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It was the night before Saturday,
And all through the house, not a creature was stirring…
Except for Kaybee.
Last night, the Padres set out to battle the Pirates at PETCO Park. It was a beautiful night for baseball, and a big crowd of 25,601 was out there to cheer for their Padres.
Kevin Correia started the game, throwing five innings of three-run three-hit ball. He was goooood. He gave up the first run in the second. The Pirates had the bases loaded and their pitcher, Ian Snell, knocked in a run.
The Padres got their first run in the bottom of the second on Adrian Gonzalez’s sixth homer of the year. We got a run each in the third and the fourth, on David Eckstein’s triple and Nick Hundley’s double.
Correia left in the sixth with two on and no outs. Cla Meredith came in and allowed both runs to score, thus tying the game.
It stayed tied for a long time. There was one inning, I think it was the fifth, when I was brushing my teeth while listening to the game. I started yelling at my boys, since they were doing well in that inning. At that time, we needed more insurance. So, Brian Giles and Chase Headley are on base, and Kouz comes to the plate. I start yelling at him, cheering him on, calling him some weird nicknames. It was pretty funny. Ian Snell was starting to lose it by then, so he was throwing balls pretty consistently. My boy got walked!! Then I started yelling at Nick Hundley, who was next up, but he grounded out to end the inning. Oh well. I was hoping for a grand slam or something!
I think I was in bed by the top of the seventh. That doesn’t seem completely right…but I think that was it. Yeah, it was Friday night and all, but we have a big day today, so we went to bed fairly early. And yes, I was in bed with my ancient Walkman and my headphones🙂
We had some great pitching performances last night. Edward Mujica threw a solid 1-2-3 inning. Luke Gregerson threw the eighth.
Then, Heath Bell came in for the top of the ninth. Nyjer Morgan started off with a single. Heath always makes it interesting🙂 Then, Jack Wilson popped up right behind himself. Nick Hundley threw the mask off in an instant, and caught the ball. It was a great play! The crowd got back into it, and you could just feel this energy sweep the park. Then Heath picked off the runner at first! You thought the pop-out got the crowd pumped, well this REALLY got them pumped! It was so cool! The batter flew out to right field, and that was that.
But the Padres were unable to score in the bottom of the ninth, so we went into extras.
It always happens on fireworks night. ALWAYS. I mean, extra innings are almost certain on fireworks night. The fireworks, or Friarworks as they’re calling them this year, happen after the game. Extra innings happen, and you’ve got fireworks downtown near midnight!!
Not because the game was boring or anything, but it was late, dark, I was in bed, and it had been a long day. So, once the inning was over, I got out of bed, went into the bathroom, turned on the light, and stared at myself for a few minutes. That woke me up, so I was pretty wide-awake when I climbed back into bed for the bottom half of the 11th.
Needless to say, I was ready for the game to be over. I just wanted to sleep!
It was a great inning, though. Luis Rodriguez started it out with a flyout, then Chris Burke came to the plate. He had a great AB to get walked.
Jody Gerut came up. The first pitch Matt Caps threw him, Jody hit way down the right field line…but foul. The guys said that it was about a foot and a half from being fair, and that would have ended it. But no!
Either that pitch or the walk before had definitely rattled Matt Caps. He threw like three pickoff attempts to first, even though Burke showed no sign that he was going to try to take second. Caps kept throwing over there, then he would step off the mound, and Jody would call time, and it took forever for Caps to throw his next pitch to Jody. But Jody popped out.
Next up was David Eckstein, but Caps was still concerned about Burke over there at first. He threw two pickoff attempts before throwing a pitch to Eck, and when he finally did, he threw a ball and then a pitch out. Burke finally did steal second, the throw going into shallow center field.
