“NO! Don’t trade me!”
There are a lot of trade rumors going around Kevin Kouzmanoff today, and I’m a little freaked out. If you’re a reader of this blog, you know that Kouz is my absolute favorite player on the Padres and in the majors. There is no player in all of baseball that I like more than Kouz. And I would pretty much go into major depression if the Padres traded him away. In the past year, we’ve lost two major players, Trevor Hoffman and Jake Peavy. And let me tell you, that grief that I went through would be nothing, absolutely nothing compared to the kind of grief that I would have if they trade Kouz. We don’t even want to go there.
And so, I give you six reasons not to trade Kevin Kouzmanoff.
1. He’s a great third baseman.
Say what you want about the merits of Ryan Zimmerman, but I believe that Kevin Kouzmanoff was right up there with him in the Gold Glove catergory. He had a .990 fielding percentage for goodness sakes! Sure, maybe his range isn’t the greatest, but he gets to many, many almost impossible balls. He’s only been in the majors for three years, but he’s improved on his defense drastically. He was not that great at all in his first year, but here he was, contending for a Gold Glove. I believe that he will only improve. Sure, we’ve got Chase Headley and lots of third basemen in the system, but why not stick with Kouz? He’s an amazing defending, and all of the fans love to watch him.
Again, he may not be the best, but he’s still very good. He was second only to Adrian Gonzalez in RBIs and home runs (Adrian had 40, and Kouz had 18, but still). He’s exciting to watch, ’cause at any moment, you know that he could get the clutch hit that wins the game. Or he might get hit by pitch. We love him in here in San Diego. We love “Koozing” for him when he comes up to bat. There is no other player on the team that we do something like that for. And it started from the very beginning, too. Even through that horrible stretch that he had in the first few months that he was here, we were right behind him. He’s improved a lot.
3. He’s got a great attitude.
Looking back at the stretch of time in early 2007, when he was batting something like .167, he kept a great attitude, kept getting in his work, kept pressing hard and staying in the game, and he didn’t give up. The press was all over him, the fans weren’t too happy, but Bud Black kept the faith in him and he didn’t disappoint. He finally got out of that funk and finished wonderfully. He was a quiet, laid-back kind of guy, and he didn’t seem to let the pressure get to him too badly. He really does have a great attitude about everything. I don’t think I’ve ever heard him complain to the press about anything, really. He’s got a great sense of humor, and he’s the kind of guy that I would want in my locker room as a role model to all the young guys around there. Like I said, he’s only been in the majors for three years, and he’s 28 years old, but he seems like a great role model. I’m proud to have him on this team.
4. He’s got a great work ethic.
Kouz has a chronic back problem, which takes him out at least once a season. But he works very, very hard to make sure that the back doesn’t act up too much. He had worked very hard on his defense, which is probably why he’s gotten so much better over the years. I would want this kind of guy on my team, again, as an example to the younger guys.
5. He’s a fan-favorite.
We just love this guy. He’s so much fun to watch, and to cheer for. Besides, he’s one of the three most popular guys left on the Padres. And he has the potential to get much, much better. I’m so happy that he’s here in San Diego. He’s great with the fans, doing tons of autograph sessions and things throughtout the season. He was born in Colorado, but he’s really a San Diego boy. I just love how he’s adapted to playing here, and how he interacts with the fans so well. There are quite a few treasured memories that I have of him and his kindness that I will never forget. He’s just to much fun to have here, and I really can’t think of a better fit for him than here in San Diego. We love you Koooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooz!!!
6. I will never forgive the Padres if they do trade him.
Naturally, I don’t think any of the Padres Nation will be happy if Kouz is traded, but this is really personal for me, because I love this player like crazy. It all started when he signed autographs for four girls before a game in September 2007. I totally fell in love with him right there and then. He was so nice in doing that for us, and it was one of the coolest things ever. He’s a wonderful player, and he’s very, very good looking as well. He’s really nice, and I just adore him. I would be devistated, and I mean devistated, if the Padres traded him away. I would not be happy with the Padres. No matter who we got in return. I would be very, very angry with the Padres, and it would not be pretty, peoples. Not at all. Sure, I’d still be a Padres fan, and I would recover eventually, but not without a lot of help. I would need a major support group to get through something that horrible (We miss you Tom!!). It would not be good. I would cry like crazy. And I really don’t want to see Chase at third. He’s great in left, let’s just leave him out there.
So please, Jed Hoyer and the Padres front office, don’t cause us this pain. Keep the Kouz. We’re begging you. I love this guy, and I don’t know how much more of losing our most popular players I can take. Just keep him. Please, for the fans. I LOVE YOU KOUZ!!!!
