Padres’ Potentially Get Some Much Needed Power(s)!

 

Forget how many takes it took to get this footage, the skills from the Padres’ own Connor Powers is no joke.  Check out Powers’ accuracy in knocking over several cameras (among other items the ball seems to be magnetized to).  I guess it is a good thing he isn’t in New York or LA, he could really do some damage to those pesky paparazzi! 

Why the Yankees are Like Heidi Montag

Ok, so it is no surprise that I hate the Yankees.  I am a 100% die hard Yankee hating person.  I am a self declared fan of the Padres, the A’s and whoever is playing against the Yankees.  

I was recently asked a question of what I hate more: the Yankees or waking up early.  Now, I hate waking up early.  I am not a morning person.  There is nothing beneficial for me, right now, in waking up early.  I am grouchy, I don’t want to talk to you, just let me sleep.  My answer to that question: the Yankees.  I despise them, everything about them.  
So on to my point…
Why are the Yankees…

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like this chick…???
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Ok, so, The Yankees and Heidi Montag… They have more in common than you might think.
So every Yankees haters out there… and even fans of the team should know that they are the epitome of what is wrong with this country.  They seek instant gratification and when they dont get it they cry and complain and throw a tantrum until they get it.  So, what do they do to get it?  They throw money around and throw it away like its nothing.  
Thats getting off subject a bit. Sorry, back to my point. 
Case 1:  Unhappy with the way things are currently looking, exhibit A starts to notice flaws.  But, its not one or two things they notice, the whole situation is messed up in their eyes.  
Case 2:  Noticing that someone close to them is receiving more love and attention than they are, Exhibit A starts to feel bad and do what they can to get in the spot light.  
Case 3:  Trying not to be left in the limelight, Exhibit A spontaneously finds itself in situations where they know they will receive attention and people will talk about them.
Case 4:  Instead of building a better overall situation, Exhibit A decides that it is smart to just do everything at one time and hopefully that will be enough.
Case 5:  After going through an extensive make over process, exhibit A realizes that although improved, they are still being criticized for their current state. 
Case 6:  After doing everything they can to be the “best” they can, Exhibit A is still not good enough for everyone, and inevitably will go through more changes in search of that elusive perfection.  
Case 7:  Inevitably, in a couple years, Exhibit A will look back and realize they cant keep up their ways of throwing away money and attempt to be a normal organization, but do not have the knowledge to be able to do so, therefore, a couple down years will be followed by the throwing away of more money to try and improve.  
Case 8:  After being discovered to be such a “bust,” exhibit A falls into a state of depression because more than 70% of the nation cant stand the mere sight of them.
So have we discovered what exhibit A is?  Obviously it is no surprise…It is either the Yankees or Heidi Montag, they both fit each of the descriptions.  Hence, I have listed a few, of many, man ways, the NY Yankees and Heidi Montag are so similar.  
I could come up with several other analogies how the two compare perfectly to each other… but bottom line is that they are both fake, the blow money on nonsense, and dramatically more people hate them than like them.  
With that said…Go Padres!  Go A’s!  
Is it Spring Training yet?!  

Mark McGwire Took Steroids?!

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In any case…
I am a fan of the Padres and A’s.  I became a fan of the A’s in 1996, so this did not leave me much time to really get into the Mark McGwire deal with them.  I can honestly say that I, still, to this day, remain somewhat in the middle ground when it comes to the topic of steroids  in baseball.  Do I think it is/was cheating?  yes.  Do I condone the use of steroids? no.  Can I understand why players got into using PEDs?  yes.  
Unfortunately, I am one of those who believe that a conservative estimate of players the took PEDs could be around the 80-85% mark.  It was the culture in baseball.  It was like this for a very long time.  We see astronomical numbers coming from the era of baseball.  
So, getting to my point…
I remember a day back in 1998, in early September.  I was 15 years old.  
To properly remember this time, we must remember a few years earlier when baseball went through one of its darkest periods in its history.  The strike shortened 1994 season.  This strike ended a year in baseball in which the Expos (!) were dominating the NL East, Tony Gwynn was well on his way to having a legit chance at hitting .400, Frank Thomas was in the middle of his best year, and among many others, the World Series was eventually missed as well.  
The state of baseball, and specifically amongst the fans was in terrible condition.  Many people gave up on baseball for various reasons.  This didn’t stop when baseball resumed.  It lasted for many, many years. 
I personally attribute the return of baseball to 2 events.  This first being Cal Ripken’s record breaking task of consecutive games played.  The second being the 1998 Home Run chase where Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire made a run at, and ended up breaking, Roger Maris’s single season home run record.  
Going back to this day in early September, I was at a Padres game, I was walking down a long staircase to head to my seats.  I specifically remember seeing everyone, at the same time, run to the nearest TV screen.  I, of coarse, did so as well.  What was on the screen?  Mark McGwire.  His at bats were being shown on ESPN, and at this point he was tied with Maris for home runs in a season.  Then it happens.  You hear the crack of his bat, followed by an outcry of cheers and excitement coming from every direction.  Then the ball flies over the left field wall on a dead shot line drive.  
This was exciting!  Baseball was back that summer.  You could feel it.  That home run race was as exciting as it had been in a long time.  
I remembered exactly where I was, at 15, when this happened.  Chances are you remember exactly where you were, too.  
Like i said, I am not condoning anything Mark McGwire has done.  But, lets not forget what came from this mans bat.  He, and Sammy Sosa, brought baseball back.  What an amazing thing to witness.  
So, while we are jumping on this guys back, and giving him hell for cheating (which is justified), lets try to remember that summer of 1998.  And maybe, just maybe, we will be a little quicker to forgive, and maybe even thank Big Mac for that summer.  Without that boost, I guarantee baseball is a totally different game than it is today.  I know that fan base wouldn’t be as strong.  

