Reason number one why you should not panic about tonight’s 6-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners: it was just the accuracy of their starting pitcher that kept us out of the game.
We did lose to the Mariners tonight, and though it’s a pity that we did, I’m not worried at all. Okay, I guess it is the Mariners and it isn’t surprising that we lost to them, but still. I think this whole winning thing is going to stick around for a while for the Padres.
Seattle’s Jason Vargas was literally dominant. He threw the whole game for goodness sakes, without giving up a run!! Really gotta give him credit for such an amazing outing. And hey, we’ve got Cory Luebke going for us tomorrow, so no problem.
I guess one of the biggest things I’ve learned is how amazing Padres fans are. Really, I’ve met so many amazing people through the Padres over the past few years, and it’s been so much fun to realize that I’m not alone in my love of the Padres. There are many people who bleed Padres blue just like me, and I’ve been privileged to get to know some great Padres fans, whether just by talking online or by meeting in person out at the ballpark. I really think that I wouldn’t have had so many chances to meet some of these people without my blog.
I haven’t been recognized too much by my blog (the Padres organization hasn’t endorsed me or anything yet), but running this blog has made me a better Padres fan than I think I ever would have been without it. I’m not just a fan who watches the games, talks to my friends about it, and then goes on with my life the next day. I have a voice here. I can talk about everything I like and a lot of times, I’ll tell you what I dislike about this team. I don’t know how much I’m impacting the Padres fan community, but at least I’m doing something here. I get the opportunity to be a voice for the fans here.
I don’t know how far the reach of this blog has gone. I don’t know if this is just a cute little blog that people read for fun or if this blog has changed someone’s life because of the sharing of my faith and hope in Jesus Christ. But that’s just the thing. I just don’t know. I never know who I could be reaching.
So to those who have been with me from the very beginning, thank you. I hope this blog has been meaningful to you in some way, even if you’re just entertained by my rants.
The purpose of this blog is not just to give you Padres information; it’s so much bigger. It has to be bigger. This is why: http://kaybee.mlblogs.com/2011/04/23/crazy-for-them-but-they-drive-me-crazy/
The past year has been a blast in terms of Padres baseball. We had such a good season last year, and it was really really sad when we lost the division to the Giants. That really stunk. This season hasn’t been that great, but hey, Anthony Rizzo is here. We should be happy.
Here are some of my favorite blog entries from the past year:
- Doesn’t Get Much Better Than This – July 20, 2010
- Absolutely Unacceptable – July 5, 2010
- To My Dear First-Place Padres – August 30, 2010
- It’s Not Time to Panic Yet, But… – September 24, 2010
- Trevor’s Time To Retire – January 11, 2011
- Heartbreaker – March 24, 2011
- WANTED: A first baseman who doesn’t have an average of .116 – April 22, 2011
- Anthony Rizzo ❤ – June 10, 2011
MLBlogs Latest Leaders List (2008-2011): 44, 30, 21, 25, 24, 31, 23, 22, 36, 29, 31, 31, 21, 19, 15, 17, 21, 19, 22, 18, 10, 11, 11, 10, 10, 6, 5, 7, 5, 5, 4, 5, 4, 5
Latest Leaders in traffic from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010: #8
One really exciting thing this year was my rise in the standings. As you can see, I’ve been steadily making my way up towards to Top Five, and I’ve been in the Top Five for the past six months. I can’t tell you how much that means to me. I mean, when I step back and think that my little blog is the most popular Padres fan blog on MLBlogs.com, and that out of all the fan blogs in MLBlogs, mine ranks in the Top Five, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude.
Thank you to everyone here at MLBlogs, and all my fellow Padres bloggers. You guys are such an inspiration.
Thank you to all my readers. It’s because of you guys that I keep blogging and that I keep ending up in the Top Five. Thank you for all your amazing support over the past three years.
Thank you to all my friends who read this blog. I know you probably think I’m crazy, but thanks for putting up with it anyways 🙂
I’m really excited to see where the next year will take me and my wonderful blog. Let me tell you, it is my abosolute joy to write this blog. I really enjoy writing and hearing from you guys, and of course, cheering for Padres baseball. I love my boys so much!!!
GO PADRES!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY UNFINISHED BUSINESS!!!
P.S. This is a really good excuse to treat yourself to a big slice of chocolate cake…or a root beer float…or a cookie…
We won the series against the Red Sox. We actually did it!
