEAT LA!!! 

Blow Me Away

Ok, now that I’ve got all that Park View stuff out of the way, I can get into the actual game. Well, not really. Batting practice first!

It was so cool to see all my boys out there! Unfortunately, though, I didn’t recongnize about half of our players. I was probably having trouble with the relief pitchers. This team has changed so much, I can’t even tell who these players by their faces! I can totally recognize the guys who are play all the time, but it’s the less-known less-publicized players that I have trouble with. Oh well.

One player I did recongnize was Mat Latos. He was smiling and goofing around so much! It was pretty cool to see.

IMG_7044.JPG

IMG_7096.JPG
I had a feeling about Nick Hundley from the first time I saw him during batting practice. He wasn’t starting, but I saw him running around, and I thought, he’s going to do something big today. I could feel it.

IMG_7034.JPG
Just after Padres BP, Wade LeBlanc came over and signed autographs for us. He was really cute, and he seemed like such a sweet guy. I think I have another favorite player :)

IMG_7030.JPG
After Padres BP, we went up to our seats, which were excellent. They were about 26 rows behind the Padres’ dugout. They were sooo good! I got my 5 for $5 deal, which I forgot to take a picture of again, but I did get a picture of the cookie. The cookie is one of the best I have ever had. I love it!

IMG_7087.JPG

The game was finally ready to get started. The relief pitchers headed out to the bullpen…

 
IMG_7175.JPG
…and you can tell that there are a lot of rookies on this team :) 

Tim Stauffer started for the Padres.

IMG_7202.JPG

In the bottom of the first, Everth singled, Eck walked, and Adrian drove in Everth for our first run. It was so cool! Chase Headley, who played third, sac-flied in Eck. So, just like that, we had a 2-0 lead.

IMG_7233.JPG
Tim Stauffer pitched excellently. I was so pleased. He had a no-hitter for four innings until Yorvit Torrealba broke it up (much more on him later). Tim allowed four hits and one home run. He walked four batters and struck out three. It was great!

IMG_7343.JPG
Ryan Webb, Joe Thatcher, and Luke Gregerson came out of the bullpen and were excellent. The bullpen’s sucess lately induced the Padres to play a sweet video to the song “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga.

IMG_7416.JPG
When the Rockies got that home run and we were headed to the ninth, I begged my boys to get some insurance for Heath. I’ve learned to be very nervous when Heath comes in. He always has to make things interesting, and I knew that night would be no different. But my boys didn’t listen to me.

And so, we went into the top of the ninth with only a one-run lead. You should have seen Heath sprint out of the bullpen. You could tell that he was ready to get out there and get back on that horse after blowing the save the night before. Breaking Benjamin’s “Blow Me Away” blasted through the stadium. 

IMG_7447.JPG
IMG_7454.JPG
When the first batter singled, I assured myself that Heath was just being his usual interesting self. He stuck out the next batter, and when the runner went for second, Henry Blanco’s throw was right there. Unfortunately, Everth couldn’t get the tag down. Oh well. 

But guess who came up next. Yorvit Torrealba. And his bat. It was terrible. He singled right up the middle and the fast runner went all the way home. It was like watching an accident happen. I saw it all happening right in front of me, but I couldn’t do anything about it. That ball was headed for center and that runner was going home.

Here’s when I blew up. I was mostly mad because Heath blew the save and the game was now tied. I was extremely upset because Yorvit Torrealba did it again, the second night in a row. He looked so excited, so happy over there at first and I despised him for it. I screamed at Heath, at the guys who didn’t get some insurance. I yelled and screamed and groaned and it was not pretty peoples.

I was furious, but I think I was mostly scared. I did not want to lose that game. Not after the night before. Not after all the cheering and clapping I had done for the team. I did not want to have to walk out of that ballpark with a L. I was so upset that tears were coming to my eyes, and I knew that if we lost, I would be bawling. And so, I didn’t give up faith. I yelled and I was mad, but I was doing it because I loved my team. I’m sure the people around me thought I was crazy, but they had to understand that I was so mad at them because I loved them so much. 

I think I made a huge fool of myself, but I really didn’t care. There was no one but me and my team there.

