As you know, my dear Kouz got hurt in San Fran a few days ago. Of course, the news was terrible for me to hear. Thankfully, he is not on the DL (yet), but it looks like he’ll be out for a week or so. Poor Kouz 😦 The Padres were just starting their campaign for him to get a Gold Glove and so was I. Hopefully, he will be able to get back on the field soon.
Kouz, don’t be depressed.
You need to keep a positive outlook.
Keep some ice on that calf, and be sure to stretch it out.
I know you’ve never had an injury like this before, so that makes it tough. But at least it wasn’t your back!
I know you’ll be back out there as soon as you can. I can’t wait to see you healthy again 🙂
Just please don’t go on the DL. Be careful when you make throws to first. And Kouz, you’re such a cutie 🙂
I LOVE YOU!!!
Your loyal fan,
I love this team. Like crazy. Yesterday, I happened to notice that Tim Lincecum was no longer on the “probable pitchers” section on the front page of padres.com. WHOOO HOOO!! I was so excited. In his place, a rookie named Madison Bumgarner was making his major league debut. First off, that name makes me laugh every time I see it. Second of all, the guy’s 20 years old. He’s a kid! I had the ultimate confidence in my boys to get this game. Especially after losing on my birthday, they needed the win.
Kevin Correia started for the Padres. He went six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with one walk and five strikeouts. He pitched well, but did not get a decision.
On the other side, Bumgarner was very good for a 20-year-old making his major league debut. He went 5.1 innings, only allowing solo home runs to Chase Headley and Kouz. You have to give him credit, he seemed to have things pretty much together. Must have been a great night for him.
This was a back and forth game. The Giants got on in the bottom of the ninth, the Padres got one in the top of the second, Giants got it back in the bottom of the inning. Padres and Giants each get one in the fourth.
In the seventh, Will Venable hit a monster home run to the deepest part of the ballpark to tie the game at three. What a strong boy!!
In the eighth, Adrian and Kouz singled with no outs. Chase Headley singled to right, and Adrian came in to score. The throw was right there, but the catcher lost hold of it and it bounced away. It was so cool!!
Sadly, though, my dear Kouz hurt himself when he was running the bases. He got a left calf strain!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! My poor baby 😦 Hopefully it will only be day-to-day and he will be back on the field ASAP!!!!
Due to Kouz’s terrible injury, there had to be some strange changes for the Padres’ defense. Chase Headley moved from left field to third, which is his natural position. Nick Hundley, catcher, who had not played outfield since college, went out to left field. Eliezar Alfonso went in to catch. And Heath Bell came in to get the save.
It was Nick Hundley’s 26th birthday yesterday. Happy birthday Nick!!!
Heath didn’t make things interesting last night. It was amazing. He went 1-2-3, and Nick got to catch the last out in left field. Yay!!
It was an incredible game for many reasons. We came back from three deficits. Chase had three hits, and Kouz and Will had two hits each. We tied the series, so now we have a chance to win yet another series today.
And, one of the most exciting parts…I am soooo happy…WE’RE OUT OF THE CELLAR!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! Finally!!! Arizona is right behind us at 22 games behind, and we’re 21 games behind. But we’re not the NL West Worst anymore. We’re been playing excellently, not like a last-place team at all. We don’t belong down there. Finally, we have a taste a fresh air after being in that musty cellar for so long.
“Breathe the free air again, my friend.” – Gandalf the White, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers
It feel soooo good to be out. Oh man.
Kevin Kouzmanoff is a brilliant player. This is his third season in the majors with the Padres, and he’s amazing. If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you know that I love this guy like crazy. He’s a good hitter, but the best aspect of his game is his defense. He’s incredible at third base. I mean, amazing. These last two years, he’s been fantastic over there. This year, I think he should get a Gold Glove. Because the Padres are so small-market, our players don’t get noticed very much, but Kouz really needs to get out there. The Padres have sent DVDs to other managers in the majors showing tons of Kouz’s incredible plays. I really really really hope he will get a Gold Glove this year!! He totally deserves it.
