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Looking Forward to the Weekend…

Tomorrow = two words: pitchers and catchers. WHOOOHOOOO!!! We are finally back to baseball! Sure, they are basically just running and streching, but they are running and streching in preparation for baseball. It is so exciting! How many long, hard months have we been waiting for this? Too many. Way too many.

It’s going to be a tough season for me and all Padres fans. I just read a preview for the Padres and 2009 looks very bleak. It was a depressing article, actually. It seems very likely that Jake Peavy will not end the season with us. We’re not going to win that many games with the team we are planning to put on the field. And I mean, VERY depressing article. But I need to have hope that this team will play above expectations. I mean, who thought the Rockies or the Rays would get to where they went? We can win. I know that. I am dying for my team to prove that they are better than what people expect them to be. I am a Padres fan, and proud of it. We may lose a lot of games this year, we might lose our All-Star, CY Young winner and ace Jake Peavy, but I will stand by my team and I will support them through the good, the bad, and the ugly. It just won’t be easy.

But now, here is the most shocking news of all. You all know that I am super excited about tomorrow, and that the Padres’ 2009 season is finally getting started. But…I am not going to be here! *gasp*! No, I will not be in San Diego, and no, I will not be in Arizona (that would be amazing!!), but I will be up in the mountains with a group from my church. We will be serving a group of about 700 teenagers in a camp up there. We serve them all their meals, but we get some time to ourselves to have Bible studies and stuff too. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and I am really looking forward to it. There is two feet of snow up there right now from the storm last weekend, and there’s another storm coming in today. It is going to be very cold. I’m really hoping that we’ll be able to get up there before it starts snowing. It would be a big hassle to try to drive through the snow and everything. I have never been in falling snow in my life, but I have a pretty good feeling that I will be this weekend. It’s going to be very cold, but I am very thankful that we have heated cabins with bathrooms on the inside. It’s going to be an adventure, that’s for sure. So, if any of you think of it, we would really appreciate prayer as we minister to a lot of hurting teenagers, and also safety on the road with the inclement weather.

We’re leaving this afternoon, and we’ll be back on Monday afternoon. Also, if there’s any big news in the baseball world, feel free to leave me a comment so I can catch up on everything when I get back. Of course, you can also just leave a comment saying how much you miss me :) I’m really going to miss blogging and reading all of your blogs! Hey, you could also post links to entries you write so I can definitely read them when I get back! OK, OK, I do want a lot of comments when I get back :) See you Monday! And GO PADRES!!!

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Spring Training Memories

Spring Training is almost here! All 34 Padres pitchers and their six catchers are reporting to Peoria this Saturday, on Valentine’s Day. How sweet. Anyway, as I look ahead to Spring Training 2009, I can’t help but look back at my first Spring Training in 2008.

I was an upset, slightly recovering young Padres fan, SO ready for baseball. The offseason had been long and hard for me, dealing with the reeling blow of Game 163. But finally, finally, Padres baseball was back, and boy was I starving for it. The first game that was on the radio, I locked myself in my room and listened to the entire thing. It was a noon game. It was so great to hear the voices of Ted Leitner, Jerry Coleman, and Andy Masur, to hear them calling some Padres baseball. I remember “noticing” that the pitchers were not quite to mid-season form yet. It was a high-scoring game. But newcomer Jody Gerut had a few hits, as well as Jim Edmonds (ugh). We lost the game like 8-6.

Now, as most of you know, I was really obsessed with the Padres back then. It was bad. I think I listened to like every Spring Training game that month. I would cram all my schoolwork into the morning and then lock myself in my room for the whole game. I don’t think I will be doing that this year. You know, it will be great to hear Padres baseball again, but I don’t need to be listening to every second of the pre-season games.

Anyway, while I was locked in my room listening to baseball, I would knit. It’s great to sit there and listen to the radio, but sometimes you kind of need something to do with your hands. And no, knitting is not just for old women. It’s actually quite hip for teenagers. So, I found this pattern that was relatively simple, and I made this blanket:

IMG_2870.JPGWhat I did was knitted about 45-50 squares and sewed them all together. It kept me busy all month during the games last year.

I think it should be a tradition for me for a while to knit something during Spring Training. I would love to make another one of these blankets, but I don’t know what I would do with it! Plus, the fuzzy yarn is kind of expensive, and that blanket took a lot of yarn! I’m thinking about making pillow covers this year, in that same fuzzy stuff :)

In other Padres news, we traded our number one draft pick from 2004, Matt Bush, to the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named later or cash considerations. I hope we get a good player for him. Good riddance. Bush was a troublemaker, plus he couldn’t succeed as a baseball player. He’s got a great arm, there’s no doubt about that. But he’s abusing his talent. It’s pretty sad, actually. But hopefully the cold air in Toronto will cool him down a bit.

Also, Jake Peavy gave an interview for the first time this offseason. I wasn’t able to listen to it yet, but the article on padres.com was very good. He’s going to be with the Padres for at least a part of this season. It’s great news!

One more note: The Padres’ beat writer, Corey Brock, has re-started his blog. This guy is a great writer, and his entries are very entertaining. Plus, I want his job someday :) Check it out: Who’s your Padre?