After my outburst, as I was slightly calming down, I thought, we’re going to win in a way that’s special, aren’t we? I know it’s weird, but I prayed. I said, hey, if You’re going to have us lose this game, I’ll be fine. I had a blast and You really blessed me with these tickets. But maybe You’ve got something bigger planned here. Maybe You’ve got a huge surprise, a fun walk-off win or something. And I would be good with that too.  

Between innings, it was Rally Time. After the Padres didn’t get anything in the bottom of the ninth, there was a video showing all these walk-offs that the Padres have had this year. First one? Nick Hundley’s walk-off homer in the 16th inning on May 17th. And I looked at my mom and went, “Oh no!” Not 16 innings!

Thankfully, it didn’t take that long. Sean Gallagher was excellent in the top of the tenth. 

Bottom of the tenth, things went great. Will Venable singled on a ball that was misplayed somewhere, I think it was second base. All the night the second baseman was making these great plays against us, and I was like, “I don’t like you, second baseman!” Finally, he did something good for us!

Luis Rodriguez laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Will over the second. Henry Blanco was intentionally walked to get to Tony Gwynn, but Edgar Gonzalez pinch-hit for him and got an unintentional walk. He got walked on a 3-1 count!

Next up was Nick Hundley.

IMG_7492.JPG
 
Bases loaded, one out for the catcher.

What an at-bat! First one was a foul, and then four straight balls. It was so cool to see Nick’s patience at the plate, and to see each pitch miss. It was sweet! 

On the last one, Nick flipped the bat and ran to first as Will came home with the winning run. I was soooooooo excited!!

IMG_7495.JPG

IMG_7500.JPG
 

IMG_7502.JPG
 

IMG_7517.JPG
 

It was such a relief to win. We had the bases loaded there with one out, and I thought, we CAN’T leave these guys on!! We had to get it then, when we still had some momentum, and I am so thankful that we did.

So, I have been to four games this year, and all four were wins. It’s my $6 jersey, I know it. Man, it’s gone FOUR games and won each one, so I’m definitely keeping it around. I’ll be going to my fifth game of the year in about two weeks, so I’m really hoping that I’ll got 5-0 this year. That would be so sweet :)

On Friday, we got officially eliminated from the NL West race. It’s OK, though. We knew this team wasn’t going anywhere, and we’ve been too busy winning to really notice anyways.

We’re definitely locked in our role as spoiler though. We won our sixth straight series yesterday! It was great. We’ve won three straight series against division rivals, and we’re playing some great, great baseball. This is fun :)

Now we’re going to play the Diamondbacks for three games at home. They’re worse than us, so if we can beat teams like the Dodgers, the Giants, and the Rockies, I think we will be able to beat the Diamondbacks.

Oh man, what a very very long entry. I’ve been working on this for like two hours. I think it’s time to end it. Well, I hope you all enjoyed it, I certainly had a lot of fun going to the game and seeing all my boys. It was so much fun!

GO PADRES!!

Sloooooooooow Off-Day

I seriously have nothing to blog about today. I’ve been wracking my brain for something interesting to write about, but it’s not happening. Off-days, you know…

Ah ha!

IMG_6542.JPG

IMG_6537.JPG
Baseball crackers!!! How fascinating is that.

Well, I think that’s all I’ve got for you today. Haha.

We’re playing the Dodgers today in Dodger Stadium. Wade LeBlanc will start and hopefully do a great job. Hopefully our bats will still be hot and our gloves crisp. Hopefully we will be able to pound the Dodgers!!

GO PADRES!! BEAT LA!!!

Doing It Again

I’m abandoning you guys. I know, it’s sooo soon from the last time. I’ve barely been home a week and I’m heading out already. This time, you won’t have a substitute to entertain you. My family is going on vacation for a whole week!! It really is too soon after my last trip, but that’s OK. I’m going to miss blogging soooo much, as well as the Padres games. I’ve just started getting back into them. Ah, oh well. We’re going to have fun, I’m sure, and don’t worry: I’m not planning on going anywhere for a while after we get back next Sunday.

Cheer on those Padres for me while I’m gone :)

padres.gif 

Happy Birthday, Unfinished Business!!


unfinished business.pngLooking back over the last year, a lot when on in my life. I learned many lessons, made many friends, and had a lot of fun experiences. This past year has really been a blessing. God has been so good!

