The Padres are certainly making some interesting moves this offseason. When Adrian was traded, a lot of people thought that they were giving up on the 2011 season. Man, we lost a ton of amazing players this offseason already. But suddenly, we’re adding players almost as much as we’re losing them.
We signed Dustin Moseley and Aaron Harang, traded for Cameron Maybin and Eric Patterson, and now we’re about to sign Orlando Hudson. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m actually excited about seeing how this team is going to come together. Honestly, I think we’re going to be okay.
We might not do as well as last year, but I’m really excited to give these guys a chance. Why should they be any less than they were last year, just because there’s a few new guys around? I can’t wait to see what happens.
I’m also extremely excited about the new minor league ballpark that will be coming to Escondido in a few years! I live very, very close to that area, and I am beyond excited about having Triple-A baseball so close by. I really hope that the whole deal goes through, but as of right now, it really looks like it’s going to. It’s going to be amazingly cool to have it right here.
(Photo credit: San Diego Padres owner Jeff Moorad’s investment team)
Also, I was really touched by an article in the Union-Tribune yesterday about Adrian. The Trevor Hoffman and Jake Peavy separations were not pretty, and I know that Jake had quite a few bad things to say about the Padres and San Diego. We do not appriciate that at all, Jake. It just left a bad taste in my mouth about that guy. There is absolutely no reason to turn around and bash the team that brought you up in the first place.
But anyways, what was so refreshing about Adrian’s trade was that it was so smooth, and Adrian is being incrediblely nice about it. If you are an Adrian fan, I would really recommend reading the article. He has absolutely nothing bad to say about us. He understands that it was a business move, and he agrees that it had to happen now. He still loves San Diego, and with he’s still very commited to serving the people of this city.
I am just so pleased that the separation went so well. He’s probably the classiest guy that I’ve seen in a long time. I am really happy that he’s still going to be very involved in this community. Thank you so much, Adrian. This just makes me respect you even more. What a role model!
Speaking of the trade, have I mentioned how happy I am that he went to the Red Sox and now the Yankees? At least the Red Sox are my second favorite team. I am really happy that he’s getting the opportunity to play for such an incredible team in the Boston Red Sox.
The U-T just reported that the Jason Bartlett trade is actually happening and will be officially announced this afternoon. All I have to say is, finally! Yet another great addition to our club.
Wow, Christmas is only a week away! I hope all of you are not going too crazy with all the preparations 🙂 I think that the Padres have been giving us plenty of things to be excited about for Christmas.
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I know that this was inevitable, Adrian leaving, but I still don’t want it to happen. Even if you don’t know anything about Padres baseball, you’ll know that Adrian Gonzalez plays for us because he’s the face of the team. He’s the only one left. First we got rid of Jake Peavy, than Trevor, and now it looks like Adrian’s out the door. Of course, we still have Heath Bell, but you can’t base an organization’s face around the closer. I don’t think it really works.
I’m just going to say that if Adrian gets traded, the Padres as a business are going to suffer. Unless we get someone the caliber of Josh Beckett or David Ortiz in return, I believe that the fanbase will shrink considerably. I know that even aquiring Aaron Harang has turned my sister off completely to the Padres, but trading Adrian Gonzalez…for the average fan, who on earth do you go to a Padres game to watch?
I do have to admit that I would love to get Jacoby Ellsbury here. I love that guy. And going to the Red Sox isn’t the worst thing for a player like Adrian to do. At least it’s not the Yankees. But losing a guy like Adrian…man. Hometown boy, long-time player, face of the franchise…I don’t really see how trading him is going to benefit you.
Okay, I know that if we do trade him, we’re going to get a lot in return. A lot. But I think the Padres are still going to take a huge blow.
I hate losing players. I hate losing guys who have helped us so much and in so many ways. Adrian’s just been incredible for us, and I really don’t want to lose him.
Adrian Gonzalez is my 8-year-old brother’s favorite player. He loves playing baseball. He loves pretending to be Adrian Gonzalez. I don’t have the heart to tell him that his favorite player is about to be traded. And I know that my little brother isn’t the only kid in this city who loves Adrian. Kids look up to this guy. It’s going to be pretty tough for a lot of them.
Well, it’s a good thing that the Red Sox are my second favorite team.
I love you, Adrian. Thank you for everything.