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Can’t Wait for FanFest :D

I am getting so excited about baseball! Now that football is finally over, we can jump back into baseball. I’ve kept very busy this offseason, but I’m finally really missing baseball. Football’s great and everything, but baseball is the best.

I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited about the Padres FanFest this Saturday!! I wasn’t entirely sure I would be able to go until a couple days ago, and now that I know that I’m definitely going, I am just super super excited. I can’t wait to get out to Petco Park again to hang out with other Padres fans and get to interact with Padres players. I’m also really excited about being able to tour the clubhouse and run (or walk) the bases and shop at the Padres Garage Sale. I’ve been to the Fan Fest once and to the Fan Day last year, and both were amazing events. 

I’ve been working on my amazing $10 jersey for the past few days. It was originally a Brian Giles jersey, but I’ve, uh, fixed it 🙂 Haha! It’s going to turn out so great. I will reveal it here on the blog next week after I wear it at the Fan Fest. It’s been a lot of fun to work on, and I can’t wait to wear it this Saturday!

Hyun Young’s list of stuff to do at the Fan Fest is amazing, and it’s almost exactly the same as my list would be, but I’m not going to steal her idea 🙂 As you know, it’s her birthday this Saturday, and I can’t wait to hang out with her!! We’re going to have soooo much fun!! 

I haven’t been to Petco Park since late September! My goodness, that was a long time ago! You have no idea how excited I am to see Petco again. That’s my FAVORITE place to go and it’s been way too long since I’ve been there.

This is going to be such a great event. I can’t wait to spend a great day there and then come home and share stories and pictures with all you guys!!

And, pitchers and catchers report in nine days!! WOW!!! Hehehehehe I’m sooooooo excited!!!!

It’s going to be so great to have Padres baseball back. I miss it like crazy. Things are going to be different, that’s for sure, but I think it’s going to be a great season.

GO PADRES!!!

Five Series In A Row

I love these guys. Something amazing is happening here in San Diego, and it’s so much fun to watch.

Wade LeBlanc got the ball for the series finale against the Giants. He threw seven innings, allowing nothing but a two-run homer and four hits. I’m not sure what was going on with him earlier in the season, but he’s finally found his groove (and his strikes). It’s about time. This guy might have a chance to break into the starting rotation next year. Great effort yesterday, Wade!! Well done.

wade leblanc.jpgThe offense of this game can be summed up in two words: Cabrera and Gonzalez. In the top of the first, Everth led off the game with a single. While Eck was batting, he stole second. Eck grounded out, and while Adrian was batting, Everth moved to third on a passed ball. Adrian singled Everth in to give us the 1-0 lead.

In the top of the third, E-Cab walked. With Eck batting, he stole second. Eck sacrificed him over to third. Adrian came up and hit his 37th home run of the season, giving the Padres a 3-0 lead.

adrian 37th homer.jpgAdrian’s 37th is the most he’s ever hit in a year as a major league player. Last year, he made a career-high of 36. Now his career high is 37. I know it’s just a number to Adrian, but it is a big accomplishment. Congrats, Adrian!! 

ev beng gonzo.jpgThe Giants got on the board with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third, but that’s all they got for the entire game.

In the sixth, Oscar Salazar hit a solo homer to extend our lead.

LeBlanc started the eighth, but did not get an out. He walked the first two batters. Luke Gregerson came in and did an incredible job of getting out of the inning. He got three straight outs to end the threat. Let me tell you, the guys in the bullpen have been the unsung heroes this year. They really don’t get much attention, but they have done an excellent job here.

Heath Bell allowed a hit in the ninth, but he closed it to get his 37th save and give the Padres their fifth straight series win.

Oh my goodness, I was soooo happy!!! This is a different team than we saw earlier in the year. These guys are playing hard, working together, and getting the job done. It’s so great!

We are now 20 games behind, which doesn’t really matter at this point, but it’s still good to see us inching back towards the right direction.

Man, with the way things are going, Heath might have a 40+ save season. I think Adrian’s definitely going to have over 40 home runs.

