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Not What I Expected

It’s been a week since the season started, and so far, I have not seen what I expected from this Padres team. I guess I’m really learning the lesson that the spring doesn’t tell you anything about what the regular season is going to look like. So far, that’s very true for the Padres.

In the spring, we were hitting, running, pitching, dominating, and winning. But in the first six games of the season, I have seen almost nothing of that. It’s very disappointing, and I have to admit that I thought we were going to be much better than this. Maybe I was biased and too hopeful, but just as you can’t judge a regular season by spring training, I believe that you can’t judge a regular season by its first few games. So I’ve still got a lot of hope for this team.

We’ve only stolen four bases. We’ve struck out 56 times, which leads the majors. Our team batting average is .218. Not good. Not good at all.

We’ve had two excellent wins. I mean, not every game is perfect, but both of those wins were amazing. On Saturday, we won against Colorado in 14 innings. I guess that a 2-4 record against division rivals isn’t that bad, but it’s not what I expected at all.

There’s something extremely essential to every baseball game, and that’s the starting pitching. So far, our starting pitching has been very iffy. We’ve allowed 11 home runs, which is second only to the Angels, who have given up 12. Jon Garland’s had two starts, and he’s only gone ten innings, allowed six runs, and he’s 0-2.

In Kevin Correia’s first start, he went six innings, but he allowed four runs and is 0-1.

Clayton Richard’s 0-1. Mat Latos allowed four runs in six innings. Chris Young is the only starter with a really quality start this season, and guess what? Saddest news I’ve heard about this team in a long time, but Chris is going on the DL. Again. Again. Again. ARGH!!!

This makes me soooo sad. I was so thrilled about CY’s incredible start last week, and I am totally depressed that he’s back there again. I’m sick of having him on the DL. I’m sure that he’s very sick of it, too. But it’s gotta be so unbelievably frustrating. I know it is for me. This guy can pitch so well, we saw that last week, but he just can’t see to catch a break and stay heathy!!! It’s so awful. Sigh. Well, I really, really hope that he’ll be fine after this and will be able to come back as quickly as possible. Get well soon, Chris. We miss you already.

cHRIS yOUNG.jpgSo CY was supposed to be starting this afternoon’s home opener, but that’s obviously not going to happen, so Kevin Correia is taking his place. That shouldn’t be a problem, just as long as he can hang in there for a long time without giving up anything.

I don’t know what our problem was last week. Granted, we were faced up against some pitchers who were absolutely unhittable. But why can’t our pitchers be like that? Why aren’t they the ones shutting down the other team’s hitters? Maybe it was because we were not at home. Maybe we’re just adjusting to real games. I don’t know what it was, but it’s gotta change ASAP.

But on the other hand, I don’t believe that these few games can tell us how the rest of the season’s going to be. Baseball is way to fickle for that. Who knows? We could be like this all season. We could have a turnaround and be winning two out of every three instead of only one out of three. We could have a long losing streak or a long winning streak. We just don’t know what’s going to happen, and it’s very likely that we’ll go through both extremes. 

We have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen this season. Isn’t that amazing? If we didn’t have that uncertainty, baseball would be incredibly boring. But we’ve got that unknown, so it keeps us watching. We see teams come out of nowhere and win big time. We see the biggest and the best teams have complete meltdowns.

Frankly, I don’t think we’ll really know what’s going to happen with the Padres until the last week of the season. Then we’ll be completely sure that we’re either going to have another average season or we’re going to the playoffs. This team is going to keep me guessing all season long. I just hope that we’ll be winning most of that time.

Today is Opening Day. Sure, I know it was officially a week ago, but this is really it. We unfortunately had to start the season on the road, but this is really the beginning, right here in San Diego. Every series is a new beginning.

I wanted to say a few words about Trevor Hoffman. As I’m sure a lot of you know, he’s on the quest for 600 saves. Can I just say that it’s a huge shame that he’s not with the Padres right now? Just think of the publicity the Padres and San Diego would be getting. I think the front office should trade for him right away. Just think of the headlines.

