Once upon a time, some person, probably an ex-Padres fan, donated a poor Padres jersey to a thrift store in San Diego. One day, a young lady, who was a huge Padres fan, went to the thrift store and found said jersey. She looked at the price tag: $6. “Oh, I am so getting this,” she thought to herself.
She wore it to the Padres’ fan day, and also to her first game of the year, two days later. The Padres won the game.
The young lady was not superstitious at all, but just the same, she decided to wear it to her second game of the year. The Padres won again.
We all know that a jersey can’t really control the outcome of a game, but the young lady wore it to her third game of the year anyways. Hey, if it worked for the first two, why change it? The result was the same: A Padres win!
Now the young lady was getting second thoughts about the superstitions stuff. Of course, she wore it to her fourth game of the year. And what do you know, the Padres won!
The young lady now had no doubt at all of the power of the jersey. Before her fifth game of the year, she had a nightmare that she would forget the jersey. On the day of the game, she laid out the jersey on her bed and did not forget it. It’s no surprise that the Padres won that game too.
I present to you all, the incredible six-dollar jersey!
This game was my birthday present from my parents, and my whole family came along. We got to PETCO just after the Dodgers started batting practice. I went over to the Dodgers side and met Emma, who gave me the Padres’ Opening Day cap and a Padres banner. Thanks so much Emma!
We hung out on the Padres side for the rest of batting practice, but no Padres players came out so I didn’t get any autographs, but that’s all right. We went up to our amazing section in the upper deck. I got my 5 for $5 deal, and when I got back to our seats, I found three teenage Dodger fans in the row in front of us. My sister and I became “frienemies” with them. We gave each other a lot of flak for our teams. They were busting on my Padres hard, and it was hilarious. I mean, the Dodgers are statistacally a better team than us, but I think we’re really on the same level. Who won the series at Dodger Stadium two weeks ago? That’s right, the Padres did. Who won the game last night? That’s right, the Padres did.
We had a pretty rowdy section. Lots of Dodgers fans were in the stadium last night. The loudness of their cheering scared me. It almost sounded like they were the home crowd. That only motivated me to cheer harder, of course, as I’m sure it did for a lot of the Padres fans in the crowd.
In the first few innings, the Dodgers fans in our section kept bursting out in “Let’s go Dodgers, let’s go!” Of course, the Padres fans got right into it, screaming “PADRES!” over the Dodgers part. But I mean, they kept doing it! Once it faded out for a while, they would suddenly burst out again! I was like, oh man, are we going to have to do this for the rest of the game? ‘Cause my voice would have been gone by the fifth inning. Thankfully, things calmed down a little in the middle innings.
I knew that Kouz was supposed to make his first start in quite a while last night, but I was so excited when he was really announced. He batted sixth, so I kept waiting for him to be announced. Chase Headley was batting fourth, and when they announced that he was playing left, I was like ohmygoodnessYES!!! Chase has played third in every game that Kouz was out, so I knew that it had to be Kouz at third. I stood up and screamed when Kouz was announced. It was sooo exciting! I even teared up a little. It was sooooo good to have him back!!
Cesar Ramos made his first major league start for the Padres. He allowed a single and a walk to start off the first inning. Then here’s what happened: Andre Either grounds into double play, second baseman David Eckstein to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to shortstop Everth Cabrera to third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff. Rafael Furcal out at 3rd. It was a sweeeeet play, and great to get those two quick outs.
Ramos pitched very well. It seems like he walked a ton of guys, but he only walked three. He only allowed one run on four hits in five innings. He was goooood, for his first start. You could tell that he was nervous in the first. He threw a lot of balls. He had a couple really good innings, but for most of his outing, I didn’t really feel like he was totally on top of things. He started off a lot of batters with balls.
I’d say his best inning was the third. He got two outs before allowing a single and walk. Then Andre Ethier came up and battled against Cesar for 13 pitches. It was a super stressing at-bat. Ethier saw a lot of pitches, and with every foul (he hit seven of them) I was so worried that he was going to totally pound one. But he finally, finally grounded out to Eck to finish the inning. Whew.
In the bottom of the third, Tony Gwynn hit his second major league homer just inside of the right field foul pole. It was so cool to get first blood, and to get our first hit of the game!
On the Dodgers side, Chad Billingsley was excellent. He went six innings, only allowing two runs on two hits. He walked five and struck out five. He really held us down, and it was pretty frustrating.
