That guy is so weird, but man, he’s effective. He completely held us down. He threw seven innings, only allowing one run on three hits with 13 strikeouts. We had no chance.
Coincidentally, the person we did get to was closer Brian Wilson in the bottom of the ninth. I guess he gets an excuse because he literally just got off the disabled list, but still.
With one out, Alberto Gonzalez singled and Orlando Hudson walked. Brad Hawpe finally got his first hit as a Padre with a RBI single. After a pitching change, Chase Headley doubled in Hudson and Hawpe. That was our rally. We kind of ended the game with the bases loaded, which stinks. It was good that we did rally a little, but it’s always such a letdown when you could have done more. Oh well.
So, we lost to the Giants 8-4. It was okay because it was only a two-game series, so we got the split. Let’s just hope that we never have to face Lincecum again this season.
Nick Hundley hit a huge home run against Lincecum. That guy has been soooo hot. He didn’t get hits in his other two at-bats, though, bringing down his average to .500. Ha. In comparison, the rest of yesterday’s starting lineup was batting under .200 except for Chase Headley who brought his average up in the game when he went 2-for-4.
Tim Stauffer didn’t do so great. He went only 4.2 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. Then each and every one of the next five relievers except Chad Qualls allowed at least one run. Sigh.
Today the MLBlogs.com Latest Leaders for the month of March came out. This blog is #5!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you all so much. This is my fifth season of being a Padres fan, and the start of my third season of blogging here at MLBlogs.com. Wow, it’s crazy how fast time goes by! Looking forward to an excellent season of Padres baseball 🙂
Well, now we get to face the Dodgers for three games this weekend. That’s going to be super fun. Hopefully we can get at least two out of three.
On January 13, 2009, I wrote a tribute to Trevor Hoffman that I considered to be one of the best things I ever wrote. I actually wrote a ton of tributes. I don’t know how many of my readers from then are still around now, but for those of you who were, I’m sure you remember how upset I was that Trevor got kicked out by the front office. In fact, you even established a support group for me.
Then, things looked pretty hopeless. Trevor left and signed with the Brewers. The Padres’ front office was awful. But man, we’ve come a long way. Trevor’s back. He’s home now. He’s a Padre again. We’ve got new people in control of the team, people who actually care about the fans. We’ve got an amazing winning team on the field. We went through quite the dark period, but we have come out of the tunnel and into the light.
Yesterday, Trevor threw out the first pitch for the Padres’ Opening Day game. It was the coolest thing ever. Trevor is finally home.
So, here’s the tribute that I wrote in that time of hopelessness. But this time, it has a new ending. This time, it ends with joy.
“The first time I ever saw you live was June 23, 2005, at my first
Padres game. I wasn’t a Padres fan, in fact, I thought baseball was kind
of boring. I had heard of you before, who in San Diego hadn’t? You were
the only person I associated with the Padres. I don’t remember much
about that game. But you did pitch that day, in the 10th with the game
tied. You’ve always been horrible in tie games. (Note to Milwaukee:
whatever you do, do NOT put Trevor in to pitch in tie games!!) This game
was no different. You gave up the winning homer. I don’t remember
seeing you pitch, but I can say that I was there.
In 2006, I attended another game, and after that, I was hooked. One
of my best experiences involving you was your record-breaking 479th
save. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon near the end of the season. I
was in my room with the radio cranked. My parents had their radio way
loud, too. It was so amazing to hear the call of the save, and to hear
the interview and analysis afterward. I was so happy for you that I
almost started crying. I remember wishing so much that I could be there.
I still have the newspapers from that wonderful weekend. You were my
I went into the 2007 season as a Padres fan. You had a great year.