What a great series. I am soooo glad that we didn’t have to face Lincecum!!

I love the Union Tribune. They’ve got some quality writing going there. BUT there was something in there today that I took slight offense to. Every day, they have a “Who’s Hot Who’s Not” section. Recently, Kouz has been in the “Who’s Hot” section a lot, because his bat has been on fire. And of course, because he’s really hot.

But today, he was in the “Who’s Not” section!! How rude. It reads: “Sidelined by strained calf muscle just as the club was launching a campaign to promote third baseman for a Gold Glove. Also had 13 RBI in last 13 games.” 

I mean, come on. It’s not Kouz’s fault that he got hurt. He was just trying to throw a ball to first when it happened. I don’t think getting hurt warrants being placed in the “Who’s Not” section. Sure, it’s terribly disappointing, but I guess it’s a good thing he doesn’t read the papers. I love you Kouz!!!!

get_well_soon_11.gifIf you would like to join a Facebook group for Kouz, “Kevin Kouzmanoff for Gold Glove,” click on this link and invite your friends to join as well!! 

My boys get an off-day at home today. We will play the Rockies for three games this weekend at our beloved Petco Park. Three NL West rivals in a row. Well, make it four if you count the Diamondbacks next week. 4-2 record against the first two. Hmmmm.

The Rockies have a 8-4 record against us this year, but this team is a much different team than the one that was around earlier in the season.

Tomorrow, Edward Mujica will get the start. Now, that will be interesting. He’s been in the bullpen for us all year.

Enjoy the off-day, boys 🙂 

GO PADRES!! 

Facing the Giants

Yesterday was an off-day. It was very different not having a game, but I was still catching up from Sunday, so it was all good. I did get some exciting news, though: Hyun Young is treating me to a Padres game in July…in these incredible seats!

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It’s going to be so much fun, and I’m already planning it all out. I can’t wait for July 18th! That’s going to be the third game in a series against the Rockies, so maybe Tom and Jen will be there that night. I know Hyun Young and I will have so much fun cheering for our Padres and cheering against the Rockies 🙂

Thanks Hyun Young!! 🙂

On Saturday, I went to my brother’s last regular season game. His team won 24-8. I was keeping score, and it was absolutely crazy. They got nine runs in the first inning, and 12 runs in the fourth. It was insane to keep score, but I survived. Well, pretty much. I did get a terrible sunburn on my arms. Thankfully, we were in the shade most of the game on Sunday, so it didn’t get worse.

Tonight we are playing the Giants, thankfully still at home. My best friends and their family are going to be at the game! I am so excited for them, and hopefully they’ll take lots of pictures for me.

It will be interesting to see how my Padres do tonight. We’ve got the momentum from the sweep over the weekend, as well as a day of rest. Chris Young is going to be starting, and hopefully he can give us a solid outing.

Last time out in Chicago, he gave up four home runs in only a few innings. But I think he will be much better at home, without the Wrigley wind. Last time the Giants were in town, we swept them in three. Hint hint…

Even with the sweep over the weekend, we are still 10 games behind the Dodgers. But we are in third place. I think we moved up a few spots, but that’s probably because the Rockies and Diamondbacks are not doing well down there. Hey, if we were able to sweep the Giants in this series, we would gain a few games on them at least.

Well, if we just keep that pitching and hitting from the weekend, we will be in good shape.

GO PADRES!!!

(photo credit: Hyun Young/padres.com)   

Throwing Strikes For DUMMIES

It only took ten minutes.

I switched on the radio about two hours after the game started, deciding that I should probably check the score. The first thing I heard was Cubs fans cheering and Andy Masur saying, “And there’s two more for the Cubs!”

Oh, great.

I was trying to eat lunch while listening, but 0.1 inning and six runs later, I had to turn of the radio. It was giving me indigestion. Once it was 7-1 Cubs, I was done.

But the onslaught went on without me. The Cubs pounded out 11 hits and 11 runs.

The Padres got a few runs, three to be exact. Adrian hit his 14th homer of the season, and he’s now hit at least one homer in four games straight. Man, if he wasn’t in Petco all the time…wow. This guy is now leading the majors in home runs.