Also, Trev’s blown two games in a row, and the Brewers seem to be getting a little worried. I think that’s even more reason to get him over here now. Of course, the manager said that he’s going to use Trevor ’cause Trevor’s his closer, but they always say that just because he’s Trevor. So, I think that the Brewers should get him off their backs so they don’t have to worry about him blowing games for them. Why not send him back to where they got him from?

trevor fist.jpgI really really really really really really miss Trevor!!! And I still think that the front office were complete idiots to get rid of him. Grrrrrrrr.

Well, the game’s starting in about two hours!! I’m super excited!! We’d better get a big win.

GO PADRES!!  

Opening Up and Down

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Well, that wasn’t what we hoped for.

In the very first game of the season, with all these expectations and hopes riding on them, the Padres played a really bad game.

I guess it wasn’t really all their fault. After all, Dan Haren was completely dominant. So, what went wrong?

First of all, Jon Garland was not that sharp. He allowed two runs in the bottom of the first, plus he threw about 30 pitches in that one inning alone. It was not good. You could just tell that it was going to be a loooong game from the start. As we all know, if you don’t have good pitching, you don’t win. And yesterday, Garland was just not on top of things.

Second, our defense was blundering all over the place. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! This was not the team we’ve been watching all spring. This game makes me want to cry! There’s one statement I can make that describes how bad our defense was yesterday: Jon Garland allowed six runs – only two were earned.

Isn’t that awful? I mean, ugh. Awful awful awful. But unfortunately, that’s not the end of it. A couple of those runs came on a two-run inside the park home run by Justin Upton. The outfield looked completely helpless. They were running around, trying to get the ball, and they couldn’t even get a throw into the outfield. I hate seeing my boys so helpless like that. It was horrible.

There were quite a few positives, though. Adrian Gonzalez had two hits, a double and his first home run of the season. Chase Headley also had two hits. Kyle Blanks had our other hit. pades.com points out something pretty sad: “And those go-go Padres, who were a hit in Spring Training with their assertiveness on the bases? It’s hard to steal first base, as the joke goes. The Padres had three baserunners in the first eight innings.”

ARGH!!!

Okay, I know that it’s only the first game of the season, and we’ve got a looooong way to go. But we made a lot of stupid mistakes yesterday, and we shouldn’t have. It always stinks to lose, but especially on Opening Day.

But we did fight back. In the bottom of the ninth with two outs, Adrian Gonzalez and Kyle Blanks hit back-to-back homers. That was good. But too short.

It’s too bad that it had to happen on Opening Day, but this is one of the games that you have to forget. I remember last year on Opening Day Jake Peavy started and was not good at all. We lost the game 4-1 against the Dodgers. I was not happy about that at all, but I had to put it behind me and just look forward to the next game. So that’s what I’m going to do today. We’ve got Chris Young going for us, and we’re not going against Dan Haren. Things are looking better already.

GO PADRES!!! 

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Blogging the Padres in ’10

I am very excited to be starting my second full season of blogging here at MLBlogs.com. It’s been an amazing experience, I look forward to much more blogging about my boys here! And so I would like to present to you my new blogging philosophy-type-thing. Here’s what you can expect from this blog this season, and what I want to accomplish:

