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Yesterday was FanFest, and it was so much fun!!!
It was the getting there though, that was not fun.
Someone annoyingly decided to schedule the air show on Coronado on the same day as FanFest. My family and I decided to leave our house around 8 so that we would get downtown around 9. Around 8:40 a.m., we got stuck in the worst traffic that I’ve ever seen. At 10:40, we were finally able to break free and get to our exit. The most frustrating part about it was that we were probably 1 1/2-2 miles away from our exit when we got stuck. Uggghhh.
But, we did make it with plenty of time to see all the attractions at FanFest. I really enjoyed it, but I think next year the Padres need to bring in some more features.
I was shocked at how many people there were, especially since it seemed like the whole city was heading to Coronado (there were actually 70,000 people at the air show!!!!). But there were long lines at Petco for the Garage Sale and the clubhouse tour.
I’ve been to the Garage Sale three years now, and it’s so funny to see some of the same stuff coming out every year! A lot of the old commemorative baseballs have been trying to sell for years, but I doubt that many people are very interested in those.
I didn’t find much, but I did get a “5″ patch that potentially could have been on Kouz’s jersey had he stayed with the Padres. Sniff sniff. I also bought a Western Metal Theater shirt, mostly because it was only $3.
I got Clayton Richard and Mike Adams’ autographs, which was pretty cool.
I got to talk to Friarhood, RJ’s Fro, Jane Mitchell, and various other fans. And of course, my Padres buddy Hyun Young. We passed out some blog cards and cupcakes and cake pops that we made ourselves. Mine got really squished, but whatever. It’s the taste that counts.
I also sat in on the Leadership Forum, which featured Dick Enberg and Tom Garfinkel. It was really interesting hearing the questions from the fans and the thoughts of both of these guys. I am especially excited about a game this year where Trevor Hoffman is going to be honored. It’s going to be sweet!!
I was super happy to get out to Petco Park again. It had been way too long, and it was so much fun to see sooo many Padres fans out there. They ended up having over 21,000 people there!!!!!
I can’t wait for baseball season to start. I have a feeling that this Padres team is going to be AMAZING.
Today is Hyun Young’s birthday!!!! Happy birthday Padres buddy!!!! You are amazing
And, big shoutout to my sports editor and fellow Padres fan, Matt, who I assist on Palomar College’s newspaper, The Telescope. If you have any complaints about this blog, send them to him. Just kidding And if you love Palomar sports, the Watercooler, our sports blog, is the place to find all Comets sports coverage.
Only a few more hours until FanFest!!! I’m so excited
I just wanted to let you all know that you need to find Hyun Young and I tomorrow, because we have some very special treats for you. Yeah, I know, we’re great.
I’m going to be wearing my Adrian jersey, and I’ll have Adrian’s Red Sox mug shot taped to one sleeve, and a very cute picture of Kouz on the other. It’s going to be SWEET.
I really hope that I’ll get to meet a lot of you guys tomorrow. Don’t be shy!
See you all tomorrow!!
I am soooo excited about FanFest!!! I can’t believe that it’s only two days away. I’m going to have so much fun, and I’m so happy that I get to go to Petco Park this weekend. Best place ever.
Even though it’s pretty much the same events as last year, I’m still super excited to get out there and recharge my fanhood. It’s been way too long since I’ve seen any baseball, and this is pretty much a celebration of our boys getting ready to get out there and win a title for us.
Hyun Young and I are really hoping to get Mat Latos’ autograph. Out of all the guys on our team, this is one of the most amazing rising stars, and I feel like his autograph is going to be worth a lot someday. I would say that he’s the next Jake Peavy but…look how he turned out.
I’m also excited to see the clubhouse again. I’ve taken the tour twice, but it still has the awe of the first time. Just thinking about the kind of legends that have stood in that clubhouse, like Trevor Hoffman and Kevin Kouzmanoff. Just to think that my baby spent a ton of time in that room…wow. It makes me want to scream or faint or something. That is a very special place.
I really hope that there’s a lot of good stuff at the garage sale, too. Last year I got a Kevin Kouzmanoff banner that had been hanging on one of the lampposts (until they traded him of course). It’s super cool, and I hope that I can find more Kouz stuff and anything else interesting.