“I could [not] care less,” Gonzalez said. “It wasn’t enough.”

Drew Macias hit his first homer of the year, but we only got four hits total. We were disgraced in this series, getting swept for the second straight time.

The pitching is what killed us. Chad Gaudin only went 4.1 innings, allowing four runs. Luis Perdomo gave up three, and Duaner Sanchez gave up four. Cla Meredith had a good inning, and Heath got to pitch as well, getting two strikeouts. I feel so bad for Heath.

The worst part of this game was the walks. We gave up TEN walks. Gaudin gave up SEVEN in his 4.1 innings!! These guys just couldn’t find the plate.

The Padres are back home now, after having a closed-door meeting after the game. I sure hope it worked.

Well, time to call in the Professor.

I called Greg Maddux early this morning, explaining this situation to him. He was busy golfing, but he agreed to come over and talk to the pitchers for us.

I sent all the position players to the batting cages, telling them to stay there, for say, five hours. Then all the pitchers gathered in the clubhouse as Maddux began to speak.

“It’s all about location, location, location.” he started.

“Oooooooh!” said the pitchers.

“When you pitch, you need to focus on where your pitch is going more than how fast it’s going.”

“Ahhhhhhh!”

Duaner Sanchez raised his hand. “Excuse me, sir, I’ve been having trouble understanding what exactly a strike is. Perhaps you could explain to me.”

“Of course.” Greg said, quickly drawing something on the whiteboard next to him. 

mlb_strike_zone.png“You see, you want to get the ball over the plate, but not so the batter can hit it,” Maddog explained. “A lot of my success came my hitting the corners, but since you guys don’t have much control, I wouldn’t recommend that.”

Duaner rubbed his chin. “Hmmm, I think I’m finally starting to get it!”

“Good,” said GM Kevin Towers as he walked into the room. “Maybe you can work on it more when you get to Triple-A!”

Next, Greg showed the pitchers exactly how to hold the ball.

madduxpadrespose.jpgAfter Maddux talked to the pitchers for a few more hours, drilling them about where exactly the strike zone was, I walked him out to his car.

“You’ve got an interesting bunch of pitchers there.” he commented.

“Yeah, but a lot of them are probably going to be kicked out soon.” I said. “Hey, Doggie…”

He stopped, looking at me expectedly.

“You miss baseball yet? ‘Cause we could use another starting pitcher.”

He just smiled.

Well, I hope that meeting helped the pitchers realize a bit more about pitching, especially since they got it from the Professor. The Padres are back home for a nine-game homestand, starting with the apparently red-hot Reds for three. I’m scared. Aaron Harang, who scares my sister, is going tonight against Kevin Correia.

I mean, look at those eyes. They’re creepy!

aaron harang creepy.jpgBy the way, I hate Tim Sullivan’s ways to improve this team. They are plain wrong!! We must not get rid of Kouz!!!! He just needs time. We didn’t give up on him in 2007 and we can’t give up on him now. If they traded him, I would need a support group for months and months and months!! It would not be pretty.

Speaking of getting rid of players, I heard Trevor’s eighth save in eight chances yesterday. It plain broke my heart. I miss that dude sooo much!!! But you know what, I am so glad he’s on that team right now and not on the Padres. If he was here, he would be completely miserable. At least he’s on a winning team, and he’s getting to pitch. I just miss him like crazy!!

So, I am getting even more excited about Sunday’s game for one simple reason:

bronson.jpgThis gorgeous dude is pitching against Jake!!

OK, this is really weird, but I am soooo amazingly excited about seeing this guy pitch! Here’s the story.

A few years ago, Bronson Arroyo walked a Padre batter with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, and we won the game. I’m not exactly sure what he was doing pitching in the bottom of the ninth, but I know it was him. I remember him by the hair, which looked like Khalil’s.

arroyo.jpgI’m not exactly sure why I became so fascinated with him, but it was probably because the Padres did really well against him. Also, he’s really cute!