  • First off, you can expect next-day game analysis. I love to write about the games, so that’s what you’ll see a lot here. I’ll go over the pitching, the big hits, the defense, etc. I usually write about a good part of the game, but I’m going to do it in a way that both imforms people who didn’t watch the game and keeps the attention of the people who watched the game, read the paper, or know what happened in the game already. If you’re a die-hard Padres fan, you mostly likely know all the highlights by the next morning, and those are old news to you. But I want you to be able to read my entries and not be like, been there, done that. The way I will do that will be by going beyond the game a little bit while still talking baout it. I’m going to use a lot of pictures, opinions, stories, and stuff that you won’t see in a box score.
  • I want my entries to be interesting, entertaining, and the quality of stuff you’d read on padres.com. I want my stuff to be fun to read. I want you to be entertained here. I want you to be able to see this as fun place with fun entries to read. I write this for you guys to enjoy.
  • Part of the success of this blog is feedback from you, the reader. I am very open to suggestions and opinions from all my readers. You guys are the ones reading this stuff, and if there’s something you’d like to see here, let me know. If you disagree with something that I say, tell me about it and explain your opinion. If you tell me that you hate the Padres, that’s cool with me. I respect everyone’s opinion, and I know that not everyone is going to like my favorite team. But I will explain to you why I love the Padres. If you predict that the Padres are going to finish last in the West, I’ll tell you why I don’t think that’s going to happen. I’ll argue for my team, but I won’t do it in a mean way. In fact, one of my favorite things to do is defend my team to naysayers. I love it! We all have different opinions about different things, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have a good debate about it.
  • I want to expand my readership through Facebook, Twitter, and other blogs and networks. I really love being able to share my Padres thoughts with all of you. I’ve “met” so many amazing people through this, and I really want to continue that.
  • One of the things that I love about having this blog is the ability to express my opinion. I am sure that this blog would be terribly boring without my opinions and thoughts sprinkled throughout it. I’m not afraid to rip into any of these guys on the 25-man roster if I feel that they’re not playing up to their full potential. I have been known to rip the whole team after some horrible games. Of course, the only reason I do that is because I love these guys a lot and I want to them to do well. When they aren’t doing well, they don’t deserve to be praised. I remember a time last year when I was sooo frustrated with the guys that I just couldn’t stand it anymore. I converted to the Red Sox Nation for the weekend, which included changing the background on my blog. Yeah, it was that bad. So, you’ll get a lot of my opinons here, the good and the bad.
  • Most of all, I want to give glory to God through this blog. Part of that includes not getting angry at people who have different opinions than me, being able to debate with people about baseball but not in a mean way, and ripping into my team nicely. I am sooo thankful to God for everything, and He’s been so good to me. The least I can do is give glory to Him in everything that I do. Thank you God!!

So that’s what I want to do this year. I want to provide you guys with quality writing and Padres analysis. I want to entertain you guys and have a lot of fun this year. I love blogging a lot, and I have a blast doing it. I’m so thankful that I get to!

Here’s to an amazing season of Padres baseball. Don’t predict my team to end last, ’cause we’re going to surprise you. I don’t know how good we’re going to be, but we’re going to be better. I hope you’ll take this journey of 162 games along with me and this blog. Thank you so much for reading!!

We’ve got some unfinished business: winning the World Series.

GO PADRES!!!!   

Right Around the Corner

I’m so frustrated that I didn’t get to blog at all in the past few days!! It’s amazing how much blogging helps me keep up with my boys…I have barely any idea of what’s been happening for them this week!

But the important thing is that Spring Training is as good as done and Opening Day is literally right around the corner! I’M SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!! I cannot wait to see what these boys will do in the real thing. I wish I could really express how excited I am, but that would probably consist of extended screaming and excessive jumping up and down for a really long time, and I don’t think you want to see what that looks like typed. Suffice it to day that I’M SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!

Our official rotation is Jon Garland, Chris Young, Kevin Correia, Clayton Richard and Mat Latos. Starting pitcher on Monday: Jon Garland. We’re looking so great, it’s not even funny. IT’S ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!!!

I can’t wait to see my boys go out there and play like they have been for the better part of the spring. Wasn’t that just so much fun to watch? I had a blast this spring. It’s so amazing to have my boys winning like this, and it’s going to be even better to see them do it in the regular season. I’m soooo proud of my boys. They’re doing so incredibly, and it’s been a blast to see how they’ve grown so far. I can’t wait for the real thing!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

Hey, did you know that Trevor Hoffman is only six saves away from #600??? That’s just amazing. I miss you soooooo much Trevor, and I wish you could be getting #600 with us. Sniff sniff.

We’re going to dominate this season. Just wait and see.

GO PADRES!!!! I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!!  

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Only A Week Away From Opening Day!!!

I had a very busy weekend, so I wasn’t able to write about the games then. As a result, I think I’m like five games behind. So I’m not going to recap each one in detail, but I will talk about some highlights and news.

I guess the most exciting thing is that we are on a six-game winning streak. We have won 13 out of our last 15, which is amazing. We started out the spring not-so-great, but we’ve really picked it up and look where we are right now: a week away from Opening Day. I can’t believe how fast this spring has gone!!! It’s amazing.

