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Ready to Go

It’s only 14 days until Opening Day, and I can’t wait!!!

Tonight’s game against the Rangers made me really excited for the season to start, because I can’t wait to see how we do.

We won 15-5, which always makes me happy. I love it when we have big blowout games like that. I mean, you can tell that it’s going to be a good game when you score your first 12 runs within the first three innings. Yeah. That definitely gives you a good feel for how the game is going to go.

We are opening the 2011 season two weeks from tonight. Two weeks!!!!! Do you have any idea how long I’ve been waiting for this?? Man, last October feels like forever ago!! Finally, we’re going to get back into Padres baseball.

We’ve got a lot to prove this year. I don’t think that people believe in us, even after what we did last year. I guess we weren’t good enough, but compared to what we were in the years past, last year was amazing. I just don’t get it.

Hopefully Padres fever will catch this city again. We’ve got the Best Aztecs Team Ever (GO AZTECS!!!) playing right now, and man, I hope they go all the way. That would fire up this city like nothing else. I think this is exactly what San Diego needs. We need to get fired up about our sports, and if we can get fired up about the Aztecs, I know that we can get fired up about the Padres.

I can’t wait to see how my boys do. Every team has a blank slate at the beginning of the season. Every team has an equal chance. It’s going to be such a good season. I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!

This is kind of random, but I wanted to put out a quick plug for The Telescope, Palomar College’s student-run newspaper, which I am working on. There’s all sorts of sweet stuff on the website, but especially check out the Watercooler, which is our Palomar sports blog. There is some great stuff there, including the exploits of a certain sports editor competing against a certain women’s track and field team. Keep an eye out for that video, you are not going to want to miss it.

GO PADRES!!!!!!! 

#4 = Top Padres Fan Blog in MLBlogs!!

I’ve been here at MLBlogs for man, almost three years now, and I am just so excited and humbled about where this thing has gone.

February’s MLBlogs leaders came out today, and Unfinished Business is #4. That’s the highest that I’ve ever been, and I’m sooooo excited that so many people are passionate about Padres baseball from this fan’s perspective.

This makes me undoubtedly the most popular Padres fan blog on MLBlogs.com. That means so much to me, and it’s kind of amazing.

So thank you. Thank you for consistently reading. I don’t get many comments, but this list is evidence enough that there are lots of people who are reading and enjoying. I’ve probably never met most of you, and I may never meet you in this life, but I want to thank you for reading this blog and being so supportive of my efforts on this blog. I’m so thankful and so excited.

It’s almost time for Padres baseball! Spring Training has been going pretty well, I think. We haven’t won all of our games, but we’re getting back into the swing of things. Lots of people are getting a chance to play. Opening Day is going to be here before we know it!!!

Thank you again. It really means so much.

GO PADRES!!!!!!

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17 For The Padres and Top 10 For Me

openingday2010.jpgYesterday was a great day for Padres fans and all of San Diego. It was Opening Day, it was raining (sort of), and it was so much fun that I could be laughing my head off right now if I really wanted to. Because my Padres, at Petco Park, that pitcher’s park as it’s so often called, scored 17 runs. 17. Yeah, you read that right.

The start of the season on the road wasn’t that great, and definitely not what I was expecting. But then, once we get home in front of a home crowd of 42,843, things really turned on. I think the boys were a little frustrated about their start and everything really came out yesterday.

To start it off, Colbie Caillat sang the National Anthem and Phillip Rivers threw out the first pitch. I’ve heard a lot of theories that one or both of these people sparked out offensive bombing.

Then, as I talked about in yesterday’s entry, Kevin Correia went out there and threw amazingly solid. If he hadn’t been on his game like he was yesterday, things would not have been as pretty. But as it was, he was incredible. He threw 5.2 innings, only allowing two runs, two hits, four walks, and three strikeouts. Doesn’t look like much, but he was solid.

kcoropenignday.jpgTake a look at the Braves’ Jair Jurrjens’ numbers: He only lasted 3.1 innings, allowing eight runs!! BWAHAHAHAHA!