Eck walked. So there’s two outs, runners on first and second, 11th inning, 3-3 tie, and Brian “Overdue Overdue Overdue” Giles coming to the plate. He had a great at-bat, running the count to 1-2. I knew he would hit the next pitch. In my slightly sleepy state, it was almost like I was there, at the ballpark, watching the ball in the pitcher’s hand. I just knew that would be the one. And it was. Gillies ripped it down the right field line, and Burke scored easily from second. Padres win!
Of course, by now my whole family was fast asleep. It was 10:45 pm, and I was probably supposed to be sleeping. Kind of hard to have a victory celebration without making noise. I hissed “YES!!!”. Thankfully, my sister was asleep, or she would have hissed, “BE QUIET!!”. I sat up in bed, fully awake now, and pumped my fist a few times. It was all I could do to keep from scream and leaping out of bed to jump around, but I was able to hold back.
It was such a great game. Edwin Moreno threw two great innings to earn his first major league win. We left 12 runners on, but in the end, we got it done. I really really enjoyed listening to the game, and boy was I pumped up afterwards!
Tonight we are playing the Pirates again, Shawn Hill against Elijah Duke. I think our momentum from last night’s game will definitely carry over.
(photo credits: farm4.static.flicker.com, examiner.com)
- 1-0 Giants
It was a long, sad game.
A very well played game, that’s for sure. But all that doesn’t really matter if you don’t win.
Chris Young threw so well! He went seven innings, allowing nothing but two hits and four walks. It was so cool to listen to! You would think that Jake Peavy would be the one who was shutting down the hitters, but CY has been proving that he is the guy to keep a lineup down. It was so amazing. He even got a hit…I think that’s his third or fourth of the season!
On the other side, Barry Zito was incredible as well. He threw seven solid innings, allowing six hits. It was a great pitcher’s duel.
Luke Gregerson took the eighth and the ninth, retiring all six hitters he faced. He was great.
The Padres were able to get some runners on in the last few innings, but the Giants’ bullpen shut us down.
Onto the tenth, with a scoreless game. This is so rare, but it happened. We went to extra innings with no score.
Edwin Moreno came in and got a couple runners on with two outs. Bengie “Padre-Killer” Molina came to the plate and did what he loves to do: walk-off the Padres. He hit a ground-rule double, and the Giants won 1-0. It was pretty sad. But seriously, Molina just kills us. Next time, we gotta walk him.
I feel really bad for Moreno, since he’s now given up two walk-offs in his last two outings. That can’t be good for his confidence.
Now we have a three-game series against the Pirates at PETCO Park. It’s going to be a great series, with two teams who are playing way higher than expectations. I just hope my Padres come out on top🙂
Yesterday the Padres announced that the cancelled game on Monday will be played on July 23rd in Philly. After that game, we will go to Washington for a three-game series. Hooray. The Padres stilll won the series though!!
Off-days, ugh. But my boys need it. Tomorrow, we will get back into it. Meanwhile, beat those Dodgers!!
Well. Let’s just say that the players were anxious to get back to San Diego, so they weren’t fully concentrated on the game. We lost to the Mariners 18-3. Yeah. Chris Young threw 3.2 innings and gave up nine runs on nine hits with four walks. Not very good, but of course he was thinking about getting back to his wife and daughter. Scott Hairston hit a homer, though.
Last night, some of the Padres played their Double-A team. The Missions came out on top 7-3. It was not the best game for the Padres, but Kouz had two hits!!
I don’t think I’m going to have the time to blog this weekend, which means that my next entry will be a report on the Fan Day! As you all know, I super excited along with Hyun Young and Jen. I am really excited about getting to go downtown.
I am pretty much obsessed with downtown San Diego. I love just going anywhere near it. I love even going down the highway towards it! We went to a party in La Jolla last week, and we went part of the way that we go downtown. I was pretty excited! Kind of weird, I know. But I LOVE downtown!
I’m sure that the majority of my love for downtown San Diego is because of this:
I LOVE PETCO PARK!!! That place is my favorite place to be. I absolutely love this ballpark. It’s so beautiful! And it’s in downtown San Diego. I live about 45 minutes from downtown, so I’m not used to all the buildings. But I love it! I love how crowded, how busy it is. I love the towering buildings.