GO PADRES!!! KOUZ FOR GOLD GLOVE!!!
What a game, what a series. Going into the nationaly broadcast game last night, the Padres and Dodgers had each won one of the two previous games in the series. They played on Sunday for the series. Which team would you think would come out on top? Probably the Dodgers, right? They’re one of the best teams in baseball, and the Padres are, by the numbers, one of the worst. Keep an open mind, though. Things are stirring in San Diego. Something good is happening.
And don’t forget the cat and mouse…
Before Tim Stauffer threw a pitch in this game, he had a 1-0 lead. In the top of the first, Eck got on thanks to an error. Adrian’s double drove him to third, and Kouz grounded into a fielder’s choice, scoring Eck. The hit went to the shortstop, who threw it home and was just off-line as Eck made a beautiful slide to avoid the tag. One RBI for Kouz.
In the top of the third, Everth walked, Eck singled, and Adrian walked with no outs. Kouz then singled in two guys to give the Padres a 3-nothing lead. Three RBI for Kouz!!
In the bottom of the fourth, the Dodgers got a run. Tim Stauffer threw 6.2 innings total, allowing three runs, only one earned. He walked one and struck out three. He was amazing. Much better than he had been before. Starting pitching has overall been excellent lately. It’s great!
In the bottom of the seventh, the Padres got into some trouble. Everth made a terrible error that allowed a runner to get on and definitely opened the door for the Dodgers. Thankfully, we were able to keep the damage down to just two runs. The Padres still held a lead of 4-3.
The next few innings were nerve-wracking. The Dodgers are so good, I didn’t think a one-run lead would hold. It didn’t help that all the guys on the radio could talk about was that the fans almost expected a come-from-behind walk-off win, and that they were anticipating it. Oh man.
When Heath came on in the bottom of the ninth, I started pacing. It was so terrible to be handing Heath a one-run lead. Not that Heath tends to blow games like that; he only has three blown saves on the season. It’s just that he loves to make things very interesting. Much more than we need it to be, thank you very much.
He got one quick out on a strikeout, but then the interesting part came. He walked Rafael Furcal. Is he crazy?? Giving that guy first is just like giving him second. But miraculously, Furcal didn’t go for second at all. Very strange.
Jim Thome flew out (what a stressing at-bat that was!!). Whew. We got two outs, just one more.
Andre Either had a full count before flying out to left. I screamed “YES!!” and fell to my knees. Then I jumped around with my little brothers in celebration. WE WON THE SERIES AGAINST THE DODGERS!! WE TOOK TWO OUT OF THREE!! TWO OUT OF THREE!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT???
Look at Kouz. I don’t think he can believe it either haha 🙂 That’s adorable.
It was so amazing. I can’t believe we actually stole this series from them, and at Dodger Stadium, too!! What a series. All the energy was amazing.
With a Diamondbacks loss last night, we are now tied for last place. Both of us are 20 games behind. I am elated. I would love to be able to get out of this nasty cellar. We’re not playing like we’re in the cellar, so I think we should get out of it already. Oh man, that would be amazing.
Well, since today is my sixteenth birthday, I would love it if my boys got a win for me. I mean, last night’s was great, but what would be even more great would be to get the win against the Giants today and hopefully get out of the cellar. The Dodgers are playing the Diamondbacks today. Hmmm. I wonder how that would work out. If the Dodgers and Padres won, would the Padres move anywhere? I guess we’ll have to see.
Clayton Richard is starting against Brad Penny. Oh boy. Now that will be interesting. Sounds like a pitcher’s duel is brewing, but I guess we’ll just have to see.
Coming into last night’s game, Wade LeBlanc had had a very bad time in the majors. In the eight major league starts he had before, he had an ERA of 8.53. He also had a 16.20 ERA in two starts at Dodger Stadium. He hadn’t been that good at all in his starts with the Padres. Descent in Triple-A, but not good in the majors.
Until last night.
