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My Opening Day Adventure

Padres pitcher Edison Volquez, who started Thursday's game against the Dodgers. (Photo credit Kaity Bergquist)

Opening Day is magical. When you’re in the ballpark. But when you spend over an hour looking for parking and dealing with horrible traffic before the game, it was hard to settle down and enjoy. But thankfully, we did.

Word to the wise: if there’s a 4:05 Opening Day start, you should probably leave for the ballpark around 8 a.m.

So that was miserable. We missed all of the pre-game festivities. We were sort of able to see the flyover, and we did see Jerry Coleman throw out the first pitch. But that was it.

We were also in the nosebleeds of the nosebleeds, and there were some very unpleasant Dodgers fans up there. Right behind us was a group that was extrememly loud and obnoxious for the entire game. It was miserable having to endure them the whole time. I do not appreciate the fans who come in here and think that this is their stadium, and that they can say whatever they want and insult people as much as they want. There was one guy who was literally insulting Padres fans for the entire last half hour of the game.

Thankfully, Colleen and I are going to be sitting in a classier section for tonight’s game.

The game itself was not good. I was really impressed with Edinson Volquez for the first three innings. He was spot on. But then he suddenly lost it in the fourth inning and walked in two runs. I was not happy.

Though this is a new season, I felt like I was watching last year’s team. Weak offense, somewhat strong pitching with a lot of weak moments, and pathetic defense. We had three errors. None of those helped the cause at all.

We only had five hits in the game. Cameron Maybin had two, one of which was a two-run homer. Jesus Guzman had one, and then the pitcher and a pinch-hitter each had one. That was it. None of our “big” players had any hits at all. Not that we really have any big players, but guys like Chase Headley, Nick Hundley, Orlando Hudson and Chris Denorfia did not contribute.

Hundley did have two exceptional defensive plays, though. In that fourth inning where Volquez was busy having a meltdown, Nick was able to get an out at the plate with the bases loaded. That was HUGE. He also caught a critcal runner stealing.

Pitcher Anthony Bass did well in relief, but Brad Brach did not. He allowed two runs in the eighth. Ernesto Frieri was also okay, but he’s soooo slow.

So overall, a very disappointing game with the 5-3 loss. Not what we were hoping for, that’s for sure. Hopefully we will be able to turn things around tonight.

GO PADRES!

The Eve of Opening Day

Tickets for Opening Day!

There are a million cliches about Opening Day that I  could probably use in this post. Things like the playing field is level (in terms of standings), everyone is in first place, anything can happen, it’s a clean slate. All of them look forward to the future, to the long season, but ultimately, to the playoffs. The playoffs and then the World Series is the ultimate goal, and the journey starts tomorrow.

From my perspective, it is really a new slate for the boys. We have a new team. We lost so many solid guys over the offseason, and now we have a patchwork of players who aren’t proven. Yet. Tomorrow it begins.

I’m excited. It’s against the Dodgers, which adds a whole new level of intensity to any game. But put Opening Day on top of that…man, it’s going to be intense.

I’m excited beyond belief. Getting to wear my new Padres jersey, to hang out at Petco Park, to be apart of all of the festivities and to watch a game of Padres baseball. It doesn’t get much better than this.

GO PADRES!

P.S. I will be tweeting quite a lot tomorrow: @kaitybergquist 

One week until Opening Day!

(mistycabal/Flickr.com)

We are officially one week away from Opening Day. Padres vs. Dodgers. Petco Park. 4:05 first pitch. Be there.

Well, hopefully a lot of you will be there – the game is sold out. Thankfully, I have tickets for the game, and I am so excited because it’ll be my first time at Opening Day.

It’ll also mark the beginning of my sixth season as a Padres fan. Sixth! It doesn’t even feel like it’s been that long.

I feel like the team is in a lot of tumult right now. Our ownership is up in the air. We lost some good players over the offseason. Nobody really knows where any team will stand when we’re here at the beginning, but I feel like we REALLY won’t know how the Padres are going to do. We never do.

We’ve actually done very well this spring training, though. We’re 18-12 right now, which isn’t a bad record for games that don’t matter. I feel like our offense has been pretty strong. I’m SO excited to see how we do next week though. SO excited.

It’s been too long since we’ve had regular season baseball. I can’t wait.

On a small side note (okay not that small), I was at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges State conference last weekend and won first place in the sports competition. It was pretty sweet. We had to cover a women’s lacrosse game between Occidental College and Allegeheny College. I had never watched a lacrosse game in my life, and pretty much didn’t know any of the rules. There were about 60 writers in the competition.

We watched the game, had a press conference, got on a bus and drove back to the hotel, and then had an hour to write the story. I didn’t feel like I had done particularly well or terribly, and I ended up winning first place. So I’m pretty much the best community college sports writer in the STATE. So exciting!

GO PADRES!

