It’s been a week since the season started, and so far, I have not seen what I expected from this Padres team. I guess I’m really learning the lesson that the spring doesn’t tell you anything about what the regular season is going to look like. So far, that’s very true for the Padres.
In the spring, we were hitting, running, pitching, dominating, and winning. But in the first six games of the season, I have seen almost nothing of that. It’s very disappointing, and I have to admit that I thought we were going to be much better than this. Maybe I was biased and too hopeful, but just as you can’t judge a regular season by spring training, I believe that you can’t judge a regular season by its first few games. So I’ve still got a lot of hope for this team.
We’ve only stolen four bases. We’ve struck out 56 times, which leads the majors. Our team batting average is .218. Not good. Not good at all.
We’ve had two excellent wins. I mean, not every game is perfect, but both of those wins were amazing. On Saturday, we won against Colorado in 14 innings. I guess that a 2-4 record against division rivals isn’t that bad, but it’s not what I expected at all.
There’s something extremely essential to every baseball game, and that’s the starting pitching. So far, our starting pitching has been very iffy. We’ve allowed 11 home runs, which is second only to the Angels, who have given up 12. Jon Garland’s had two starts, and he’s only gone ten innings, allowed six runs, and he’s 0-2.
In Kevin Correia’s first start, he went six innings, but he allowed four runs and is 0-1.
Clayton Richard’s 0-1. Mat Latos allowed four runs in six innings. Chris Young is the only starter with a really quality start this season, and guess what? Saddest news I’ve heard about this team in a long time, but Chris is going on the DL. Again. Again. Again. ARGH!!!
This makes me soooo sad. I was so thrilled about CY’s incredible start last week, and I am totally depressed that he’s back there again. I’m sick of having him on the DL. I’m sure that he’s very sick of it, too. But it’s gotta be so unbelievably frustrating. I know it is for me. This guy can pitch so well, we saw that last week, but he just can’t see to catch a break and stay heathy!!! It’s so awful. Sigh. Well, I really, really hope that he’ll be fine after this and will be able to come back as quickly as possible. Get well soon, Chris. We miss you already.
So CY was supposed to be starting this afternoon’s home opener, but that’s obviously not going to happen, so Kevin Correia is taking his place. That shouldn’t be a problem, just as long as he can hang in there for a long time without giving up anything.
I don’t know what our problem was last week. Granted, we were faced up against some pitchers who were absolutely unhittable. But why can’t our pitchers be like that? Why aren’t they the ones shutting down the other team’s hitters? Maybe it was because we were not at home. Maybe we’re just adjusting to real games. I don’t know what it was, but it’s gotta change ASAP.
But on the other hand, I don’t believe that these few games can tell us how the rest of the season’s going to be. Baseball is way to fickle for that. Who knows? We could be like this all season. We could have a turnaround and be winning two out of every three instead of only one out of three. We could have a long losing streak or a long winning streak. We just don’t know what’s going to happen, and it’s very likely that we’ll go through both extremes.
We have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen this season. Isn’t that amazing? If we didn’t have that uncertainty, baseball would be incredibly boring. But we’ve got that unknown, so it keeps us watching. We see teams come out of nowhere and win big time. We see the biggest and the best teams have complete meltdowns.
Frankly, I don’t think we’ll really know what’s going to happen with the Padres until the last week of the season. Then we’ll be completely sure that we’re either going to have another average season or we’re going to the playoffs. This team is going to keep me guessing all season long. I just hope that we’ll be winning most of that time.
Today is Opening Day. Sure, I know it was officially a week ago, but this is really it. We unfortunately had to start the season on the road, but this is really the beginning, right here in San Diego. Every series is a new beginning.
I wanted to say a few words about Trevor Hoffman. As I’m sure a lot of you know, he’s on the quest for 600 saves. Can I just say that it’s a huge shame that he’s not with the Padres right now? Just think of the publicity the Padres and San Diego would be getting. I think the front office should trade for him right away. Just think of the headlines.
