- 5-4 Dodgers
Chris Young started and threw two great innings. He just made one mistake to Mitch Jones, who hit a bomb to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. They added to that lead in the 5th with an unearned run when second baseman David Eckstein booted a ball. But the Padres grabbed one of those back with an RBI by Eckstein (redemption!) in the bottom of that inning. In the 6th, Gabe DeHoyos gave up three runs, including a two-run homer from Blake DeWitt to increase the Dodgers’ lead to 5-1. The Padres fought back a little, getting a run in the 6th and the 7th each. They also got a run in the bottom of the 9th, but it was not enough. We lost to the Dodgers 5-4.
Our pitchers actually did pretty well. CY only allowed one run, but otherwise was really sharp. Cla Meredith, Chris Britton, Ernesto Frieri, Will Inman, and Mike Ekstrom all threw scoreless frames. Our hitters had 10 hits. Kyle Blanks and Nick Hundley has two hits each. You know, we haven’t scored that many runs, but our hitting has been pretty good. We’ve scored four runs in the last three games.
Today is an off-day, the first of four this month for the Padres. Tomorrow we will be facing the Texas Rangers in Surprise with Cha Seung Baek starting.
My two younger brothers are playing baseball with the city this spring, and my brother’s first game was last night. It was so cool to watch some baseball, even at almost the lowest level of play! It was really cold, but I had my Padres blanket, so I was pretty good. It was a neat game. My brother’s team lost like 8-3, but it was really fun to watch. I will definitely be going to many more of his games! I’m thinking that I’ll start doing write-ups and keeping score. It would be good practice for me. Anyways, here’s a picture from early in the game:
Thank you for your great response to my latest tribute to Trevor. I feel like that is one of the best pieces I have ever written. It really just flowed from my heart to my fingers. So, thank you!
I’m sorry. I can’t help it. In the Latest Leaders, I got #31. And I’m going to do something kind of radical this time (unless you want to learn about Robert Woodard again…I didn’t think so. Besides, I just brilliantly figured out that #31 is retired for the Padres. I could dedicate this to him, but…). So, in a warped version of Jimmy’s tradition, I dedicate my #31 ranking to #51, baseball’s all-time saves leader, forever a Padre, Trevor Hoffman.
*Sniff sniff* OK, Kaybee, pull yourself together.
Trevor, you’re really a Brewer. I mean, I’ve known for months that you will be in THAT uniform, but to see you there, it’s tough, man. Not having you in Peoria is really hard. I only experienced one Spring Training that you were in. But it was really neat to hear you pitch in Spring Training 2008, after that long hard offseason of dwelling on Game 163. It was so great for you to get out there and pitch some scoreless innings.
This year, you are certainly doing your own thing. I mean, you’re not even with the team as they go play their games! If you were still with the Padres, would you do the same thing? Pitch bullpens instead of pitching in the actual games? Stay behind in Peoria while we went to play other teams? I guess we won’t find out until next year, when you sign with the Padres again (*cough* *cough* hint hint).
It’s been so different here without you. There’s definitely something missing from the clubhouse, but I think the guys have accepted that you aren’t going to be there all season. That’s really tough, but they gotta accept it. It’s no use dwelling on the past, on what could have been. What happened isn’t going to change. The guys have got to move on, and so do the fans.
That’s going to be really hard. I don’t think we will really be able to say good-bye until the Padres have a save situation for the first time in the regular season. Normally (because Trevor Time is normal; it’s what we’re used to), we stand in anticipation after the last out in the bottom of the eighth. The bells start. BONG. BONG. BONG. We smile, starting to scream and jump around as the all-time saves leader, the Padre, trots out of the bullpen. But this time, we will stand, waiting for the bells, and they will never come. No, this time Heath Bell will come lumbering out of the bullpen. Instead of the leg kick, we will watch the arm-slinging. Heath is cowboy-style: big, lumbering, jerky, and fast. You are all style, very smooth. Leg way up, glove to your chest, then arms spreading out as your leg comes down and you push off, smoothly releasing the ball towards home plate. Soft thud in the catcher’s glove as the bat totally misses that deceptive change-up.