At first, I thought it was going to be Peavy-Owings this Sunday, because that’s the way the rotation had panned out, but I didn’t realize that the Reds had an off-day this week, thus pushing Arroyo to Sunday.

What a pitching match-up this is going to be! I am so ridiculously excited, it’s ridiculous!! I mean, I’m so super pumped about watching the opposing pitcher! I think all this losing is going to my head.

But seriously, I can’t wait to see Bronson. He’s amazing. Hopefully my Padres will be able to hit him, though 🙂

arroyoguitar.jpgYou know, I don’t really care that the Padres are losing so much right now. I just want to get out to the ballpark, take pictures of my boys, and watch some baseball. It’s almost guaranteed to be a great pitchers’ duel all the way. I’m going to go out there and enjoy some baseball. Who cares that the Padres are heading down the drain, that they’re a million games behind and can’t hit or pitch?

It’s going to be an amazing game, and my boys had better pull away with the win. And if they aren’t able to do that, I at least hope they can play well. I don’t want to have to walk out of there angry and frustrated and embarrased by them. If they try as hard as they can, I’d be satisfied. But they’d better win 🙂

I’m soooooo excited!! AHHH! Only a few more days….

GO PADRES!!!  

Time To Win

I am getting so excited, it’s not even funny.

Or maybe it is 🙂

I’m going to my second Padres game of the year this Sunday, a 1:05 pm start against the Reds. Seriously, I was getting so pumped up last night that I couldn’t sleep. Notice that today is Tuesday and the game is on Sunday. I’ve got a ways to go, but I can’t wait!

Daydreaming is half the fun of going to a game, isn’t it? I keep dreaming up these senarios of me talking to players, getting autographs, catching a ball, or having something big happen. Now, I don’t know how many if any of the Padres players will still be out on the field by the time we get to the ballpark (about an hour before the game), but it can’t hurt to dream, right?

Our seats are going to be really amazing as well. We’re sitting field level, down the left field line. We’re not going to be right in front of third base, but I’m going to have the perfect location to take lots of zoomed-in pitcures of my Kouz. It’s going to be so much fun 🙂

My three younger siblings are going to get one of these when they walk in the door:

padresrookies.jpgWhen I head in, I’ll be going for:

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5 for 5.jpg5 for $5 deal!

It’s going to be a lot of fun. I can’t wait to take a ton of pictures and share my adventures with you guys!

Yesterday, my mom got me this amazing Padres shirt.

IMG_4236.JPGI was so excited to see it, because he’s my baby, and this is the first shirt that has his name on it that I’ve seen in San Diego since he came here! This is his third season as a Padre (just as it’s my third season as a Padres fan), so it’s been a while in coming! This shirt is just beautiful, and I love it. So cool that he’s got his own shirt now! (BTW, it was in the women’s section. Figures :D)

Well, Jake Peavy and his 2-4 record is pitching tonight against Rich Harden and his 3-1 record. Jake should be 3-1. Jake should be more like 5-1!!

Let’s hope that he can go out there and give us a solid outing. I know that he’s going for perfection, and he may need it. If we don’t score any runs for him…oh boy. I’m going to have to take drastic measures. Your cell phones are next, boys!!  So you better get out there and score some runs for Jake!!

GO PADRES!!

(photo credits: padres.com, padres.mlblogs.com, me) 

It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

How about a round of applause
A standing ovation

But you put on quite a show
Really had me going
Now it’s time to go
Curtain’s finally closing
That was quite a show
Very entertaining
But it’s over now (but it’s over now)
Go on and take a bow

The Padres started out the season wonderfully, almost unbelieveably. I enjoyed it while it was there, I thought, why not? We might not play like that in a long time. Well, turns out I was right. The Padres’ amazing start was just temporary. Now, we can’t hit, we can’t pitch, and we can’t win.

I don’t know what’s wrong with this team. The players have figured out that they haven’t been able hit, pitch, or have solid defense all at the same time. But they haven’t figured out how to fix that yet.

This weekend, we got swept in three to the Houston Astros. We could have, should have, won two of those games.