The Number That Should Be Retired By Every Team, in Every Sport

This will be short, sweet, and to the point.  

With talks circling the NBA about retiring Michael Jordan’s #23, much like baseball has done with Jackie Robinson’s #42, this is what I have to say about it.
MJ was a player, a once in a lifetime player at that, but he was a player.  Jackie Robinson did more for sports in this country than any other player.  
So I say don’t retire the number 23 in the NBA, but retire #42 in all major sports in America… 
What do you think?  Good idea?  Bad idea?  Lets hear it…

Close Calls and the Umpires Who Miss Them

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With the World Series over and the hated Yankees winning the World Series, I congratulate the Phillies on returning to the Series.  If they played the way the should have, it would have been a great series.  
On to the situation at hand.  One of the hot topics in baseball over the past few weeks have been the missed calls, by umpires, that seem to be a daily factor in baseball games.  It has come under a lot of scrutiny from fans, writers, commentators and so on.  A couple of these calls have come from the World Series and others from LCS and Divisional Series games.  It is one thing to miss a call during the regular season, but what do we make of this when it comes down to a game where EVERY at bat counts?
Many people have cried out for an expansion of what can be Instant Replay so that such calls can’t be missed.  
People, deal with it. 
I played baseball for a long time.  There were many calls that I felt the umpires missed that hurt me and the team.  On the other hand, we were on the side of some bad calls that went our way.  You win some, you lose some on these calls.  Its what happens in baseball.  This was in high school for me. 
Lets take a look at professional MLB umpires, who, in my opinion, are amazing at what they do.  They make the right call 98%+ of the time.  A good majority of these plays are very close too, and yet they still get them right.  Now, they are not 100% accurate, but again, its a part of the game.  It has been since baseball started.  
The bottom line is that, we use Instant Replay now for disputed home run and foul ball calls.  In this case the distance from an umpire to where the ball lands can be very far, and it is nearly impossible to the the potential quarter-inch difference between a home run and a ball off the wall.  Use Instant Replay in that situation.  But for the call at first, the tag plays, and so on, let the umpires do their jobs.  It might not be perfect, but its pretty damn close. Besides, as much as many of you think could do better than these guys, you can’t.  Its that simple.   
Like I said: you win some, you lose some.  In the end, your team should play the game so that the game is not decided on one close call.  Let your play dictate the winner.  There is no disputing that.  
Here’s to the fun year we have had, an exciting off-season thats here, and the 2010 season shortly to come!  
    

The San Diego Padres… What A Mess.

As a pretty much lifelong resident of San Diego, I have a deep and undying love for our hometown team, the Padres.  What an emotional year and a half it has been.  Lets recap some of the events which have unfurled over the last couple years.  


February 2008 – Majority owner (90%) John and Becky Moores announce divorce after nearly 45 years of marriage.  

August 17(ish), 2008 – In an attempt to cut payroll, Greg Maddux is traded to NL West rival Dodgers, paying $1.3MM of the contract, and receiving 2 low level prospects in return. At this point the Padres payroll was at about $73MM.

End of 2008 Season – Finished season with a 63 – 99 record, good enough for last in the NL West.  Only Seattle and Washington had worse records.  Payroll is expected to be cut dramatically.  

November 7th, 2008 – Kevin Towers exercises Brian Giles 2009 option at $9MM, over a $3MM buyout (This was after Giles vetoed a trade which would have landed him in Boston).
Second Half of 2008 Season – Jake Peavy trade rumors start brewing
December 2, 2008 – SS Khalil Greene traded to St Louis for RP Mark Worrell and a player to be named later, which became Luke Gregerson.