It wasn’t easy, that’s for sure. The whole city of Boston was so upset that it sent four rain delays at us, but we would not be deterred. We still won, albite by a shortend game, and we took the series.
I can’t believe it! Man, if that doesn’t give you hope for this Padres team, I don’t know what will. I thought for sure that we would be creamed. The Red Sox were a really, really tough team to beat, but those last-place Padres did it.
TAKE THAT, ADRIAN “I WANT TO SWEEP THEM” GONZALEZ.
It does feel really good to go into the Red Sox’ home stadium and sweep them, especially because they have Adrian now. But guess what, Boston? We have ANTHONY RIZZO.
Naturally, Adrian had eight hits in the series, including going 4-for-4 today.
But all our guys did an amazing job in this series. Clayton Richard threw a great game today, finally earning his third win of the season.
These are my boys. This is what we’ve been looking for all year. Let’s keep this up, guys!!
P.S. Tomorrow is my blog’s third birthday!! So excited!!
The Rockies have always been such pests to the Padres, and Troy Tulowitzki is the worst of it all.
But who cares about today’s game right now. ANTHONY RIZZO IS GOING TO BE IN TOMORROW’S LINEUP AGAINST THE NATIONALS!!!!! I’m so excited. I was never really one who was on the bandwagon to get him called up, but I was one who considered Brad Hawpe to be someone who was thinking he was playing on the opposing team he was so bad. And even though I’m not so sure that I like him in right field, I am so glad that Rizzo is going to be coming up and helping us out. I’m sure everyone knows the numbers on this guy so far, he definitely deserves this call-up and I think all Padres fans are really excited to see him up here.
Welcome to the Major Leagues, Anthony.
I know we’ve gotta be careful, though, to not put the weight of winning the NL West title on this kid. It’s going to be great to have him up here, but I don’t think that he’ll be able to carry the entire team on his shoulders. I do hope that he will make an impact though.
Anyway, today’s game stunk because Tulowitzki hit a two-run double off of Heath Bell to ruin any chance for us to win the game and the series. I do not appreciate Troy Tulowitzki and anything that he does against the Padres. He even got hit in the hand in the first inning and it didn’t deter him at all from leaving the game and sparing us his brutality. I do not appreciate him AT ALL.
But whatever. Now we get to play the Nationals and RIZZO IS COMING IN!!! WHOO HOOO!!! I’m really, really excited about this timing because I’m going to Friday’s game so I’ll get to see him!! It won’t be his major league debut, but it’ll still be really great to see him out there and hopefully he will get some big hits.
We won! It was a simple, but amazing game.
Tim Stauffer was probably the story. He threw eight innings of shut-out ball without even breaking a sweat (97 pitches). He only allowed four hits and one walk, but had eight strikeouts. That was a quality performance for sure, congrats on a great game Stauff.
Let me tell you, I have been so impressed with Tim over the past few years. He’s struggled a lot in his career, but he’s really stepped up his game and contributed in a big way to this team. He’s been on the Padres for a long time (a REALLY long time), but I really appreciate how he’s stuck around and been a big part of this team.
It took us a while, but we finally backed him offensively in the fifth. With two outs, Kyle Phillips singled. He went to second on a wild pitch from Ubaldo Jimenez, and scored on Alberto Gonzalez’ single. Stauff really was doing everything tonight, as he then singled for the second time in the game to drive in our second and final run of the game. Tim was 2-for-2 on the night.
Heath Bell got his 17th save of the year. He naturally had to allow a hit to make things interesting, but he got out of it and we kept the shutout.
Chase Headley did not get a hit, snapping his 16-game hitting streak. Nice run, Chase.
I’m liking the way the Padres are playing right now. We did lose last night, but we rebounded and got the win tonight. Hopefully we can get out there and get the win in the rubber game tomorrow.
On a side note, Kevin Kouzmanoff was sent down to Triple-A by the A’s. *GASP.* I will be writing more about this tomorrow, but as I’m sure you know, I am not happy about it.
Check out the new digs!! I’m so excited and so far, really pleased with MLBlogs.com’s new setup. WordPress is definitely a 1000 times better than Movable Type, so I can’t wait to make my blog a lot better with all WordPress has to offer.
This is going to be great. Welcome back to Unfinished Business, and as always, GO PADRES!!!!!