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.
(photo credits: mlb.com, padres.com)
Well. Let’s just say that the players were anxious to get back to San Diego, so they weren’t fully concentrated on the game. We lost to the Mariners 18-3. Yeah. Chris Young threw 3.2 innings and gave up nine runs on nine hits with four walks. Not very good, but of course he was thinking about getting back to his wife and daughter. Scott Hairston hit a homer, though.
Last night, some of the Padres played their Double-A team. The Missions came out on top 7-3. It was not the best game for the Padres, but Kouz had two hits!!
I don’t think I’m going to have the time to blog this weekend, which means that my next entry will be a report on the Fan Day! As you all know, I super excited along with Hyun Young and Jen. I am really excited about getting to go downtown.
I am pretty much obsessed with downtown San Diego. I love just going anywhere near it. I love even going down the highway towards it! We went to a party in La Jolla last week, and we went part of the way that we go downtown. I was pretty excited! Kind of weird, I know. But I LOVE downtown!
I’m sure that the majority of my love for downtown San Diego is because of this:
I LOVE PETCO PARK!!! That place is my favorite place to be. I absolutely love this ballpark. It’s so beautiful! And it’s in downtown San Diego. I live about 45 minutes from downtown, so I’m not used to all the buildings. But I love it! I love how crowded, how busy it is. I love the towering buildings.
I am so obsessed with downtown San Diego. Like I said, I love just going anywhere near it. And on Sunday, I have the extreme privilege of going to the place that I dream about: the gorgeous Petco Park. I haven’t been there in about seven months. I miss that place, and I am so excited that I get to go to Petco Park. It’s going to be so much fun just to be there! I’m going to take so many pictures it won’t be funny. Thankfully, I have room for 1000 pictures on my camera 🙂
I was born in a hospital near downtown San Diego, so I think that’s where part of my extreme love and loyalty for the city comes. I loooooooove San Diego!!!!
Tonight we are playing the Angels at Petco Park in the first of two games in the So-Cal exhibition games. I can’t believe we’re going to be in Petco!! Very exciting!!
(photo credits: farm4.static.flicker.com, history.sandiego.edu, cityinsights.com)
What a weekend! I’ve got a lot of catching up to do, but boy is it worth it! Let me just say this: hope is in the air for the Padres!
- Friday: 5-2 Padres
What a great game! Jake Peavy started for the Padres, and as I hoped, he had an excellent outing. He went six innings, allowing two hits and striking out seven. This was definitely the best outing of any pitcher this spring. Newcomer Shawn Hill threw one good inning, but then gave up two homers to Nomar Garciaparra and Jack Cust. I think Hill will do well for us. Edwin Moreno took the ninth, striking out two and inducing a fly ball to center to finish the game.
Scott Hairston was the man of the hour on the offensive side. In the fourth inning, he hit a gigantic three-run homer. In the sixth, he hit another blast, this time a solo. This guy is incredible. I can’t wait to see the impact he makes on the club this season. Kevin Kouzmanoff drove in a run, and Jody Gerut had two hits.
You can’t say enough about Jake Peavy. I mean, he looked so sharp! He did incredibly well on Friday night. This performance proves that we can’t trade him. He hasn’t given up a run in Cactus League play. I think he’s ready. I think he’s been ready for a long time! I don’t know what went wrong in the WBC, but I think it had to do with the pressure to perform and the playoff atmosphere.
So far, it is obvious that he has suffered no ill effects on the WBC. He will start again on Wednesday, and then will be in perfect place to start Opening Day. We just can’t trade this guy. Padres fans are only going to come out to see him. He’s going to have a great season. If the Padres trade this stud, who’s going to go out to the ballpark? We need this guy. He’s incredible.
- Saturday: 11-10 Padres
This game was crazy. It looked really hopeless from the very beginning, but my boys chipped their way to a victory.
Chris Young started, giving up six runs on seven hits before getting an out. He was not very good. We were losing 9-1 by the middle of the second. Cesar Ramos allowed three runs in his 2.1 innings. Justin Hampson had two solid innings. Arturo Lopez, Luke Gregerson, and Greg Burke had solid innings.