LeBlanc had, by far, the very best start he’s made in the major leagues. He threw six innings, allowing two hits, three walks, and struck out two. He was being aggressive, throwing strikes, and he threw an excellent game. I’m very pleased. Well done, Wade.
In the top of the first, we got two runners on with no outs. Everth walked and Eck singled. But Adrian struck out and Everth got caught stealing. Thankfully, Kouz was able to single in Eck to give us the lead.
In the top of the second, Oscar Salazar singled. Will Venable grounded out, sending Oscar to second. Then, craziness abounded. Nick Hundley singled, the hit going off the pitcher’s glove and to the shortstop. The shortstop threw past first, and as Oscar chugged around to score, the first baseman threw over the catcher’s head and into the stands. My goodness. The Dodgers got charged for two errors on that play, and the Padres got their second run.
After LeBlanc left the game, Joe Thatcher and Luke Gregerson threw. Heath Bell relieved Luke with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, with the potential tying runs on board. Heath induced a fly-out to left field to get out of the inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, Heath came back to get the save. First batter he faced singled. But, he got an excellent double play started by Kouz. Heath ended the game with a called strike to the last batter.
And so, we won 2-0, beating our division rivals. Sure, we’re 20 games behind them, but this time, the mouse came out on top of the cat.
Like I said the other day, we’re playing spoiler. We keep the Dodgers down, and we can determine who’s going to win this thing. Last night’s game was not easy. We only got two runs, five hits, the whole game. The Dodgers had some big threats going. All it would have taken was a single to tie the game. Thankfully, our pitching was able to keep them down, but it wasn’t easy.
There’s a ton of energy when the Padres and Dodgers meet. The crowd was 52,965!! I definitley heard some “LET’S GO PADRES!!” out there. These series are intense.
We have no right winning this series, I know. By the numbers, we’re the worst team in the NL West. The Dodgers have been in the lead almost all year. They’re a dominating club. But this Padres team has changed since the last time we met. They’re different, better. And I think they’re going to become a playoff-hopeful team’s worst nightmare.
Mat Latos will be making his last start of the year tonight against Randy Wolf. After tonight, the Padres will be shutting down Latos, since he’s had a very large work load this year. I hope he’ll be able to have a great start to finish off a great year. Go Latos!!
GO PADRES!!! BEAT LA!!!
I seriously have nothing to blog about today. I’ve been wracking my brain for something interesting to write about, but it’s not happening. Off-days, you know…
Well, I think that’s all I’ve got for you today. Haha.
We’re playing the Dodgers today in Dodger Stadium. Wade LeBlanc will start and hopefully do a great job. Hopefully our bats will still be hot and our gloves crisp. Hopefully we will be able to pound the Dodgers!!
GO PADRES!! BEAT LA!!!
Yesterday, a measly crowd of 14,468 came out on a beautiful San Diego afternoon to watch the Padres sweep the Nationals. Oh yeah, school’s back in. Usually there are a lot of school groups out there on a day like that, but maybe not so much anymore. Still, a terribly pathetic crowd.
But regardless of who was in the stands, the Padres played one great game to finish off the sweep. Sure, it was the Nationals, but a sweep is a sweep, right? May 22-24 was the last time we had a sweep, so I think it was definitely good.
Kevin Correia went 7.2 innings yesterday in probably one of his best starts as a Padre. He only allowed three hits, and that was it. He walked two and struck out five. At one point, he retired 19 batters in a row. He was amazing!! I was so glad. He hadn’t been the best in his last few starts, but he put out quite an effort yesterday, earning his 10th win. Great job, K-Cor!!
The game stayed scoreless until the bottom of the fifth. After two quick outs, Everth legged out an infield single. Eck singled. Then Adrian hit a double to drive both of them in. Kouz was intentionally walked (not exactly a good idea. Believe me, its proven). Naturally, Chase then hit a two-run double to give the Padres a 4-0 lead. Will Venable singled to drive in Chase. Remember, we got all that with two outs!! Thus, we had a five-run fifth.