We will miss Trevor Time. That will probably be the hardest to deal with. But you know what we will also miss? We will miss YOU, not just as a pitcher, but as a person. We won’t get to watch you warm up during BP, we won’t be able to try to get your autograph. We won’t see you wandering in the streets of San Diego with your wife and kids. We won’t get to see your boys playing around in the ballpark. We won’t get to see you doing all the wonderful work in the community that you’ve been doing for so long. We won’t get to read your insightful quotes in the newspaper, we won’t get to read about your humorous exploits (the ball cart in BP…LOL). Oh, sure, we can read about the stuff you do with the Brewers, but it’s no where near the same. I have no doubt that you and the Padres will meet sometime this year, whether it be in Spring Training, Petco Park, or Milwaukee. I have a feeling that you will pitch against the Padres sometime this year, and it’s going to be hard. But if you come out to close a game against the Padres in Petco, you are going to get a wonderful ovation.
Trevor, it’s going to be a long season. There will be many moments where we say, “I wish Trevor were here” or “Trevor would have been able to save that game”. It’s going to be hard. It will be so bittersweet to see you in the Brewers uniform. We know that you will do very well for the Brewers, and we wish you all the best. But we can’t help but think that you could be doing that in the Padres uniform. You are San Diego, man. We will miss your humor, your class, your kindness, your presence.
But we are holding on to the hope that you will come back to San Diego next year. We’re CLINGING to that hope. And until you say otherwise, we will expect that you are coming back. You wanted to be here this year. You gave San Diego the chance to bring you back. But you had to move on, so you went to the Brewers. We miss you so much, Trevor. I can’t believe you’re gone! But we want to see you in the Padres uniform again next year. After a whole season without you, we want to relieve the pain. We want you to end your amazing career here in San Diego. We want our star closer back. We want the All-Time Saves Leader back in San Diego. And we’re clinging to the hope that that will happen. We love you, Trevor!
Thank you so much to all my readers for getting me to where I am. Without you guys, this blog had no purpose. So thank you so much for reading about Padres baseball, and I’m looking forward to covering the Padres all season! THANK YOU!!
(photo credit: ESPN.com)
- 4-3 Padres
It was a great game. Josh Geer threw two innings and only allowed one run. Outfielder Emil Brown hit a three run homer in the bottom of the first after two walks to give the Padres a 3-0 lead. We did not give up that lead for the rest of the game. Pitcher Mat Latos, who is still trying to find home plate this spring, gave up a two-run homer that tied the game. But no worries, as infielder Travis Denker drove the winning run in with an RBI double in the fourth. Cesar Ramos (first round pick), Nick Schmidt (first round pick), Jae Kuk Ryu, Cesar Carrillo (first round pick), Ivan Nova, and Matt Buschmann all had scoreless innings. We really have a lot of great arms here in camp. It will be very interesting to see who will make it to the Opening Day roster!
And no, Trevor did not pitch. In fact, he wasn’t even with the team. He’s kind of doing his own thing this year. Like he preferred having a bullpen session to pitching in an actual game. Maybe he has to be taking it more easy because he’s getting so old (42). Or maybe he likes to stay as far away from his new teammates as he can. Who knows, but whatever Trevor thinks he needs to do to prepare for the season, the Brewers better let him do it. I do not doubt that Trevor and the Padres will meet again soon.