Beginning of the End

We just got swept by the Dodgers. Which really stinks, but what stinks even more is that we got swept the series before that too, by the Diamondbacks. Not good at all.

Seven game losing streak. It hasn’t been a good season by a long shot, but a streak like this is annoying anyways. At least we had been getting in a win every few games consistently. But losing so many in a row? That’s rough, man.

And now we enter the month of the NL West. We are literally playing teams from our division every game in September EXCEPT for the last series of the season, which is against the Cubs of all people.

We’re coming down to the end, folks. Some might be relieved. For me, I’ll be glad to see the end of the season and the start of hopefully a better team next year. But I’ll miss my boys a lot. Football is great and all, but nothing compares to Padres baseball. And really, this season hasn’t been too hard on me at all. Sure, we were in the basement all season, but like I said, we were able to win at least one game in every series pretty consistently, and that made things easier.

But we’ve still got some game left. Starting with this Friday, when Kevin Kouzmanoff and the Rockies are coming to town. Yours truly will be in the stands near third base, drooling over that fine third baseman. So excited. I can’t wait to see my boy and take a ridiculous amount of pictures of him. The Rockies haven’t been doing so hot lately either, so maybe my boys will have a chance. GO KOUZ!!

GO PADRES!!!

It’s all Brad Hawpe’s fault…

When a baseball team is going as bad as the Padres are, you just have to have something to blame it all on.

I blame it on Brad Hawpe.

I guess it’s not entirely his fault, but everywhere I turn, he seems to be messing up here and there and helping us lose. It’s pretty frustrating.

In yesterday’s game, Mat Latos started and stunk. But of course, Hawpe helped out a lot. With two outs in the top of the second, he made a fielding error that cost us two runs right away, and then three more later in the inning. Way to go buddy.

Long, depressing story short, we lost 7-0. And yes, Brad Hawpe did ground into a double play to end the game.

I know that the whole team is in a bad slump, with the exception of most of the pitchers, but seriously. We need to get something going here. Of course, Tommy Hanson, who started the game for the Braves, had 10 strikeouts.

Right now, we have a collective team batting average of .208.We have struck out 213 times, which leads the majors. We also have the worst record in the majors at 9-16. We really, truly are detestable.

Well, we do have an off-day today, so maybe that will help things. Then we get to limp into LA and get creamed by the Dodgers. Can’t wait.

GO PADRES!!!!!

Back on Track

You know that hitting thing that I was talking about yesterday?

Well, my boys found their bats today in the third game against the Dodgers.

With the series already won by LA, we needed today’s game to avoid the sweep. The Dodgers started off with a run scored by T-Gwynn Jr. (of course) in the first. We didn’t score until the third inning, where we got an RBI single from Jorge Cantu.

Then Ryan Ludwick hit a huge solo homer in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead 2-1. We kept the lead for the rest of the game.

In the bottom of the sixth, Nick Hundley hit a two-run homer. In the bottom of the seventh, Cameron Maybin homered. It was sweet.

We won 7-2. Starting pitcher Aaron Harang got his second win. Nick Hundley was 1-for-2 with two walks and two RBIs.

It was such a good game! We really needed that win. And best of all, we were hitting really well!

I’m really excited about the boys. This next series against the Reds is going to be great. I’m going to the game on Tuesday…SOOOOOO EXCITED!!!! I can’t wait to see my boys in person. I almost never get to see them live, so it’s going to be amazingly fun. Can’t wait!!

GO PADRES!!!!

What a Mess…

We are not hitting.

That, my friends, is not good.

We just lost two games to the Dodgers in which we had a total of 15 hits with two runs.

It is not good.

If we hit the slump later in the season, we’d be okay. But slumping this early in the season? It’s nothing but bad news. 

You gotta start out hot. We sort of did, and I guess we still might be. But I do have to say that the past two games are worrying me a bit.

Friday’s game was a disaster. It had like four rain delays, and the game was finally postponed to Saturday. Then, of all people, Tony Gwynn Jr., who is now on the Dodgers, drove in the tie-breaking run. I seriously can’t believe it. I got a horrible feeling when I heard T-Gwynn announced in the 11th that he was going to do something big against us. Just like the end of the season in 2007. Man. I think I liked him better when he was playing for us.

This whole series is just turning out to be a nightmare. Saturday’s game stunk because we were shutout the whole thing. The Dodgers took it 4-0. It was so sad because of course, we rallied in the bottom of the ninth with single, single, walk with two outs. But then Cam Maybin hit a ball right to the third baseman, and Chase Headley ran into the third baseman for the final out. Way to go Chase.

So now the Dodgers have won the series. Last night/today’s game definitely has messed us up. Blech.

I hope that we can find our bats again soon. We need them. At least Mat Latos is coming back on Monday.

GO PADRES!!!! BEAT LA!!!!