In the sixth, Drew Macias singled to start off the inning. He got moved all the way over to third before Eck drove him in with a double.
In the eighth, Kouz grounded into a double play with the bases loaded, but it scored our seventh and last run. Yay Kouz!!
Edward Mujica had to rescue Correia out of a bases loaded situation in the eighth, so he went 1.1 innings. He allowed only one hit, so the Nationals had four hits on the day. I’m blaming it on our pitchers, though. They were gooooood.
We got the sweep!! We are now only 20.5 games behind. We’re playing the Dodgers this weekend. Bring it on.
This team did it again. I am sooooo proud of them!! This is just so cool, and I think we can definitely beat LA this weekend. It’s gonna be great.
So as I sit here wracking my brain to find something to write about, I’ll just write about what I thought about writing about. Never mind. Off-days do strange things to the brain. Or maybe it’s the heat.
When I was on the first vacation four weeks ago, I was talking to my sister on the phone at the Dulles airport while my flight was delayed. She asked me if I had bought anything for myself, and I realized that I hadn’t. But I knew of something that I could get for myself at the Borders across the way. It was Josh Hamilton’s book, Beyond Belief. I had wanted to read it for a long time, and I thought, might as well get it. I read the first chapter on the way home, but put it down for a week or so once I got home.
Fast forward to two weeks later, when I left on vacation again, this time with my family. We had a lot of spare time when we were up there, so I pulled out the book again and finished it there.
It was amazing!! It was very well-written, and the story really grabbed me in. I thought the story of his addiction to drugs was masterfully written. It really showed what was going through his mind at the time, and how it was affecting him, his friends and family, and his baseball career. This story is just amazing. I loved how it showed that recovering from something like this isn’t easy. It seems that in the media (songs, TV, movies), recovery from something like drugs is easy. You just stop, and then it’s happily ever after. But that’s not the way it happens in real life. Josh had to fight against his cravings every day. He was set back quite a few times. With the amount of terrible drugs he put into his body, he should have died.
It’s a great story of redemption. When he finally got back into baseball with the Tampa Bay (then) Devil Rays, his teammates didn’t support him. They just kind of stood back while the media crowded around Josh. But when Josh made his way to the Rangers, at his very first press conference, three of the most prominent Rangers players were there to support him.
It’s an incredible book, and I would highly recommend it. What a great story.
My project for the week is writing fanmail to a lot of the Padres players. I’ve never sent fanmail before (except to Trevor with the Brewers), so this is really cool for me. I’m probably writing to 10-15 players this week. Yesterday I did Kouz (of course) and David Eckstein. Each letter is going to be different depending on the player. For Kouz, I told him a lot of the stories of my interactions with him, like the day I became such a big fan of him. This is a really exciting project for me. Who knows if the players will ever read them, but it’s cool to support them like this!
So, the Padres are in Atlanta for three games against the Braves this week. Mat Latos is pitching tonight against Jair Jurrjens. I really hope Mat can get things together and pitch a great game.
I’m stealing Jen’s title. Because I can’t think of a better way to describe this entry 🙂
Saturday was amazing. Absolutely amazing. The day itself was pretty miserable, since it was boiling hot in my house and I was watching the minutes go by, but once I got to Petco Park, all that was forgotten. I had a great, great time at the ballpark 🙂
I got to Petco just before the gates opened at 5:00 pm. Jen and her friend Courtney were right outside the gates, and Kylie was already in line. She slipped out, though, and she was really really hyper. It was pretty funny. Hyun Young arrived just as the gates were opening, so we got in right away.
We headed up to the concourse and then split ways. Jen had to cheer for the Rockies in this game (thanks Tom) and Kylie of course is a Rockies fan, so they headed off to the Rockies dugout. Hyun Young and I went to see our Padres. We walked down the stairs towards the field, and what do you know, there’s already a player signing. I just had to smile when I saw who it was.