GO PADRES!!!

(photo credit: ME!!) 

Patiently Desperate

I’m back! Well, I didn’t go anywhere, but I was so busy enjoying all this rain that I didn’t get to blogging this weekend. It’s been raining since Thursday here, and I think we’re on the third storm right now. It’s been raining so much that even some of the people who love rain are starting to get sick of it. Not me, though. I don’t think I could live in a world that rained constantly, but this is a lot of fun. We haven’t had this great of a rain in a long time. We are getting very well watered. So funny how I was able to write an entry about summer last week!

In baseball news, of course there’s the A-Rod thing. I don’t want to talk about it. Just go read Julia’s letter to Bud Selig and sign it. Oh, A-Rod…

In Padres news, there are going to be 34 pitchers in Spring Training! How exciting. Actually, it is, since pitchers and catchers report THIS WEEKEND!!! I think we’re going to make it!!

Wow, this offseason has actually gone by pretty quickly! It’s amazing. Suddenly, we’re only a few days away from Spring Training. I think it helped that I didn’t keep a countdown this year. Last year I started a countdown the day after Game 163 from like 250 days or so. That was a really long offseason. But this year, I didn’t do a countdown at all and it practically flew by. But the thing that really got me through this offseason was this blog and this blogosphere. I just want to thank all you guys for blogging and commenting all offseason, for supporting me through all the Padres’ tough moves. It was a long, hard offseason for a lot of fans, but we made it. Thank you!!

It’s going to be a very interesting season. I am so excited to see how the Padres can do this year. I hope they can exceed their very low expectations. It’s just going to be amazing to have baseball back. I am very desperate for baseball, but I can wait. It’s almost here :)   

Don’t Trade Jake!!!

Uh oh. Here come more problems for the Padres fan. With the imminent sale of the Cubs, the trade talks for Jake Peavy are heating up again.

The talks during the fall were pretty stressing. First we negotiated with the Braves for a long time. It didn’t go through, though Atlanta was able to put together a fairly good package. Then we started talking with the Cubs. The talks intensified during the winter meetings to the point that it looked absolutely certain that he would be traded by the end of that week. But on the last day, the Cubs backed out.

Things were pretty quiet after that. The club said that they would no longer be shopping Jake, but they said that teams could approach them. So, I think Padres fans have kind of assumed that Jake will be the Opening Day starter. Well, at least I hoped that. But now, with less than three weeks until Spring Training, the talks are starting to pick up again.

Now, I believe we are over our $40 million budget right now. I mean, it’s not easy to built a team on that little. But if we trade Jake, we would shed $11 million. It almost looks like we have no choice but to get rid of him. But we really shouldn’t. Two words: the fans.

We’ve already lost two of our stars, our fan faves in Trevor Hoffman and Khalil Greene. Petco Park has these huge posters of our star players around the outside of the park. We’re already going to have to replace two of them.
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We do not want to have replace three of them. I don’t know who they will replace them with though. We already have an Adrian Gonzalez one somewhere. I think they should put up a Kouz one, and maybe Chris Young. Anyways, as Jen would say, I digress.

Point is, as soon as the Cubs get officially sold, the talks with the Padres will probably pick up big-time. Sounds like the Cubs already have a lot of pieces lined up. This deal could very well get done in the next few weeks. Now that would be plain sad. We need our ace. We NEED him. It would not be fair to him or his family to move him right before Spring Training starts. I just want him to stay. I don’t care if he takes up a lot of our salary. He’s the guy now. The Padres’ biggest star, and the one who will draw the most fans. That’s bad for the front office, though, because Jake only pitches every five days. Oh well. The Padres need this guy, on the field, in the clubhouse, and in the community. We’ve lost a lot this offseason. Stop it, Padres. Keep Jake. Keep your fans coming to the stadium. If you trade Jake, you’re going to be hard-pressed to get a good crowd this year. For the sake of your fans and your players, don’t trade Jake.  

Padres Sign Catcher

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The Padres were going to get catcher Brad Ausmus. But they hemmed and hawed and talked abut signing him for a few months. Then Ausmus finally got tired of waiting for the Padres, so he signed with the Dodgers. Too bad for the Padres. Almost instantly, we signed this dude, Henry Blanco. He played with the Cubs last year, hitting .291 in 58 games. He’s been playing in the majors for 11 years.

He was signed for the main purpose of being a mentor to rookie Nick Hundley. He will also spell Nick every once in a while. Apparently, the Padres GM called up Greg Maddux and asked who would be a good mentor and a good clubhouse guy. Blanco was one of them, I guess. He signed for $750,000.

Now, I know I shouldn’t judge by appearance, but this guy is kind of freaky. He’s got tattoos all over his arms, and he is not that attractive. He is 37, after all. I guess as long as he does extremely well for us, it doesn’t really matter how he looks. I just hope he stays healthy, that the pitchers like him, and that he is a really good mentor to Nick. I hope he can do well for us.

Now, is it Spring Training yet? Well, not quite, but it’s coming up soon. I’m starting to get really excited about this season. I can’t wait to see what the Padres are able to do. Oh, and it looks like we will definitely be able to keep Jake. That’s pretty exciting! Anyways, baseball is coming!

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