Going into the bottom of the fourth, we had already scored a run on a Nick Hundley single in the second. But in that fourth inning, things really clicked for the Padres as they sent the Braves’ pitchers down the drain.

nickhundleysingle.jpgIt all started with a Chase Headley double, a Will Venable single (then steal of second), and a Nick Hundley walk. I was very excited because we had bases loaded with NO outs, and we just had to get some runs in that inning. If only I’d known.

After that, T-Gwynn walked to drive in our second run. Up next was Kevin Correia, the starting pitcher, and guess what he did? He hit a two-run single!! I was laughing, it was so funny. I mean, you wouldn’t expect the pitcher to come up and actually help himself out, but that’s what happened!

kcortworundoubleopeningday.jpgA few batters later, Adrian hit a ground rule double to bring in yet another run. The Braves had seen enough, so they made a pitching change. Little good that would do.

Kyle Blanks doubled in two guys, and then Chase Headley singled in Kyle. Will Venable hit a two-run homer. Kevin Correia finally ended the inning by striking out. All in all, we scored ten runs and got seven hits in that fourth inning. And it was only the fourth inning!

venablehomeropeningday.jpgI could not believe what was happening there. It was just so amazing, and so unlike what I’ve been seeing for the last week!

In the bottom of the fifth, Kyle Blanks hit a three-run homer. It was about this time when I realized that Will Venable had had three hit so far in the game: a single, a triple, and a home run. And then I started getting really excited. Like breathing-hard-overwhelmed-with-excitedness excited. Like it could be actually possible that the Padres would get their first ever cycle.

Well, it didn’t happen. Turns out that both Will and Kyle were one hit away at the end, and neither of them got it. But that’s okay. I know (at least I’m hoping) that we will hit for a cycle someday. Even though it’s already been 40 years and it hasn’t happened. It will.

Even though they didn’t reach that goal, they both had incredible nights at the plate. Kyle Blanks had three hits and drove in five runs. Will had three hits, drove in two runs, and scored four runs. Other standouts in this game are David Eckstein, who had three hits, and Chase Headley and Nick Hundley, who each had two hits.

Overall, it was an incredible game. We were 10-for-17 with runners in scoring positon. And hey, we had 19 hits and 17 runs. IT WAS SUCH A SWEET GAME!!!

Another thing that was super exciting for me was when the Latest Leaders list for MLBlogs came out yesterday. I’m #10 on the list!!!

I’m sooooo excited!!! It was totally unexpected and completely uplifting. I’ve been blogging here for almost two years now, and the closest I’d ever been to the top of the list was #15. I’ve always been okay with wherever I was on the list, but it’s just really cool to know that people are reading my stuff and enjoying it too!

I know that I owe big thanks to a few people whose influence is definitely part of this ranking. Gaslamp Ball has been linking my entries on their blog for a while now, and I know that that’s helped me a lot. Thanks so much guys!! RJ’s Fro has also been linking by entries, and I know that that’s had a lot of influence too. I am so grateful to you guys! Thanks so much!!

Thank you also to websites that I’m not aware of who are linking my blog. It always excites me to discover you guys, and thanks so much! 

And a HUGE thank you to all my readers. If it wasn’t for you guys, I wouldn’t even have a purpose for blogging here. Thank you so much for getting me to where I am today. I have a blast doing this, and I hope you love reading and I much as I love putting all this together. THANK YOU!!!!!

thanks.jpgThe Padres have an off-day in the middle of the series, which is a little odd, but I guess they deserve it after that amazing game yesterday. Man, we scored 17 runs!! So cool.

That’s my boys.

GOOOO PADRES!!! 

Not What I Expected

It’s been a week since the season started, and so far, I have not seen what I expected from this Padres team. I guess I’m really learning the lesson that the spring doesn’t tell you anything about what the regular season is going to look like. So far, that’s very true for the Padres.