The team is shaping up incredibly. I’ve never seen the team this good in the spring. And it’s not just the hitting or the pitching: it’s the hitting, the pitching, the defense, the relief, the bench, the baserunning. We’re amazing! I’ve never seen the team this sharp and so defined so soon.

Jon Garland is going to be our Opening Day starter against the Diamondbacks in Arizona a week from tonight. He’ll be followed by Chris Young, Kevin Correia, and…we’re not exactly sure yet. But it’ll most likely be Clayton Richard and Mat Latos.

A bunch of guys got sent down the other day, and I’d like to acknowledge a few of them for their outstanding springs.

matt antonelli.jpgFirst, Matt Antonelli. Matt has been struggling a lot in the past few years, but he came out this spring and played amazingly. He hit .378 with 14 hits and eight RBIs. 

If he hadn’t had this good of a spring, I think the Padres might have given up on him. But he played really, really well, and I’m super excited to see him later in the season. There’s no doubt that he’s going to be up here sometime, maybe sooner than later. I mean, Eck’s our starting second baseman, and I don’t want his job taken away because he’s an incredible baseball player, but it’s good to know that we have Matt in case Eck gets hurt or sometime. Last year, we didn’t have a backup second baseman. Now we do. If we don’t keep David Eckstein after this season, I would feel very comfortable having Matt as our starting second baseman next year.

The second guy I’d like to acknowledge is Aaron Cunningham. We got this kid in the Kevin
AaronCunninghamWEB.jpg Kouzmanoff trade (sniff sniff), but thankfully, he’s been really, really good. We got a good deal for Kouz, that’s for sure. He did excellently this spring. Check out the numbers: 12 hits, six RBIs, eight walks, seven stolen bases, .286 average, plus he was an amazing defender out there in the outfield. I loved watching this kid because he’s young, he’s energetic, and he’s really shown that he can play this spring. I can’t wait to see him up here in the majors later in the year. I think this is the kind of guy who could become a fan-favorite up here. I really do, ’cause I love him already.

The cool thing about all the guys who were sent down, including Mark Worrell, Luis Durango, Logan Forsythe, and Dusty Ryan, is that they’re almost certainly coming back up during the season. This isn’t as much of a demotion as, hey, go down there, keep working hard, and we’ll have you back up before you know it. Logan, Luis, Matt, and Aaron have the potential to become stars with the Padres, and I think the organization has high hopes for these guys, maybe as high as the fans have. I’m really excited about all of these guys. It’s going to be sooo much fun to watch them when they’re up here.

Just knowing that these guys are going to be coming up the majors later in the season would give me hope for the season. But we don’t just have that: we’ve got an amazing group of guys that are going to be in the majors all year. You can’t believe how excited I am to see my boys go out there and play some real ball. I can’t wait to see how good they’re going to be. We don’t know how good they’re going to be, but we know that they’re not going to stink. I don’t see how anyone could think that this season is going to be a bust. Sure, we might not be the best, but we’re going to be good. Really, really good. I can’t wait until it’s real, you know? We’re ready to go.

I keeping a very open mind about this season. I know that we’re going to be good, but I’m not looking for championship. I’m just going to take one game at a time and go from there.

One player that I’m really excited about seeing for the whole season is Chase Headley. I don’t know what happened, but he’s thrived this spring. He has been on fire. I don’t want to believe that the switch back to third had anything to do with it, but maybe it did. I don’t know. He’s hitting .293 with 17 hits and 21 RBIs. He’s really been on fire, and it would be great if he could stay like this for most of the season.

By the way, my boys have 46 stolen bases so far on the spring. Isn’t that incredible? The only team anywhere close would be the Washington Nationals with 35. But man…who would have thought that the SAN DIEGO PADRES would be leading the majors in stolen bases??

Tonight we’re playing the Diamondbacks, which is a bit of a coincidence because we’re going to be playing them again a week from tonight on the bigger stage. I’m soooo excited!!!

Regular season, here we come.

GO PADRES!!!!