First of all, Eck’s on the DL. He doesn’t need to be out there signing for the fans. He should be hiding out in the clubhouse recovering. But this guy was out there signing for the fans!! So within five minutes of entering the stadium, Hyun Young had the autograph of her favorite player. Eck was sooo nice. He made eye contact with every person he signed for, asked how they were doing, and smiled at them. What a guy!!
Padres BP was pretty interesting. I wasn’t really watching where all the balls went, but I’m pretty sure that it was pretty lame. At least, compared to Colorado’s batting practice. But it was cool to see the players walking around. But…I had a hard time figuring out who they all were. I saw Chad Gaudin, and I reconized the guys in the cage, but all the dudes in the outfield I had no idea. Oh well.
Dude behind the screen juggling baseballs.
Now, Tom was supposed to be at this game, but things just didn’t work out this time. I can’t say that I really did anything special for him, like Jen and Kylie were doing with their voicemails and all that. But he should be proud that I recognized a Rockies player during batting practice and even tried to take a picture of him. Tom’s been talking about Todd Helton and his 2000th hit picture for a looong time. So, here’s my lame attempt at a picture of Helton.
We definitely missed you, Tom. I hope you can make it out next time 🙂
OK, so during Rockies batting practice, Hyun Young and I went to get our programs. There was this amazing usher at the top of our section. She asked if we got any autographs and obsessed over Eck. She was so nice!! Every time she saw us, she smiled and waved. It was really cool.
We got our 5 for $5 meals, which I forgot to take a picture of again. The hot dog was amazing, the lemonade was amazing, and that cookie is like the best cookie I have ever eaten. I would easily buy five of those for $5. Wow. I even ate the popcorn, though I don’t like popcorn, but hey, Rockies BP was pretty boring so I needed something to do 🙂
After dinner, we went back down by the field. The players were going to start coming out to stretch, and I wanted to be down there to get autographs. Plus, Mat Latos himself was down there talking to some friends.
If you don’t know who Mat Latos is, that’s great, cause I don’t expect you too. But you should know now since I’m going to tell you. Latos is supposedly the next Jake Peavy. He’s the most prized pitching propect in the Padres organization right now. And he made his major league debut yesterday. He was in uniform the night before, though, and met with these people before the game. When Hyun Young and I went down there, we were really close to him, and it was really cool to hear him talk about how he found out he was going to the big leagues and all that. I took a lot of pictures of him, ’cause hey, how often do you get to be that close to a Jake Peavy?
It was really cool to see him. He was adjusting his uniform, hardly believing he was in a Padres uniform. And the guy’s just a kid, you know. He really hasn’t spent much time in the minors. It must have been so surreal for him to be there.
Starter Kevin Correia and the pitching coach walked out to the bullpen.
Macias started signing, and I got his autograph.
Then Edgar Gonzalez came over to sign. I didn’t try to get his autograph that hard, because there were a ton of little kids and he was mostly signing for them. Plus, it was about time for National Anthem and all that good stuff, so I was ready to go back to my seat. But then Edgar left and Kyle Blanks came over, so I got his.
In the bottom of the first though, we got that run back. The first two batters struck out, and they were really frustrated.
But then Adrian walked, Kouz singled, and Will Venable was hit-by-pitch. So, bases loaded. Kyle Blanks walked in the tying run! It was great. Then, Eliezar Alfonso struck out, stranding three. Just great, Alfonso.
And so, the game went on. Kevin Correia threw six innings, allowing only three hits and one run. He walked four and had two strikeouts. He stuggled early on, but he settled in and had a great outing. He did have a lot of very well-hit balls off of him, though. There were a ton of towering shots that seemed like they would be heading out that our outfielders caught. The guys were busy out there. So overall, a great, great outing for Kevin, and he had a beautiful sac-bunt.
Kouz is amazing, by the way.
In the fourth, it was really cool because Correia walked two guys and when one of the guys tried to go for third, he got thrown out! Best thing Alfonso did all night. But the coolest part about it was seeing it unfold in front of my eyes. I knew that the guy going for third was going to be out, because Alfonso had plenty of time. It was great!