In the top of the sixth, Orlando Hudson started off the inning with a triple. Andre Either got on when Everth completely botched a ground ball. It was terrible, and he looked so disappointed in himself. The tying run scored.
I’d say that the key of the game was the bottom of the sixth. After one out, Eck and Adrian walked. Chase flew out, but then Will Venable walked to load the bases. My dear Kouz came up and singled to center, driving in the go-ahead run. For some reason, Glenn Hoffman sent the oh-so-slow Adrian in, and he was out. Oh well. The go-ahead run scored, but I really think they should have held Adrian to keep the inning alive. There’s some great arms in the Dodgers outfield, and it’s obviously not a good idea to test them.
The bottom of the seventh was a really great inning too. Nick Hundley walked, and Everth sacrificed him over. Oscar Salazar grounded out, sending Nick to third. Tony Gwynn came up to bat, and the pitcher threw a wild pitch. Nick came home easily. Great execution by my boys. Tony Gwynn stole a base, but Eck grounded out. Oh well.
In one of the later innings, a foul ball went down the left field line. A bunch of fans leaned out to try to grab it, and one of them fell out onto the field. It was pretty funny!
So we went to the ninth inning, and it was major stress time for me. Heath “Always has to make it interesting” Bell was coming in. Thankfully, he was really on. He didn’t even allow a baserunner. He got the heart of the order, too. He struck out Manny looking, Matt Kemp swinging, and Loney swinging. We got the win!
I thought it was so cool that we held down Manny for the whole game. He went 0-for-4 and looked really terrible at the plate. I got the sense that he really didn’t care. I don’t think he got one ball out in left, so he was probably really bored. The Padres have been able to keep Manny down really well this year. I still don’t get why he’s even allowed to play baseball though, or why the Dodgers fans like him so much. Pretty crazy stuff.
At one point in the game, the scoreboard showed a sign that said something like, “Sorry, Dodgers, no champange tonight!” The staduim erupted in cheers. It was sooo sweet. We don’t want to see any team, especially the Dodgers, clinch on our turf. It’s okay, since they’ve got a playoff spot. They can clinch at home this weekend. Not here. Not on our watch.
It was so satisfying to get the win because of all the Dodgers fans there. We had a crowd of 25,318. That’s amazing for a Tuesday night, but I’m sure it was mostly that big because of the Dodgers fans. If it was any other team, we probably would have had 10,000 less people.
The teenagers in front of us were totally demeaning the Padres all night, calling them names like crazy, even to their bitter end. I was like, hello? Look who’s dominating here. Haven’t you been watching this team for the past two months? They’ve been AMAZING!! Well, I guess they’ll get it next year where we play extremely well. I’m so excited for next year. It’s going to be great. The Padres will finally get the recognition and respect they totally deserve. We’ve got something amazing going on here, and I want everyone to see it. It’s frustrating when these people are telling me how terrible my Padres are when they’re doing amazing right in front of their eyes. It almost seems like they’re uneducated. It seems like they haven’t been watching, and so they say what they think they know it right. But it’s not. It would be like me saying that the Yankees are a terrible team just because I haven’t checked on how the Yankees have been doing lately. Do your research, peoples. The Padres have been playing incredibly.
But it was so much fun. I took a lot of flak from the Dodgers fans, but didn’t give much back. I let my boys’ performance on the field do all the talking. And they didn’t let me down. What a great 3-1 win. I really really hope that we get tonight’s game too!
Clayton Richard is pitching tonight. It would be so sweet to get the mini-sweep here. Especially from the Dodgers. Especially in this playoff race here. Man, the Padres only have four games left!! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! So sad. Oh well. At least I’ll have my Red Sox for the next month. GO RED SOX!!
Me and my jersey are 5-0 this year. Isn’t that sweet? Five games and five wins. It’s been a great year. I love my boys so much!!
Ah, it’s so great to be back to blogging after a busy weekend! I’ve got a lot to tell you guys, so hang in there! Lots of interesting stuff happened this weekend…
- Saturday against the Indians: 8-6 Indians
It was a pretty good game from the Padres’ side, actually. Cha Seung Baek started, not allowing a baserunner until he gave up a bunt single in the third. He pitched four innings, giving up two runs on two hits. I think he’s getting a little better. Justin Hampson has been falling apart a bit lately. He gave up four runs on three hits. Arturo Lopez gave up two runs. But the other three pitchers did well.