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On A Roll

What a great weekend of Padres baseball. We are now officially two weeks away from Opening Day, and this team is looking amazing. Just take a look at these past few games.

On Friday we played the Dodgers for the first time of the spring, and we whupped them. Not too bad, of course, but good enough: 9-4.

Bwahaha, it was a great game. Chris Young allowed a few baserunners in the top of the first, but he was able to get out of it without allowing anything. Hiroki Kuroda, starting for the Dodgers, was not so lucky. Kyle Blanks singled in Eck, who had walked. Chase tripled in Kyle. So sweet.

But CY ran into a little trouble in the top of the second, givine up two runs to allow the Dodgers to tie the game. They got another one off of Chris in the top of the fourth. CY left the game after four solid innings: he allowed seven hits, three runs, and three walks. He also struck out three batters. Chris has always had really bad springs, but he’s not looking too bad this year at all. It’s just good to see him on the mound at all!

In the bottom of the fourth, Will Venable hit a solo home run, his tenth hit of the spring so far.

The Dodgers fought back again by getting a run in the top of the seventh, but the Padres pulled off a six-run bottom of the seventh highlighted by a Chris Denorfia triple, a Tony Gwynn single, an Oscar Salazar double, a Matt Antonelli single, and a Dusty Ryan three-run homer. It was a great inning!

On the pitching side, Adam Russell, Heath Bell, and Greg Burke had scoreless outings. Mike Adams gave up a run, but he ended up with the win. Joe Thatcher closed out the game.

That was an amazing game, not just because we won 9-4, but because it was against the Dodgers. It’s always really cool to beat LA, no matter what context.

On Saturday, we played two games: A 4-1 win against the White Sox in the afternoon, and then another win against the Dodgers, 5-1, that night.

The game against the White Sox was a pitcher’s duel between Mat Latos and Mark Buehrle. It was so amazing! Mat threw five full innings, only allowing one run on two hits. I’m telling you, this kid could be the next Jake Peavy. Man he’s good.

All the starters in our lineup got at least one hit except Nick Hundley. We got our first couple runs in the top of the fourth. Then we got one in the seventh and one in the ninth.

Aaron Cunningham went 3-for-4, and let me tell you, this guy has really put on a show this spring. He’s been outstanding! We got him from the A’s in the Kouz trade, and though I’m still not happy that we had to lose the Kouz, I have to admit that the guys we got back are very, very good and may have a huge impact on this club. So that’s good. But I still wish we had Kouz :(

Stauffer and Mujica pitched after Latos and pitched very, very well.

The second game of the day, which was technically split-squad, was also amazing. Wade LeBlanc was also incredible, and I’d say that he was a little better than Mat Latos. Wade only gave up one run on one hit, while Mat gave up two hits. Oh dear. Mat needs to work on that.

But seriously, Wade was ohmygoodness amazing. He threw five innings, one hit, one run, one walk, three strikeouts. SO GOOD!!!

We had a four-run second inning in which Yorvit Torrealba singled in a run and Matt Antonelli hit a three-run homer. Have I told you how glad I am that we have Yorvit Torrealba? That guy was so good with the Rockies, especially against us, and I’m soo happy that we finally don’t have to have him as an enemy anymore. I think he was the guy who had like two ninth-inning run-driving-in-hits against Heath two nights in a row and I was there for the second one and I was furious against Heath and Yorvit. And I mean FURIOUS. It was not pretty. Thankfully, we were able to win that game in extras. I shudder to think of what might have happened if we hadn’t.

Anyway, I’m very very very very happy to have Yorvit on our side.

Adrian Gonzalez drove in a run, which was sweet. Kyle Blanks went 4-for-4, which is even more sweet. And, we won another game against the Dodgers. It doesn’t get much better than that.

By the way, there was a huge crowd at the game: 13,506. Wow.  

What’s more, we won yet another game yesterday afternoon. This time the Rangers were our victims, and we sure victimized them. Final score? 14-5 us. Ha.

seangallagher.jpgSean Gallagher started the game, and though he wasn’t the best, thank goodness that his offense is on fire right now. He allowed five runs in the top of the third, but otherwise, he threw four innings, allowed five hits, didn’t walk anyone, and struck out two. But here’s another thing: the Rangers only got one more hit in the entire game after Gallagher left. So that was good.

