I had a great Christmas, and I hope all of you did too. Well, the Padres didn’t give their fans a big present like a CC Sabathia or anything, but they did sign a few players on Christmas Eve. We signed right-handed pitchers Kevin Correia, Chris Britton, and Oneli Perez to minor league contracts. We also signed catcher Eliezer Alonzo, and gave a one-year contract to shortstop/second baseman Luis Rodriguez. Now, I’m really excited about Correia. I don’t know why, but he seems like an interesting player. He will get a shot at the rotation in Spring Training. Britton also looks very interesting. He is most likely to compete for a spot in the bullpen. But this catcher, Alonzo, I’m not so excited about. He sounds like he would be a good player up here, and it sounds like he might very well be the backup catcher to Nick Hundley. Alonzo’s been around for three years, but I still think a Brad Ausmus would be better. He’s been in the majors for 15 years, he lives in San Diego, and he did play for the Padres for 5 years at the beginning of his career. I guess the most disappointing thing about this is that the Padres are being very cheap. We have no choice, but I would like them to at least make the effort of signing a guy that a lot of people have heard of. Brad Ausmus isn’t a Jason Varitek, but he at least is fairly well known. And he’s a great player. Not to say that Alonzo isn’t, but I think Aumus’ reputation as a player would be better for San Diego.
So, I was downtown on Christmas Eve, and I got to see Petco Park from the Coronado Bridge. I really, really, really miss baseball. I can’t wait to catch a few games at Petco next year. I can’t wait to see how the team develops, what they’re going to do. I can’t wait for baseball!
San Diego is so beautiful 🙂