So, how’s this front office doing so far? If any of you read my blog a year ago, during that awful offseason, you know that I was really, really upset with the front office. It was not pretty. I was ripping into them almost every day, mostly because of the horrible Trevor Hoffman separation, which I really hope doesn’t happen with LT. That situation with Trevor was handled terribly by the front office. It was embarrassing, in fact. Oh my goodness, it was just really bad.
So I was not happy with John Moores and Kevin Towers and Sandy Alderson at this point. It felt like we were under a dictatorship that didn’t care about the fans, like at all. You have no idea how happy I was when I found out that Jeff Moorad was going to buy the club. I was also very happy when Towers got fired and we hired Jed Hoyer. At that point, anything was better than what we had before. It didn’t really matter if these guys turned out to be worse; we just needed something new.
And so far, I like what I see.
Of course, I don’t agree with the Kevin Kouzmanoff trade, but you know what, things are changing for the good. I think that the fact that things are changing is a great sign for the future of this organization. We haven’t been as big as some teams in the free-agent market this offseason, but we’ve made some big moves, like the signings of Jerry Hairston and Jon Garland, and soon, hopefully Yorvit Torrealba. These aren’t the biggest names, but they’re fairly well-known, and as a fan, it’s really exciting to actually recognize the names of these players!
One thing that I’ve really noticed is the use of the “SD” logo a lot more. I remember reading an article where Jeff Moorad said that he wanted to use the logo a lot more and make SD a thing like LA. I don’t know why, but I’m always really thrilled when I see an “SD” used on the website and stuff ’cause it’s got Jeff Moorad written all over it. It’s also exciting because he said that he wanted to use it more and now they are. That shows that they’re really going through with what they said they were going to do.
Like in the FanFest information, I noticed this line: “Wear your Padres blue to show your SD pride and win prizes.” Very interesting.
By the way, the FanFest is going to be a fantastic event this year. It’s been pretty good is years past, but this is going to be huge. That’s another thing that the front office is really doing well on. It’s going to be an amazing day, and it’s for free too! I’m really, really excited 🙂
The front office is doing great. They’re making changes, generating excitement among the fans, and hopefully, building a World-Series-caliber team.
Last week I went to Sports Authority, and guess what I found? A $120 Padres jersey on clearance for $10!!! I was sooo happy!! I love a deal 🙂
Oh yeah, so we’re supposed to sign Yorvit Torrealba sometime soon. I wanted the Padres to get this guy a while back. I don’t remember exactly when it was, but I thought he would be a good fit here. I remember that last year he was like a Padres killer. It was most annoying. Hopefully we will be able to get this guy locked up soon. I think he will be a great mentor to Nick Hundley, and also a great asset behind the plate.
Dude, it’s seriously less than two weeks until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training! I can’t WAIT!! I miss baseball so much right now. I can’t wait for those long summer nights listening to some great Padres baseball. And this is going to be a great year, I’m sure of it. We probably won’t get anywhere, with San Diego’s luck, but hey, as long as we play some great ball, I’m sure it’ll be a great season. Stupid Chargers.
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First off, I am super pumped and excited about the huge feature on the front page of MLBlogs for me and my blog. It was after the game yesterday afternoon when I randomly checked the front page, and it totally shocked me. And I mean shocked. I’ve been the featured blog before, but this was just amazing! Thanks so much to all you guys for reading and supporting me as I blog about these tough Padres. You guys are amazing. I’m just thankful that God’s given me the ability to write and that I can be in this great community of baseball fans. Thank you!
Yesterday, the Padres did not do too well. I had the radio on for almost the entire game, but I really didn’t catch much of it mostly because I was chatting with Jeff Moorad (more on that later).
Kevin Correia started, giving up three runs in five innings. The big blast was a two-run homer to Chris Iannetta. The bullpen wasn’t that great. Cla Meredith gave up three runs. Arturo Lopez made his major league debut and didn’t get an out. Luis Perdomo and Edwin Moreno pitched well, but the damage was done by then.