In the bottom of the fourth, we got six runs. Will Venable led off with a double. Nick Hundley grounded out, sending Will to third. Chris Denorfia tripled Will in. We then got three straight walks, the third of which was with the bases loaded. Thus, we got another run. T. Gwynn grounded out, giving us yet another run. And then, the big blow: Jerry Hairston to the Jr. hit a three-run homer. YES!!

jhairthreerunner.jpgThings stayed scoreless until the bottom of the eighth. Meanwhile, Jerry Hefner, Heath Bell, Mike Adams, and Mark Worrell pitched perfectly. It’s a good thing to see, the bullpen coming together.

In the bottom of the eighth, like all the starters were replaced by guys that I’ve never even heard of. But good for them to get eight runs.

We finished the game with 14 runs and 16 hits. We have now evened our spring record at 9-9. I think that’s great. We’re on a five-game winning streak. I know it doesn’t mean anything, but it sure is good to see this team doing well and winning some games. See? I told you there was nothing to worry about.

You know what else is great? Jeff Moorad is almost ready to purchase the next part of the Padres. I’m so happy. He’s brought so much good to this club, and I can’t wait to see how it will all play out.

We’re playing the Diamondbacks today. Clayton Richard’s starting.

I’m super excited about Padres baseball right now. We’re looking great, and it’s two weeks from today that we’ll finally open the regular season. I’m SOOOOOO excited!!!

GO PADRES!!!

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It’s Only the First Game

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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!!!

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Opening Day is Not Far Away!!

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This was a game that kind of went over my head. I listened to the first half of the first inning, where the Padres got one run, then I decided to see if I could listen to the game and read a facinating book at the same time. Well, the book won. I actually turned off the radio and just read. By the way, if you’re into thick adventure books, you have got to check out this series by Stephen Lawhead. It’s called the King Raven Trilogy, and it is excellent. I’m working on the third book right now.

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Where was I? Ah yes, the game. Well, Kevin Correia started, giving up three runs on five hits in five innings. He also walked three batters. So, it was a decent outing, but he hasn’t had a spectacular outing at all this spring. Frankie De La Cruz threw two innings, giving up one run. Greg Burke threw an inning and allowed a run. So, the pitching was average.

The hitting was average. We took a 2-0 lead, but the pitching gave it up. Five hits and six left on base, you know. AVERAGE. This roster is shaping up, though. We’re getting so close to Opening Day!

Kyle Blanks was sent to Minor League camp yesterday. The best player of the spring, he will start the season at Triple-A. But as I recall, something very much like this happened last spring. The Padres’ most prized prospect, Chase Headley, was sent to Triple-A after a stellar spring. He joined the major-league team in June. Blanks has it harder, though, since he doesn’t have a position to play on the club. He plays first base; there’s another guy named Adrian Gonzalez who has first base taken care of. But the Padres will find a place for him to play.

Guess what? Trevor’s going on the 15-day DL!! Look what the Brewers have done to him!! This is really sad because this is only the second time in his 16-year career that he’s been on the DL. He never should have left the Padres! He needs to be with the trainers who know how to take care of him, the ones who have been working with him for years! Argh. Brewers, take care of the old man. Please. The Padres need him next year!!

I am so excited for Opening Day! It’s going to be so much fun to be able to hear some “real” baseball – games that matter. It’s going to be so much fun to hear Jake Peavy’s performance. He’s going to be good, especially against the Dodgers.

I need to get out to an Opening Day game someday. It would be so neat to be in that atmosphere, to be at the very first game of the season. I would love to see Jake pitch for the first time of the season. I think I’ve seen Jake pitch three times, and it’s so much fun to watch. He’s just getting strikeout after strikeout, and he’s not giving up anything. It would be so much fun to be out there on Opening Day. I must do it someday!!

Tonight is my brother’s eighth game. It will be very fun to watch, and let’s see if those Pirates can win their sixth game in a row!

Tonight is also a big playoff game between the San Diego State Aztecs and the Baylor Bears. Go Aztecs!