Also, Trev’s blown two games in a row, and the Brewers seem to be getting a little worried. I think that’s even more reason to get him over here now. Of course, the manager said that he’s going to use Trevor ’cause Trevor’s his closer, but they always say that just because he’s Trevor. So, I think that the Brewers should get him off their backs so they don’t have to worry about him blowing games for them. Why not send him back to where they got him from?
I really really really really really really miss Trevor!!! And I still think that the front office were complete idiots to get rid of him. Grrrrrrrr.
Well, the game’s starting in about two hours!! I’m super excited!! We’d better get a big win.
Guess who’s wearing #8 right now? Kyle Blanks! What a coincidence. Here I was going to talk about our center field situation, and an outfielder is wearing number eight. Anyways.
I kind of talked about it yesterday, but I think that Scotty Hairston and Tony Gwynn are going to be the main guys in center field. Who’s going to be starting Opening Day? Probably Tony Gwynn. But you never know.
Yay for only EIGHT more days!! It’s officially one week until the charity game, by the way. I bet the guys are super excited.
Now I need to talk about Adrian Gonzalez. He’s seriously breaking San Diego’s hearts. I mean, it was bad enough that the Chargers released LaDainian Tomlinson a couple days ago.
We are going to miss you so much, LT. Thanks for all the memories and the amazing years of being a Charger.
I hate it when this happens to San Diego sports teams. The Chargers released him. They dumped him, kicked him off the team. They didn’t want him anymore. And that’s really hard on the fan, just to know that their front office didn’t think enough of that player who meant so much to them.
I wasn’t that attached to LT, like he wasn’t my all-time favorite player. But hey, he was San Diego football. Everyone looked up to him, and he was one of the greatest guys ever to play Chargers football. And he was here for NINE years! It didn’t really matter if you had another player on the team who was your favorite, LT was like an automatic favorite.
I’m telling you people, this is the exactly same situation as the Trevor Hoffman situation. I remember being so frustrated with people after he got released because everyone seemed to care more about LT then Trevor, saying that LT was the better person and player. I used to even resent LT a little because he seemed to be a lot more popular than Trevor. I know that there were a lot of huge Trevor fans out there and that a lot of people were very upset when he left the team, but I wasn’t really seeing it as much as I saw, “oh my goodness, we need to keep LT!”
But both of these situations are exactly the same. Player gets older, but still can play phenomenaly, is a huge icon to the fans and to the city, and the front office doesn’t want to spare the money to keep him, so they just kick him out. It was like that with Trevor last year, and it’s like that this week with LT. It makes you very, very angry at the front office.
I was a huge fan of Trevor Hoffman. I was outraged at the way the front office disposed of him. Man. I was not happy at all that they didn’t even try to get him back. It was absolutely horrible. I understand that this is a business, but I don’t believe that it’s a good business decision to kick out a freaking icon!
So anyways, then Adrian has to come out with this little whining speech about how we have to win a championship or pay him the money he deserves or else he’s outta here.
I totally understand that he wants more money. A player of his caliber deserves a lot more than he’s getting right now. And I’m sure he’s thinking about his family and his foundation and stuff like that. I don’t think that he’s demanding the money just to be selfish, but he does have a right to. He should be getting much, much more right now. But I also know that at this point, the Padres probably aren’t going to be willing to part with the money that he should be getting. So, Adrian’s probably heading out the door.
If we’re not over .500 by the second half of the season, he’s going to get traded. If we can stay above .500 and be somewhere near first place, I’ll think the Padres will risk keeping him so that we can make a push towards the playoffs. I guess we’ll just have to see how this team pulls together and how they do in the first half.
But the point is, THANKS A LOT ADRIAN!! This is just what we needed to lift our spirits this week and to have a happy outlook on the season!
Like I said about LT, Adrian’s like an automatic favorite for the Padres fan. He’s an amazing player and a great person. But we have to win the World Series this year, or else he’s gone. But you know what, I have a feeling that even if we did win the World Series this year (right), Adrian would still be out the door. We just can’t afford him.