In the spring, we were hitting, running, pitching, dominating, and winning. But in the first six games of the season, I have seen almost nothing of that. It’s very disappointing, and I have to admit that I thought we were going to be much better than this. Maybe I was biased and too hopeful, but just as you can’t judge a regular season by spring training, I believe that you can’t judge a regular season by its first few games. So I’ve still got a lot of hope for this team.

We’ve only stolen four bases. We’ve struck out 56 times, which leads the majors. Our team batting average is .218. Not good. Not good at all.

We’ve had two excellent wins. I mean, not every game is perfect, but both of those wins were amazing. On Saturday, we won against Colorado in 14 innings. I guess that a 2-4 record against division rivals isn’t that bad, but it’s not what I expected at all.

There’s something extremely essential to every baseball game, and that’s the starting pitching. So far, our starting pitching has been very iffy. We’ve allowed 11 home runs, which is second only to the Angels, who have given up 12. Jon Garland’s had two starts, and he’s only gone ten innings, allowed six runs, and he’s 0-2.

In Kevin Correia’s first start, he went six innings, but he allowed four runs and is 0-1.

Clayton Richard’s 0-1. Mat Latos allowed four runs in six innings. Chris Young is the only starter with a really quality start this season, and guess what? Saddest news I’ve heard about this team in a long time, but Chris is going on the DL. Again. Again. Again. ARGH!!!

This makes me soooo sad. I was so thrilled about CY’s incredible start last week, and I am totally depressed that he’s back there again. I’m sick of having him on the DL. I’m sure that he’s very sick of it, too. But it’s gotta be so unbelievably frustrating. I know it is for me. This guy can pitch so well, we saw that last week, but he just can’t see to catch a break and stay heathy!!! It’s so awful. Sigh. Well, I really, really hope that he’ll be fine after this and will be able to come back as quickly as possible. Get well soon, Chris. We miss you already.

cHRIS yOUNG.jpgSo CY was supposed to be starting this afternoon’s home opener, but that’s obviously not going to happen, so Kevin Correia is taking his place. That shouldn’t be a problem, just as long as he can hang in there for a long time without giving up anything.

I don’t know what our problem was last week. Granted, we were faced up against some pitchers who were absolutely unhittable. But why can’t our pitchers be like that? Why aren’t they the ones shutting down the other team’s hitters? Maybe it was because we were not at home. Maybe we’re just adjusting to real games. I don’t know what it was, but it’s gotta change ASAP.

But on the other hand, I don’t believe that these few games can tell us how the rest of the season’s going to be. Baseball is way to fickle for that. Who knows? We could be like this all season. We could have a turnaround and be winning two out of every three instead of only one out of three. We could have a long losing streak or a long winning streak. We just don’t know what’s going to happen, and it’s very likely that we’ll go through both extremes. 

We have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen this season. Isn’t that amazing? If we didn’t have that uncertainty, baseball would be incredibly boring. But we’ve got that unknown, so it keeps us watching. We see teams come out of nowhere and win big time. We see the biggest and the best teams have complete meltdowns.

Frankly, I don’t think we’ll really know what’s going to happen with the Padres until the last week of the season. Then we’ll be completely sure that we’re either going to have another average season or we’re going to the playoffs. This team is going to keep me guessing all season long. I just hope that we’ll be winning most of that time.

Today is Opening Day. Sure, I know it was officially a week ago, but this is really it. We unfortunately had to start the season on the road, but this is really the beginning, right here in San Diego. Every series is a new beginning.

I wanted to say a few words about Trevor Hoffman. As I’m sure a lot of you know, he’s on the quest for 600 saves. Can I just say that it’s a huge shame that he’s not with the Padres right now? Just think of the publicity the Padres and San Diego would be getting. I think the front office should trade for him right away. Just think of the headlines.