And of course, the best part about FanFest is meeting up with other fans who are just as crazy about the Padres as I am! I hope to meet and re-meet a ton of people this year, including but not limited to Hyun Young, John, Gaslamp Ball people, RJ’s Fro people, Twitter people, and Friarhood people. Especially since Hyun Young and I have a very special plan.
I can’t wait. It’s going to be such a fun day!!
Everyone is talking about the Padres Awards Dinner and the Town Hall Meeting, especially all the bloggers. But I went to something last night that’s seemed to go under the radar.
I was really excited to see Adrian, especially since he’s been traded. I know that he’ll still be around San Diego a lot, but it’s pretty sad that he’s no longer a Padre.
The service was great. Pastor Miles McPherson (a former Charger) was really funny. You could kind of tell that the guys had done this four times before, but they were still really great. Nick was making all sorts of jabs at Adrian because he’s on the Red Sox. McPherson asked Nick how he was going to pitch to Adrian when we meet the Red Sox in June.
“I’ll tell you later, when Adrian’s not listening,” he said. “If he hits two home runs against us, we’re going to have to drill him in the leg.”
“What’s the sign for drilling him?” McPherson asked.
Nick laughed. “I couldn’t show you in church.”
There were a lot of great laughs, but the highlight of the night was hearing these guys’ stories. All of them, being very successful athletes, thought that they had it together, but ultimately realized that it wasn’t about them or their accomplishments, but what God was doing in their lives and what He wanted for them.
Adrian talked about how when he was with the Rangers, he heard about a trade that he thought was going to give him more playing time and a better chance to improve. But instead of the trade helping him, it sent him back down to the minors. He had thought that he was getting somewhere in his career, but then that roadblock was thrown into his way and he had to decide whether he would sit at home and pout or realize that the Lord had a plan.
It was really inspiring to see these big athletes really open their hearts and show us that they’re not the ones who have it together; it’s only because of God working in their lives that they’ve been able to live like they have.
It is so cool to think that these guys are just like me. They’re sinners desperately in need of grace. They’re broken people leaning on the God who heals. They have struggles just like me, but the One who lived the perfect life that we couldn’t and who died the death that we deserve is holding us in His hands. Jesus has got us. And it’s so cool to think that someday, these guys will be in Heaven right next to me, glorifying God together. I truly think of these guys as my brothers. They don’t know who I am, but it doesn’t matter. We’re all a family because of Jesus Christ.
After the service I got to go up to Adrian and Nick and get their autographs and pictures with them. They were so nice, especially considering that they probably signed autographs after every service that day.
All in all, it was a wonderful event. I’m glad I was able to get pictures with the guys, and have Adrian’s signature on a Padres card before he abandons us. I was greatly encouraged, and I hope that The Rock does this again next year.
WE ARE JUST OVER TWO WEEKS AWAY FROM PITCHERS AND CATCHERS REPORTING FOR SPRING TRAINING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am sooooo excited. Every year I’m always so surprised at how fast the off-season goes by. At the very end of the season, it seems like Spring Training is so far away, but it always flies by so fast.
I’m also really excited about this team. It’s so different that it’s ever been. We’ve got a strange mix of new players, but I think it’s going to work out really well. We just signed Jorge Cantu, which is going to be great, plus we’ve got all these new guys like Aaron Harang, Brad Hawpe, Jason Bartlett, Chad Qualls, Orlando Hudson. I can’t wait to see how all those guys work together and become a team.
There’s been all sorts of interesting things going on around the organization. The Padres Awards dinner was this week, and of course, Adrian won MVP. No surprise there.
The Padres also announced two new jerseys, a gray road one and a new camo jersey. I really like the new camo.
FanFest is in two weeks!!! It’s going to be so great. I can’t wait to go back to Petco Park! I don’t even want to count how long it’s been since I’ve been there. Too long. Way too long.
Okay. I’m ready for Padres baseball now. Bring it on.
The first anniversary of Kevin Kouzmanoff’s awful trade was this past Saturday. I can’t believe that it’s been a whole year since the Padres traded away my baby.
Since that terrible day, things just haven’t been the same. I didn’t get to see Kouz all year, which is just strange.