There are so many stories I could share, but let’s just say that I was
super excited when you got a save, and pretty disappointed when you blew
one. The day you got #500 was very exciting for me. I didn’t get
to hear it live, but I’ve watched it a lot since. In September 2007, I
headed down to PETCO with my sister and two friends to celebrate my
birthday. We got BP balls from the groundskeeper, and when we got into
the stadium, we went towards the right field line. There you were, stretching near the visitor’s bullpen. I was so excited to see you. I was
pretty much awe-struck. When you were done stretching, you stopped by to
sign autographs. And I got it, on my BP ball. I think I squeezed in
between a bunch of people, and just stuck my hand in there. It was so
cool, and that ball is very special to me.
Game 163 hurt, badly. I was really confident in you, but you blew it.
That was truly devastating, hearing you fall apart on that field. But
the way you handled the situation, taking the blame, and giving no
excuses was just incredible.
On August 14, 2008, I finally got to see Trevor Time. In the bottom
of the 8th, the score was 3-1 Pads. My Padres got Kouzmanoff on, but I
desperately didn’t want Chase Headley to get a hit! He didn’t, and so
the game headed into the top of the 9th. One of my goals in 2008 was to
see Trevor Time. I wanted to see it before you retired. And there I was.
I had been watching you warm up in the bullpen. I could tell it was you
by the leg kick, and the way you pitch. It was incredible to watch the
Trevor Time, to hear “Hell’s Bells”. I was screaming like crazy and
taking countless pictures. You did give up a home run to Mike Cameron,
but you did it. You closed your 550th save. I am so thankful that I was
able to be there, to see it before you left.
Trevor, you are a Padre. No matter where you go, you are and always
will be a Padre. You’ve been here for 16 years. In 1998, “Hell’s Bells”
debuted and you became San Diego’s hero. Over the 16 years with us, you
collected 552 saves. You broke the all-time saves record right here in
San Diego. You got 500 and 550 here. You represented the Padres 6 times
in the All-Star game. You’ve been here for so long, done so much for
this team, and how are we supposed to say goodbye to you?
We love you. We love Trevor Time. We love your humbleness, your
humor, and the way you play the game. That front office was eager to let
you go, but we weren’t. We weren’t ready to watch you walk away. We wanted
you to stay, to end your Hall of Fame career here.
You got your 600th save with the Brewers, and you retired after two seasons with them. But you’re back, with a fresh start. You don’t feel like you need to have a one-day contract, because you’re going to be here now. You’re a part of this team again. It feels like you never left.
We love you Trevor. Thank you for not giving up on us. You have been one the best players ever to wear a Padres uniform, and we are so happy that you are back for good.”
Besides the fact that I didn’t recognize any of our Opening Day lineup (it’s so different from last year!!), I love the look of the 2011 Padres so far.
Will Venable is an incredible outfielder. He definitely saved the game for us in the top of the 10th inning with a huge grab.
We also turned four double plays, which was key. We didn’t get as many hits as the Cardinals, but we got the same amount of runs, so I guess that’s all that matters.
Our pitching is still getting there. I felt like Tim Stauffer wasn’t all the way on top of his game, but he still did pretty great. He threw six innings, allowing two runs on nine hits. He was followed by Luke Gregerson, Mike Adams, Chad Qualls, and Pat Neshek.
Newcomer Cameron Maybin saved the day with a game-tying home run in the top of the ninth. We kept the Cardinals shut down in the bottom of the ninth, and then went into extra innings.
We then scored two runs in the top of the 11th, thanks to an error by the Cardinals that allowed Chase Headley to score. Nick Hundley then singled in our second run.
Heath Bell came in to the game to get his first save of the season, which he did, 1-2-3.
I’m SOOOOOOOO excited that we won our first game. I know it doesn’t really matter yet so far, but man it feels good. It’s always great to start off the season with a positive win filled with so many great things.
Man, it feels so good to be back. I have a feeling that this is going to be a great season 🙂
San Diego is the worst city ever to be a sports fan.
I’m serious. You’ve got a football team who’s been to ONE Super Bowl and lost, a baseball team who’s been to two World Series and lost, and now a college basketball game who won their first two NCAA tournament games ever but couldn’t make it anywere.
Welcome to our world.