On Saturday night, we got three runs in the top of the eighth to take the lead. But Luke Gregerson got himself into some trouble in the bottom of the eighth. He was taken out in favor of Cla Meredith, who allowed two runs to score, taking away the Padres’ short-lived lead.

We should have won that game. But the bullpen blew it. It seems whenever we are hitting, really hitting, the bullpen goes out there and matches the runs scored by our boys. It’s terrible!

Yesterday, Josh Geer gave up seven runs in three innings, only five earned. Luis Perdomo gave up two runs. Edwin Moreno and Duaner Sanchez were (miraculously) scoreless, but Arturo Lopez gave up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.

But we hit three home runs. Chase Headley and Adrian Gonzalez each had a two-run shot, and Jody Gerut had a solo shot. We had nine hits, but only five runs. We should have had a lot more runs, but the Astros got some providential defense to keep the Padres from scoring. It was so sad!!

Scott Hairston threw out a runner at home, though. So the 12-5 thumping could have been worse.

After the game, Arturo Lopez was sent down to Triple-A. Yes!! The guy had a great Spring, but he just couldn’t pitch here. Drew Macias came back up. I have a feeling that he’ll be going back and forth a lot to Triple-A. Now we’re a man short in the bullpen, so the guys who are still there need to step it up. So do the starters. Kevin Towers is going to start picking these guys off, one by one, if they keep pitching like they have been.

Here’s the Union-Tribune’s headline this morning: “Houston, they have a problem; make that several.”

It’s so true. We’re pathetic right now. Today is an off-day, and it couldn’t come at a better time. We need a break. The fans need a break. The players…they need to get together, relax, go bowling or play pool or something, and figure this thing out.

I’m prepared to listen to baseball as terrible as this for the rest of the season. I’m prepared to see a loss every single day. But I don’t want to face that. I want this team to win. It’s so hard to lose. I’m prepared to do it, but I really don’t want to. I had to go through that last year. I know what it’s like.

We’ve got all the pieces. Now it’s just a matter of putting them all together. The fans are doing all they can. We’re “keeping the faith,” but that’s not going to do much if the players aren’t doing anything on the field.

The Padres better start doing something positive soon, or I’m going to have to take drastic measures…like go out to Petco Park and talk to them myself 🙂 Speaking of which, I am getting so excited about the game! I really hope I can get a few autographs and balls. We’ll have to see 🙂

We’re playing the Cubs for three games starting tomorrow before coming home to face the Reds, Giants, and Cubs. It will be good to be home for a while…I think. There had better be bigger crowds this homestand!! 

What better way to start a new series than a perfect outing by Jake Peavy! But then again, we never score runs for him. Hopefully this will be one of those rare occasions, though. We need a huge outburst against the Cubbies this week!

GO PADRES!!

(lyrics: “Take a Bow” by Rihanna  azlyrics.com)    

It Always Has To Happen On Fireworks Night…

It was the night before Saturday,

And all through the house, not a creature was stirring…

Except for Kaybee.

Last night, the Padres set out to battle the Pirates at PETCO Park. It was a beautiful night for baseball, and a big crowd of 25,601 was out there to cheer for their Padres.

Kevin Correia started the game, throwing five innings of three-run three-hit ball. He was goooood. He gave up the first run in the second. The Pirates had the bases loaded and their pitcher, Ian Snell, knocked in a run.

The Padres got their first run in the bottom of the second on Adrian Gonzalez’s sixth homer of the year. We got a run each in the third and the fourth, on David Eckstein’s triple and Nick Hundley’s double. 

Correia left in the sixth with two on and no outs. Cla Meredith came in and allowed both runs to score, thus tying the game.

It stayed tied for a long time. There was one inning, I think it was the fifth, when I was brushing my teeth while listening to the game. I started yelling at my boys, since they were doing well in that inning. At that time, we needed more insurance. So, Brian Giles and Chase Headley are on base, and Kouz comes to the plate. I start yelling at him, cheering him on, calling him some weird nicknames. It was pretty funny. Ian Snell was starting to lose it by then, so he was throwing balls pretty consistently. My boy got walked!! Then I started yelling at Nick Hundley, who was next up, but he grounded out to end the inning. Oh well. I was hoping for a grand slam or something!