It’s been a looooong time since I’ve last blogged, I know. But I have a really good excuse. Well, excuses.
First of all, I just wrote a 50,000 word novel for this thing called NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November, and I have been very busy pounding that out. But I got it done 🙂
Secondly, things are super super slow in Padres World. Of course, there’s the trade rumors about Adrian, but I honestly don’t think that the Padres are going to trade him this offseason. I mean, what’s the point? He’s playing for us at a riduculously low price, and is Kyle Blanks really ready to play first full time in the majors? I say we keep Adrian, have Kyle get a little more seasoning in the minors, and trade Adrian next year, if at all.
There were a lot of comments against my last entry about Kouz’s not getting the Gold Glove, and that’s cool with me. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and my opinion is that Kouz should have recieved the Gold Glove.
In some exciting news, the season ticket sales are up a lot more than last year, and I think that’s a really good thing for the organization. It’s good to see that people are getting excited about all the changes in Padres baseball and they’re willing to make a commitment to the rebuilding of this team.
Only a few months until Spring Training…
Last night the Padres wrapped up their four game series with the Pirates by sending Wade LeBlanc to the mound against Daniel McCutchen.
Both teams had not hit a home run for the whole series, but that changed when Adrian Gonzalez came up in the top of the first. With a runner on, he hit his 39th homer of the season to give the Padres a 2-0 lead. With every home run that he hits, Adrian makes a new career high. I definitely think he’s going to have at least 40 this year. Wow.
The Pirates have been worthy opponents this weekend. It was surprising, but it was pretty cool. They’ve got a lot of great young players right now, and maybe the Pirates will be a good team soon. Last night, they cut our lead in half right away on a solo homer by Garrett Jones in the bottom of the first.
Wade LeBlanc threw very well. He only went five innings, but he only allowed one run on five hits. He walked three and struck out five. He was very solid, especially compared to earlier in the year!! YAY WADE!!
The Padres got a run in the third. The Pirates got a run in the sixth.
The Padres had a great eigth inning. Chase Headley led it off with a solo homer. Later in the inning, Nick Hundley hit a two-run homer to give us a 6-2 lead.
Unfortunately, the Pirates came right back in the bottom of the inning, getting three runs off Luke Gregerson, who has been so solid lately!! I guess that’s just baseball.
So, we were still clinging to our 6-5 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. Heath Bell came in. And you know what happens when Heath has only a one-run lead. Yep, he gives it up. He got the bases loaded with no outs! Thankfully, he only allowed one run to tie.
We went to extra innings. Neither team got anything in the tenth, but the Padres got plenty in the 11th, that’s for sure.
Everth Cabrera singled, Eck sacrificed him over, and Adrian was intentionally walked. Then Chase Headley doubled, driving in Everth. Will Venable was intentionally walked to get to Oscar Salazar, which I do not get at all. It was a very bad move, as Salazar doubled in Adrian and Chase.
After a pitching change, Nick sac-flied in one, and T. Gwynn singed in our 11th run of the game.
Adam Russell took the bottom of the inning, and we won 11-6!! It was such an amazing game. The Pirates were really in it, but we took three out of four. Oh yeah!
Chase Headley had an incredible night. He had five hits, all from the left side, and drove in two runs.
What a great series for the Padres. Now I think we’re ready to go play in the freezing cold Colorado for three games!!
As you know, Kouz has been out for quite a while with the calf problem. He was hoping to be back in last night, but something came up. I’ll let the clip in the Union Tribune tell the story:
It’s always something …
“My calf feels great,” third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff told Black Monday afternoon, “but I tweaked my back.”
Kouzmanoff, who was hoping to be able to return to the lineup Tuesday with a sufficiently recovered strain of his left calf, was more embarrassed than pained to report his latest injury. Evidently, he hurt himself when going back to sit in the chair in front of his locker at PNC Park, but the chair wasn’t there and he went straight to the floor on his backside.
Black said he thinks the tweaked back is not serious enough to keep Kouzmanoff from playing in Colorado.
Oh my goodness, I laughed so hard when I read this!! That’s just hilarious. At first I was like, oh no, not his back!! But then I realized that probably isn’t the chronic back problem that he has. Man, soooo funny!! Kouz is amazing 🙂
Yeah, so the Padres are ready to go play spoiler in Colorado. But it’s going to be soooo cold. I feel so bad for all the guys who have to play in weather like that! Well, hopefully they will be able to keep hot 🙂
Edward Mujica is pitching tonight.
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!!!