It takes a ton of dedication to be a sports fan here. We’ve been disappointed so many times. I’ve only been a San Diego sports fan for about five years, and I’ve already lost track of the times that San Diego teams have let me and the city down.
It’s really, really awful. It’s so sad. It’s heartbreaking. It’s like being stuck in a never-ending rut. I don’t see how we’re ever going to get out. For some reason, we just have never been a winning city.
Tonight, the No. 2 ranked San Diego State Aztecs lost the No. 3 UConn 74-67. It was heartbreaking. We were trailing for most of the night, and we were no where near our best. We did have the most incredible season of Aztecs basketball ever, but it doesn’t seem to mean as much where you don’t get anywhere for it.
It’s so hard to watch and to cope with after it’s over. This city bonded with the team and followed it and cheered it on so hard. We wanted them to win so badly. We want them to do what no other team has done before (besides the Little League World Series): win a major championship for San Diego.
I’m heartbroken for the Aztecs. I’ll be the first to say that I was definitely a bandwagoner for this team. I didn’t follow the Aztecs all season long. I haven’t been a long-time Aztecs fan who’s been through the good and the bad. But even though I wasn’t there all the time, I’m still really sad about this loss.
But Padres baseball starts in a week. San Diego will have another team to root for. I hope with all my heart that we’ll do well, but I’m scared that they’ll let us down again. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a die-hard Padres fan. I don’t give up when it gets tough. I’ve stuck with the Padres through some of the most horrible games and stretches of games ever. But that doesn’t mean I have to enjoy it. I don’t have to like losing. I’m scared of disappointment.
I sure experienced that last year. We were in first place for the entire season, and then things fell apart. With no warning, we lost our lead to the stupid Giants. But then we won two games against them in the last few games of the season. That was hope. That was excitement. And then we lost in the last game of the season to give the Giants the West and ultimately, the World Series.
It makes me wonder when this drought is going to end. Are we going to have to endure 10 more seasons of disappointment? How long is it going to take for us to break through and have a team that can make it all the way to the World Series?
I’m so glad that I have hope in something bigger than baseball (JESUS!!), because if not, I would be so seriously depressed right now.
Sports can obviously never satisfy. San Diego sports definitely cannot satisfy. They all fall somewhere. I’m very thankful that because of God, there is meaning to my life that is way outside of cheering for a sports team.
Despite it all, San Diego is my city. It’s my home. Even though we can’t get our sports act together, I wouldn’t trade being a sports fan of this city for anything. It’s hard, but anyone can be a Yankees or Red Sox fan. It takes a lot of guts and a lot of dedication to be a fan of the Padres. I really, truly love it.
But for now, we’ve got a brand new season of Padres baseball to look forward to. We don’t know where they’re going to be at the end of the season, but why don’t we enjoy the ride? I’m looking forward to some good, solid, fun baseball. I can’t wait!
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.
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.
Only a few more hours until FanFest!!! I’m so excited 🙂
I just wanted to let you all know that you need to find Hyun Young and I tomorrow, because we have some very special treats for you. Yeah, I know, we’re great.
I’m going to be wearing my Adrian jersey, and I’ll have Adrian’s Red Sox mug shot taped to one sleeve, and a very cute picture of Kouz on the other. It’s going to be SWEET.
I really hope that I’ll get to meet a lot of you guys tomorrow. Don’t be shy!
See you all tomorrow!!
The first anniversary of Kevin Kouzmanoff’s awful trade was this past Saturday. I can’t believe that it’s been a whole year since the Padres traded away my baby.
Since that terrible day, things just haven’t been the same. I didn’t get to see Kouz all year, which is just strange.
I’ve had a connection with Kouz ever since he signed autographs for me and my friends way back in 2007. It meant so much to me that I fell in love with him right there and then. Also, both of our rookie seasons was 2007. We both had a taste of the majors in the end of 2006, but both of us really got into it in 2007.
Ever since that night, Kouz has been my all-time number one favorite baseball player ever. First of all, he’s a great baseball player, and he’s really nice and funny and I loved having him here in San Diego.
