What an exciting game. What an exciting series. What an exciting homestand. What an exciting season!
If anyone still doesn’t believe in this team, I don’t know if they ever will. If you don’t believe in this team now, I don’t see how they can do anything less of winning the World Series to get you to say that hey, these guys are for real.
I know that as San Diegians, we’ve been let down time and time before. I understand your hesitation to be quick to jump on the bandwagon. But it’s safe. Trust me. I’ve been on the bandwagon for a long time and we’ve yet to get stuck in the mud. How can you watch this team and have any doubts that they’re for real?
Yesterday’s game was beautiful. First of all, you’ve got a pitching matchup between Clayton Richard and Johan Santana. It was quite the pitcher’s duel. Santana went seven innings, allowing nothing but five hits and five walks. Richard, on the other hand, did allow a run but only four hits and four walks.
That was basically the story, all the way until the bottom of the ninth. You know, it might have seemed like the Padres weren’t going to do anything the whole game, but they don’t just give up then. If you start giving up, hang around just a little bit longer. Maybe they’ll surprise you.
In the bottom of the ninth, with two out and a two-strike count, David Eckstein drove in the tying run. See? Told ya they’d surprise you.
The game went into the extra innings. Both bullpens were solid. Then we got to the bottom of the 11th, which was the big inning of this game.
Tony Gwynn led off with a double. Jon Garland, pinch-hitting, got a bunt down that got Tony out at third. Garland to first.
Jerry Hairston singled, and then Eck got hit-by-pitch to load the bases. That brought up Adrian Gonzalez.
Adrian’s really been heating up over the past week or so. Before that at-bat in the 11th, he had two singles and a triple.
Adrian took a ball, a strike, and a grand slam. Yep, he just sent that ball out to left to win the game, 5-1. It was SOOOO COOL!!!!
What made it even more cool was that we got TWO grand slams in one series. That is just too sweet.
I am so glad that we won this series. I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to the pitching match-up tomorrow: Mat Latos vs. Roy Halladay. It’s going to be so good.
I just have to say a few things about the horrible call by Jim Joyce last night in Armando Galarraga’s almost perfect game. Obviously, it was one of the most terrible calls we’ve had in a long time. The guy completely ruined the highlight of Galarraga’s career. But you see how incredibly remorseful he is about it. He knows. He knows that the guy was out. And he is deeply, deeply sorry about it. I bet he didn’t sleep at all last night, and it looks like he’s been crying for all that time. Sure, it was a terrible call, but there’s nothing he or anyone else can do about it. What Joyce really needs right now is not haters but forgivers. Think about it.
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Jump on the bandwagon, people. These boys are for real. Nothing’s going to stop them.
GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!
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