Your San Diego Padres played their first game of 2011 today against the Seattle Mariners.
It was the annual charity game, a game played the same time each year against the same team. We didn’t win, but man, we were playing baseball. It was about time.
It was actually a pretty good game by first-game-of-the-year standards. A bunch of guys pitched, and bunch of guys got hits and scored runs.
Some highlights included Nick Hundley, who had two hits and drove in five runs. One of those hits was a grand slam, which at the time, pulled us in front of Seattle for an 8-7 lead. It was so sweet.
Brad Hawpe, Chase Headley, and Luis Durango had two hits each, which is great.
On the pitching side, it’s no surprise that we gave up 13 runs. Tim Staffer threw 1.2 innings and gave up five runs. Cory Luebke and Luke Gregerson got some time in, and a whole bunch of other guys too.
It was really sad because we had a 12-10 lead in the top of the ninth, but the Mariners hit a two-run homer and tied the game. Former Padre Josh Bard hit a single in the top of the 10th to win the game. Oh well.
It’s the first game of the spring. I’m just soooooo excited that we’re back. We’ve got so much to prove, but we’ve got so much potential.
I haven’t heard any baseball since October 3rd. That awful day when we weren’t quite able to defeat the Giants. It’s been a long offseason, but I’m just so happy that it’s over. It’s over. We’re back. I kept very busy during that little break, and now we’re back to normal. I’m so excited about this upcoming season. So so so so so excited. It’s going to be an amazing year.