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Trevor’s Time To Retire

trevor-hoffman.jpgTrevor William Hoffman, the All-Time Saves leader and Mr. Padre #2, retired today after 18 amazing years of closing dominance.

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 legkick.jpgTrevor, 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.

 
trevor 479 trophy.jpgThank 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. 

GO PADRES!!! 

Winning the World Series: Unfinished Business

The Latest Leaders list for October came out last night, and I’m #7!!!! I’m so excited πŸ™‚ Just wanted to thank you all so much for your faithful support and for coming back to read what I have to say. It means so much to me!

I thought I’d talk a little today about my blog’s title, which, as you should all know, is “Unfinished Business.”

I got the name from a then-GM Kevin Towers quote after the 2007 season. During the 2007 season, all you Padres fans know, was the Worst Game Ever. After a remarkable season, we found ourselves tied with the Colorado Rockies for the Wild Card. So, we went to Colorado for a one-game playoff. It was October 1, 2007. A Monday night.

It was literally the worst game ever. Our ace, Jake Peavy, was horrible. Adrian hit a grand slam. The game went back and forth the whole time. Finally we got to the 13th inning and Scott Hairston hit a two-run homer to take the lead. It was sooo incredibly exciting!

The all-time saves leader, Trevor Hoffman, came in to save the game and get us our playoff spot. Except…things did not go as planned. Bam bam bam bam, single, single, triple, run-scoring flyout, and we were done. The Rockies went on to the World Series, but lost to the Red Sox (TAKE THAT!!). 

So ANYWAYS, Kevin Towers said during the offseason that we had some unfinished business with the Rockies. I completely agreed with that, and that was what I titled my blog when I started it in the 2008 season.

But after 2008, the title was not really relevant anymore, because we couldn’t just stay mad at the Rockies for the rest of our lives. Well, the fans can (and I am), but the team itself was completely different than those guys who were in Game 163.

I debated changing the name after that season, but decided that it was still very relevant, because the Padres have the “unfinished business” of never winning a World Series. In our 41 year existence, we have reached two total World Series, and won zero. Our first time was 1964, and our second was 1998. We have had no success at all. Pretty sad.

Our unfinished business is to win a World Series. I know that someday, someday, we will. We’ll get it eventually.

Just wanted to let you all know that we still have that Unfinished Business. I honestly thought that we had a chance this season. But hey, that’s the duty of a die-hard fan, right? We believe in the impossible. Even there in that stupid last game of the season, I clung to a hope that we would force the playoff. I HATE THE GIANTS!!!

I absolutely hate that the Giants won the World Series. I don’t care about Bochy or Flan or whatever. The Giants freaking kicked the Padres out of the playoffs. That is unforgivable.

Blech. We’d better dominate the Giants’ butts next season.

Well, the Adrian drama goes on. He had shoulder surgery not to long ago, and now it looks like he’s not going to be ready in time for the start of Spring Training. Smooth, Adrian. Real smooth.

Also, FAN FEST IS SET FOR SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2011. BE THERE.

Hey, that’s actually not that far away…only three months!! Sweet!!! I’m soooooo excited πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€  

I hope you guys all have a great weekend. I’m super busy writing it up for NaNoWriMo… 

GO PADRES!!!! 

Happy Birthday, Trevor!!

trevor-hoffman.jpgToday is Trevor Hoffman’s 43rd birthday. This year was a big one for Trevor as he got his 600th save with the Brewers. But he only got 10 saves total this year, which was not that great. He blew a whole bunch and then was demoted from his role as closer. I think the years are finally catching up with him, but he’s still an amazing guy. He’s probably not going to be with the Brewers next season, so Padres, hint hint hint.

Sure, we probably won’t have him replace our Delivery Man of the Year, Heath Bell, but before Trev retires, he’s gotta come back to his Padres.

We love you, Trevor. Hope you have a day!!! And hey, come back to San Diego soon, yes? 

Forever a Padre ♥

He threw his hands up in the air as teammates surrounded him. The sign in the outfield finally moved from #599 to #600.