I am so obsessed with downtown San Diego. Like I said, I love just going anywhere near it. And on Sunday, I have the extreme privilege of going to the place that I dream about: the gorgeous Petco Park. I haven’t been there in about seven months. I miss that place, and I am so excited that I get to go to Petco Park. It’s going to be so much fun just to be there! I’m going to take so many pictures it won’t be funny. Thankfully, I have room for 1000 pictures on my camera🙂
I was born in a hospital near downtown San Diego, so I think that’s where part of my extreme love and loyalty for the city comes. I loooooooove San Diego!!!!
Tonight we are playing the Angels at Petco Park in the first of two games in the So-Cal exhibition games. I can’t believe we’re going to be in Petco!! Very exciting!!
(photo credits: farm4.static.flicker.com, history.sandiego.edu, cityinsights.com)
- 17-10 Padres
It was a crazy game! Shawn Hill started and gave up nine runs in the first two innings. It looks like he’s going to be in the rotation, but I’m not sure if I really want him there. Luke Gregerson threw two solid innings, which is good. Heath Bell came into the ninth to save the game. He got a couple outs, but he allowed a single and stolen base. With the tying run at third, I think he got a full count on the last batter of the game. The hitter took a called strike to end the game. Heath was obviously not the best, but he got out of the inning.
The hitters did pretty well. They were behind badly, but they were able to get a few runs. Eliezar Alfonso and Brian Giles each hit a homer. Adrian Gonzalez had three hits. Jody Gerut had two hits. Some of the younger guys were really good. There was this one hitter on the other team, the Phillies, who was huge! He looked like he belongs in the next division. He just killed us. But our hitters did very well. They were able to get seven runs in the bottom of the sixth, though that fell seven runs short. Oh well. But it was a pretty cool game!
I mean, you win some, and you lose some. It was great to get that win after a great weekend, but we severed a five game winning streak! Let’s just hope we can get back on track as the season starts and goes on!
So, I was doing a little research on the Padres’ new owner, Jeff Moorad. Apparently he has a lot of new plans for the Padres. Very interesting…Petco Park is certainly going to be very different with him in control. First of, he loved carousels when he was a kid. As a result, he thinks the Friar Faithful would like to have some carousels around the park.
Of course, you would have to pay to go on one of these.
His menu improvements seem like they would be pretty drastic as well. He’s been in Arizona for a while, so I think he’s picked up some weird ideas from there. For example, he thinks that San Diego fans would appreciate special food like THIS
But the best part is that Moorad believes that this guy needs to be back in a Padres uniform next year:
Now that makes me like Moorad, no matter what weird ideas he has!!
Today we are the playing the White Sox…probably. Chris Young might be starting. Who knows if the game will start at 1:05? Maybe we will win!
I hope you all have a great day! Haha!
(photo credits: rundles.co.uk, flatrock.org.nz, covemountainkennels.com, imagecache2.allposters.com)
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.
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…)
And 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.
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,
(photo credits: tree hugger.com, istockphoto.com)
Well, my dear Trevor Hoffman threw an inning for the Brewers on Tuesday. It was a scoreless, hittless inning, and he got a strikeout. That is so like Trevor to have a great spring. I think it’s April, though, that is his really bad month. I was thinking about this last night. I really hope he doesn’t get injured this season. That would be so sad! I almost wish he had retired in the offseason rather than sign with the Brewers. But he’s still got it in him, and he wants to pitch. I’m still clinging to the hope that he will re-sign with the Padres next season, but if he gets hurt this season, he might just hang them up after the season. AHHHHHHHHH!!!! Don’t get hurt, Trevor!