On the offensive side, all you can say is Aaron Cook and Adrian Gonzalez. Cook absolutely shut us down. He basically didn’t allow anything until the seventh. Adrian hit a solo homer, then Henry Blanco hit a two-runner later in the inning. In the eighth, Adrian hit his second homer of the day, this time a two-run shot. We got within two runs, but we lost 7-5.
With his eighth and ninth homers of the season yesterday, Adrian broke the Padres record for homers in April. But that doesn’t matter to him, since they didn’t win the game.
And yes, we were wearing the sand uniforms. I tried to warn them!! Those things need to be burned. Incinerated. Pulverized. Destroyed!!
Yesterday afternoon, Jeff Moorad particiapated in an online chat with a bunch of fans. I was one of them. I submitted nine questions and five of them got answered, so that was pretty cool. Jeff talked with the fans for an hour, which surprised me. Last time I did a chat, it was with Chase Headley and he did only half an hour.
Jeff got a lot of good questions, and he answered them pretty well. It was a lot of fun to participate in! But they didn’t give him my question about getting Trevor back…
My favorite part of the chat:
peavy44fan: Do you think the Padres could win the World Series?
j_moorad: I won’t rest until we do.
I love that about him. He’s totally commited to bringing a World Series to San Diego. It’s very cool. Here’s the chat trascript if you would like to read it: Padres CEO Moorad chats with fans
It was a sad day for Padres baseball since we lost the game and the series to the Rockies, but we’re still in second place, only 2.5 games behind. It just amazes me that we can be so bad, play so terribly, and still be doing very well in the division. That’s the NL West for you. Colorado took the series from us, but they are still at the bottom of the NL West and still 2.5 games behind us. Crazy…
But now we are going to play the division-leading Dodgers for four games at Dodger Stadium. Maybe we can overtake them! Haha. That would be pretty cool, though. We have to get a series split at least. Tonight Josh Geer is pitching against James McDonald.
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It was a crazy game! Shawn Hill started and gave up nine runs in the first two innings. It looks like he’s going to be in the rotation, but I’m not sure if I really want him there. Luke Gregerson threw two solid innings, which is good. Heath Bell came into the ninth to save the game. He got a couple outs, but he allowed a single and stolen base. With the tying run at third, I think he got a full count on the last batter of the game. The hitter took a called strike to end the game. Heath was obviously not the best, but he got out of the inning.
The hitters did pretty well. They were behind badly, but they were able to get a few runs. Eliezar Alfonso and Brian Giles each hit a homer. Adrian Gonzalez had three hits. Jody Gerut had two hits. Some of the younger guys were really good. There was this one hitter on the other team, the Phillies, who was huge! He looked like he belongs in the next division. He just killed us. But our hitters did very well. They were able to get seven runs in the bottom of the sixth, though that fell seven runs short. Oh well. But it was a pretty cool game!
I mean, you win some, and you lose some. It was great to get that win after a great weekend, but we severed a five game winning streak! Let’s just hope we can get back on track as the season starts and goes on!
So, I was doing a little research on the Padres’ new owner, Jeff Moorad. Apparently he has a lot of new plans for the Padres. Very interesting…Petco Park is certainly going to be very different with him in control. First of, he loved carousels when he was a kid. As a result, he thinks the Friar Faithful would like to have some carousels around the park.
Of course, you would have to pay to go on one of these.
His menu improvements seem like they would be pretty drastic as well. He’s been in Arizona for a while, so I think he’s picked up some weird ideas from there. For example, he thinks that San Diego fans would appreciate special food like THIS
But the best part is that Moorad believes that this guy needs to be back in a Padres uniform next year:
Now that makes me like Moorad, no matter what weird ideas he has!!
Today we are the playing the White Sox…probably. Chris Young might be starting. Who knows if the game will start at 1:05? Maybe we will win!
I hope you all have a great day! Haha!
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Yesterday the San Diego Padres announced that Jeff Moorad and his partners bought about a third of the club. Moorad is now the CEO of the Padres, replacing Sandy Alderson. Moorad will eventually gain full control of the Padres. He has five years to finish the deal.