Today is a big day in the life of
my blog, as it’s the one year anniversary of Unfinished Business. It’s unbelievable that it’s been a year! I’ve had so much fun blogging here, and the time has gone by so fast.

On June 23, 2008, my parents were talking about letting me get a blog. For a good part of the first few months of that season, I had been doing little write ups about the games. I had heard of MLBlogs, and when I showed it to my parents they gave me the go-ahead.

So, I created Unfinished Business: The San Diego Padres’ 2008 Season. It was quite a mouthful! I wrote my first entry and got my first comment that day. My first entry was merely a few sentences, but it was a start. My next entry was, of course, defending Trevor Hoffman. Guess what? He blew a tied game the next night! Here I was, defending Trevor, saying that he wasn’t washed up and still had it in him, and he goes and gets the loss.

I’ve been looking back over my blog for the last few weeks preparing for this entry. It is so cool to look back and see how much I’ve improved in my writing. It’s pretty amazing. My first entries were very short. I didn’t have a solid commenter’s base like I do now. “Back then,” I was pretty much just writing for myself. Now, I write good-length entries every day, and it’s amazing how much better they are than they were!

When I first started, I couldn’t touch type. I had tried for a long time to do the typing programs, but it just wasn’t working. Now, I can touch type very well. Because I was forced to type a lot, I learned it easily. Finally being able to touch type is something I am very pleased to have accomplished.

It wasn’t until the offseason that I started getting a lot of comments. It was very exciting for me to find a lot of comments on my blog every day. I started commenting more on other people’s blogs, and that boost my readership a ton. For all you bloggers who keep getting told to comment and comment on other blogs, believe me, it really works.   

After the season ended, I shortened the title to Unfinished Business. Over the offseason, I kept blogging, almost every day, and it seemed to go by a lot quicker. I also “met” a lot of great bloggers, and made a lot of great friends.

I joined MLBlogs because I love to write about baseball, but this place has also given me the chance to interact with baseball fans all over the world. I do not have any friends who I can really talk Padres with. Sure, I can talk to them about it, but they aren’t die-hards like me. This place has been great for me to talk baseball.

“On your front page of Unfinished Business you reference Corinthians in your header. What significance does it represent to you having it there?
I’m a Christian. I have had problems with being too obsessed with the Padres, but that verse reminds me that sports aren’t everything. Winning the big championships is one of the most important things in sports. But just look at the players who have won the World Series or the Superbowl. Everyone’s super excited and happy for a while, but then it just fades away. Trophies collect dust. The fans turn to the next season, wondering what the team will do next. I really want the Padres to win the World Series someday, but I know I won’t be happy for the rest of my life when they do. I’ll always feel like there’s something more. This verse also encourages me to look ahead, to see that I am living for a huge gift, the gift of eternal life. I’m living for a crown that will last forever! ” 

This was one of the questions in my Timeout (which I will mention later). I’m sure you’ve all seen the verse on the top of my blog, but you probably don’t know the meaning. Well, I covered it pretty well in that question above. There are so many things we look forward to, and we think that we won’t be happy until we have a World Series for our team, for example. But these things really don’t last. They just don’t. Sure, Phillies fans are super happy about their World Series win last year, but they are concentrating on this season now, wondering how the Phillies are going to do and if they will make the playoffs this year.

I love the Padres, and I love baseball, but in life, baseball just has to be a second priority sometimes. As I run this blog, I try to write God-honoring entries. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but even when I’m terribly frustrated, I never use PG (or higher)-rated language. That’s just not the way to do it. My parents have raised me well. And though I do get very angry at my team sometimes, it’s an anger of love. God’s given me this gift of writing, but it’s still really His. I am so thankful for this gift, and I’m trusting in Him to take me where He will.     

This past year has been so much fun. I’ve learned a lot, and grown tremendously as a writer and a Padres fan.

OK, here are some stats:

RANKINGS:  MLBlogs Latest Leaders Lists: 44, 30, 21, 25, 24, 31, 23, 22, 36, 29, 31, 31, 21, 19, 15, 17

MLBlogs Top 100 – #74

ENTRIES (as of today):  297

COMMENTS (as of today): 1468

Here are some of my favorite entries from the past year. I’m sorry that there’s so many, but these all are pretty amazing.

