Also, Jan. 16 was the two-year anniversary of his trade from the Padres to the Oakland A’s. That was such a sad day. I can’t believe it’s been two years already. Thankfully, I did get to go see him in August when he was with the Rockies. That was the coolest game ever.
I’m just happy that my boy is still in baseball and still doing the best he can. He hasn’t had an easy career, that’s for sure, but he’s fighting hard. I love him 🙂
Unfortunately, the Padres won’t be playing the Royals in Interleague this season, so I won’t get to see him at all. But hopefully next year, when he gets traded back to the Padres. Right Padres? Right. Sounds good.
Anthony Rizzo was traded to the Cubs today for pitcher Andrew Cashner and Minor League outfielder Kyung-Min Na.
#RizzoMania was obviously very short-lived.
I’m sure a lot of us knew that Rizzo was headed out the door, especially when the rumors were flying right after Mat Latos’ trade. I really didn’t expect him to be on the Padres’ Opening Day roster, and what do you know, he’s not going to be. Oh well.
I did get really excited when he got called up earlier in the year. I was actually bordering on Kevin Kouzmanoff-like excitement about him, but when he didn’t do that well, it wore off. He’s really young, really cute, but I think he got called up too early. He wasn’t ready for it. But we don’t have to worry about him anymore, I guess.
But something that is interesting about this trade is the fact that Rizzo is going to Chicago, where Jed Hoyer and Jed McLeod are now. McLeod was the one who drafted Rizzo to the Red Sox. Hoyer then traded Adrian Gonzalez for him last year, and now he’s bringing him to the Cubs. Hoyer obviously wants Rizzo wherever he is.
This Cashner guy is a pitcher who has started, but the Padres seem to want him as a reliever at the start. He was injured for most of last season. The Padres always seem to get a lot of those.
Hopefully this trade will work out well for the Padres, though I don’t think we got the better side of the deal.
2011 is officially over, and 2012 has begun. With that comes a new beginning to the San Diego Padres season. We’ve said our goodbyes to Heath Bell, Jed Hoyer and Mat Latos, and we’ve welcomed Huston Street, Carlos Quentin, Edinson Volquez and of course, Mark Kotsay. There still might be some moves to be made, but it’s time to put the business aside and get down to the game.
We are about three months away from Opening Day.
As usual, I look ahead to the season with excitement, but also a lot of questions.
Are we going to hit? Is our rotation going to be okay? How’s the bullpen going to pan out? Will we still have Anthony Rizzo by the start of the season? And when will the Padres sign Kevin Kouzmanoff already? (He’s currently a free agent.)
Truth is, I have no idea how this team is going to look on Opening Day. I have a good idea of what players will be there, but there are a lot of new guys. I don’t know how well the team will play together or how strong of a team we’ll be.
I don’t think we’re going to do exceptionally well, but we might not do terribly either. It’s all up in the air right now. This year’s team is already looking a ton different from last year’s team.
As always, it’s going to be an adventure.
I got to see Kevin Kouzmanoff yesterday. After two years, I got to see the player who means the most to me in all of baseball. I got to see my all-time favorite baseball player here in San Diego. It was fantastic.
At about 5 p.m. last night, I was sitting in the bleachers when Colorado Rockies players started streaming out of the visitor dugout. I hustled over to the third base side of the field to see none other than Kouz.
It was so much fun to watch him. Though I didn’t get to interact with him at all, it was so much fun to see him there, to watch him play again. To see his beautiful smile. I’ve really missed him a lot.
Though I wasn’t paying much attention, the game went really badly. We had eight hits and no runs. The Rockies had seven hits and three runs. It stunk. Will Venable made a horrible error that was actually ruled a triple, but it cost us the game, so it should have been called an error. Even without the error though, the Padres’ offense was nowhere to be seen.
Kouz went 0-for-4. He got on base in the top of the ninth on a force out. Defensively, he allowed made one really great play, but the throw wasn’t in time to first base. He was not happy about that one. But it didn’t matter (like the Padres could actually score a run).
We lost 3-0, which added another loss to our eight-game losing streak.
After the game was the Friday night fireworks. I thought it was going to be kind of pathetic, but they weren’t kidding when they called it “Friday Night Fireworks Spectacular.” It was a legitimately good show! It would have been more fun if the Padres had won, but it was very cool anyways.
I can’t tell you how cool it was to see my baby again. I’m so thankful that he’s back in the NL West. Last night was a wonderful birthday present.
I LOVE YOU KOUZ!!!
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!!
Guess what? I’m going to see Kevin Kouzmanoff next week!!
The Rockies are coming to town next weekend, with the newly aquired Kevin, and my parents bought me tickets as an 18th birthday present. Thank you!!!
I am so excited beyond belief. I haven’t seen Kouz since 2009, before he was traded. I am so happy that he’s back in the National League, back in the NL West. Even if it is the Rockies, it’s much better than the A’s. Now, at least we’ll get to play against him a lot more that we could have against the A’s.
I’m sitting near third base, so I’m going to get to stare at his beautiful face all game long. I just want to see him, cheer for him (just him, not the Rockies), and maybe, just maybe get the chance to talk to him. That would be so cool. I really, truly have missed him these past couple years. I can’t wait to see him!!!
Six days and counting 🙂