In the middle of the fourth, I saw something that I had never seen in San Diego before: Friar Races. Yes, I know you’ve heard about the Sausage Races in Milwaukee, but I bet you’ve never heard of Friar Races. And let me tell you, it was hilarious!! You’ve got these four huge floppy friars, and they’re trying to run. A couple of them tripped, and I think the Swinging Friar came in last. It was soooo funny!! 80’s Friar won 🙂
In the bottom of the sixth, Kyle Blanks stuck out and Alfonso popped out. Then Edgar Gonzalez came up to the plate. I decided to call my sister, who was also at the game, so I was a bit distracted when I heard this sickening sound and saw Edgar just fall to the ground. Oh man he went down fast. He had been hit in the head with Jason Hammel’s 93-mile-per-hour pitch.
It was terrible. Buddy and the trainer rushed out and Edgar was on the ground for at least five minutes. I just kept saying over and over, “Please let him be OK, please let him be OK, please let him be OK.” The people around me probably thought I was muttering an incantation or something, but I was just praying like crazy. It was soooo scary, and I was on the verge of tears.
Then finally an emergency/medical vehicle came and took him off the field. He was able to walk to the vehicle, with help, which was very good.
I kept thinking about Adrian through this whole time. I thought he was in the dugout, but turns out he saw the whole thing on TV, when he was in the video room. He said that he wanted to get up, but he thought he would collapse if he tried to stand. Man, that would have been terrible if he was in the dugout while it happened. I have siblings, so I can imagine what he was feeling. Oh man. Adrian left the game in the next inning, and I think that was definitely for the best. Adrian needed to be with his brother at the hospital.
After this whole incident, Luis Rodriguez came in to pinch-run for Edgar. Jason Hammel left the game after walking Drew Macias, which is understandable. Hammel hit three guys that night, and he was probably really shaken up after hitting a guy in the head. He wasn’t the only one. I was in shock for a couple innings. Everth Cabrera walked, so we had the bases loaded. Then Tony Gwynn came up and lined a pitch that was destined to go up the middle and drive in some runs. But the pitcher caught it. Grrrrrrrr.
In the seventh inning, Greg Burke had a quick 1-2-3 inning.
Bottom of the seventh, it was showtime.
Next up was my baby, and of course he doubled to get some momentum. Two outs later, Alfonso finally did something good and singled in Kouz. Yay for an insurance run!!
Josh Fogg pitched the bottom of the eighth just as the fog was rolling in. Well, it looked like fog, but I think it was some smoke from fireworks or something. But it was still kind of creepy.
We got this alert between the eigth and ninth inning.
I know that’s not funny, but for some reason it really cracks me up. I mean, an “injured head”? Why not a “concussion” or “head contusion” or something more technical?
Anyways, it was Heath time in the top of the ninth. I love his entrance!! It’s amazing. And Heath was great. It was really weird because I kept calling him Heater. I like have never called him Heater, but being out there, watching him try to save a game, it just came out. And so, Heater it is!
Heater was great. He allowed a single to start the inning, but Heath ALWAYS makes things interesting. Then, he got a great double play thanks to Kyle Blanks at first and Everth. It was a great play. Then he struck out Troy Tulowitzki to end the game. Hehehe.
Kouz made two amazing defensive plays. I was very proud of him. And he had two hits. Which was great 🙂 He is soooo amazing!!
And Everth, oh my goodness!! This guy is incredible. I watched him make some great, great plays. I mean, this guy can flat-out play. Sure he hasn’t been hitting much lately, but his defense is soooo good!! Wow. I love Everth 🙂
Oh, and Eliezar Alfonso is officially my most hated Padre. Even if Joe Thatcher was on this team, I would still hate Alfonso more. He was hitting pretty well a few weeks ago, but now he’s like a runners-in-scoring-position killing machine! He’s left so many runners on it’s not even funny. This guy is frustrating me. I can’t wait ’til Nick and Henry get off the DL!!