·         Enough Said – 8/14/08

Enough said indeed.

·         Ping-Pong With the Padres – 9/3/08

My description of the way the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw treated the Padres in a certain game.

·         Season’s End – 9/29/08

A review of a very important lesson I learned in 2008.

·         Game 163: A Fan’s Perspective – 12/9/08

My experience of the most devastating game in my fanhood.

·         Music and Baseball – 12/19/08

Some of the songs that remind me of baseball whenever I hear them.

·         Less of a Fan – 12/30/08

Am I less of a fan because I don’t have season tickets and can’t be out at the ballpark all the time?

·         Why Trevor? – 1/10/09

My rant to the front office about why on earth they had to let go of Trevor. One of the best things I have ever written.

·         KOOOOOZ!!! – 1/29/09

A tribute to my favorite player in MLB. What a cutie!!

·         A Tribute to Trevor – Yes, ANOTHER One – 3/3/09

One of the last tributes I rolled out to Trevor. This is another one of the best pieces I have ever written.

·         A Letter to My Father – 3/23/09

My attempt to get my dad to let me go to the Padres’ Fanfest – and it worked!!

·         I ♥ San Diego – 4/3/09

My expression of love for my beautiful city J

·         From Death into Life – 4/10/09

My Easter entry in the wake of Nick Adenhart’s death.

·         Me and My Gang – 4/15/09

My boys J

·         An Ode to Kouz – 4/16/09

Hahaha, a funny little tribute to my baby!

·         Live Together, Die Alone – 5/13/09

With the team falling apart (and the season finale of LOST just around the corner), I tried to help the guys out a bit.

·         You Guys Need Help – 5/14/09

One of my all-time favorite entries, Bob the psychiatrist tries to help the Padres break out of their losing streak.

 

There are some other special entries that involve my blog. I was interviewed in the second installment of Tom’s Timeout at the Plate series. I had so much fun doing it, and it was great to see my blog get some publicity.

 

There was also a support group meeting for me after the horror of Trevor Hoffman’s departure from the Padres. It was so funny, and it definitely helped. It was great!

 

The third feature I wanted to mention was when my blog got a spot on the front page of MLBlogs with this amazing recognition. It was so much fun for me to see my blog featured like that, and it was a great picture too!

 

Without further ado, I would like to thank some of the people in the blogosphere.

 

First of all, of course Mark. This guy does so much for the blogging community, and if he wasn’t at the helm, I think the blogosphere would be in chaos. Thanks so much for featuring my blog in the featured blog section, the front page of mlblogs.com, and in MLBlogs’ spot on mlb.com and helping it grow!

 

Big thanks to Amy, who is not longer blogging with us, but was my first commenter on that day one year ago. Her blog was always a great read, and I definitely miss having her in the community.

 

I would also like the thank Dean, who is also no longer blogging with us. He was a Padres fan and author who was my sole commenter for a while.  He was pretty cool, but then I think I scared him off. Oh well. But I really appreciate his support for my blog over the 2008 summer.

 

Thanks to my parents, who let me get this blog. It has been so much fun! If I didn’t have this blog to rant on, I would drive my sister crazy and she would probably move out into the backyard. Thanks so much for everything!

 

Thank you to Julia, who has probably commented on every entry I’ve written since she joined the blogosphere. She’s been a huge part of the blogosphere, and it wouldn’t be the same without her.

 

Thanks to Tom, who gave me the chance to get the word out on my blog with the Timeout, and for giving me some great therapy with the support group. Also, he graciously endures a lot of ragging from me because of the Rockies (about that guy who didn’t touch the plate…), so I’m thankful for that J  

 

Thanks to Hyun Young, my Padres buddy J I loooove reading her blog, and it’s so much fun to have a Padres fan in the blogosphere who practically has the same thoughts as me. It was a lot of fun meeting her at the Fan Fest, and I can’t wait for the game we’re going to!!

 

I would also like to thank Jen. I was the first commenter on her blog, so she’s probably eternally grateful to me for that J It’s always great to read her blog, and it was really nice of her to let me take control at the Fan Fest and drag her all over the place and make her sit and wait for Jake Peavy for about an hour. At least things worked out though J

 

Thanks to Elizabeth. Both of us struggled through chemistry, and I think she came out better than I did. This girl is going to be an amazing journalist, and I look forward to “working” with her in the business someday.