I’m sure all of you guys know what it’s like to have a favorite player on your team. It just makes your fanhood so much more fulfilling to have one specific special player that you cheer for. I’ll always be a fan of the Padres, the whole team, no matter what players are on it, but it was a lot more fun to be able to watch a guy that I loved watching play as much as Kouz.
As a Padres fan, you kind of have to be wary of the players on the team, especially when Moores was in control, because the name of our game is rebuilding. Any of these guys could be traded away, just like that. Now, I had gone through a lot of tough trades before the blow on January 16th, 2010. I thought that losing Jake Peavy and Trevor Hoffman was tough. But it was nothing like losing my all-time favorite player.
Of couse, Kouz is still my favorite player. He always has been and always will be. But it’s so sad that I can’t cheer for him here. He’s not on the Padres. He’s way up the coast with the A’s.
Kouz, it was a hard season without you. Thankfully, we were winning enough that I didn’t think about it too much, but still. It was so weird without being able to cheer for you here. I’m so happy that you had a good season, though, and I really hope that someday, someday, you’ll be able to come back and play for the Padres.
Thanks so much for everything, Kouz. I love you!!!!!
It was an incredible run. Trevor is one of my favorite players ever. He’s the classiest guy around, and he’s such a good baseball player. His years with San Diego are some that I’ll never forget. I’ll never forget the day that he became the All-Time saves leader, and the days he got his 500th and 600th saves. I’ll never forget the day that I got his autograph (which was the same day that I fell in love with Kouz actually).
We were so blessed to have him here for so many years.
Trevor, I don’t think you’ll ever know the impact that you’ve had on me and the city of San Diego. Even when we didn’t have many championships to look forward to, we always had amazing moments to look forward to because we had the best closer in all of baseball right here. Not only were you an amazing influence on the field, but you were an amazing example of sportsmanship and leadership.
I’ll never forget sitting in my room on a September afternoon, the radios blaring, as we listening to you getting your 479th save. That was such an incredible moment that it brought me to tears. I didn’t really know much about your career at that point, but I knew that that was a very special moment.
Thank you so much for everything. Thanks for all the memories and fun times. Thanks for staying here as long as you did. Thanks for giving us something incredible to cheer for and to watch. Thank you for being such an integral part of this organization.
Even though you were a member of a couple other teams, I know that you will always be a Padre. Especially now that you’re joining the club in a front office role, you are going to become a Padre again. I’m so excited that you’re back home, where you belong.
Always a Padre ❤
I love you Trevor!!
See you in the Hall of Fame in 2016.
A couple of days ago the 2010 Leaders on MLBlogs.com came out, and this blog was the 8th most popular blog all year!! I’m so excited. Thank you guys so much 🙂
It was so much fun to blog during 2010, especially with how well my Padres played. I am very, very excited about next season, though. I just put up my 2011 schedule, which is actually quite the ritual for me. Ever since I became a Padres fan in 2007, I’ve put the season schedule on the wall next to my bed. This year is my fifth year of being a Padres fan. Of course, five is a very significant number because that’s Kouz’s number. I’m really excited to celebrate my 5th year of being a Padres fan 🙂
I also wanted to remind you guys that Unfinished Business does have a Facebook page and a Twitter account. Check out the Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Unfinished-Business/273968091144 Twitter: http://twitter.com/padresgirl5
Be sure to “follow” and “like” my blog!
Aaaand I miss my boys. It seems like forever that we’ve had any baseball. I’m so excited about how close baseball is to starting. I just can’t wait to see how good this team is going to be. The coolest thing about starting a new season is that you never know what’s going to happen. Maybe we’ll stink, but hey, at least we’ll get to watch some baseball. But maybe we’ll be the greatest team in the MLB. You just don’t know. Sometimes, you don’t even know until the last few days of the season 🙂
I can’t wait for baseball, and the Fan Fest, which is going to be incredibly fun.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!