So, after the game we made our way out, high-fiving the amazing usher on our way. We met up with Kylie, Jen, and Courtney and took pictures, which was really funny because Kylie was still super hyper. And I mean, her team didn’t even win!! We were trying to get a picture of all four of us with the Petco Park sign in the background, and it was amazing.
It was just so funny!! It was great to meet Kylie, watch a game with Hyun Young, and enjoy some Padres baseball. I had a great time. Again, thanks so much Hyun Young for buying me the ticket and all that. We’ll have to do it again sometime 🙂
The Padres ultimately lost the series, 3 games to 1, but I was there for that one. That’s why they won, you know. First, my hypnotising worked, then I was wearing my lucky jersey, and Hyun Young had the baseball that her teacher caught at a game that Correia was pitching. Plus, it was signed by Eck. So, I am 3-0 this season 🙂
It was definitely one of the best games I’ve been to. Bloggers are amazing 🙂
(yay for all the pictures being mine)
I’m going to the Padres game tonight, and I really want a win. The Padres have lost their last two games to the Rockies. Last night, they put up a fight, but it wasn’t enough. I don’t want my boys to be playing like they have been for the rest of the season. And so, I am going to have to take desperate measures to make sure my boys win at least tonight, and hopefully a lot in this second half.
When I went to the fair a few weeks ago, I got to see a hypnotist show. It was fascinating. The hypnotist dude had all these people on stage and he did very strange things to them that made them do very strange and funny things. So I thought, hey, if a hypnotist can make a girl think she’s Lady Gaga, he can certainly make a group of guys think they’re a baseball team.
So I called, yep you guessed it, Bob the Hypnotist.
BOB: You are getting veeeerrrry sleeeeeepppy. Use your eyes to follow the watch.
BOB: Good. You willl pitch veeeerrry well tonight.
KEVIN: I will pitch very well tonight.
BOB: You will throw strikes, go at least seven innings, and not give up any runs.
KEVIN: Yesss. Yesss.
BOB: You will not make the fans disappointed in you, especially Kaybee, Hyun Young, Kylie, and Jen.
KEVIN: Nooooo, wouldn’t want to do that. They might say something mean about me in their blogs.
BOB: But most importantly, you will help your team to get a win.
KEVIN (eyes lighting up): W, W, W, W, W, W!!!
BOB: Yeah, I think you’ve got it. Next!
Kevin walks out of the room, slightly dazed, muttering, “A win, a win, throw strikes, winning…”
Next up is Adrian Gonzalez, who has not been hitting very well lately.
ADRIAN: Oh yes, I am terribly tired. I’ve played in every single game this season, you know. Even the WBC and the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game!!
BOB: Er, just relax Adrian. Now, you will hit a home run tonight.
ADRIAN (yawning): I will hit a home run tonight.
BOB: You will not leave runners on base.
BOB: Adrian, wake up!!
ADRIAN: I’m sorry, could I go take a nap? I’ve only got a few hours before the game and I want to play my best for Kaybee, Hyun Young, Kylie, and Jen.
BOB: Sure, Adrian. Sweet dreams.
Next is David Eckstein.
BOB: You are getting veeeerrry sleeeeepppy. You will heal from your injury ASAP!!
ECK: I’mmmm tryyying.
BOB: You will sign at least one autograph for Hyun Young before the game today.
ECK: Ah, yes, my biggest fan!
BOB: And you must come off the DL soon!!
ECK: Working on it.
Kevin Kouzmanoff was next.
KOUZ: Play very well…
BOB: You will make spectacular defensive plays and do all you can to help the team win.
KOUZ: I love winning.
BOB: You will be very nice to Kaybee and all her friends.
KOUZ: Oh yes…
BOB: And you must strike photo-worthy poses all night at third base. Kaybee will be taking a lot of pictures of you.
KOUZ: Does my hair look OK?
BOB: It looks fine. Now remember, winning is the key. You have to win tonight. You must!