And the Padres are playing tonight against the Brewers. They should pound Milwaukee for hurting our Trevor. Well, at least Trevor won’t be pitching. Walter Silva, who will very likely be in the rotation, is pitching for the Padres.

We only have two more Cactus League games after tonight’s game! Then we have the SoCal series against the Angels on Friday and Saturday, and then Fan Day on Sunday, and Opening Day on Monday!! Very exciting!!

GO PADRES!!!

(photo credits: blog.brandhatchery.com, pe.com)    

Five Years

Where will the Padres be in five years?

Last night I met with a group of girls, and our leader asked us where we saw ourselves in five years. That got me thinking: where will the Padres be in five years?

Well, the big Padres news of the day is that Jeff Moorad is “awfully close” to buying a third of the Padres. The deal may go down as soon as this afternoon! Moorad’s group will have five years to buy the rest of the Padres. So, five years from now, which will be 2014, Moorad will probably be announcing that he’s bought the last share of the Padres. There will be rejoicing in the streets of downtown San Diego.

But it’s really interesting to think about, isn’t it? Will the Padres have a World Series by then?

world%20series%20trophy.pngHow will the Padres be doing? Will they be losing 100 games at a regular rate, or was there a miraculous turnaround in 2009 (hint hint) and they went from worst to first? What will the NL West be like?
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Who knows with the crazy NL West? In five years, Manny might (should) be retired. In five years, all these young prospects will be taking over the teams. All of the teams in the NL West have a lot of excellent prospects. We’re starting to see some of these guys in the Majors. In five years, all of these teams will probably be ruled by the young guys.

What will MLB be like by then? Will there be any change in the whole steroid situation? Will they start punishing players, making stricter testing? Will Bud Selig still be the commish?

Will I still be running this blog by then? I’ll be in college, so I might not be posting as much. But who knows how long this blog will even be here, you know. It’s gotta end someday, but I wonder how long I’ll be able to keep it up. Of course, I would love to do it for the rest of my life, but who knows what will come up.

Five years…five new World Champions…five seasons of baseball…so much could happen in five years. I see my Padres with a new owner, a new philosophy, and being highly competitive. With all the young prospects up here, we will be a solid team. A threat even. I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict (though I hate predictions) that my Padres will get a World Series sometime in the next five years. There it is.


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Where do you see your team in five years?

 

Yesterday the Padres aquired pitcher Eulogio De La Cruz from the Marlins for cash considerations. Seems like a pretty good move. We need arms, we need pitching that can do well. Right now, I think the rotation will be Jake Peavy, Chris Young, Walter Silva, Shawn Hill, and Kevin Correia. I’d say just get Baek out of there. He’s been doing horrible.

Yesterday we lost 8-4. Kevin Correia allowed six runs. Cla Meredith hasn’t given up a run yet this spring (YES!!). Henry Blanco had a homer. David Eckstein went 3-for-3. Adrian Gonzalez had two hits.

Today we are off. Tomorrow we are playing the A’s. Our country boy Jake Peavy will be starting, followed by newly signed Shawn Hill. I’m excited to hear Jake pitch again. It’s been a long time!!

I can’t believe Opening Day is so soon! I mean, Jake will start again on Wednesday, I think, and then his next start will be Opening Day! And of course, the day before Opening Day is Fan Day!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHH!! It’s going to be here before I know it, seriously.

In some exciting news, I am going to get to go to a Padres game with my brother’s baseball team! It’s in May, and we’re thinking about getting field level seats! We can get a great discount, so that would be so much fun. I can’t wait! It’s going to be great to get out there and watch a game.

My ten-year-old brother had a game last night. I didn’t get to watch it, but I wish I had. My brother got an infield hit, and then the ball got thrown past first or something and he ended up at third. The next batter drove him in! I knew he would get his first hit when I wasn’t there! But they won 10-something, and my brother got the game ball! I’m so excited for him, and I’ll definitely be out there for his next game on Saturday morning!

Hope you all have a great day!

GO PADRES!!!

