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.
Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? Always a good place to start. It’s the bottom of the first, bases loaded. Run already in thanks to Kevin Kouzmanoff’s single. ONE OUT. Will Venable strikes out. Eliezar Alfonso grounds out. So, we only got one run and left the bases loaded, but hey, it’s only the first, we’ll get those runs back.
Third inning, we load the bases again, this time with two outs. Alfonso strikes out to kill the inning. Oh well, we’ve left some runners on, but there’s still some time.
Fourth inning, we get two runners on with two outs. And what do you know, Alfonso comes up and strikes out to kill the inning yet again.
Next inning, same story. Two runners on with two outs, and they stayed put.
Two runners in the eighth, one in the ninth. And none of the runners in the whole game after the first inning scored.
Sure, we were facing a tough pitcher in Aaron Cook, but if we were able to get that many runners on, we should have been able to get that many runners home. We had 11 hits. Tony Gwynn had two, Chase Headley had three. Various players had one each. But Adrian Gonzalez didn’t have one. Alfonso, who left eight runners on, didn’t have one when it meant the most. He had the chance to be the hero of the game. He could have driven in eight runs! Well, maybe not. But at least a few.
And believe me, this game was not just the offense’s fault. It was the offense, the defense, and the pitching. This was an all-around failed game. These guys did not play like a team one bit last night.
Chad Gaudin pitched five innings, giving up four runs. But guess what? Only one of those were earned! Adrian and Kouz of all people each made an error that cost them.
Mike Ekstrom gave up three runs. Ryan Webb, the amazing minor league pitcher who was just what we wanted in a Scott Hairston trade (not), gave up three runs.
The Rockies had a couple huge homers that really helped them put this game away. We finally lost, 10-1.
Oh my goodness.
That’s horrible!! How is it that the Rockies had only one more hit than we did but got nine more runs than us??
Yes, I did at least hope that my Padres would somehow be playing much better in the second half. But what can a three-day break really do for a team that’s at the bottom and sinking, a team that in my opinion is the worst team in baseball? Obviously, not much. I know, it’s only the first game of the second half, but still. It was a very negative way to start off.
Can I at least ask for a series split? Can I reasonably expect that is team is able to win two games in a four-game series? Really? I want to believe in this team, but I can see the evidence as well as any other fan. This team is terrible!! They can’t hit, they can’t pitch, and they can’t play together as a team.
I’ll still be listening. I’ll be watching the game at the ballpark tomorrow night. I have to figure out who this team is going to be. It’s the second half, and I guess I should know who they are right now. But part of me is still hanging on, wanting my boys to do better than this. I know they can, I’ve seen it. But I don’t know where it went.
I would like to congratulate Zac Sunderland on being the youngest person to circumnavigate the world alone. He arrived home yesterday after 13 months on the sea. He is 17 years old. I’ve been following his journey on his blog, and it’s just really cool that’s he back home. Congrats Zac!!
Well, I don’t really have much to write about today. Sure, there’s like no Padres news, but man, it’s been really nice to have a break. Especially after my rough weekend, it’s just nice. But I’m getting that itch again…I’m ready to listen to some baseball.
And…I’m ready to watch some baseball. One of the reason that I love going to a game, maybe why it means more to me than other fans, is because I never get to watch the Padres! I always listen to the games or watch Gameday, but I never get to see my boys. So, getting out to the ballpark and actually seeing how the players play is pretty amazing.
I am getting soooo excited about the game on Saturday!! It’s only a couple days!! It’s going to be sooo much fun, and I can’t wait to get out there and cheer for my Padres. Especially since we’re playing the Rockies. Sure, I would be cheering hard for my Padres anyways, but it’s a little more interesting when it’s against the Rockies. I think I’ve been to two games against the Rockies, which were very cool. And you know, STRANGE things happen whenever the Padres and Rockies meet, so we’d better prepare ourselves. I just hope that they don’t got 18 innings or anything that bizarre.
But, it is Rockies and Padres…
It’ll be fun. I know we’ll have a great time, no matter what the result of the game is. But hopefully we’ll get to watch a great Padres win 🙂
Speaking of the Rockies, the series against them starts tonight. It’s a four game series, so the Padres need at least two games. But maybe they should get three. Or four. Point is, the Padres need a great series to start off the second half.
Chad Gaudin will be pitching against Aaron Cook. Hopefully Gaudin will be good to go with the little break here.
And just because I really really like sparkles:
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!
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.