Adrian Gonzalez, Chase Headley, and Emil Brown each had a homer. Chase had four hits, including an RBI in the eighth to tie the game at ten. Jody Gerut and Nick Hundley each had two hits. Luis Rodriguez had three hits. Edgar Gonzalez had three hits. In the bottom of the ninth, runner on second, Edgar came to the plate and hit a crisp single to drive the runner in. It was a great walk-off win for my Padres. We did so well! We chipped away until we came out on top. I have hope for this team!
- Sunday: 7-3 Padres
Cha Seung Baek started and did OK. Better than usual, maybe. He threw 3.1 innings, giving up two runs on five hits. He then left the game with a strained flexor tendon. Oneli Perez gave up one run, but the other four relievers did very well.
We got two runs in the second and four runs in the fourth. We played small ball, driving in guys with singles. No player had more than one hit. But it was a really good offensive game. We kept adding on, lots of singles. We won our third game in a row!
So how ’bout them Padres, huh? They are doing great! The pitching is still average, but the offense is on fire. It’s about time that they are winning! I just hope that it carries into the season.
One week until Opening Day! I am so excited! It will be great to have some meaningful baseball!
My brother played his seventh game on Saturday morning. It was a really great game. The Pirates were down 4-2, but they rallied back to take an 8-4 lead. In the bottom of the sixth, the other team (the Red Sox) got three runs, but the Pirates were able to hold on and win the game 8-7. It got kind of stressing there in that last inning, but what a relief it was to win the game! The Pirates are now 5-2. They’ve won five in a row!
One of the weird aspects of the game was that the umpires were told to expand the strike zone. We didn’t know about it, so when the ump was calling strikes on balls that were about three inches from the ground, some of the parents were going nuts. It was pretty crazy for the whole game. The kids had to adjust their hitting. I really wasn’t sure what a strike was, and I don’t know if the umpire was either. He was not that consistent in his calls. Hmmm…
The roster is starting to shape up. I don’t think I want to cover all of it right now, but the big move is that we traded infielder Chris Burke to the Mariners for cash considerations. Luis Rodriguez is going to be our Opening Day starter at shortstop. This move makes it very likely that Everth Cabrera, our Rule 5 draft pick, will make the roster. He has not played above Single-A, so this would be a learning experience for him. He’s got a great arm and a lot of potential. His glove is good too, but he hasn’t had the best defensive spring. I think he would be a good asset for us to have at the major league level.
It will be a very interesting week to see how the roster shapes up. And maybe we can win some more games!
As you all know, Hyun Young, Jen, and I are going to the Padres Fan Day this Sunday. I think it would be really cool if we could somehow advertise our blogs while we’re there. My brilliant idea (haha) is printing out a sign and putting it on my bag or whatever. I’ve ruled out the idea of writing my blog name and URL on a t-shirt because I’m going to be wearing my Padres jersey. If any of you creative minds come up with something, please let me know!
Today we are playing the Indians (Again? No way! I think we’ve played them the most of any team this spring!). Kevin Correia will be starting as my Padres look to continue their winning streak!
(photo credit: majorleagueblog.net)
The game yesterday wasn’t the best. We lost to the Angels 10-5. Ugh. Cha Seung Baek gave up nine runs. I don’t think we want him as the third starter. At least I certainly don’t! Adrian Gonzalez got his first homer of the spring, so that was good. But yeah. Just another spring loss.
What I really want to write about is a book I just read, called Bases Loaded: The Inside Story of the Steroid Era in Baseball by the Central Figure in the Mitchell Report by Kirk Radomski. The only reason I picked up this book was because it was new in the baseball section at my library, and it’s really rare to get a new baseball book in there. But it also looked interesting, and I decided that I needed to be better informed about this steroid problem that is sweeping baseball.
I have to admit that I haven’t really been interested in the whole Mitchell Report and all the hearings with Rodger Clemens and all that. I’m just a fan, and all I really care about is watching my Padres play some good baseball. If it was one of my players being accused like that, I would definitely be more interested, but it’s not like that. This book was captivating. I read it in about 5-6 hours over the course of two days. I am a pretty fast reader, but that’s still impressive.
Kirk Radomski was a batboy and then a clubhouse attendant for the New York Mets. He was really into bodybuilding and nutrition, so when the players started asking questions about their diets and what vitamins they should be taking and stuff, he would help them. It was natural to him to do whatever the players asked. When some of them started getting interested in steroids, he would get some for them. To him, it was just like getting some vitamins or running an errand for them. Just getting steroids for a player turned into a huge operation of supplying the majority of baseball with steroids and ultimately human growth hormone. When he was finally caught, he was the first breakthrough for the people working on the Mitchell Report. He supplied them with thousands of checks from the players and trainers who had bought from him. He also supplied them with a huge list of names.