The hitting highlight of this game was probably outfielder Drew Macias. He had three hits and a great defensive game as well. Cliff Floyd drove in two runs, and Luis Rodriguez had an RBI. I think we did pretty well in this game. Obviously the pitching is still struggling, but I seriously think that the hitters are ready to go. They’ve been in camp for a while, and they are ready. But there are still a lot of roster decisions to be made, so it’s good that some of these guys are getting as many ABs as possible. This half of the Padres lost 8-6.
- Saturday against the Giants: 8-4 Padres
We won half of this split-squad thingy! If you had asked me, I would have said that the team in Peoria would have won, but no. It was the Scottsdale team that came out on top.
Cesar Ramos started the game and threw three scoreless innings. I am very pleased that he had a good outing. He probably won’t make the team out of Spring Training, but he has struggled this spring, so it’s good to see him put up some zeros there. Walter Silva pitched two scoreless innings, which is great! Silva is on loan to the Padres from a team in Mexico, and we’re taking a look at him for as potential starter in the rotation. Thing is, he hurt his ankle and Saturday was his first outing this spring. I am very glad that he pitched well, though! Jae Kuk Ryu and Will Inman each gave up two runs. But otherwise, the pitching did pretty well!
Chase Headley and Nick Hundley each hit a two-run double in this game. Kyle Blanks hit his second homer of the spring, driving in two runs. Very cool. My boy Kevin Kouzmanoff also had two hits. Yay! We seem to hit Matt Cain pretty well. At least lately. When we faced him in a game in September, we killed him, getting like five runs in the bottom of the first. And here again, he gave up five runs to us. Interesting. And so, this half (the better half?) of the Padres won 8-4. Great game!
- Sunday against the Rangers: 10-7 Rangers
Well. Not so great game for my Padres, or should I say, their pitching!!! Let’s see…Wade LeBlanc gave up three runs in two innings, Nick Schmidt gave up six runs without getting an out, and Josh Banks gave up a run. I don’t remember who Josh Banks is. He might have come up to the majors last year, but I’m not sure…oh wait, I remember him now. He must have been in the minor league camp so far. Anyways, Joe Thatcher threw a scoreless inning, even getting three strikeouts around two hits. He still needs to go way down to the minors.
Chad Huffman hit a homer and got three hits. Pete Ciofrone also hit a homer. Chris Snelling (more about him later) had a double and drove in three runs. Brett Dowdy had two hits.
And so, we lost. But it was a great game on the hitting side. If you don’t have good pitching, you don’t win. Jerry Coleman is brilliant.
MY BROTHER’S GAME
So, my brother played his fourth game of the season on Saturday afternoon. It was a great game! Pirates against the Marlins, and the Pirates came out on top, 7-2. First of all, the Marlins pitching was not very good. My brother got on base for the very first time in his baseball career by getting walked on four really wide pitches. So, when he’s in the majors some 12-15 years from now, he can say that he got on base for the first time by getting walked on four pitches. How neat! The reporters will be all over that. Just kidding 🙂
Anyways, in the last inning (which happened to be the fifth), the Marlin’s pitching was going nuts. Strikeout, walk, walk, hit by pitch, hit by pitch, walk, walk. Yeah, pretty crazy. In fact, their pitching gave up nine walk in five innings! But now, the most exciting part (to our family): my brother got hit-by-pitch! But not just any ordinary HBP. He got it with the bases loaded! Now he can tell the reporters when he makes his major league debut that he got his first ever RBI by getting hit-by-pitch from a pitcher who was not very good! And he didn’t get hit badly. I think he got it in the shoulder/upper arm area. It was certainly a little sore the next day, but he was fine. Pretty cool! My mom and I were just sitting there laughing. It was pretty amazing!
WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC
Now, the WBC. Mexico is very close to elimination, but with my Gonzalez boys on that team, they have a chance to get back into this thing. I think it was a really great weekend at Petco Park. Some great games were played. And Team USA is still in it for now.
But now I must have a little rant. About Jake Peavy. Yes, Padres ace and face of the organization is pitching with Team USA right now. He’s had two outings, and he’s given up eight runs in five innings. He’s also given up five walks. I am really worried about him. I feel like he’s pushing himself way too hard way too early. He only had two outings with the Padres before he left. He’s been put into this “playoff” atmosphere, and I know how much pride he has about playing with that USA on his chest. But I really think he is pushing himself too hard. And I’m worried that this will carry over to the season. Last time the WBC came around, Jake gave up three runs in eight innings. That was the year that he got hurt. Can you believe the blow it would be to this Padres team if Jake isn’t in top form this year?? Well, we saw it last year, when Jake was out with that elbow problem. That along with the 22-inning game killed our season. We can’t lose our ace. Not again. So, I hate to say it, but I really hope Jake can get back into camp soon. He really needs to slow it down. Come back to us, Jake!!!!!!!!!!