So enjoy having Adrian here for the next few months. ‘Cause he’s not going to be here much longer.
EIGHT MORE DAYS!! WHOOHOOO!!
Today is Trevor Hoffman’s 42nd birthday. Wow. That dude is getting old!! But man, he’s still pitching extremely well, and I’m sure he’ll get at least 600 saves. Hopefully he will also get a couple more in a Padres uniform too.
Well, Trevor, we missed you a lot in San Diego this season. There was something missing when we went into Spring Training and the season. Heath Bell was able to do a great job in your place, but “Blow Me Away” is just not as good as “Hell’s Bells.” I can’t wait to see you back in a Padres uniform, Trevor. I hope you have a great birthday. We love you!!!
GO TREVOR HOFFMAN!!!
OK, so here’s the story. I was throwing a football around with my sister last night. It’s a smaller sized football because I don’t like heaving those big ones that I can’t get my hand around. Now, maybe it’s because we were throwing on a slope, or I’m just really bad at catching a football, or the ball hates me, or it could just be my sister’s fault, but the ball often hits the ground before it hits my hand. I’m trying to get it, and it will hit my hands pretty hard. Anyways, last night I got hit very badly on my left pointer finger. I’m not exactly sure if I got hit on the bounce or on the throw or what, but it’s bad. It’s not broken, but it’s very swollen and bruising. Now, the whole reason of that explanation was because I’m having problems typing without that finger, but I’ll try my best, even if it takes two hours to write this.
Yesterday I heard the news that Trevor Hoffman had been placed on waivers by the Brewers. Immediately, the shock rushed it. The Brewers put Trevor on waivers?? And then, in came hope. Could it possibly happen? The guys on the radio were saying that Trevor would be a perfect fit with these Padres right now. We could use another guy in the bullpen, a veteran mentor for all the young pitchers. And I thought, why couldn’t it happen?
When I got home, I checked the internet for any news and found out that he had been claimed by an unknown team. That drove me nuts!! I refreshed the news site way too many times. I finally just got off the computer.
I found out this morning that Trevor was claimed by the Giants, but this whole waiver thing is pretty confusing. I think Trevor will probably stick with the Brewers after all, but for a few hours yesterday, I had an unbelievable hope.
As many of you know, Trevor’s departure in the offseason hit me hard. If you look back at my blog entries from November and December, I was rolling out tons of tributes. I was devastated that our All-Time saves leader was gone after 16 years. I was very thankful that he went to the Brewers instead of the Dodgers though.
Yesterday, I had a ray of hope that he would be back in a Padres uniform. Everything that I went through in the offseason, all the heartache and sadness, would be over. This season has flown by, that’s for sure. He’s been playing for the Brewers for about five months, and suddenly that could be all over. We would hear the bells in PETCO Park again. We could be a part of Trevor Time again. We could bring the All-Times saves leader home, where he belongs.
How incredible would that have been. I would have cried. It will be interesting to see how this whole waivers thing works out, but I don’t think he’ll return to the Padres this season. That’s just a beautiful dream. But what I do still have hope for is Trevor returning in 2010. Sure, he’s said that he wants to return to Milwaukee next year, but he’s just saying that for the fans. I refuse to allow that. He’s gotta come back to San Diego. To a winning team 🙂 I wonder, if Trevor saw what this team is going to be, if he would leave so easily. I wonder that about Jake, too. Will he regret leaving when he sees what we will become?
Trevor, you will always be a Padre. Wherever you go, whatever you do, you will always be a Padre. I hope that you’ll be back next year. We’ve got a great team lined up. Trev, we miss you like crazy!!
WE LOVE YOU TREVOR WILLIAM HOFFMAN!!!
On Saturday, my Padres came up with a great win. Kevin Correia pitched like the ace he is. He threw seven innings, allowing three runs with nine strikeouts. He was gooood.
The offense backed him up really well, so there wasn’t much pressure. In the second, we got three runs on five hits, including doubles by David Eckstein and Kyle Blanks.