This book is fascinating. What’s incredible to me is that he was able to supply players with juice for so long and nobody ever stopped him. With great storytelling, this book is a breeze to read through. At least, it was for me. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to look at baseball the same. I hate to think that any of my Padres have been or are taking juice, but I’m sure it’s happening. This guy is brilliant in terms of nutrition and the effect of steriods and HGH. He can tell when a player is juicing, and even what he is using by just looking at him. It’s pretty incredible.
This book isn’t for all baseball fans, but if you’re interested in the “steroid era”, I would highly recommend it. But if you’re not really that interested, there are better baseball books to read.
I am very excited that the Brewer’s A-Z ballpark guide is FINALLY up. I’ve been checking it everyday for days, and now it’s finally here! The reason I wanted it so badly was so I could get the Brewer’s fanmail address and send some of my tributes to Trevor. So, that will be fun to work on! I doubt that he will reply, but maybe he will read them.
I am also REALLY excited about the Fan Day!! Naturally, I’ve been thinking, planning, and daydreaming about it for the last 24 hours. It’s going to be sooooo much fun!!
Today the Padres are playing the Indians. Wow, how many times have we played the Indians? I think this is the third time this spring!!
- CF Jody Gerut
- 2B David Eckstein
- RF Brian Giles
- 1B Adrian Gonzalez
- DH Cliff Floyd
- LF Chase Headley
- 3B Edgar Gonzalez
- C Henry Blanco
- SS Luis Rodriguez
Kevin Correia will be starting. Heath Bell will also pitch. Let’s see how the rotation candidate will do today. Maybe he won’t give up that many runs!!
Have a great day!
(photo credit: nydailynews.com)
To my dearest father:
Dad, as you know, the Padres are having their Fan Day on Sunday, April 5, 2009 from noon to 4pm. As you also know, I would really really really like to go. But you have seemed kind of hesitant in making a decision about us going, so I decided to help convince you.
Wasn’t last year so much fun? We got to see the clubhouse, the dugout, and we even got to walk on the field. You don’t get that opportunity every day!
Let me start off by reminding you that last year we had to pay $5 per ticket. This time, there is no fee to get in, as in, it’s free! Of course, you say that it’s not really free, because we have to pay for gas and parking and time. But just think of the $5 you are saving! If we had to pay to get in, it would be a much more expensive trip!
There will be players and coaches signing autographs at this event. The Padres have a lot of young, upcoming players on the team this year. If I’m able to get their autographs, I promise that if this economic situation gets so bad that we’re desperate for money, I will consider giving up the autogrpahs to sell so we can get some food. Hopefully the economic situation won’t get that bad for a few years, so that these young players are famous by then. (Of course, if the economic situation gets that bad, nobody will be wanting to buy any autographs, but moving on…)
And yes, of course the Fan Fest will be trying to wrestle money from us in other ways. We can eat before so we don’t have to buy any food. And we don’t even have to go into the Padres’ Annual Garage Sale with game-used jerseys and batting helmets, even though the proceeds benefit the Padres Foundation for Children. I have enough Padres shirts. So, we can avoid those “tourist traps” at all costs.
This year, we would get to watch a special team workout. The players will be getting in last-minute shape for Opening Day, which will be the next day. I mean, how often do you get a chance to watch the players workout? Hey – maybe you can get some ideas to help condition my brothers better for baseball this year!
How long has it been since I was at the ballpark? Let’s see…about seven months! After that long, hard offseason, I think I need to get out the ballpark, see the new players on this team, and talk with other baseball fans. It’s been so long since I’ve been out to the ballpark, and I think I need to get out there to renew my hope for our Padres. I’ve been sitting here all offseason blogging about these Padres. I think it’s time to go to the scene, to get the scoop live. Plus, I need to interact with other baseball fans. Another Padres blogger here, Hyun Young, is going. It would be really neat to meet her and talk about our Padres!