I’ve had a connection with Kouz ever since he signed autographs for me and my friends way back in 2007. It meant so much to me that I fell in love with him right there and then. Also, both of our rookie seasons was 2007. We both had a taste of the majors in the end of 2006, but both of us really got into it in 2007.
Ever since that night, Kouz has been my all-time number one favorite baseball player ever. First of all, he’s a great baseball player, and he’s really nice and funny and I loved having him here in San Diego.
I’m sure all of you guys know what it’s like to have a favorite player on your team. It just makes your fanhood so much more fulfilling to have one specific special player that you cheer for. I’ll always be a fan of the Padres, the whole team, no matter what players are on it, but it was a lot more fun to be able to watch a guy that I loved watching play as much as Kouz.
As a Padres fan, you kind of have to be wary of the players on the team, especially when Moores was in control, because the name of our game is rebuilding. Any of these guys could be traded away, just like that. Now, I had gone through a lot of tough trades before the blow on January 16th, 2010. I thought that losing Jake Peavy and Trevor Hoffman was tough. But it was nothing like losing my all-time favorite player.
Of couse, Kouz is still my favorite player. He always has been and always will be. But it’s so sad that I can’t cheer for him here. He’s not on the Padres. He’s way up the coast with the A’s.
Kouz, it was a hard season without you. Thankfully, we were winning enough that I didn’t think about it too much, but still. It was so weird without being able to cheer for you here. I’m so happy that you had a good season, though, and I really hope that someday, someday, you’ll be able to come back and play for the Padres.
Thanks so much for everything, Kouz. I love you!!!!!
It was an incredible run. Trevor is one of my favorite players ever. He’s the classiest guy around, and he’s such a good baseball player. His years with San Diego are some that I’ll never forget. I’ll never forget the day that he became the All-Time saves leader, and the days he got his 500th and 600th saves. I’ll never forget the day that I got his autograph (which was the same day that I fell in love with Kouz actually).
We were so blessed to have him here for so many years.
Trevor, I don’t think you’ll ever know the impact that you’ve had on me and the city of San Diego. Even when we didn’t have many championships to look forward to, we always had amazing moments to look forward to because we had the best closer in all of baseball right here. Not only were you an amazing influence on the field, but you were an amazing example of sportsmanship and leadership.
I’ll never forget sitting in my room on a September afternoon, the radios blaring, as we listening to you getting your 479th save. That was such an incredible moment that it brought me to tears. I didn’t really know much about your career at that point, but I knew that that was a very special moment.
Thank you so much for everything. Thanks for all the memories and fun times. Thanks for staying here as long as you did. Thanks for giving us something incredible to cheer for and to watch. Thank you for being such an integral part of this organization.
Even though you were a member of a couple other teams, I know that you will always be a Padre. Especially now that you’re joining the club in a front office role, you are going to become a Padre again. I’m so excited that you’re back home, where you belong.
Always a Padre <3
I love you Trevor!!
See you in the Hall of Fame in 2016.
A couple of days ago the 2010 Leaders on MLBlogs.com came out, and this blog was the 8th most popular blog all year!! I’m so excited. Thank you guys so much
It was so much fun to blog during 2010, especially with how well my Padres played. I am very, very excited about next season, though. I just put up my 2011 schedule, which is actually quite the ritual for me. Ever since I became a Padres fan in 2007, I’ve put the season schedule on the wall next to my bed. This year is my fifth year of being a Padres fan. Of course, five is a very significant number because that’s Kouz’s number. I’m really excited to celebrate my 5th year of being a Padres fan
I also wanted to remind you guys that Unfinished Business does have a Facebook page and a Twitter account. Check out the Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Unfinished-Business/273968091144 Twitter: http://twitter.com/padresgirl5
Be sure to “follow” and “like” my blog!
Aaaand I miss my boys. It seems like forever that we’ve had any baseball. I’m so excited about how close baseball is to starting. I just can’t wait to see how good this team is going to be. The coolest thing about starting a new season is that you never know what’s going to happen. Maybe we’ll stink, but hey, at least we’ll get to watch some baseball. But maybe we’ll be the greatest team in the MLB. You just don’t know. Sometimes, you don’t even know until the last few days of the season
I can’t wait for baseball, and the Fan Fest, which is going to be incredibly fun.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I am soooo excited for 2011. It’s kind of creepy how fast it’s here already, but I’m excited nonetheless.