It was a great, great game. We had a season-high 16 hits. Eckstein, Blanks, Blanco, and Cabrera each had two hits. Kouz and Chase Headley each had three. Scott Hairston was the only one who didn’t have a hit, but he made some spectacular catches in center field. He was robbing out there!
Edward Mujica and Mike Adams were great out of the bullpen. It was overall just a great, well-played game.
But what a game we got on Sunday. Even better than Saturday’s. It was clean, simple, quick, but boy was it good.
Chad Gaudin allowed a hit with one out in the bottom of the first…and then he didn’t allow a thing for the rest of the game. He had nine strikeouts in eight innings. He was so good, it’s incredible. This pitcher is not the same pitcher we saw earlier in the year. Man, what a great pitching performance by Gaudin!!
I mean, he threw a ONE hitter!! Man, that was great.
On the offensive side, it was all Scott Hairston. I bet he was pretty upset about not getting any hits on Saturday, so he got them on Sunday. He went 3-for-4 with a single, double, and home run. He drove in our only two runs.
Goodness, that is a REALLY funny picture!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Kouz: High five? Scotty: People to see, places to go…
Anyways, Chase Headley and Kyle Blanks each had two hits. I’ve been really pleased with Blanks. He’s really getting into a groove.
Heath Bell came in the ninth, walking a batter, but turned a 1-4-3 double play to win the game, 2-0.
It was a great, great game. The pitching was incredible. We did leave quite a few runners on, but we got just enough.
And so, we won a series for the first time since May 25-27 against the Diamonbacks. Yeah, it had been a while. And now we’re done with interleague!!! WHOOO HOOOO!!!! That is so exciting. We were 5-10 in interleague play. We didn’t really survive, but we’re done with it. Whew.
Tonight we are going to be back home. YES!!!! That’s huge. Anyways, we’re playing the Astros for three, then the Dodgers and the return of the Manny.
Where on earth did Mariano Rivera come from?? I mean, he got his 500th save last night. What’s up with that?? Ahem, Trevor Hoffman is the all-time saves leader, and I mean ALL-TIME. I don’t think anyone should overtake him or I will be quite upset. Goodness. You’d better get pumping, Trevor, ’cause you’ve got a guy right on your heels!!
I would like to share a few pictures that my sister took of a baseball. Believe me, they’re amazing. She has a really cheap camera, but she’s really got a talent with that photography thing.
Well, it’s Josh Geer vs. Roy Oswalt tonight. I really hope we can extend the two-game winning streak!!
Isn’t it amazing what your team does when you threaten to boycott them? 🙂
- 17-10 Padres
It was a crazy game! Shawn Hill started and gave up nine runs in the first two innings. It looks like he’s going to be in the rotation, but I’m not sure if I really want him there. Luke Gregerson threw two solid innings, which is good. Heath Bell came into the ninth to save the game. He got a couple outs, but he allowed a single and stolen base. With the tying run at third, I think he got a full count on the last batter of the game. The hitter took a called strike to end the game. Heath was obviously not the best, but he got out of the inning.
The hitters did pretty well. They were behind badly, but they were able to get a few runs. Eliezar Alfonso and Brian Giles each hit a homer. Adrian Gonzalez had three hits. Jody Gerut had two hits. Some of the younger guys were really good. There was this one hitter on the other team, the Phillies, who was huge! He looked like he belongs in the next division. He just killed us. But our hitters did very well. They were able to get seven runs in the bottom of the sixth, though that fell seven runs short. Oh well. But it was a pretty cool game!
I mean, you win some, and you lose some. It was great to get that win after a great weekend, but we severed a five game winning streak! Let’s just hope we can get back on track as the season starts and goes on!
So, I was doing a little research on the Padres’ new owner, Jeff Moorad. Apparently he has a lot of new plans for the Padres. Very interesting…Petco Park is certainly going to be very different with him in control. First of, he loved carousels when he was a kid. As a result, he thinks the Friar Faithful would like to have some carousels around the park.
Of course, you would have to pay to go on one of these.
