Khalil Greene, shortstop, was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for two pitchers on Thursday, December 4, 2008.
Khalil, San Diego has loved having you here. You are a great player. You don’t get too emotional, but we love that about you. You’ve been with Padres for your entire baseball career, 6 years. The Padres drafted you in 2002. You came up all the way through the Padres system, making your major league debut in 2003. You were there when we won two straight pennants. You played in game 163, and you almost made it through 2008. 2007 was so exciting. You had a wonderful year, one that earned you the Padres’ MVP honor. But I don’t know what happened this year. You went into a huge slump, but know that we were rallying you all the way. After every homer that you hit, we always said, “Maybe this is the one that will break him out of the slump.” We wanted you to succeed so badly. The thing we’ve probably loved most about you is your defense. Some of your plays will go down in the Padres highlight reel forever. You are absolutely stellar over at shortstop. I love watching you play there. It was a joy to witness those incredible plays.
Khalil, thank you so much for your 6 years with the Padres. We’ve loved having you here. Though it is time for you to move on, I am glad that you had some great years here. I’ll be keeping track of you through the internet. And I’ll miss you a lot, Khalil. NO ONE can replace you. Have fun in St. Louis!