In some exciting news, the Lord has provided two possible opportunites for me to go to some games this year already! My brother’s baseball group will be going to a game in May, and I totally want to go. Also, my youth pastor’s wife told me that the church might be going to a game in August where the players will be sharing their testimonies after the game. I am so excited and thankful for these unexpected opportunites to go some games. Plus, maybe my family will go to one, and maybe I’ll be able to convince my parents to take me to one for my birthday, and maybe we’ll go to a few with some friends, and I still might meet Jake Peavy in a chance encounter and he’ll give me season tickets…haha. Anyway, I’m just getting really excited about getting to head out to Petco a few times this year. I absolutely love to be downtown, and I love Petco Park. I love it! I love being able to get out there and cheer for my Padres!
Oh yes, and maybe I’ll be able to go to the Fan Day on April 5th, too! That would be so cool, to be able to get some autographs and just get out to the ballpark with other Padres fans. And I’m trying to enter every contest for tickets to Opening Day that I can. I think it would be incredible to be able to go to Opening Day. It seems like it would be so much fun!
OK, we’re playing the Texas Rangers today. Cha Seung Baek is starting for my Padres. I have concerns about this guy. Right now, he pretty much has the third spot in our rotation locked up. But it seems like he gave up a lot of runs last year. Even so far in Spring Training, he’s given up a huge two-run bomb. Like, all of our starters so far have given up one run or less, but Baek gave up two runs. I hope he’s able to find his groove soon. Here’s the lineup for this afternoon:
- CF Will Venable
- 2B David Eckstein
- DH Cliff Floyd
- 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff (WHOOOHOOOO!!!)
- LF Chase Headley
- RF Emil Brown
- 1B Kyle Blanks
- C Eliezer Alfonzo
- SS Luis Rodriguez
I am very excited that Kouz is getting to play third today. This is the first time he will play third in a real game this spring. He has been rehabbing his shoulder, which was actually a lot worse than I thought, so he might be still taking it a little easy. He can throw to first, and he’s got his range back, but he probably won’t play that many innings on the field. Go Koooz!
(Oh yeah. Manny finally signed. I almost didn’t believe it.)
I just found out that the Padres will be having a Fan Day at Petco Park on Sunday, April 5. It will be very similar to the FriarFests of years past, with autograph sessions and other activities. Even sounds like you’d be able to watch a special workout the players will be doing! This year, due to the economic situation, this one-day event will replace the two-day FriarFests that had taken place for the last three years. In addition, this event will be FREE. Last year, tickets were $5. “But it’s not free!” my dad objects. “There’s the cost of gas, parking, time…” OK, that is true. But just think of those $5 you would save! I’m sure it will be a very fun event, especially since it’s the day before Opening Day.
But I doubt I will be able to go. For one thing, it’s on a Sunday, and we don’t generally venture that far on Sundays. But it is Sunday afternoon…”Didn’t we do that last year?” My dad again. “Do we need to do it again?” OK, it’s not essential to life to go. But there are a bunch of new players, and it’s cool to get some new autographs. Plus, I haven’t been to the ballpark for six months. That’s torture for a fan like me! I need to get out there.
I’m keeping it open. If I get the chance to go, then great, I’ll have a blast. But if we don’t get to go, I’ll be OK with that. It’s just seems like a waste of a great opportunity. I mean, autographs, pictures, meeting famous baseball players, maybe even meeting some fellow baseball fans. We’ll see how it goes.
Also, I wonder how many games I’ll be able to go to this year. I think the Padres are lowering ticket prices in some sections, which will hopefully be a big help. But I guess we’ll have to see. Last year, I went to one game purely on a close friend’s generosity. The other two games we went to were with friends. My whole family together only went to one game. We live about 45 minutes away from downtown San Diego, so it is a big commitment of time and gas to go to a game. We’ve found ways to get out there, though. The Padres will be doing their 2-for-1 days again this year, so maybe we can catch a few of those. They are usually day games where you can get two tickets for the price of one. Still pretty expensive, but better than what it could be. Last year we discovered the “Beach”. It’s an area right beyond the center field field, with sand and bleachers. It’s a really cool place, mostly because it’s field level and you can see the outfielders really closely. You also have the chance of catching a home run, and you can see the bullpen off to the side. Probably the best of all, it’s only $10 per ticket. Not as good as the $5 Park in the Park, but the Beach is much more enjoyable.