2010 was a great year, no doubt about it. Especially for Padres baseball. Our season was amazing!! We had a season that far exceeded all the expectations of just about everybody. But even as the season went on, and we won much more than seemed possible, not many people believed in us. Of course, the faithful did. The die-hards did. We believed in them all the way up to the last game of the season, when our only hope was to win against the soon-to-be World Champions. We weren’t able to come through in that game, but it was still a season worth celebrating.
There were some sad moments this year, most memorably, at the very beginning of the year, in January, when Kevin Kouzmanoff was traded. That hurt me very, very deeply. It was really hard to see him leaving my team, and my fanhood did suffer because of it. But he’s still my baby, no matter where he’s playing. He’s in Oakland now, but I’m still cheering for him and hoping that maybe someday he’ll get to come back to the Padres. The “Kouz Krush” lives on! (Thanks to unclejackie for that wonderful phrase!)
We also lost Adrian Gonzalez, which was quite the blow, but I guess it was easier to handle. We all knew that it was coming and it was handled so smoothly that it’s easy to deal with. Also, he’s going to the Red Sox, my second favorite team. At least he didn’t go to the Yankees. I would have been sooo upset if he had gone to the Yankees.
This was also a big year for my blog. I celebrated my second blog birthday, which was very fun. I also found myself in the Top 10 Latest Leaders for the first time ever, and have stayed in there consistently over the next few months.
Thank you all so much. This year was a blast, and I’m looking forward to more blogging and more Padres baseball in the year ahead. I’m also really looking forward to the FanFest, in which I will be meeting a lot of you through the Twitter meetup and just walking around Petco Park. I can’t wait to start a new season with a new team and hopefully get to watch some great Padres baseball.
Have a great New Year, everyone.
I seriously can’t believe that it’s that time of year again. I’m sitting here participating in all the Christmas traditions, and I’m going, the last time I did this could not have been a whole year ago. I haven’t even graduated from high school yet, and the years are already flying by incredibly fast.
It just goes to show you how fragile life really is, how fleeting. I am so thankful that I have hope for not only this life, but the life after.
I hope that you all will be able to take a few moments this Christmas to really relflect on the true meaning of Christmas: the birth of Jesus Christ. The entrance of God into our world.
I know that many of us have heard the story thousands of times, but when you really try to wrap your mind around that concept, it’s unbelieveable. God, the creator of this world, humbled Himself so low that He started life as a completely dependant child with very poor and unknown people as parents. I mean, this is God Himself! He should have entered the world majestically. He should have flown in with golden chariots and trumpets proclaiming His entrance. But no. He came in the humblest of places. It’s just remarkable.
Even more remarkable is that He did that for you and me. He came into this world, He lived the perfect life that none of us could, He died the death that we deserved, and He rose from the dead. He conquered death. It’s truly a reason to celebrate.
I am so thankful that He did that for me. I know my heart. I know there is no way that I could ever deserve any of that. I can’t earn His favor. I am a rotten sinner. I’m not worthy of anything. But because of His incredible love and grace towards me, He came into this world, lived the perfect life that I couldn’t, died the death that I deserved, and rose from the dead.
It’s all unconditional. Ultimately, none of us are worthy. I know that we like to hide our dark secrets. We don’t like to admit that we mess up and that we are really broken inside. We get really good at putting on a good face. But we’re all broken people. We really don’t have it together. We need something bigger than us to step in and save us. And that’s what Christmas is all about. It’s God reaching down to us and rescuing us when there was no way that we could do it on our own. It is my hope that you will realize this amazing truth this Christmas.
I found this quote this week by Peter Larson:
“Despite our efforts to keep him out, God intrudes. The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: a virgin’s womb and an empty tomb. Jesus entered our world through a door marked, ‘No Entrance’ and left through a door marked ‘No Exit.’”
I hope that all my readers and fellow bloggers have a wonderful Christmas filled with joy and laughter and fun times with friends and family. I am so thankful for you guys!!