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Sep. 14th, 2010



Ay yi yi.

We're back in the lead... for now. But... why can't my Padres ever just make it easy on us? Just cruise to the playoffs, as it seemed like they were going to do? Why drop 10 friggin' games in a row? To go and tighten up that race some? I guess we had a year like that in 1998, maybe 1984. But every single other year we've been in the race, it's been a damn heart attack every time. I know we can't just buy all the good players and umpires like the Yankees every year, but still, even that doesn't work for them *every* year. One of these years has to be ours, and I was starting to feel like maybe 2010 was ours. How about winning 10 in a row and locking it up? I am keeping the damn FAITH, you guys. Please don't break my heart again.

Sep. 7th, 2010

dog blueprint


Good grief

It's funny because I had started, finally, believing that these guys were just genuinely good, and saying "hey, these guys? They're just good. Not great, but all of them are good, and that adds up to great." And then of course the minute I said that, the minute I finally fucking believed in these Padres, they went and lost TEN games in a row!

They haven't lost the lead yet but I'm thinking they probably will. I will always be a Padres fan, for now and for forever, and apparently I will always have my heart broken. I wish it would ever be different, but... well... you know. We are fans of the Padres. We are not fated to win. If we were, ESPN would certainly tell us so.

Jul. 30th, 2010



I Love This Team

My recount of the experience of yesterday's game against the friggin' Dodgers:

You know things are going right for your baseball team when they show up unexpectedly on the MLB Network, facing your arch-rivals in front of a rabid sold-out crowd, and you just KNOW a guy's gonna come through with the game-winning pinch-hit single. I mean, I just KNEW IT, like an oracle had just told me the future and it was unfolding right then and there. It was a revelation. Honestly, this has just been a dream season. Even if they get bounced in the first round of the playoffs (and we all know they're going to the playoffs for the first time since 2006) by the Cardinals, this has been one heck of a ride. Hell, bring on the Cardinals! Right now, I think we can take them. If you told me that at the end of July, we'd be playing .600 baseball (60-40), you'd probably have to commit me. Literally EVERYONE knew this team was gonna stink. Yet, there's this knack for coming through in the clutch. It's like this team is making a total living out of winning one-run games. I don't even get heart attacks in close games anymore. I KNOW this team is gonna come through. This must be what rooting for the Yankees feels like. Like you know that you have a very good chance of winning every day. It used to be that we'd usually get the short end of the stick. Like the 22-inning game a couple of years ago against the Rockies. We lost that one by one run. We lost the one-game playoff in 2007 to the Rockies. It was like that for three years. Now, it seems things have changed. We all just wanna keep riding that good feeling. If Bud Black doesn't get Manager of The Year, the voters for the award need to get ousted.

Anyway, I was thinking of heading to the game yesterday. I invited Derrick, but he didn't get back to me so I stayed home and watched it on TV. I say unexpectedly so because normally, the network blacks out any broadcast of the game. But since they cut into the feed at KCAL 9 in LA, it was all good. It was weird watching it and hearing the radio broadcast here at AM 1090. The radio broadcast was at least two or three seconds ahead of the TV broadcast so I knew what was coming. But it was all karma. Karma for the sweep, in our house, in May. Karma for all the shit we Padres fans have had to endure at the hands of smug and arrogant Dodger fans (I STILL hate, HATE their motto for this season: "This is Our Town"). Karma for Joe Torre talking about the Padres as if they were just an ordinary fly buzzing around his haloed head that needed to be squashed. News flash, Joe: We keep coming. And it ain't gonna stop. I mean it. I REALLY hate these guys. I think even more so than my hatred for the Lakers or the Yankees or the Dallas Cowboys. I just, I loathe them to high heaven. Reliever George Sherrill kept throwing to first base, trying to pick off Scotty Hairston in the bottom of the ninth. And my anger kept growing with each pickoff throw. Throw it at the plate, you FUCKING PANSY! I really think the pickoff throw is the wussiest move in baseball. My favorite player of all time, Greg Maddux, rarely threw the pickoff throw because he never thought it was more important than the guy at the plate. I loved that. I swear, with each pickoff throw (I think there were three or four), it felt like I wanted to throw something at the TV. But I didn't. See, this is why I have to go to the games live. You can't channel your anger at anything else but the live event. Of course, Anthony Gwynn sac bunted Hairston to second, whereby Oscar Salazar delivered the game-winning knock. Eat it, Sherrill! You fucking bitch! Never have I so relished a victory against the Dodgers like I did yesterday. I so wished I could've been at the game. But I'll take the victory and the seven games we're up on the fucking Dodgers!