So, I guess we’ll just have to see what turns up. Who knows, I might meet Jake Peavy in a chance encounter and he gives me season tickets or something. Well, maybe not, but you know what I mean. I need to get out there a few times this season, and I am confident that a way will be provided for me to catch some games. I especially want to go to a game in the Brewers series at the end of September. But I will be thankful for any games I can go to.
Baseball is soooooo close!! I can’t wait!! GO PADRES!!
As some of you know, I sent one of my entries (Why Trevor?) about Trevor Hoffman to the Padres’ front office last week. Well, I got a reply on Saturday. I was actually pretty impressed because it got there on Thursday, and a reply was written that day. I got it by Saturday. Basically, the reply said that we are all going to miss Trevor, but with him only signing a one-year deal with the Brewers, maybe a deal could be reached next year so Trevor could finish his career here. The letter also said that they hope to see me at PETCO several times this year (you want me out there? How ’bout you send me some tickets!). I don’t know if my letter got into the hands of a guy working in the front office, but I did the best I could. I expressed my opinion to my team.
OK, moving on to the other business I would like to discuss: what else do the Padres need for the team next year? We have at least five starting pitchers, with a few open spots and enough guys to compete for it. Do we need another starting pitcher? I think not. Not unless he’s a minor league guy who would be in the minors for a while.
How ’bout catching? This is one of our biggest needs right now, I think. We have Nick Hundley, who will be doing the majority of the time behind the plate, but I still think we need a veteran who’s been around the majors a bit. Say, a Brad Ausmus. We did pick up a catcher a few weeks back, but I think we should keep him in the minors as a backup.
Infield? Well, we have a lot of guys in the middle infield right now. I think some guys that really proved themselves last season aren’t going to get much of a chance this year. Yeah, I’m thinking about Edgar Gonzalez. With David Eckstein moving into second, Edgar is out of a job. Luis Rodriguez and Chris Burke are supposed to take over shortstop. That leaves quite a few guys without a job. I hope Edgar doesn’t have to go back down, but it looks likely. On our corners though, we’re covered. Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Kouzmanoff. Wow, I haven’t heard much about Kouz lately. But I did hear that his shoulder isn’t doing the best. He’s been struggling with back problems for a long time, but hopefully he will be ready for Spring Training with that shoulder. Get better, Kooooooz!!! But if Kouz is injured, we could move Chase Headley to third and make more room in the outfield.
Which brings us to…the outfield! We have the guys who are pretty much guaranteed a job-Jody Gerut, Brian Giles, and Chase Headley. We also have a guy who is going to get $1 million this year-Scott Hairston. We have a few rookies who want to be on the team and deserve to be-Will Venable and Drew Macias. We have enough guys, but the question is where they will go. I don’t think we need any more outfielders.
And now, the bullpen. We have a lot of pitchers. We have a LOT. We have a closer (Heath Bell), and set-up guy (Chris Britton), a 7th-inning guy (Cla Meredith), and 15 other pitchers who have a chance for the bullpen. But the Padres’ front office lives on pitching, so I wouldn’t be too suprised if we got a few MORE pitchers this offseason.
Bench, maybe. We have guys who could play from the bench. But the Padres might want to get a few guys who are proved to hit well late in the game. Say, a Tony Clark. I don’t know if the Padres would be able to find one, but that would be a great asset for manager Bud Black.
So, in review, I think the Padres need another catcher, and some bench players. We really do have a lot of players who can do well for us, and hopefully they can help over the course of the season. Let’s see how this goes…
I love music. When I’m not listening to my MP3 player, I’m listening to CDs or the radio. In baseball these days, music is a big part of the ballpark experience. Songs are played during BP, in between innings, and before certain players bat. Here are a few songs that, to me, equal baseball when I hear them.