(photo credits: mlblogs.com, nothingbutballs.com, ryanagraves.com)

A Letter to My Father

To my dearest father:

Dad, as you know, the Padres are having their Fan Day on Sunday, April 5, 2009 from noon to 4pm. As you also know, I would really really really like to go. But you have seemed kind of hesitant in making a decision about us going, so I decided to help convince you. 
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Wasn’t last year so much fun? We got to see the clubhouse, the dugout, and we even got to walk on the field. You don’t get that opportunity every day!

Let me start off by reminding you that last year we had to pay $5 per ticket. This time, there is no fee to get in, as in, it’s free! Of course, you say that it’s not really free, because we have to pay for gas and parking and time. But just think of the $5 you are saving! If we had to pay to get in, it would be a much more expensive trip!

There will be players and coaches signing autographs at this event. The Padres have a lot of young, upcoming players on the team this year. If I’m able to get their autographs, I promise that if this economic situation gets so bad that we’re desperate for money, I will consider giving up the autogrpahs to sell so we can get some food. Hopefully the economic situation won’t get that bad for a few years, so that these young players are famous by then. (Of course, if the economic situation gets that bad, nobody will be wanting to buy any autographs, but moving on…)

us-money-photo.jpgAnd yes, of course the Fan Fest will be trying to wrestle money from us in other ways. We can eat before so we don’t have to buy any food. And we don’t even have to go into the Padres’ Annual Garage Sale with game-used jerseys and batting helmets, even though the proceeds benefit the Padres Foundation for Children. I have enough Padres shirts. So, we can avoid those “tourist traps” at all costs.

This year, we would get to watch a special team workout. The players will be getting in last-minute shape for Opening Day, which will be the next day. I mean, how often do you get a chance to watch the players workout? Hey – maybe you can get some ideas to help condition my brothers better for baseball this year!

How long has it been since I was at the ballpark? Let’s see…about seven months! After that long, hard offseason, I think I need to get out the ballpark, see the new players on this team, and talk with other baseball fans. It’s been so long since I’ve been out to the ballpark, and I think I need to get out there to renew my hope for our Padres. I’ve been sitting here all offseason blogging about these Padres. I think it’s time to go to the scene, to get the scoop live. Plus, I need to interact with other baseball fans. Another Padres blogger here, Hyun Young, is going. It would be really neat to meet her and talk about our Padres! 

Of course, all my friends here at the blogosphere would love for me to go, too. We all pull for each other in stuff like this, and they all know how much I suffered in the offseason. I know they would love to see pictures and hear how my Padres are doing. Check out this great support I’ve recieved:

  • I hope you get to fanfest! – Julia
  • I hope you get to Fanfest! – Melissa (wow, Julia and Melissa are thinking the same thing!)
  • I hope you get to go to Fanfest, Kaybee. I bet you will. Then you’ll have great pix and posts to share with us! – Jane
  • Hope you have fun at the fanfest! – Bob (that’s the spirit, Bob!)
  • The fanfest sounds delightfully fun. Convince your parents, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the 2009 Padres in person! – Caroline
  • I’m sure Fan Day would be a lot of fun! – Sue
  • Hopefully you can get to Fan day, I’m sure you’d have a ton of fun. – Canuck
  • I hope you can go Kaybee! – Julia
  • I really hope you can go the Fan Fest! It would be great to meet you in person. – Hyun Young
  • I hope you get to go. There’s nothing like meeting players and hanging out with baseball fans. – Jen 

           And Dad, if you say no, I’ll be OK with that. Of course, I will be disappointed, and maybe a little upset, but whatever you say goes. I know the timing is a little inconvenient because it’s a Sunday and the first one of the month at that. I understand if you feel that we should be sticking around at church to help out. Of course, we could get there a little late. We don’t need to be there right at 12. But if you say no, let’s just plan early for next year’s fan fest.

It just seem like a waste of a great opportunity. I mean, autographs, getting close to the players, having fun with other Padres fans, heading out to Petco Park. FREE! It would be so much fun! But as I said, it’s not the end of the world of you say no.

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Oh, and Dad – the Fan Day is in two weeks. We don’t have much time left to decide!

I love you! Your dear doting darling daughter,

Kaybee

(photo credits: tree hugger.com, istockphoto.com)                              

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