In the press conference at Petco Park yesterday afternoon, Moorad thanked Bud Selig. He also spoke about his goals for the team in the future.
“The challenge for us, much like it was in Arizona when I arrived, is to figure out the fix that not only fixes things here as soon as possible, but fixes it for the long term,” Moorad said. “Our goal is to win consistently. To maintain a successful club that has a chance to win year in and year out.
“It doesn’t happen overnight. The change will take some time. But I can assure you we’re going to invest in the future and invest in ways that we think make sense to build this organization so that it can win over time.” (quotes from the article on padres.com)
Moorad decribed the Padres as “a jewel of a franchise” and that we play in “a winnable division”. “…my goal is to build a consistently winning organization that has a chance to compete for a World Series year in and year out, and I believe that’s attainable.” I love this guy already! He’s going to do great things for this club. This is so exciting!
So, congrats to Jeff Moorad and the Padres organization. I can’t wait to see how Moorad helps this club. Celebrate, O San Diego fans! We have hope!
Today the Padres are playing the Oakland A’s. Jake Peavy will be starting, and I really hope he has a good outing. Then Shawn Hill will pitch. It will be a really interesting game.
Tomorrow is my ten-year-old brother’s seventh game. Nice and early, too…I’ll be getting up at six. The Pirates’ record is 4-2. They actually have a really good team! I am so excited to score the game and watch some baseball!
Today is not my day. I lost my entry once and erased part of it another time! I’d better save it quickly before I have to re-write anything again! But I’m sure it will be a good day.
I hope you all have a great one!
GO PADRES AND PIRATES!!
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Where will the Padres be in five years?
Last night I met with a group of girls, and our leader asked us where we saw ourselves in five years. That got me thinking: where will the Padres be in five years?
Well, the big Padres news of the day is that Jeff Moorad is “awfully close” to buying a third of the Padres. The deal may go down as soon as this afternoon! Moorad’s group will have five years to buy the rest of the Padres. So, five years from now, which will be 2014, Moorad will probably be announcing that he’s bought the last share of the Padres. There will be rejoicing in the streets of downtown San Diego.
But it’s really interesting to think about, isn’t it? Will the Padres have a World Series by then?
How will the Padres be doing? Will they be losing 100 games at a regular rate, or was there a miraculous turnaround in 2009 (hint hint) and they went from worst to first? What will the NL West be like?
Who knows with the crazy NL West? In five years, Manny might (should) be retired. In five years, all these young prospects will be taking over the teams. All of the teams in the NL West have a lot of excellent prospects. We’re starting to see some of these guys in the Majors. In five years, all of these teams will probably be ruled by the young guys.
What will MLB be like by then? Will there be any change in the whole steroid situation? Will they start punishing players, making stricter testing? Will Bud Selig still be the commish?
Will I still be running this blog by then? I’ll be in college, so I might not be posting as much. But who knows how long this blog will even be here, you know. It’s gotta end someday, but I wonder how long I’ll be able to keep it up. Of course, I would love to do it for the rest of my life, but who knows what will come up.
Five years…five new World Champions…five seasons of baseball…so much could happen in five years. I see my Padres with a new owner, a new philosophy, and being highly competitive. With all the young prospects up here, we will be a solid team. A threat even. I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict (though I hate predictions) that my Padres will get a World Series sometime in the next five years. There it is.
Where do you see your team in five years?
Yesterday the Padres aquired pitcher Eulogio De La Cruz from the Marlins for cash considerations. Seems like a pretty good move. We need arms, we need pitching that can do well. Right now, I think the rotation will be Jake Peavy, Chris Young, Walter Silva, Shawn Hill, and Kevin Correia. I’d say just get Baek out of there. He’s been doing horrible.
Yesterday we lost 8-4. Kevin Correia allowed six runs. Cla Meredith hasn’t given up a run yet this spring (YES!!). Henry Blanco had a homer. David Eckstein went 3-for-3. Adrian Gonzalez had two hits.