Of course, all my friends here at the blogosphere would love for me to go, too. We all pull for each other in stuff like this, and they all know how much I suffered in the offseason. I know they would love to see pictures and hear how my Padres are doing. Check out this great support I’ve recieved:
I hope you get to fanfest! – Julia
I hope you get to Fanfest! – Melissa (wow, Julia and Melissa are thinking the same thing!)
I hope you get to go to Fanfest, Kaybee. I bet you will. Then you’ll have great pix and posts to share with us! – Jane
Hope you have fun at the fanfest! – Bob (that’s the spirit, Bob!)
The fanfest sounds delightfully fun. Convince your parents, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the 2009 Padres in person! – Caroline
I’m sure Fan Day would be a lot of fun! – Sue
Hopefully you can get to Fan day, I’m sure you’d have a ton of fun. – Canuck
I hope you can go Kaybee! – Julia
I really hope you can go the Fan Fest! It would be great to meet you in person. – Hyun Young
I hope you get to go. There’s nothing like meeting players and hanging out with baseball fans. – Jen
And Dad, if you say no, I’ll be OK with that. Of course, I will be disappointed, and maybe a little upset, but whatever you say goes. I know the timing is a little inconvenient because it’s a Sunday and the first one of the month at that. I understand if you feel that we should be sticking around at church to help out. Of course, we could get there a little late. We don’t need to be there right at 12. But if you say no, let’s just plan early for next year’s fan fest.
It just seem like a waste of a great opportunity. I mean, autographs, getting close to the players, having fun with other Padres fans, heading out to Petco Park. FREE! It would be so much fun! But as I said, it’s not the end of the world of you say no.
Oh, and Dad – the Fan Day is in two weeks. We don’t have much time left to decide!
I love you! Your dear doting darling daughter,
(photo credits: tree hugger.com, istockphoto.com)
First off, quick recap of yesterday’s game against the Cubs: Kevin Correia gave up four runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings. Kyle Blanks hit a two-run homer. As you can see, the pitching did pretty well. The attendance of the game was 13, 162. That sets a new Spring Training record! Well, that’s enough of that game.
This morning I got up at six to go watch my brother’s 8:30am game. It stayed overcast almost the entire morning, which was really nice. I just had to share this picture with you guys. Of the four fields in the park, only the one we were playing on had this:
The game went really well. I kept score again, and though I felt kind of discombulated at places, I got through it and got the final score right! The Pirates got three runs in the bottom of the first to set the tone of the game. They got four more in the third. The Rays (who were the best team in the league), scored seven runs over the course of the third, fourth, and fifth innings, but the Pirates scored two in the bottom of the fourth and won the game, 9-7.
Looking back, it was a really crazy game. The Rays were pretty good, but we sure beat them up. They gave us nine walks in five innings! It was a wild game, but the Pirates were able to hand the Rays their first loss of the season. My brother did well. He hit a ball into fair territory for the first time, though he hit it to the pitcher. He was getting a lot of good swings, and I think he’s getting there. He also walked. This Pirates team is on a three-game winning streak. I might add that I started scoring the games on that first win, and I have scored the next two as well. Uh oh…I’m not going to be able to make it to their next game! Haha. Of course, me being there has absolutely no effect on the outcome of the game. I can pretend, though 🙂
The next part of the day was going to my other brother’s baseball game. To avoid any confusion, I have two younger brothers: one is ten, and one is seven. The games I have been talking about up to this point have all been the ten-year-old brother’s games. Now here’s where is gets a little confusing. Both of my brother’s teams are the Pirates. But they are in separate divisions.
Now I am talking about the seven-year-old brother’s game. They play against a pitching machine, and this was their second game. In the last game, the boys couldn’t hit it at all. They lost 2-0. But afterwards, it was discovered that the machine was six feet closer than it was supposed to be. So this time, with the pitching machine in it’s proper place, the boys did much better. They hit so well! Let’s just say that the final score was about 23-7 Pirates. I wasn’t scoring, so I don’t know the exact score, but it was somewhere in that range. The other team’s fielders weren’t that great, so almost every hit was going past, under, or around a fielder. Apparently there wasn’t much of a mercy rule. But I was very excited for my brother, who got two hits and scored a run. I think a lot of the boys were discouraged after the last game, so it was great to see them all go out and have a wonderful game. I really enjoyed watching it!