I listened to XX 1090 for while after the game, Darren Smith’s show. He’s actually out there in Peoria this week, so about 20 minutes after the game he talked to Buddy Black. It was an interesting interview. Buddy talked about a bunch of the players in camp who have a chance at the Opening Day roster. He sounded like he had a cold, but it was a good interview. Immediately after Buddy left, Heath Bell came on. I love Heath, I really do, and I really enjoy watching him pitch. But he’s the one who is going to be in Trevor’s spot this year. He’s not replacing Trevor, but he’s taking his spot. He kept saying how he’s the leader in the bullpen now. I really like Heath, and I’m sure he will do very well, but there’s that bitterness in the background, you know? I thought it was a pretty intense interview, or rather Heath was being really intense. He’s going to be a leader with his words in that clubhouse, there’s no doubt about it. He considers himself a kid, but he’s going to be really serious about his work. I know that. Even his wife considers him her “fourth child”. But I can tell that he’s going to bring a different intensity to the closer’s role. Trevor was always so cool, so calm. He just trotted out there and went about his business. But Heath is going to probably be more emotional on the mound. It’s going to be different ’cause Heath can throw a lot harder than Trevor. Plus, their styles of pitching are obviously different. Like Heath said, one of the hardest parts of this transition is winning over the fans. Heath is going to be playing in the WBC for USA. He just found out yesterday. Something funny he said in the interview was that he doesn’t talk to opposing batters because he wants them to think that he’s slightly crazy and wacko. But now he’s going to have to talk to his USA teammates! I guess he wouldn’t like the All-Star game much, then…
Today we are facing the Dodgers! Talk about a rivalry. We are going to be facing them in Petco for the first four games of the regular season. That is going to be very interesting. At least they don’t have Manny (yet). Chris Young is starting against Chad Billingsley. Billingsley seems like the type of guy that we’ve hit hard in the past. We’ll have to see how it goes, but I think CY will be pretty solid. Unfortunately, Corey Brock does not have the lineup up yet. I got up too early this morning. Oh well. Hopefully we will roll out a good lineup that will hit the Dodgers hard. GO PADRES!!
Uh oh. Here come more problems for the Padres fan. With the imminent sale of the Cubs, the trade talks for Jake Peavy are heating up again.
The talks during the fall were pretty stressing. First we negotiated with the Braves for a long time. It didn’t go through, though Atlanta was able to put together a fairly good package. Then we started talking with the Cubs. The talks intensified during the winter meetings to the point that it looked absolutely certain that he would be traded by the end of that week. But on the last day, the Cubs backed out.
Things were pretty quiet after that. The club said that they would no longer be shopping Jake, but they said that teams could approach them. So, I think Padres fans have kind of assumed that Jake will be the Opening Day starter. Well, at least I hoped that. But now, with less than three weeks until Spring Training, the talks are starting to pick up again.
Now, I believe we are over our $40 million budget right now. I mean, it’s not easy to built a team on that little. But if we trade Jake, we would shed $11 million. It almost looks like we have no choice but to get rid of him. But we really shouldn’t. Two words: the fans.
We’ve already lost two of our stars, our fan faves in Trevor Hoffman and Khalil Greene. Petco Park has these huge posters of our star players around the outside of the park. We’re already going to have to replace two of them.
We do not want to have replace three of them. I don’t know who they will replace them with though. We already have an Adrian Gonzalez one somewhere. I think they should put up a Kouz one, and maybe Chris Young. Anyways, as Jen would say, I digress.
Point is, as soon as the Cubs get officially sold, the talks with the Padres will probably pick up big-time. Sounds like the Cubs already have a lot of pieces lined up. This deal could very well get done in the next few weeks. Now that would be plain sad. We need our ace. We NEED him. It would not be fair to him or his family to move him right before Spring Training starts. I just want him to stay. I don’t care if he takes up a lot of our salary. He’s the guy now. The Padres’ biggest star, and the one who will draw the most fans. That’s bad for the front office, though, because Jake only pitches every five days. Oh well. The Padres need this guy, on the field, in the clubhouse, and in the community. We’ve lost a lot this offseason. Stop it, Padres. Keep Jake. Keep your fans coming to the stadium. If you trade Jake, you’re going to be hard-pressed to get a good crowd this year. For the sake of your fans and your players, don’t trade Jake.