I think I was in bed by the top of the seventh. That doesn’t seem completely right…but I think that was it. Yeah, it was Friday night and all, but we have a big day today, so we went to bed fairly early. And yes, I was in bed with my ancient Walkman and my headphones 🙂

We had some great pitching performances last night. Edward Mujica threw a solid 1-2-3 inning. Luke Gregerson threw the eighth.

Then, Heath Bell came in for the top of the ninth. Nyjer Morgan started off with a single. Heath always makes it interesting 🙂 Then, Jack Wilson popped up right behind himself. Nick Hundley threw the mask off in an instant, and caught the ball. It was a great play! The crowd got back into it, and you could just feel this energy sweep the park. Then Heath picked off the runner at first! You thought the pop-out got the crowd pumped, well this REALLY got them pumped! It was so cool! The batter flew out to right field, and that was that.

But the Padres were unable to score in the bottom of the ninth, so we went into extras.

It always happens on fireworks night. ALWAYS. I mean, extra innings are almost certain on fireworks night. The fireworks, or Friarworks as they’re calling them this year, happen after the game. Extra innings happen, and you’ve got fireworks downtown near midnight!!


postgamefireworks.jpg The tenth went pretty well. Both teams got some runners on, but neither were able to score.

In the top of the 11th, I was starting to fall asleep.
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Not because the game was boring or anything, but it was late, dark, I was in bed, and it had been a long day. So, once the inning was over, I got out of bed, went into the bathroom, turned on the light, and stared at myself for a few minutes. That woke me up, so I was pretty wide-awake when I climbed back into bed for the bottom half of the 11th.

Needless to say, I was ready for the game to be over. I just wanted to sleep!

It was a great inning, though. Luis Rodriguez started it out with a flyout, then Chris Burke came to the plate. He had a great AB to get walked.

Jody Gerut came up. The first pitch Matt Caps threw him, Jody hit way down the right field line…but foul. The guys said that it was about a foot and a half from being fair, and that would have ended it. But no! 

Either that pitch or the walk before had definitely rattled Matt Caps. He threw like three pickoff attempts to first, even though Burke showed no sign that he was going to try to take second. Caps kept throwing over there, then he would step off the mound, and Jody would call time, and it took forever for Caps to throw his next pitch to Jody. But Jody popped out.

Next up was David Eckstein, but Caps was still concerned about Burke over there at first. He threw two pickoff attempts before throwing a pitch to Eck, and when he finally did, he threw a ball and then a pitch out. Burke finally did steal second, the throw going into shallow center field.

Eck walked. So there’s two outs, runners on first and second, 11th inning, 3-3 tie, and Brian “Overdue Overdue Overdue” Giles coming to the plate. He had a great at-bat, running the count to 1-2. I knew he would hit the next pitch. In my slightly sleepy state, it was almost like I was there, at the ballpark, watching the ball in the pitcher’s hand. I just knew that would be the one. And it was. Gillies ripped it down the right field line, and Burke scored easily from second. Padres win!

Of course, by now my whole family was fast asleep. It was 10:45 pm, and I was probably supposed to be sleeping. Kind of hard to have a victory celebration without making noise. I hissed “YES!!!”. Thankfully, my sister was asleep, or she would have hissed, “BE QUIET!!”. I sat up in bed, fully awake now, and pumped my fist a few times. It was all I could do to keep from scream and leaping out of bed to jump around, but I was able to hold back.

It was such a great game. Edwin Moreno threw two great innings to earn his first major league win. We left 12 runners on, but in the end, we got it done. I really really enjoyed listening to the game, and boy was I pumped up afterwards!

Tonight we are playing the Pirates again, Shawn Hill against Elijah Duke. I think our momentum from last night’s game will definitely carry over.

GO PADRES!!!!

(photo credits: farm4.static.flicker.com, examiner.com)