I just had to share this picture. I mean, is that creepy or what? In the photo caption on MLB.com, it said that Edgar was sharing a laugh with his brother Adrian. Looks more like Edgar is yelling at his younger brother. Poor Adrian, always getting lectured by his older, shorter brother. Just kidding, the Gonzalez brothers have a great relationship. And though I have no doubt that Edgar really was laughing in this picture, I just had to poke fun at him. It is a pretty funny picture!
The Padres signed two players to minor league deals over the weekend: outfielder Chris Snelling and pitcher Duaner Sanchez. Now, the outfielder move is really questionable in my mind. We don’t need another outfielder! Maybe they want him for his bat. But I mean, our outfield is all locked up. We’ve got Jody Gerut in center, Brian Giles in right, and Chase Headley in left. Plus, we’ve got Scott Hairston and Will Venable, who are stellar outfielders. I don’t think we have a place for Snelling, but he sounds like a good player. As for the new pitcher, hey, we need arms that don’t give up ten runs a game. So let’s see if he can pitch!
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Well, the Padres are off today. Tomorrow we will play The Angels Angels in Peoria. GO PADRES!!
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Wow, what a weekend! It was so big that it’s going to take two entries. Wow.
- Saturday: 15-6 A’s
Oh boy. This game was so bad that it was funny. Josh Geer started and gave up two home runs, two doubles, and three runs in the first. In his second inning of work (yeah, they actually gave him another inning after all that!), he gave up another run. So, what’s that? 5-0 Oakland in the second. But it was only the beginning. Only the beginning.
Justin Hampson was able to get through unscathed. The game was passed to Cla Meredith, who threw a scoreless inning. That’s really rare these days from the Padres’ pitching staff. Very impressive. But then Cesar Ramos gave up six runs in 0.2 innings. That’s really great for the young guy, huh? I can’t believe they left him in for that long. Chris Britton had a scoreless inning, but he gave up three walks. Matt Buschmann gave up four runs. What is that now? 14 runs for Oakland. Scott Patterson gave them their 15th. Mark Worrell closed out the game with a scoreless inning. Did you know that he hasn’t given up a run yet this spring? I really like this guy. I hope he makes the Opening Day roster.
So, in case you hadn’t noticed, our pitching is really, REALLY bad. With Friday and Saturday combined, they gave up 28 runs. That’s nasty. Man, it’s just bad right now. And Saturday was the day that I was hoping that we’d have a good game on the pitching side! I mean, most of the guys who threw on that day are the best of the pitching staff right now. I know, it’s still really early in the spring, and we have like four weeks ’til Opening Day. But I don’t understand how these guys could be so solid a week ago and are now falling apart all over the place.
The offense was bad. We scored six runs, sure, but the other team scored 15. Yeah. David Eckstein had a good game, with a double, RBI single, and sac fly. Brian Giles had an RBI single. Will Venable had two hits and drove in a run. Kouz got a hit and an RBI.
You just gotta laugh when the game gets that bad. I mean, the A’s were just pounding out run after run after run. It’s just a Spring Training game, no reason to get upset, might as well just laugh. We were getting killed. You never like to see you team do so miserably, but that game was just funny.
- Sunday: 4-2 Rockies
OK, so what’s up with the Rockies? Once they get to face the Padres’ terrible pitching, they finally get it going and win some games! Figures. I knew they were going to get going soon.
Let’s see…Chris Young…first inning…three runs to Colorado. CY also pitched the second and gave up another run. This was only his third outing, so I guess he can have a bad day. But I am slightly consoled by the fact that he was the only pitcher who gave up runs yesterday. Nick Schmidt, Mike Ekstrom, and Will Inman had scoreless innings. But I am very pleased that Mat Latos had two scoreless innings. That has got to feel great for the young guy. Before yesterday’s outing, he had allowed four runs, three home runs, and six hits in two innings. I am very happy for him.
Offense? Travis Denker and Matt Antonelli drove in our runs. Chris Burke went 2-for-3. Nick Hundley had a triple. That was pretty much it. It wasn’t that great of a day for the Padres.
Today we are playing the Diamondbacks. Hmm, that’s going to be interesting. Cha Seung Baek is starting. He has not been doing well so far, but hopefully he will find his groove soon. Let’s see if we can get a “W” today!