Also, Trev’s blown two games in a row, and the Brewers seem to be getting a little worried. I think that’s even more reason to get him over here now. Of course, the manager said that he’s going to use Trevor ’cause Trevor’s his closer, but they always say that just because he’s Trevor. So, I think that the Brewers should get him off their backs so they don’t have to worry about him blowing games for them. Why not send him back to where they got him from?

trevor fist.jpgI really really really really really really miss Trevor!!! And I still think that the front office were complete idiots to get rid of him. Grrrrrrrr.

Well, the game’s starting in about two hours!! I’m super excited!! We’d better get a big win.

GO PADRES!!  

Opening Up and Down

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Well, that wasn’t what we hoped for.

In the very first game of the season, with all these expectations and hopes riding on them, the Padres played a really bad game.

I guess it wasn’t really all their fault. After all, Dan Haren was completely dominant. So, what went wrong?

First of all, Jon Garland was not that sharp. He allowed two runs in the bottom of the first, plus he threw about 30 pitches in that one inning alone. It was not good. You could just tell that it was going to be a loooong game from the start. As we all know, if you don’t have good pitching, you don’t win. And yesterday, Garland was just not on top of things.

Second, our defense was blundering all over the place. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! This was not the team we’ve been watching all spring. This game makes me want to cry! There’s one statement I can make that describes how bad our defense was yesterday: Jon Garland allowed six runs – only two were earned.

Isn’t that awful? I mean, ugh. Awful awful awful. But unfortunately, that’s not the end of it. A couple of those runs came on a two-run inside the park home run by Justin Upton. The outfield looked completely helpless. They were running around, trying to get the ball, and they couldn’t even get a throw into the outfield. I hate seeing my boys so helpless like that. It was horrible.

There were quite a few positives, though. Adrian Gonzalez had two hits, a double and his first home run of the season. Chase Headley also had two hits. Kyle Blanks had our other hit. pades.com points out something pretty sad: “And those go-go Padres, who were a hit in Spring Training with their assertiveness on the bases? It’s hard to steal first base, as the joke goes. The Padres had three baserunners in the first eight innings.”

ARGH!!!

Okay, I know that it’s only the first game of the season, and we’ve got a looooong way to go. But we made a lot of stupid mistakes yesterday, and we shouldn’t have. It always stinks to lose, but especially on Opening Day.

But we did fight back. In the bottom of the ninth with two outs, Adrian Gonzalez and Kyle Blanks hit back-to-back homers. That was good. But too short.

It’s too bad that it had to happen on Opening Day, but this is one of the games that you have to forget. I remember last year on Opening Day Jake Peavy started and was not good at all. We lost the game 4-1 against the Dodgers. I was not happy about that at all, but I had to put it behind me and just look forward to the next game. So that’s what I’m going to do today. We’ve got Chris Young going for us, and we’re not going against Dan Haren. Things are looking better already.

GO PADRES!!! 

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Blogging the Padres in ’10

I am very excited to be starting my second full season of blogging here at MLBlogs.com. It’s been an amazing experience, I look forward to much more blogging about my boys here! And so I would like to present to you my new blogging philosophy-type-thing. Here’s what you can expect from this blog this season, and what I want to accomplish:

  • First off, you can expect next-day game analysis. I love to write about the games, so that’s what you’ll see a lot here. I’ll go over the pitching, the big hits, the defense, etc. I usually write about a good part of the game, but I’m going to do it in a way that both imforms people who didn’t watch the game and keeps the attention of the people who watched the game, read the paper, or know what happened in the game already. If you’re a die-hard Padres fan, you mostly likely know all the highlights by the next morning, and those are old news to you. But I want you to be able to read my entries and not be like, been there, done that. The way I will do that will be by going beyond the game a little bit while still talking baout it. I’m going to use a lot of pictures, opinions, stories, and stuff that you won’t see in a box score.
  • I want my entries to be interesting, entertaining, and the quality of stuff you’d read on padres.com. I want my stuff to be fun to read. I want you to be entertained here. I want you to be able to see this as fun place with fun entries to read. I write this for you guys to enjoy.
  • Part of the success of this blog is feedback from you, the reader. I am very open to suggestions and opinions from all my readers. You guys are the ones reading this stuff, and if there’s something you’d like to see here, let me know. If you disagree with something that I say, tell me about it and explain your opinion. If you tell me that you hate the Padres, that’s cool with me. I respect everyone’s opinion, and I know that not everyone is going to like my favorite team. But I will explain to you why I love the Padres. If you predict that the Padres are going to finish last in the West, I’ll tell you why I don’t think that’s going to happen. I’ll argue for my team, but I won’t do it in a mean way. In fact, one of my favorite things to do is defend my team to naysayers. I love it! We all have different opinions about different things, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have a good debate about it.
  • I want to expand my readership through Facebook, Twitter, and other blogs and networks. I really love being able to share my Padres thoughts with all of you. I’ve “met” so many amazing people through this, and I really want to continue that.
  • One of the things that I love about having this blog is the ability to express my opinion. I am sure that this blog would be terribly boring without my opinions and thoughts sprinkled throughout it. I’m not afraid to rip into any of these guys on the 25-man roster if I feel that they’re not playing up to their full potential. I have been known to rip the whole team after some horrible games. Of course, the only reason I do that is because I love these guys a lot and I want to them to do well. When they aren’t doing well, they don’t deserve to be praised. I remember a time last year when I was sooo frustrated with the guys that I just couldn’t stand it anymore. I converted to the Red Sox Nation for the weekend, which included changing the background on my blog. Yeah, it was that bad. So, you’ll get a lot of my opinons here, the good and the bad.
  • Most of all, I want to give glory to God through this blog. Part of that includes not getting angry at people who have different opinions than me, being able to debate with people about baseball but not in a mean way, and ripping into my team nicely. I am sooo thankful to God for everything, and He’s been so good to me. The least I can do is give glory to Him in everything that I do. Thank you God!!

So that’s what I want to do this year. I want to provide you guys with quality writing and Padres analysis. I want to entertain you guys and have a lot of fun this year. I love blogging a lot, and I have a blast doing it. I’m so thankful that I get to!

Here’s to an amazing season of Padres baseball. Don’t predict my team to end last, ’cause we’re going to surprise you. I don’t know how good we’re going to be, but we’re going to be better. I hope you’ll take this journey of 162 games along with me and this blog. Thank you so much for reading!!

We’ve got some unfinished business: winning the World Series.

GO PADRES!!!!   

Right Around the Corner

I’m so frustrated that I didn’t get to blog at all in the past few days!! It’s amazing how much blogging helps me keep up with my boys…I have barely any idea of what’s been happening for them this week!

But the important thing is that Spring Training is as good as done and Opening Day is literally right around the corner! I’M SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!! I cannot wait to see what these boys will do in the real thing. I wish I could really express how excited I am, but that would probably consist of extended screaming and excessive jumping up and down for a really long time, and I don’t think you want to see what that looks like typed. Suffice it to day that I’M SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!

Our official rotation is Jon Garland, Chris Young, Kevin Correia, Clayton Richard and Mat Latos. Starting pitcher on Monday: Jon Garland. We’re looking so great, it’s not even funny. IT’S ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!!!

I can’t wait to see my boys go out there and play like they have been for the better part of the spring. Wasn’t that just so much fun to watch? I had a blast this spring. It’s so amazing to have my boys winning like this, and it’s going to be even better to see them do it in the regular season. I’m soooo proud of my boys. They’re doing so incredibly, and it’s been a blast to see how they’ve grown so far. I can’t wait for the real thing!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

Hey, did you know that Trevor Hoffman is only six saves away from #600??? That’s just amazing. I miss you soooooo much Trevor, and I wish you could be getting #600 with us. Sniff sniff.

We’re going to dominate this season. Just wait and see.

GO PADRES!!!! I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!!  

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