Today we are off. Tomorrow we are playing the A’s. Our country boy Jake Peavy will be starting, followed by newly signed Shawn Hill. I’m excited to hear Jake pitch again. It’s been a long time!!
I can’t believe Opening Day is so soon! I mean, Jake will start again on Wednesday, I think, and then his next start will be Opening Day! And of course, the day before Opening Day is Fan Day!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHH!! It’s going to be here before I know it, seriously.
In some exciting news, I am going to get to go to a Padres game with my brother’s baseball team! It’s in May, and we’re thinking about getting field level seats! We can get a great discount, so that would be so much fun. I can’t wait! It’s going to be great to get out there and watch a game.
My ten-year-old brother had a game last night. I didn’t get to watch it, but I wish I had. My brother got an infield hit, and then the ball got thrown past first or something and he ended up at third. The next batter drove him in! I knew he would get his first hit when I wasn’t there! But they won 10-something, and my brother got the game ball! I’m so excited for him, and I’ll definitely be out there for his next game on Saturday morning!
Hope you all have a great day!
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Yesterday, the Padres announced that current owner John Moores has agreed to sell the team to Jeff Moorad. Moorad will only buy one-third of it for now, but over the course of five or so years, he will eventually get majority control. Moores will stay in an ownership postion until Moorad takes full control. Moorad will become the CEO once the deal gets done. Current CEO Sandy Alderson will then step down.
This is pretty much the best Padres news we’ve had this off-season. Like I’ve said before, a new owner equals new hope for Padres fans. We now have a new person who is gaining control. He will do things differently from Moores. He will have different and hopefully better ways of doing things. The way he helped the Diamondbacks was amazing. I mean, he could really help us out of this pit. I truly think that with him here, we will eventually get our payroll up, and that we will have a winning ballclub here. Within five years, I think we will be very competitive. We’re going to be building from bottom up. Our best prospects are starting to come up. As the years go on, more and more of our highest prospects are going to be coming up here and making a difference. This is so exciting!
And I do want to give credit to John Moores, Sandy Alderson, and Kevin Towers, though. Moores did a lot for this club, some good, some bad. He got us into Petco Park, and that was huge. But he drove Trevor out of San Diego. That was not good. But these guys did a lot for the Padres, though everything fell apart at the end. Moores will still be around the organization, but Alderson will be stepping down. I don’t know what KT will be doing, but he will probably stick around for a while.
Most Padres seem very happy about this. I know I am. Some of them are wary because Moores will still be around, but this is just great. We are taking a big step in the right direction. I am very excited. Padres fans have hope for the future. It’s going to be great!
I got #36 today in the Latest Leaders. I don’t think I’ll be able to find a prominent Padres player who had 36…so I dedicate it to whoever wears 36 in our minor league system! Haha, I’ll do more research on that…
(Photo credit: padres.com)
Today the Padres have confirmed that Jeff Moorad is in exclusive negotiations with them to buy the team. Moorad is a former player agent, and until yesterday, he was the chief executive officer of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He actually resigned from that job to fully pursue the Padres. The Padres said that if anything gets done here, it will be done in the first quarter of 2009.
This is really exciting. From the article on padres.com, I get the sense that this guy really wants the Padres. And that’s pretty exciting. He looks like he’s ready to buy this team and make it better. And it really looks like the deal’s going to get done.
It is exciting, to have the hope of a new guy, someone who was in control of the Diamondbacks when they got good. Apparently, this guy really helped Arizona out of their debt. “…the D-Backs now find themselves on much more sturdy financial footing than they faced nearly five years ago.” If that’s what this guy is about, I’d say we could be like that in five years or so. It’s pretty cool. I think this guy can do great things for the organization.
If he does anything, he will bring hope to the San Diego Padres fans. We will have a new fire when we go to the ballpark, knowing that we might get better in the next few years. The cloud has been lifted over the ballpark. If this deal gets done, we won’t be under the dreary ownership of the Moores family anymore. We’ll have a new, exciting owner who knows how to win. I’m excited. Even though it’s literally raining here in San Diego, the sunlight’s already peeking through. With this new owner comes hope. We Padres fans need that.