His menu improvements seem like they would be pretty drastic as well. He’s been in Arizona for a while, so I think he’s picked up some weird ideas from there. For example, he thinks that San Diego fans would appreciate special food like THIS
But the best part is that Moorad believes that this guy needs to be back in a Padres uniform next year:
Now that makes me like Moorad, no matter what weird ideas he has!!
Today we are the playing the White Sox…probably. Chris Young might be starting. Who knows if the game will start at 1:05? Maybe we will win!
I hope you all have a great day! Haha!
(photo credits: rundles.co.uk, flatrock.org.nz, covemountainkennels.com, imagecache2.allposters.com)
The game yesterday wasn’t the best. We lost to the Angels 10-5. Ugh. Cha Seung Baek gave up nine runs. I don’t think we want him as the third starter. At least I certainly don’t! Adrian Gonzalez got his first homer of the spring, so that was good. But yeah. Just another spring loss.
What I really want to write about is a book I just read, called Bases Loaded: The Inside Story of the Steroid Era in Baseball by the Central Figure in the Mitchell Report by Kirk Radomski. The only reason I picked up this book was because it was new in the baseball section at my library, and it’s really rare to get a new baseball book in there. But it also looked interesting, and I decided that I needed to be better informed about this steroid problem that is sweeping baseball.
I have to admit that I haven’t really been interested in the whole Mitchell Report and all the hearings with Rodger Clemens and all that. I’m just a fan, and all I really care about is watching my Padres play some good baseball. If it was one of my players being accused like that, I would definitely be more interested, but it’s not like that. This book was captivating. I read it in about 5-6 hours over the course of two days. I am a pretty fast reader, but that’s still impressive.
Kirk Radomski was a batboy and then a clubhouse attendant for the New York Mets. He was really into bodybuilding and nutrition, so when the players started asking questions about their diets and what vitamins they should be taking and stuff, he would help them. It was natural to him to do whatever the players asked. When some of them started getting interested in steroids, he would get some for them. To him, it was just like getting some vitamins or running an errand for them. Just getting steroids for a player turned into a huge operation of supplying the majority of baseball with steroids and ultimately human growth hormone. When he was finally caught, he was the first breakthrough for the people working on the Mitchell Report. He supplied them with thousands of checks from the players and trainers who had bought from him. He also supplied them with a huge list of names.
This book is fascinating. What’s incredible to me is that he was able to supply players with juice for so long and nobody ever stopped him. With great storytelling, this book is a breeze to read through. At least, it was for me. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to look at baseball the same. I hate to think that any of my Padres have been or are taking juice, but I’m sure it’s happening. This guy is brilliant in terms of nutrition and the effect of steriods and HGH. He can tell when a player is juicing, and even what he is using by just looking at him. It’s pretty incredible.
This book isn’t for all baseball fans, but if you’re interested in the “steroid era”, I would highly recommend it. But if you’re not really that interested, there are better baseball books to read.
I am very excited that the Brewer’s A-Z ballpark guide is FINALLY up. I’ve been checking it everyday for days, and now it’s finally here! The reason I wanted it so badly was so I could get the Brewer’s fanmail address and send some of my tributes to Trevor. So, that will be fun to work on! I doubt that he will reply, but maybe he will read them.
I am also REALLY excited about the Fan Day!! Naturally, I’ve been thinking, planning, and daydreaming about it for the last 24 hours. It’s going to be sooooo much fun!!
Today the Padres are playing the Indians. Wow, how many times have we played the Indians? I think this is the third time this spring!!
- CF Jody Gerut
- 2B David Eckstein
- RF Brian Giles
- 1B Adrian Gonzalez
- DH Cliff Floyd
- LF Chase Headley
- 3B Edgar Gonzalez
- C Henry Blanco
- SS Luis Rodriguez
Kevin Correia will be starting. Heath Bell will also pitch. Let’s see how the rotation candidate will do today. Maybe he won’t give up that many runs!!
Have a great day!
(photo credit: nydailynews.com)