December 15, 2008 – Owner John Moores hires Goldman Sachs to help facilitate sale of his portion of team (90%).
February 3, 2009 – A deal is reached to sell the team to a group headed by Jeff Moored, who was CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Initially, the new ownership group retains 35% share of team, with majority ownership no later than 3 years down the road, and full ownership of Moores shares by 5 years.  
Off Season 2008/2009 – Jake Peavy is rumored to be involved in trades multiple teams, with the closest deals coming with the Braves and, later, the Cubs.  
Pre-2009 Season – Payroll is set at $40MM by John Moores.  This is nearly half of the 2008 mark.  
So this painting the broad strokes and major events which have occurred in in the last year and a half with the Padres.  Even revisiting these events has made me frustrated and sad.  That is a witness as a fan and not in a good way.  
What has happened?
During the 2008 campaign Brian Giles put up a respectable .306 BA, 40 2B, 12 HR, 63 RBI.  He held the highest BA on the team.  
Flash to present day, 2009, a DL warming Giles has put up numbers Mario Mendoza could laugh at.  He owns a .191 BA, 10 2B, 2 HR, and 23 RBI to this point. His time has been spent best on the DL, 31 games and counting…
Before tonight’s game, the Padres are 37-55.  The only teams with worse records are Cleveland (36-57) and Washington (26-65).  Does Washington really count though? 
Currently on the Disable List:  Jake Peavy, Giles, Henry Blanco, David Eckstein, Chris Young, Nick Hundley, Cliff Floyd, Cha Seung Baek, and Shawn Hill.  This provides a HUGE problem.  If the team is looking to the future and wants to trade away its talent for young talent, they simply can’t do it right now.  First off, the players many teams covet are on the DL.  Secondly, even if we could trade them, how do we put a team on the field when everyone is injured?  

So what do we do?

In all honesty, and I hate to admit it, I have little to no hope for this year, or next.  Ill still go to games, Ill still show my support, but I’m losing hope.  I cant wait until the day Moorad and his crew take over.  I hope that changes everything,  

In my opinion, we need to cut Brian Giles, trade Peavy in the off-season (in retrospect we should have taken the offer from the Braves), trade the awful Kevin Kouzmanoff, and do everything in our power to get John Moores out of our town ASAP.  

This is just some basic steps in a laundry list of things the team needs to do.  Padres fan cant continue to go through this for much longer.  Give us some help.  Throw us a bone.  Do something.  The team is losing its fans.  I hate hearing the words “Padres need to save face” with the fans.  How can they save face when the fans are already betrayed?  

What do you think?  Should the Padres continue with a salary cuts and trade Adrian, Peavy, Kouz, Eckstein, and so on?  

Love it? Hate it?  Suggestions for the team?  


Bo Knows Baseball

The Man, The Myth, The Legend:

He is Bo Jackson      

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Ok, so I am 26 years old… As I kid i had the Bo Jackson game boy game where you could play both baseball and football.  I remember the “Bo Knows” commercials.  And I vaguely remember watching him play baseball.  I wish I could remember actually watching him play.  
I see the highlights from his days playing baseball, and I sit in Awe.  Much like I remember doing when watching Michael Jordan play basketball.  Images still to this day replay over and over of hit hitting legendary home runs, throwing people out from the outfield wall with no bounces, and running up a wall like it was as flat as the outfield he owned.  
One of my favorite stories to hear about Bo Jackson was a throw he made to nail Harold Reynolds at the plate.  Reynolds was on first base and a gapper was hit to right center, Raynolds took off, with decent speed, it was a no brainer he was going to score with ease.  Jackson had something else in mind.  As Jackson gets the ball at the base of the wall, he fires a rocket toward home to get Reynolds.  As this is happening, Reynolds rounds third and begins to pull up and cruise in for the run, but to his surprise he looks up to see his teammates yelling at him to get down and slide, thinking its more for courtesy he begins a lackadaisical slide to home, as he looks up at the catcher, there is a ball in his mitt, tagging Reynolds, with ease, for the out.  Jackson fire a laser to the catcher, and on no bounces, got the ball home in time to nail Reynolds.  
If you ever get a chance to hear Reynolds tell this story in his words, you will realize how amazing it is.  
What I would give to see this guy play today!  This is just his baseball career I am talking about.  We are not even going to mention his football days.  I constantly try to find clips of him from his baseball days, and I find nothing.  I dont know if MLB has that video under lock and key or what, but I want to see it!   Any Ideas how I can access any of this video?
In any case… I had to show a little love to this man who I can barely remember playing, but whose stories are larger life!