Now, the major-league Padres. The Padres got some horrible news yesterday: pitcher Mark Worrell is out for the year. I was listening to the game yesterday, and when Andy Masur told us the news, I just groaned. This is terrible news for the Padres. We aquired Worrell from the St. Louis Cardinals in the Khalil Greene trade along with a player to be named later. Worrell was almost guaranteed a spot in the bullpen. He did very well this spring, giving up two runs in 4.1 innings. Then he got some elbow soreness eariler in the week. He’s going to undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. Remember, this is the guy with the funky side-arm delivery. Apparently that weird delivery caught up to him. This is a huge blow to the Padres. Our pitching has been doing bad enough as it is, and to lose this guy now is devistating. So, Kevin Towers will continue his search for more arms, and we’re definitely going to see some new pitchers in camp soon.
The third baseball game I observed today was the Padres-Giants game this afternoon. I got a lot of baseball in today! It was a pretty bad game. We had a 2-1 lead until the sixth. Then the Giants got nine runs. Walter Silva started the game, going four innings, giving up two hits and a run. I am really impressed with his guy. He can pitch, man. I think he’s going to be in our rotation. He was definitely the highlight of the game. Our newly signed pitcher, Duaner Sanchez, had a solid inning. Enter Jae Kuk Ryu. How’s eight runs for a day’s work? And he only got one out in all that. He hasn’t been the best this spring. Arturo Lopez gave up a run. Naturally, Joe Thatcher gave up two runs. WHY is he still here???
David Eckstein had a great day, getting three hits in three at-bats. Drew Macias hit his third home run of the spring. My boy Kevin Kouzmanoff had two hits and got hit-by-pitch. Yay Kouz!
Tomorrow we are playing the Diamondbacks, Josh Geer vs. Dan Haren. Let’s see if this pitching can do good things for once.
After my brothers both won, I thought, “Hey, it’s the Padres’ turn!” They didn’t get the memo, though. Oh well. Not to alarm anyone, (it’s only Spring Training!!!), but the Padres haven’t won since Wednesday, March 11, in the exhibition game against Team Korea. Wow, that was a long time ago. Just saying…a win would be really nice.
Jake Peavy was going to start USA’s game tomorrow, but Roy Oswalt is starting instead. Roy is one of Jake’s closet friends and hunting buddies, so Jake’s cool with it. Did you that they got to start against each other on Opening Day last year? Jake definitely came out on top on the pitching side, and he even got a couple knocks off his buddy and drove in a few runs. What a great opening week that was. Seemed so hopeful, and look where our season went. Whew. Anyways, I am thankful that Jake isn’t pitching because I don’t want him to get hurt 🙂
Last night I listened to the last eight minutes of the San Diego State – Kansas State basketball game. OK, the only reason I did it was because a friend was at the game, and I wanted to be informed. I don’t know much about baseketball (it’s too fast-paced for me), but it was really interesting to listen to. Padres broadcaster Ted Leitner called the game, so it was cool to hear him in his other job. One thing I noticed about the broadcast was the drastic change when the game is controlled by the clock. Ted didn’t have time to talk about anything but what was going on in the game right then. During a Padres game, the guys have a ton of time to talk about anything and everything around calling the game. Much more relaxed in baseball. Anyway, the San Diego State Aztecs won 70-52. It was a really great game for SDSU. I didn’t completely understand what was going on, but it was a very well played game. The energy coming from the crowd of 5100 was amazing!
Well, have a great rest of your weekend, everybody!
(phote credit: me)
I just want to give out a HUGE thank you to all the people who participated in the support group that met for me today at Tom’s blog: http://rockymountainway.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/01/mlblogs_first_ever_support_gro.html
In case you didn’t know, I’m dealing with Trevor Hoffman loss syndrome right now. These people decided that I needed help, so they got together to tell their stories of players they’ve lost, and to help me through this time. That really meant a lot to me, and your stories really touched me and showed me that I’m not alone in this. Well, I knew that before, but this was a big help. You guys are amazing! We’ve got an incredible group of people here. Wow. I feel so great, you guys. Trevor’s gone, but I’ll be able to deal with it. This gathering made me laugh, it made me cry, and I feel so great right now. You guys are amazing, so thanks again!! Thank you so much to Tom, Jane, Julia, Elizabeth, Jen, Emily, Hyun Young, Homer and Happy. You guys totally made my day, if not my week. So, in an expression of my gratitude, please enjoy these beautiful flowers (Tom LOL):