 

Also, thanks to Jane. I remember the first time she commented on my blog, I was so excited because a real author, a lady who had published a book about baseball, commented on my blog!!  She always leaves a great comment, and her entries are so funny!

 

Thanks to my Heavenly Father, who has blessed me with this incredible gift and given me the chance to minister to baseball fans all over the world. I am eternally grateful to Him for every breath that I take. He is in complete control of everything that happens in my life, and I’m trusting in Him. He alone is AWESOME!! 

 

Thanks also to Happy, Bob, Jeremy, Russ, Jimmy, Ben, Darion, Melissa, Kylie, King of Cali, Jenn, Sue, Emma, Cat, and all my other commenters and readers. You guys have been so amazing to me, and I really appreciate the support. Like I’ve said so many times, this blog had no purpose without you guys. So thank you!!

 

Since this is a “birthday” party, we have to “eat” some cake.

 

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday dear Unfinished Business

Happy birthday to you!!

 


padres cake.jpg 
Again, thank you guys so much. This year has been so much fun, and I hope there are many more to come!!

 

Feel free to leave “memories” (haha) about this blog of the past year as we celebrate!!

 

 

GO PADRES!!

Live Together, Die Alone

Well, boys, you didn’t support Jake like you needed to last night, so this calls for drastic measures.

A lot of people, especially teenagers, can’t imagine life without a cell phone. We use them to talk to our friends and co-workers, we can text, and these days, we can have internet access on our phones.

Of course, the main purpose of a phone is to be able to talk to people wherever they are. But with all the fancy extras on our phones, they quickly become addicting.

If you’re a baseball player earning millions a year, I’d bet that you have a really great phone. After all, you need to keep in contact with your families when you’re on the road, and plus, you’re rich. You have a really nice phone just because you can.

Now, boys, you’ve lost four games in a row. I think it’s time for some restrictions. Your cell phones, please.

cell phone.jpg

Yep, iPhones, too.
iphone.gif

And of course, your Blackberries.
blackberry-curve.jpg

In the bucket, please. Thank you.

bucket2.gif

Yes, even you Kouz-who-wouldn’t-care-if-your-phone-got-ran-over. Sorry, I know you’re extremely cute, but you’re in a slump too.

Now, this is an especially cruel punishment since you guys are on the road right now. You want to call your family? There’s a phonebooth right over there.

phonebooth.jpgYou’ll have to take turns, though. 10 minutes each.

waiting_in_line.jpg

Now boys, I know it will be hard to not be able to talk to your family and be distracted by your phones, but right now you need to get out to the batting cages and work, work, work. You only got five hits yesterday. Two runs in support of Jake. I expect much better from you guys.

Especially Brian, Kouz, and Cheadley. You guys are spending at least five hours in the cage today. I don’t care that you’re in Chicago. You can go sightseeing next time that you come around here. Right now, we need to get your bats going, and we need to get winning.

While the guys are batting like they never have before, let’s take the pitchers out on the field and teach them how to pitch. Jake, you did your duty last night. You can go get a massage on that arm.

But the rest of you, especially the bullpen guys, are in big trouble. Let’s see…Edwin Moreno, you gave up a run yesterday, right? Thought so. Let’s work on you first.

First of all, Ed, the point of pitching is to get strikes. You’ve never heard of that? Oh boy. It’s going to be a long day. Well, how ’bout you, Cla? You know, when you come into a situation where runners are already on base, you’re not supposed to let them score. It’s a game, you see? Try to keep the runners from scoring.

Aw, nevermind, you’re really bad at that game.

Oh, hello, Chase, done with your batting already? OK, how ’bout you go play with the ivy out there?

headley cubs.jpg

Now that we’ve learned how to throw strikes, boys…oh, you didn’t quite get it, Duaner? That’s OK, I don’t think you’ll be hanging around here much longer anyways.

Where was I? Ah yes, let’s go back to the clubhouse and talk about the evils of the sand uniforms. Hello, Jake, done with your massage? Good, maybe you would like to say a few words about the horrible games you’ve gone through with the sand uniforms. Don’t forget that you got your fifth loss last night because of them!