Trevor Hoffman earned his 600th save last night in Milwaukee.

What can I say about Trevor? He’s one of my all-time favorite players. He’s one of the most classy players to ever step on a major league baseball field. Best of all, he’s a Padre.

I am just soooo happy for him!!! He so deserves this. He’s an incredible player and an incredible person. I love him so much and I miss him like crazy.

Though it was a very happy moment to watch him get that 600th save, it was also very sad because he wasn’t doing it in San Diego. This is his home, not Milwaukee. He doesn’t belong there. He belongs here.

But it’s reassuring to know that wherever he goes, Trevor will always, always be a Padre.

hoffman-500x-large.jpgCongrats, Trevor, on save #600. Your whole career has been absolutely amazing and you’ve created quite the legacy for youself. You’re the all-time saves leader! Great work, Trev. You’re an inspiration to many people, including myself.

I still hope that someday you’ll be able to pitch in one more game as a Padre. I miss Trevor Time. No matter what, though, you are forever a Padre. I love you Trevor.

GO TREVOR HOFFMAN!!! FOREVER A PADRE!!!!  

BEAT LA!!

You know, the Padres have gone 40 years without any player hitting for the cycle. But for some reason, I think that’s finally going to be fulfilled very soon. We’ve come very, very close multiple times this season already. I’d say that we’ve been one hit away three or four times. It’s going to happen. Last night, Will Venable put on quite the show. Even though he didn’t hit for the cycle, it was still an impressive performance.

Will was in the leadoff spot for the first time this season, and I think that’s a good spot for him to be. He went 4-for-5 last night, with a single, two doubles, a triple, and a walk. He also scored four runs. Pretty amazing. He was just a home run away! Huge game for him.

Another person who had a huge game was Adrian Gonzalez. He drove in a career-high six runs, including a massive three-run homer.

adrianhomer.jpgI think this is going to be a game that we’ll remember for a long time. Not really for anything too huge, but there were just so many interesting aspects of it. First of all, it was another battle for our first-place lead. With LA’s nine-game winning streak or whatever, they’ve really gotten into this race. Now it’s not just SanFran we’re going to have to worry about. Like I’ve said before, my boys are not sitting comfortably on top of the NL West. This thing is a fight, and we have to keep pushing to keep this lead.

Second of all, this game was ridiculously long. I’m sure it didn’t help that we had scored eight runs before the fifth inning, and that Jon Garland was pitching. The guy’s a good pitcher and all, but my goodness, somebody really needs to speed him up. As it is, he only went five innings, allowing four runs on nine hits. But then again, Ramon Ortiz only went 3.1 innings.

Third, it was overall a great offensive game for the whole team. Sure, we have Adrian and Will as standouts, but the whole lineup really contributed. We had 10 runs and 14 hits. Notable is the top of the lineup: Will, four hits; Eck, two hits; Adrian, three hits. Chase Headley hit a solo home run.

chasehighfives.jpgAt the same time, though, we left a ton of runners on base. We could have been well on our way to 20 runs, but we left 13 runners on base. We were only 7-for-22 with runners in scoring position! That was something that was a little frustrating, but we did take a little advantage. We got two runs in the top of the ninth after not scoring since the fourth inning.

One person on this team I am really frustrated with right now is Edward Mujica. I mean, he hasn’t been horrible, but he has been giving up a few runs here and there. I don’t like it.

Luke Gregerson and Ryan Webb had perfect one-inning outings, which was good. I was really glad that we got those two runs in the top of the ninth so that Heath wouldn’t have to pitch.

It was an amazing game. It’s always great to beat the Dodgers, and it was cool to break their winning streak, since they were so rude as to break ours over the weekend. I really hope that we’ll be able to get the little sweep tonight.

trevorblowing.jpgSo I’d like to talk about Trevor Hoffman a little. A couple nights ago, he blew his fifth save of the year in 10 chances. That is not good at all. I’m worried about him. He’s usually a lot better than this. I mean, like he said, it’s not like he was throwing 90 last year and now he’s down to 80. He wasn’t completely solid last year, but he closed down games. I’d like to say that he’s not doing so well because he left San Diego, but I know that even if he did come back here, he would probably be throwing the same way. But whatever happens, he can’t retire yet, and he doesn’t want to do that either. He’s just a little off right now (okay, a lot) and the Brewers are going to give him a break for a couple games. We love you, Trevor! 

