A Tribute to Trevor…Yes, ANOTHER One
I’m sorry. I can’t help it. In the Latest Leaders, I got #31. And I’m going to do something kind of radical this time (unless you want to learn about Robert Woodard again…I didn’t think so. Besides, I just brilliantly figured out that #31 is retired for the Padres. I could dedicate this to him, but…). So, in a warped version of Jimmy’s tradition, I dedicate my #31 ranking to #51, baseball’s all-time saves leader, forever a Padre, Trevor Hoffman.
*Sniff sniff* OK, Kaybee, pull yourself together.
Trevor, you’re really a Brewer. I mean, I’ve known for months that you will be in THAT uniform, but to see you there, it’s tough, man. Not having you in Peoria is really hard. I only experienced one Spring Training that you were in. But it was really neat to hear you pitch in Spring Training 2008, after that long hard offseason of dwelling on Game 163. It was so great for you to get out there and pitch some scoreless innings.
This year, you are certainly doing your own thing. I mean, you’re not even with the team as they go play their games! If you were still with the Padres, would you do the same thing? Pitch bullpens instead of pitching in the actual games? Stay behind in Peoria while we went to play other teams? I guess we won’t find out until next year, when you sign with the Padres again (*cough* *cough* hint hint).
It’s been so different here without you. There’s definitely something missing from the clubhouse, but I think the guys have accepted that you aren’t going to be there all season. That’s really tough, but they gotta accept it. It’s no use dwelling on the past, on what could have been. What happened isn’t going to change. The guys have got to move on, and so do the fans.
That’s going to be really hard. I don’t think we will really be able to say good-bye until the Padres have a save situation for the first time in the regular season. Normally (because Trevor Time is normal; it’s what we’re used to), we stand in anticipation after the last out in the bottom of the eighth. The bells start. BONG. BONG. BONG. We smile, starting to scream and jump around as the all-time saves leader, the Padre, trots out of the bullpen. But this time, we will stand, waiting for the bells, and they will never come. No, this time Heath Bell will come lumbering out of the bullpen. Instead of the leg kick, we will watch the arm-slinging. Heath is cowboy-style: big, lumbering, jerky, and fast. You are all style, very smooth. Leg way up, glove to your chest, then arms spreading out as your leg comes down and you push off, smoothly releasing the ball towards home plate. Soft thud in the catcher’s glove as the bat totally misses that deceptive change-up.
We will miss Trevor Time. That will probably be the hardest to deal with. But you know what we will also miss? We will miss YOU, not just as a pitcher, but as a person. We won’t get to watch you warm up during BP, we won’t be able to try to get your autograph. We won’t see you wandering in the streets of San Diego with your wife and kids. We won’t get to see your boys playing around in the ballpark. We won’t get to see you doing all the wonderful work in the community that you’ve been doing for so long. We won’t get to read your insightful quotes in the newspaper, we won’t get to read about your humorous exploits (the ball cart in BP…LOL). Oh, sure, we can read about the stuff you do with the Brewers, but it’s no where near the same. I have no doubt that you and the Padres will meet sometime this year, whether it be in Spring Training, Petco Park, or Milwaukee. I have a feeling that you will pitch against the Padres sometime this year, and it’s going to be hard. But if you come out to close a game against the Padres in Petco, you are going to get a wonderful ovation.
Trevor, it’s going to be a long season. There will be many moments where we say, “I wish Trevor were here” or “Trevor would have been able to save that game”. It’s going to be hard. It will be so bittersweet to see you in the Brewers uniform. We know that you will do very well for the Brewers, and we wish you all the best. But we can’t help but think that you could be doing that in the Padres uniform. You are San Diego, man. We will miss your humor, your class, your kindness, your presence.
But we are holding on to the hope that you will come back to San Diego next year. We’re CLINGING to that hope. And until you say otherwise, we will expect that you are coming back. You wanted to be here this year. You gave San Diego the chance to bring you back. But you had to move on, so you went to the Brewers. We miss you so much, Trevor. I can’t believe you’re gone! But we want to see you in the Padres uniform again next year. After a whole season without you, we want to relieve the pain. We want you to end your amazing career here in San Diego. We want our star closer back. We want the All-Time Saves Leader back in San Diego. And we’re clinging to the hope that that will happen. We love you, Trevor!
Thank you so much to all my readers for getting me to where I am. Without you guys, this blog had no purpose. So thank you so much for reading about Padres baseball, and I’m looking forward to covering the Padres all season! THANK YOU!!
(photo credit: ESPN.com)
You gotta love Trevor, I was hoping he would of came to an agreement to pitch in Chavez Ravine this season. Good luck this season. See ya at the games 🙂 Keep on posting, you do a fantastic job!…..http://bleednblue.mlblogs.com/
I just checked out the Brewer’s website, and Trevor is pitching for them today against the Rockies. Waaaaa!!!
Don’t cry, Kaybee!!!!!! This is too sad!!!!!! Remember your support group is still here for you.
Beautiful dedication! Hang in there! Dry those tears! We are here if you need us!
Don’t worry Trevor is still a true Padre. I’ll join the support group if you want me to.
Trevor’s awesome. You can never say too much about him!
sigh…. you have to get over those guys… Like when Piazza left, it hurts, but move on………………………..
As Jane said, always think of your support group! We are here for you! Beautiful dedication to Trevor– really, it’s great. I hope you can will him to come back.
Kaybee, it was a great dedication to Hoffy. I certainly miss him A LOT like you. Dude, I can’t help it either! It has been stuck in my head ever since I heard the news. But let’s think this way. He’s going to do fine and I’m hoping that he’s going to return to San Diego someday!
Congrats on the recent success Kaybee. Trevor may be wearing a Brewers Uniform on Opening Day, but he will be wearing a Padre uniform again when he is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame!
Trevor Hoffman is the man. I remember heckling him in the bullpen once at a Pirates game in Pittsburgh, and he just kinda smiled at us, it was a good time.
And those shirts sell for that cheap because they’re damaged, somehow. On the K-Rod one I got, the number was just a tad off center, but you can hardly even tell. The other ones might’ve just had a little tiny spot on them somewhere, definitely worth 3 bucks. haha.
I feel your sadness, you might remember we lost a stellar pitcher, actually two of them? Those two may not have had the legacy that Hoffman did, but still were big losses. I’ve always been a fan of Hoffman. I’m a fan of consistency. Good luck to your Padres this year, we’ll take great care of TH!
Hi, Kaybee …
Nice dedication post in honor of Trevor Hoffman !!! … Maybe one day he will be back with the Padres, but you have brought him back for all baseball fans to read about with this dedication in his honor !!! …
Also, Heath Bell had a great pitching performance for Team USA in their game against the New York Yankees the other day … Bell in his one inning of work, struck out the side vs. the Yankees in the 7th inning of Team USA’s 6-5 victory over the Yanks !!! … So, Heath Bell looks like he will be very effective out of the bullpen for the Padres this season !!!
Kaybee, “Congratulations” on your #31 ranking on the latest “Leader’s List”; and, thanks for mentioning my name in your above post !!!
— Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”