I'll mark yesterday as the day I wholly committed to believing in this team. There's nothing we can't do at this point.

Go Padres!

May. 12th, 2010



Are these guys for real?

I am loathe to say anything but, uh. These Padres. They seem pretty darn good, especially the pitching staff. I will say no more lest I draw attention to it. Don't want to do that. Everybody shhhhhhhhh.

Apr. 30th, 2010



Who are these guys and what have they done with the Padres?

11 out of their last 13? Sitting in first place? 2nd best record in the NL? This is *not* what I expected out of the Padres this season.

I know, I know, it's early and I shouldn't get my hopes up. They've broken my heart before. I suppose it won't last, but gosh, ain't it fun while it does? And to add some sugar on top, the Dodgers are completely foundering.

Jul. 11th, 2009



Getting No-Hit

Life of a Padre fan: Getting almost no-hit by Tim Lincecum on Thursday, then getting no-hit by Jonathan Sanchez the following night. Oy.

I'm tired of seeing the Padres get no-hit again and again.

Jul. 7th, 2009



Drown Sorrows

Anyone else wanna drown their sorrows in alcohol with the season we're having? I mean, sure, having Heath Bell and Adrian Gonzalez become All-Stars is great. Getting Anthony Gwynn, Jr. from the Brewers (about two years too late) is pretty good. That's it.

Can anyone really blame us if we went on a little collective bender? Jake Peavy's injured, possibly for the rest of the year. Chris Young is injured. Gonzo has no protection in the lineup now that Towers traded Scott Hairston to the A's. The team is nigh unwatchable most nights. And we could have had our shot at local boy Stephen Strasburg. If it weren't for the fact that the D-Backs are probably having a worse season than us (imagine that), we'd be stewing in last place in the NL West right now. Not to mention what has to be the strangest move by the front office: hiring former Arizona manager Bob Melvin as a minor league organizational scout.

Sucks to be a Padres fan sometimes. When does football come along?

Apr. 17th, 2009




I know it's probably foolish to start having hope this early in the season, but... could it be that maybe these guys are for real? I don't see my Padres in the World Series this year, but how about just not being the cellar dwellers everybody has been expecting?

Of course, *sigh* there's still *plenty* of time for it to all fall apart. But it's fun for now!

Mar. 12th, 2009

Thumper Animated


Fantasy Baseball?

For several years, I've been running fantasy leagues based at the alt.sports.baseball.sd-padres Usenet newsgroup. With Usenet starting to fade away these days, it's getting harder to fill the leagues, so I need to reach out to some of the web-based forums.

If anyone's interested, I've got two leagues going this year, both at Yahoo:

League #1: Head-to-Head format, "All baseball" player pool, 22-man rosters (C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CF, OF, OF, Util, 2 SP, 2 RP, 3 P (your choice), and 6 bench slots.
Stat categories:
Position players: R, HR, RBI, SB, CS, K, FPCT, AVG, OPS
Pitchers: W, L, SV, BB, K, HLD, ERA, WHIP, OBPA

Live online player draft is scheduled for Saturday, March 21, at 5:30PM

League ID: 83698
League PW: yoadrian

League #2: A twist or two, and I'm hoping a little more challenging...
Also Head-to-Head format, but this one has a NL-Only player pool, and a full 25-man roster... no "bench" positions.. so all of your players, starters, platoon guys, and bench jockeys can all contribute.
Positions: 2 C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, LF, CF, RF, 2 OF, Util, 4 SP, 4 RP, 3 P (your choice)... and no "bench", all players are active for the week's matchup.
Stat categories:
Position players: R, HR, RBI, SB, CS, K, FPCT, AVG, OBP, SLG
Pitchers: W, L, BB, K, HLD, ERA, WHIP, OBPA, IRA, NSV
("OBPA" is On Base % against, "IRA" is Inherited Runs Allowed, "NSV" is Net Saves... saves minus blown saves)

Live online draft scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 5:30PM

League ID: 83896
League PW: yoadrian

For any dyslexics in the crowd, I apologize in advance for any confusion caused by the league ID's having the last 3 digits inversions of one another... luck of the draw.

If anyone's interested, you will need a Yahoo account, and go to the Fantasy Baseball signup page:

Hope to see some of y'all there!

Nov. 5th, 2008

buddy kouz


Gonzalez wins first Gold Glove

Well, if there was one thing that went right this season, it was that Adrian Gonzalez picks up his first gold glove in his career, and probably not his last.

Additional info here.

If by some off chance that people were blind and living under a rock and didn't choose Gonzalez as the choice for Gold Glove at first base, there would have been some hell to pay, I'm telling you.

So, congrats is in order for Adrian Gonzalez. :)

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