Tonight the Padres are playing the Dodgers again. Kevin Correia is going against Clayton Kershaw. We haven’t done that well agaisnt Kershaw this season, but the past is the past. 

Let’s get ’em, boys.

GO FIRST-PLACE PADRES!!  

Singling All The Way

wadegem.jpgStory of the game: Wade LeBlanc.

This guy has been amazing ever since we called him up a few weeks ago. In the three games that he’s started, he’s only allowed one run on 17 hits with 16 strikeouts. Yeah, he’s been good.

Last night, he went 6.1 innings, allowing eight hits, no runs, no walks, and striking out six. I would also like to mention that his ERA is 0.52. 0.52!!!!!!

He even picked a runner off of second.

Not only was he amazingly solid in his pitching, but he turns out to be a bona fide hitter as well!

He went 3-for-3 last night. No joke. He’s now batting a cool .667. Four hits in six at-bats. Yep, that would do it. 

When I found out that he had three hits, I was like, no way. That’s just too funny! But man, it’s true. He really helped himself out.

In the bottom of the fourth, we got four runs on four hits. Funny thing is, all of them were singles, The even funnier thing is, all 13 hits in this game were singles. No extra-base hits for these boys. I’d say that this game was the epitome of small ball.

In the bottom of the fifth, we scored five runs. The amazing thing was that we started the inning with seven consecutive singles. Chase Headley, Scott Hairston, Kyle Blanks, Oscar Salazar, Yorvit Torrealba, Wade LeBlanc, and Jerry Hairston Jr. It was soooo cool!! There was really no big blow in the whole game, but we got a bunch of runs the small way.

yorvithit.jpgTim Stauffer came into the game after Wade left, and he threw 2.2 solid innings. A hit and a walk, and that was it for him.

Let’s take a look at some of the contributions from the lineup last night. Jerry Hairston Jr. hit leadoff, taking the place at shortstop of Everth Cabrera, who is going to go on the DL. Of course, I’m sad that Everth is injured and won’t be able to play for us in a while, but I’m super thankful that we’ve got a solid defender who can replace him. J-Hair is a really, really good player. I think the Hair-Bros are doing better than any of the other Bros combinations that we’ve had.

Anyways, in that leadoff spot, Jerry had two hits and drove in two runs. He also made some ESPN-worthy defensive plays. Man he’s good.

Eck was batting second and drove in a run on one hit. Adrian was batting third, and he was the only one in the starting lineup not to get a hit. He did not have a good night at the plate, but hey, he’s batting .299 and the rest of the team was able to pick him up, so I think he’s good.

Chase Headley, Scott Hairston, and Kyle Blanks each had one hit. Scotty and Blanksie each scored two runs.

It’s the bottom of the lineup that I really want to talk about. Those last three guys, Salazar, Torrealba, and LeBlanc, had the best day of anyone. Salazar and Yorvit each had two hits. Yorvit drove in three runs. And, as we know, Wade had three hits. I love that the bottom of the lineup weren’t easy outs.

Overall, this lineup is extremely solid. I’m looking forward to seeing J-Hair get some more playing time, especially at short. I think he’s going to add a lot as an everyday player.

No Trevor in this game, but I’m sure that he’ll be out there sometime in the next three games. I know that he’s eagar to get out there again and prove that he can still pitch. But at the same time, the only way he’s getting out there is when we’re blowing out the Brewers again and they just want to get him out for some work.

Honestly, though, if we did find ourself in a situation where it’s the bottom of the ninth and we’re losing, I think that we could easily come back against him. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Trevor and miss him like crazy, but the way he’s been pitching…

It would be really ironic if we put T-Gwynn out there against Trevor. Just to rattle him a little bit.

trevorbackhome.jpgI wish Trevor all the best, and I really do hope that he’ll be able to get out of this funk, but these are my boys now and winning is the priority. If we have to win against Trevor, that’s cool. And you know what, I think it’s even cooler because then the Brewers will be so frustrated with him that they’ll release him and we can pick him up and bring him back where he belongs.