Alright, here I go again. Support group, stand by.
As most of you probably know, Trevor Hoffman was introduced to his new team at the Brewers’ fanfest on Saturday. There are some excellent pictures on Happy’s blog, and I would encourage you to check them out.
I think it’s time for me to let go. Trevor’s a Brewer, that’s not going to change. He’s not going to be in a Padres’ uniform this season. He might not even be in a Padres uniform next season. It’s just going to be so weird to see Heath trot out of that bullpen for the first time in the ninth. What song will they play? They’d better not flash “HEATH TIME” on the scoreboard and blare “Hell’s Bells”. Trevor’s still going to play “Hells Bells”, enter to Trevor Time. It just doesn’t fit. The 9th is going to be very different for Padres fans and Brewers fans alike. Trevor is all we’ve even known in the 9th inning. How will we adjust to Heath? How will the Brewers fans adjust to Trevor? Just watch, Trevor’s going to have 35-40 saves, maybe with an All-Star appearance. He might even win a World Series. Happy’s pictures are definitely going to help, but Trevor’s going to be in the Brewers’ uniform in all of them. It’s just going to be so weird. But it is what it is. Trevor’s a Brewer, and nothing’s going to change that.
Elrond: He is not coming back.
Arwen: There is still hope!!!
Arwen is right. Remember from the Lord of the Rings? Arwen wanted to stay in Middle Earth and wait for her sweetheart to come back from defeating the bad guys.
Remember, Arwen is immortal. Aragorn is not. But anyways, the point is, Daddy wanted her to give up. But Arwen wanted to believe that Aragorn would come back. Turns out, she decides to stay, almost dies, and she marries Aragorn and lives happily ever after until he dies.
What does this have to do with Trevor Hoffman, you say? There is still hope that Trevor will come back to San Diego to pitch for the Padres. Slim? Oh yeah. But it’s hope. He declined the second-year option with the Brewers. He wanted to come back to San Diego this year. But things just fell apart. He hasn’t come out and said why he didn’t want the option. Maybe it’s because he’s holding onto the hope of coming back to San Diego. Maybe he’s planning on retiring after the 2009 season. I really don’t know why. But I hope so much that a deal can be reached next year. Hopefully, with a new owner, we will be able to get something done with Trevor. That’s hope, peoples. And until he says otherwise, I will assume that Trevor wants to come back next year. Now, I think I am over Trevor. Can’t guarantee it, but I think I’m good. Thanks support group!!
I just want to give out a HUGE thank you to all the people who participated in the support group that met for me today at Tom’s blog: http://rockymountainway.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/01/mlblogs_first_ever_support_gro.html
In case you didn’t know, I’m dealing with Trevor Hoffman loss syndrome right now. These people decided that I needed help, so they got together to tell their stories of players they’ve lost, and to help me through this time. That really meant a lot to me, and your stories really touched me and showed me that I’m not alone in this. Well, I knew that before, but this was a big help. You guys are amazing! We’ve got an incredible group of people here. Wow. I feel so great, you guys. Trevor’s gone, but I’ll be able to deal with it. This gathering made me laugh, it made me cry, and I feel so great right now. You guys are amazing, so thanks again!! Thank you so much to Tom, Jane, Julia, Elizabeth, Jen, Emily, Hyun Young, Homer and Happy. You guys totally made my day, if not my week. So, in an expression of my gratitude, please enjoy these beautiful flowers (Tom LOL):
Nope, I’m still not over him leaving yet. Look, it’s only been about two weeks. If a close family member moves away, you are not going to get over them for quite a while. So, in one of my last tributes (maybe), we will look at Trevor’s career so far…with pictures!
Trevor is going to be officially announced as a Milwaukee Brewer on Saturday.