Let’s Get it Started-Black Eyed Peas
This song is usually played during a game when the home team gets a chance to score early in the game. It’s not necessarily early in the game, though. I was at a game where the Padres were behind and they played it with a runner on third and two outs in the bottom of the 8th! It’s a really cool song, and I’ve got it on my MP3 player.
Let’s See How Far We’ve Come-Matchbox Twenty
This song is played during a video the Padres run that has highlights from years past. It’s a great song.
I’m Shipping Up to Boston-Dropkick Murphys
I don’t remember the first time I heard this song, but I think it was in the aftermath of the Red Sox’s World Series win in 2007. Jonathan Paplebon uses it a lot. It’s pretty cool.
Sweet Home Alabama-Lynyrd Skynyrd
This song is played before Jake Peavy’s starts, him being a native Alabamian. Accompanying the song is a video of Jake pitching, playing his guitar, fishing, you know, country-boy stuff. It’s pretty amazing.
Rock and Roll-Gary Glitter (?)
There is some version of this song that the Padres use after a win. I’m not sure exactly what it is, but it always reminds me of the excitement of a win. There’s nothing like hearing it and celebrating after a win at Petco. It’s amazing.
Nothing says San Diego baseball like Trevor Hoffman’s song, Hell’s Bells. Trevor Time is an incredible experience, and this song is a huge part of it. It starts out with the bells, and then into the music, and it’s amazing to watch and hear. Hell’s Bells is Trevor’s song in a Padres uniform. I don’t think he should be allowed to use it if he signs somewhere else, and I definitely don’t think any other player should be allowed take it. Not even Heath Bell.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Of course, we must not forget THE baseball song, Take Me Out to the Ballgame. This song has been around for a long time, and it means a lot to baseball fans. A tradition of the game is the 7th inning stretch and singing this song. I love screaming “PADRES!!!” over the opposing fans. It is so much fun. I love this song!
There are many other songs that I love to hear at the ballpark, like the strikeout song and the home run song, but I don’t know what they are called. These are some of my favorites, what are yours? What songs make you think of baseball when you hear them?
Next year, the Padres will be celebrating their 40th anniversary. It’s pretty amazing that they have been here for so long. There have been a lot of bad years of San Diego baseball, but there have also been a few great ones.
The Padres were a minor league team until they got accepted into the National League in 1968. They made their major league debut in 1969 at San Diego Stadium. In 1974, Ray Kroc bought the Padres, thus preventing them from moving to Washington D.C. In 1982, Tony Gwynn made his major league debut. In 1984, the Padres went to their first World Series, but fell 4 games to 1 against the Tigers. 1998 was very possibly the best year in Padres history. We had a ton of amazing players like Trevor Hoffman, Tony Gwynn, Kevin Brown, Sterling Hitchcock and Greg Vaughn. Trevor got 53 saves in 54 chances that year. WOW. We got to the World Series, but the Yankees swept us in 4. It was an amazing year.
In 2004, we moved to Petco Park. The young Padre Jake Peavy had 15 wins that year. In 2005, we won the NL West. Unfortunately, we got eliminated by the Cardinals in the first round. We also won the West in 2006, but again were foiled by the Cardinals. Cla Meredith, Adrian Gonzalez, and Chris Young had great years.
In 2007, we made it to a one-game playoff against the Rockies, which we lost in 13 innings. And ’08 was bad.
The thing that sticks out the most about the Padres over the years is their inability to do well in the playoffs. We’ve made it to only two World Series and we’ve won 5 championships. The people of San Diego want a world championship. And I see it happening the near future. We will get our World Championship someday.
Meanwhile, it’s going to be a fun celebration of 40 years of Padres baseball next year. I am very excited. The Padres haven’t been that good, but we the people of San Diego have baseball. We have a beautiful ballpark. And sometime soon, we will have a world champion team.