Time for some more domination, boys. 

GO FIRST PLACE PADRES!!!  

Still Top of the NL West

I was pretty upset after our horrible loss on Monday, but thankfully, my boys went back out there and were able to take the next two games against the Florida Marlins.

On Tuesday, Jon Garland had a really good game. I was super glad that he actually threw well and didn’t give up that many runs. He went six innings and gave up only one run on three hits. But the cool thing was that he struck out ten batters. I was very pleased by that.

That was a great 4-1 win by the boys.

Yesterday, the Marlins got a lot of runs off of Kevin Correia early. They got two in the bottom of the first, then one each in the bottom of the next two innings. He was okay…I mean, he got the win, but he could have been a little more solid. Oh well.

kcorpitching.jpgIn the top of the fifth, my boys came back to take the lead. Here they’re losing 4-0. Not exactly something I would expect these guys to come back from. Hehehe. But guess what? They did.

Jerry Hairston Jr. drove one in, then David Eckstein hit a three-run double. Adrian singled one in. And just like that, we were winning 5-4.

Have I ever mentioned that we have an amazing bullpen? Well, we do. Man they’re good. Edward Mujica, Luke Gregerson, Mike Adams. These guys are seriously solid, and I think they’re extremely underrated.  

One thing that I really enjoyed about yesterday’s game was that I got to watch it!! MLB.TV gave it to us for free for that one game, and I loved it! I loved being able to finally see my boys play. I hadn’t seen them at all yet this season, except for the highlight videos, so it was very cool. 

On that note, I got to see Clay Hensley pitching against us, which was really cool. Well, it wasn’t cool that he got six strikeouts against us, but man it was good to see him again. I loved having that guy here in San Diego, and I miss him 😦

Obviously, you cannot give Heath Bell only a one-run lead. It’s not safe, and it’s not good for any of the Padres fans’ nerves. Not good at all. So, I was really really thankful when Yorvit Torrealba hit a home run in the top of the eighth to give Heath a little more cushion. Watching that thing brought on memories of a Torrealba homer against us. Shudder. I’m so glad that he’s on our side now.

yorvithomer.jpgHeath came in and had to make things very interesting, but thankfully, he got out of it and we won the game, along with our fourth series win in a row. We’re doing okay. Not the best, but we’re still up there and we’re still playing very well.

We still have our one-game lead in the NL West, which is still so sweet. I love just knowing that we’re on top of the division. We’re doing very well. I’m soooo excited about these boys!!

But now I’d like to talk about a few people who aren’t doing so well right now. Like Jake Peavy. Ever since he left San Diego and went to the White Sox, he has not been doing well. He was okay last year, but he was hurt. Now, this year, he’s been really, really bad.

jakefail.jpgSo far this season he’s 0-2 in five games started. His ERA is 7.85. He’s given up 25 runs and 20 walks. Nope, not good at all.

Trevor Hoffman has three saves in seven opportunities. His ERA is 13.00 in nine games. He’s kind of pretty much failing in Milwaukee.

trevorfail.jpgDo you see a pattern here? These guys both left San Diego on really bad terms. Both are struggling like crazy. I think this just goes to show that those who leave San Diego on such bad terms will not do well elsewhere. I’m just saying…

That leads into the fact that the Brewers are coming into town, dragging Trevor behind them. Well, not really. But Trev has not been doing well at all, and it would not surprise me if the Brewers put somebody else out there in a save situation. But, of course, there will be no save situations for the Brewers in this series. My boys are going to dominate.

I think the Brewers should trade Trevor back to us. If they don’t want him blowing games for them all the time, why not take him off their hands?

Anyways, it’s going to be a very interesting series, that’s for sure. I can’t wait to see my boys get home and dominate!

GO PADRES!!!

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