Oh, hi, Brian and Kouz, you guys look exhausted! No, Brian, you cannot call your mommy. They just set up batting practice on the field for you!

batting practice.jpgWell, boys, you played a bad game last night. Besides Adrian’s two-run homer, you guys didn’t give any runs to poor Jake. You just handed your ace his fifth loss of the season. He should have at least five wins by now, but because of you guys, he only has two.

You really need to pick it up, boys. The fans are getting upset, and they might leave. All you’re doing is proving that you’re the horrible team that everyone predicted you would be. You’re headed straight to the cellar, and all you’d be doing is proving people right. We want you to prove them wrong. Show the fans, show San Diego that you can play hard and that you can win. If we don’t live together, we’re going to die alone.

You aren’t working as a team here. It’s like the hitters, the starters, the bullpen, and the defense are all different parts. You’re not working together. One guy will get a hit. One guy will give up a bunch of runs. If you don’t live together, you’re going to die alone.

So, after all that BP, I expect you guys to go out there tonight, score a lot of runs, hit when it matters, and get a win. Chris Young has been giving us superb outings, he can hold the Cubs down while you get some runs.

Come on boys, it only has to be a few hours without your phones. If you get the win tonight, you’ll get your phone back as you’re walking into the clubhouse. But you gotta get that win first :)

GO PADRES!!

(and yes, I am very excited about the season finale of LOST tonight!!)

(photo credits: padres.com, kottke.org, allcheapmobiephones.com, billmill.org, thelachers.com, tufttubs.com, flickr.com)

Elusive As The Win

Well, what can I say? I mean, really. We lost. Again. We needed that game so badly, and we lost. It’s the bullpen’s fault, as usual.

Kevin Correia started, but only went 3.1 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits. Not good. Correia’s pitch count went way up way early, but I think Buddy was fighting for this game. OK, Kevin can’t pitch tonight, so he’s coming out. Bring in the next guy, see what he can do.

In the bottom of the third, the Padres got three runs to make the score 5-3 Rockies. We got the runs on a error, and single by Scott Hairston, and a groundout.

Edward Mujica threw a solid inning, striking out three.

In the bottom of the fifth, we took our only lead of the game on Scott Hairston’s three run homer. It seemed like that was the momentum shifter to the Padres side, but unfortunately, it was not meant to be.

In the top of the seventh, Edwin Moreno got the bases loaded with one out. Cla Meredith came in, and promptly allowed a grand slam to Chris Iannetta. ARGH!!!!

And…that was essentially it. We died, going down 1-2-3 in the next three innings excepting Scott Hairston’s double in the eighth. Luke Gregerson and Arturo Lopez had scoreless innings. 

We’re not hitting right now. Last night we got four hits. This makes me want to cry! Scott Hairston got three of them. Luis Rodriguez had the other one. We’re not hitting, we not pitching, it’s a miracle that we got six runs last night!!

Well, we needed that game. Now, the fans are giving up, and the players have got to be discouraged. We’ve lost our last six games. We’re 7.5 games behind.

We’re pathetic. I just don’t know what to do with this team.

Maybe some more restictions are in order…

9) No more luxury lockers.

lockers.jpg10) 25% reduction in wages. The players aren’t doing anything, so why should the Padres be paying them?

losingmoney.jpg11) None of the players can leave the stadium until we win, which means they will need to camp out.

sleeping bag.jpgOutside.

moon.jpg12) Hey, while they’re camping out on the field, they can have a campfire and burn the sand uniforms!

campfire.jpg
jake sand.jpg(not while they are still wearing them, of course)

And of course, there will be no s’mores allowed. Just Vegemite.

vegemite175.jpg(thanks to Ash for restriction ideas!)

I wanted to give a quick shoutout to my mom, whose birthday is today. Happy birthday Mom! Thanks so much for everything :)

IMG_4137.JPGTonight, we had better win…or else the Padres may find themselves without any showers at all! Josh Geer will go for the win against Aaron Cook. Oh great. Jen, cheer for my Padres. Cheer for them hard!! 

Keeping the faith…

GO PADRES!!! 

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 417 other followers