(photo credit: Hyun Young/padres.com)
First off, I am super pumped and excited about the huge feature on the front page of MLBlogs for me and my blog. It was after the game yesterday afternoon when I randomly checked the front page, and it totally shocked me. And I mean shocked. I’ve been the featured blog before, but this was just amazing! Thanks so much to all you guys for reading and supporting me as I blog about these tough Padres. You guys are amazing. I’m just thankful that God’s given me the ability to write and that I can be in this great community of baseball fans. Thank you!
Yesterday, the Padres did not do too well. I had the radio on for almost the entire game, but I really didn’t catch much of it mostly because I was chatting with Jeff Moorad (more on that later).
Kevin Correia started, giving up three runs in five innings. The big blast was a two-run homer to Chris Iannetta. The bullpen wasn’t that great. Cla Meredith gave up three runs. Arturo Lopez made his major league debut and didn’t get an out. Luis Perdomo and Edwin Moreno pitched well, but the damage was done by then.
On the offensive side, all you can say is Aaron Cook and Adrian Gonzalez. Cook absolutely shut us down. He basically didn’t allow anything until the seventh. Adrian hit a solo homer, then Henry Blanco hit a two-runner later in the inning. In the eighth, Adrian hit his second homer of the day, this time a two-run shot. We got within two runs, but we lost 7-5.
With his eighth and ninth homers of the season yesterday, Adrian broke the Padres record for homers in April. But that doesn’t matter to him, since they didn’t win the game.
And yes, we were wearing the sand uniforms. I tried to warn them!! Those things need to be burned. Incinerated. Pulverized. Destroyed!!
Yesterday afternoon, Jeff Moorad particiapated in an online chat with a bunch of fans. I was one of them. I submitted nine questions and five of them got answered, so that was pretty cool. Jeff talked with the fans for an hour, which surprised me. Last time I did a chat, it was with Chase Headley and he did only half an hour.
Jeff got a lot of good questions, and he answered them pretty well. It was a lot of fun to participate in! But they didn’t give him my question about getting Trevor back…
My favorite part of the chat:
peavy44fan: Do you think the Padres could win the World Series?
j_moorad: I won’t rest until we do.
I love that about him. He’s totally commited to bringing a World Series to San Diego. It’s very cool. Here’s the chat trascript if you would like to read it: Padres CEO Moorad chats with fans
It was a sad day for Padres baseball since we lost the game and the series to the Rockies, but we’re still in second place, only 2.5 games behind. It just amazes me that we can be so bad, play so terribly, and still be doing very well in the division. That’s the NL West for you. Colorado took the series from us, but they are still at the bottom of the NL West and still 2.5 games behind us. Crazy…
But now we are going to play the division-leading Dodgers for four games at Dodger Stadium. Maybe we can overtake them! Haha. That would be pretty cool, though. We have to get a series split at least. Tonight Josh Geer is pitching against James McDonald.
(photo credits: mlb.com, padres.com)
- 10-4 Pirates
No, the major league Padres were not playing the major league Pirates yesterday. Rather, my brother’s team, the Pirates, were playing the Rockies, and the Pirates came out on top with their first win of the season!
The Pirates had a great game, starting it off with two runs in the bottom of the first. They added one in the second, two in the fourth, and five in the fifth. One of our kids got an inside- the-park home run. It’s so funny to watch these 9- and 10-year-olds play baseball! The fifth was definitely our best inning. We went walk, strikeout, walk, single, triple, triple, and single. It was great. I really enjoyed watching the game, and watching them beat the Rockies, too! I think our three pitchers only allowed one or two hits, though we walked a lot of guys.
I have really enjoyed watching this baseball so far. It’s just a lot of fun! So, I scored the game with my scorebook last night. It was really hard! I made a few glaring mistakes, like thinking that a guy had been struck out when he was still batting…there was a balk, so things got a little confusing. It was seriously hard, but I want to do it again. I know I’m not going to be perfect, but I think I can do better. It didn’t help that my pencil ran out of lead, and that I discovered that I have absolutely no writing implements in my purse. I will have to work on that. Thankfully, my dad had a pencil on him, so I was able to finish off the game. I am so glad that I’m not the official scorer! But I really enjoy keeping score, and I hope to improve as the season goes on.
But oh boy, it was so cold out there! I had my Padres blanket, as well as my super fuzzy blanket, but I was so intent on scoring that I didn’t actually put them on. My hand was so numb!! I could barely write! But I made it. Wow, it was just really cold. Really really really cold. I’m sure it wasn’t as bad as what some of you guys are in right now, but this is San Diego! We aren’t used to cold like this!