Then Bob gathered the whole team together and gave them one simple request:
“You will win tonight’s game.”
Let’s hope that worked 🙂
Anyways, as I’m sure you know, I am going to the game today thanks to Hyun Young, who bought me a very good ticket. We’re going to have a great time cheering for our Padres together, and I can’t wait!! It’s all I can think about, and I know we’re going to have a blast.
Kevin Correia is going to be pitching against Jason Hammel. I think Correia is going to have a great game, and now that he’s been hypnotised to a winning theme, he’s definitely going to pitch very, very well.
I had a really rough weekend, dealing with a tough personal issue, and on top of that, the Padres were the worst team in baseball. But at least the Red Sox won their last three games, and now have a three-game lead over New York.
So, on Saturday when I wrote my fiery entry, I was very upset and embarrassed by my team. I think the changing of my background to Red Sox was actually to help me. I cracked up every time I saw it. I really appreciate all you guys stopping by and encouraging me. That was a great help!! And I need encouragement, that’s for sure. So thank you!!
I’m not really sure if I really gave up on my team. Sure, I threatened to, and I didn’t wear anything Padres for two days, and I didn’t listen to much of the past two games, but I’m not really sure if I gave up on them. Sure, I don’t think they’re going to do anything much for the rest of the season, but I’ll definitely be still supporting them. Who am I kidding? I love this team, and there’s no way I can stop being a Padres fan. Never. No matter what happens.
Now, on Saturday night, the Padres lost again, which was just what I needed. Not. Though they got seven hits and a run this time, I was still not happy because it was a very close game, which we should have won. We lost 2-1, which was good on the pitching side (good riddance Tim Stauffer, it was about time), but I think we should have been able to win that.
But even though we lost the four-game series, everything was cool when we won yesterday. It wasn’t just any win, though. It was a HUGE win!!
In the top of the first (always a great place to start), Everth Cabrera and Will Venable singled. And then, my baby hit a three-run homer!!
That was just the beginning, though. In the third, Venable and Kouz singled to start off the inning. Two outs later, Eliezar Alfonso hit a three-run homer! Barry Zito had a very rough outing.
In the fifth, Venable and Kouz singled to start off the inning. Hmm, deja vu! Chase Headley singled in Will, and Zito’s day was over. Later in the inning, Luis Rodriguez singled in Kouz and Chase.
The Giants got a run in the bottom of the fifth, two in the sixth, and one in the ninth, but they were held down all day.
Kevin Correia pitched very well. He threw 5.2 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits with only one walk and three strikeouts.
Luke Gregerson and Mike Adams pitched very well out of the bullpen. Heath Bell pitched an inning, giving up a run, but by then, it didn’t matter.
In the eighth, Will Venable hit his first home run of the year to top of the Padres’ scoring. We won the game, 10-4.
It was a great, great game. Kouz has been pretty quiet lately, but he really woke up yesterday. He went 4-for-5 with a home run, three singles, and three runs driven in. Good job, Kouz!!
Will Venable had four hits, which was great. We had 14 hits total. Overall, just a great, great way to snap that seven-game losing streak.
So, in other news, Trevor Hoffman is going to the All-Star game as an injury replacement for Jonathan Broxton. Oh the irony. Not really, but whatever. Anyways, Heath is going to have a great time seeing his old friend again. I really hope Trevor has a great outing, and I get to cheer for him!!
Adrian is participating in the Home Run Derby tonight. That’s going to be cool.
And…I’m going to the Padres game this Saturday with Hyun Young, Jen, and Kylie!! I am sooooo excited!!! And, if things don’t change, we’re going to get to watch Kevin Correia pitch. That will be really cool since he’s pretty much the best starter on this staff. I can’t wait!!!
Well, it’s good to be back to the Padres Nation (haha!). Let’s just hope that our boys will play well this weekend. At least on Saturday 🙂
I’ve got a win under my belt, a three-day break to enjoy, and a game to go to this weekend…I’m good.
(logo from photobucket, pictures from the Union Tribune)