One of the really interesting parts of this league is that all the umpires are teenage guys! I’ve really enjoyed watching the three different umpires and the way they call the games. There’s the home plate umpire, and then a umpire who patrols the bases. Strikes are usually pretty low. It makes sense, since most of these kids are pretty short, but I personally feel like the strike should be a little higher. But that’s the way they do it, so I guess we’ll have to deal with it. We’ll probably get an umpire later in the season who has a high strike, but we’ll see. The pitchers are all pretty good, though. It’s impressive.
Another exciting part of the game? My brother hit a foul ball! He’s not really the most baseball-gifted kid on the field, and he hasn’t been doing that great. He had a little foul ball in the last game, but this time he hit a solid foul ball down the first base line. I’m really hoping that he gets a good hit soon. Poor guy 😦
I miss my Padres. I wasn’t really listening to the game on Sunday because I was busy with other things. Then I completely missed the big blowout on Monday. There wasn’t a game yesterday, and I’m going to miss the game tonight against Korea. Oh well.
Tonight is the Padres’ exhibition game against Team Korea. Kevin Correia is starting, and hopefully he will be able to have a good outing. I really wish I could listen to this game, but I will be otherwise occupied.
Have a great day, everyone!
Wow, what a weekend! It was so big that it’s going to take two entries. Wow.
- Saturday: 15-6 A’s
Oh boy. This game was so bad that it was funny. Josh Geer started and gave up two home runs, two doubles, and three runs in the first. In his second inning of work (yeah, they actually gave him another inning after all that!), he gave up another run. So, what’s that? 5-0 Oakland in the second. But it was only the beginning. Only the beginning.
Justin Hampson was able to get through unscathed. The game was passed to Cla Meredith, who threw a scoreless inning. That’s really rare these days from the Padres’ pitching staff. Very impressive. But then Cesar Ramos gave up six runs in 0.2 innings. That’s really great for the young guy, huh? I can’t believe they left him in for that long. Chris Britton had a scoreless inning, but he gave up three walks. Matt Buschmann gave up four runs. What is that now? 14 runs for Oakland. Scott Patterson gave them their 15th. Mark Worrell closed out the game with a scoreless inning. Did you know that he hasn’t given up a run yet this spring? I really like this guy. I hope he makes the Opening Day roster.
So, in case you hadn’t noticed, our pitching is really, REALLY bad. With Friday and Saturday combined, they gave up 28 runs. That’s nasty. Man, it’s just bad right now. And Saturday was the day that I was hoping that we’d have a good game on the pitching side! I mean, most of the guys who threw on that day are the best of the pitching staff right now. I know, it’s still really early in the spring, and we have like four weeks ’til Opening Day. But I don’t understand how these guys could be so solid a week ago and are now falling apart all over the place.
The offense was bad. We scored six runs, sure, but the other team scored 15. Yeah. David Eckstein had a good game, with a double, RBI single, and sac fly. Brian Giles had an RBI single. Will Venable had two hits and drove in a run. Kouz got a hit and an RBI.
You just gotta laugh when the game gets that bad. I mean, the A’s were just pounding out run after run after run. It’s just a Spring Training game, no reason to get upset, might as well just laugh. We were getting killed. You never like to see you team do so miserably, but that game was just funny.
- Sunday: 4-2 Rockies
OK, so what’s up with the Rockies? Once they get to face the Padres’ terrible pitching, they finally get it going and win some games! Figures. I knew they were going to get going soon.
Let’s see…Chris Young…first inning…three runs to Colorado. CY also pitched the second and gave up another run. This was only his third outing, so I guess he can have a bad day. But I am slightly consoled by the fact that he was the only pitcher who gave up runs yesterday. Nick Schmidt, Mike Ekstrom, and Will Inman had scoreless innings. But I am very pleased that Mat Latos had two scoreless innings. That has got to feel great for the young guy. Before yesterday’s outing, he had allowed four runs, three home runs, and six hits in two innings. I am very happy for him.
Offense? Travis Denker and Matt Antonelli drove in our runs. Chris Burke went 2-for-3. Nick Hundley had a triple. That was pretty much it. It wasn’t that great of a day for the Padres.
Today we are playing the Diamondbacks. Hmm, that’s going to be interesting. Cha Seung Baek is starting. He has not been doing well so far, but hopefully he will find his groove soon. Let’s see if we can get a “W” today!