My blog is #69 for 2011. It’s not too shabby for a blog that is not frequently updated.
Thank you guys for coming back. Thank you. I really don’t know what else to say because I’m so flattered that I still have readers.
I’m busy. REALLY busy in fact. I will be starting my second semester of my junior year tomorrow and it’s either make it or break it. I want the highest grades possible and be successful for rest of my third year of high school.
I really miss being an avid Padres/baseball fan. Watching and going to Padres games, analyzing the team, updating my blog, I miss it all. I hope to regain my interest in this sport and get back on my feet as a fan. I feel like I lost so many great friends as I was overwhelmed with things like school and other interests.
I’m still a fan. My knowledge of the team and baseball in general did not die. The San Diego Padres are going through some changes through this off season and it’s time for me to change as well. Good or bad, I have to deal with whatever that stands in front of me and face the consequences. The Padres trading away players with big names such as Heath Bell and Mat Latos is like me keeping up with my studies 24/7. Both of them are harsh realities that we have to face.
Anyway, I want to thank you guys again, my readers, for keeping up with my hiatus and slump. Thank you for making my blog somehow noticeable. Unfortunately, I may not come back here to blog if school is keeping me busy. It saddens me to leave my blog collecting dust but I have to prioritize. This blogging journey has been incredible and I wish I am continuing on. I am still cheering for my home team wherever I go. My heart is still within my team.
1. First of all, congrats to St. Louis Cardinals for being the 2011 World Series champions! Both the Cardinals and the Texas Rangers fought hard and gave the fans a memorable World Series.
2. I showed my inner fangirl-ness when David Eckstein threw out the first pitch in game 6 of the World Series.
3. Now that 2011 baseball season is completely over, I don’t have to feel guilty about being a horrible fan. Hopefully, just hopefully I’ll be an avid fan again next year.
I have to get a recognition for being the most horrible, most disappointing Padres fan of 2011.
I felt so distant from the Padres this year. I’ve been focusing on school and anything not related to baseball. Things (which I can’t describe) have been definitely holding me back to love the Padres.
This year, I went to a Padres Fan Fest and two games. That’s it. I don’t know what happened to me going to at least three games.
Will I be able to recap the 2011 season? No. Will I be able to support the Padres right now? Maybe not. Will I be able to tell that I’ve been a terrible fan? Yes.
I think it’s safe for me to say that people can change and people’s minds can change.
As you can see, I’ve been distracted. A lot. School? I had a sophomore slump and I’m struggling to get good grades this year as a junior. I lost friends and I gained friends. I’ve been studying for the SAT as well, which will determine my fate. I’m having family and personal issues, which I will not mention here.
I’m sorry for letting the Padres fans down. I’m sorry for being a horrible fan this year. I’m sorry for being the person that I shouldn’t be.
I hope to recover and find my true love of baseball. Because it’s something I don’t want to lose permanently.
I’ve come to a conclusion that I’m the worst person at updating a blog. Yes, I know I made a resolution early this year that I’ll be active, be on the top 50, etc. Well…um… I knew I was going to be busy but I didn’t expect that I was going to be THAT busy.
Don’t get me wrong. I still want to update consistently and write about the Padres. I just can’t seem to find the right timing. But my motivation has gone down because I’m still in school. Now that I’m a junior (the most important year in high school), I have to focus on my studies more than blogging. Hopefully I”ll find both the right timing and motivation so I can deliever a post to you guys.
I really wish I can come back to my routine.
P.S. I know the Padres are struggling. STRUGGLING. It kills me to see them play like that and I know it’s painful to watch for rest of the fans too. They need to find ways to cure problems or there will be a huge mess. I still believe in my team.
It’s the month of June which means teams can expect some callups from the minors. As for the Padres, Anthony Rizzo will be making his major league debut today against the Washington Nationals.
Anthony Rizzo was a sixth round draft choice by the Boston Red Sox in 2007. He was one of the top minor league prospects in the Red Sox organization. During last year’s offseason, he was acquired by the Padres along with three other prospects in exchange for three-time All-Star and gold glove winner Adrian Gonzalez.
I see “Rizzomanias” among the Padres fans which is completely acceptable. I’m thrilled to see him make his major league debut today and his potential in a Padres uniform. Even though the transition from the minors to the majors is difficult, I have high hopes that Rizzo will be a star. The big key for him is to take things slowly. As his journey in the major league goes on, he will be an exceptional player that teams need to keep an eye on. There is even a likely chance that Rizzo will be a starting first baseman for the Padres in the future.
It seems to me that I tend to start off with apologizing for my lack of updates. Life, who knew? School is keeping me busy and I haven’t had a good, chunk of time to write. To be honest, I haven’t been keeping a sharp eye on the Padres either. So if you ask me their record or the number of home runs that Cameron Maybin has without having me to look them up, I’d have 99.99% chance to get it wrong. But it doesn’t mean my love and attention for the Padres stopped.
What’s making me frustrate the most is the fact that some Padres fans are criticizing the players with harsh words. I KNOW their performance can be not-so-great at times but keep the negative comments to yourselves. And don’t even think about saying nice and goody-goody things AFTER you made all those rude comments. It also frustrates me to see the Padres still in trouble providing offense. Like I mentioned numerous amount of times, bats NEED to wake up. You can’t win if you can’t score. As for pitching, it needs to be consistent. Padres do have great arms so they need to keep it up. Currently the Padres are last place in NL west, 9 games behind *ahem* the Giants.
The key word for the Padres in my opinion is “progress”. Progress, progress, progress. It’s so much important not just for the Padres, but teams in general. I want the Padres to improve and develop. If they don’t want to stay in the bottom (which I know they refuse to stay in last place), they need to bounce back and turn things around. I still love my team.
This is how I feel about 2011 Padres right now.
I know it’s still early to think about throwing things on the ground. We still have, what, over 130 games left in the season. However, the way Padres have been playing is just not acceptable. Words like “not good enough” and “we need more offense” come to my mind. I would love to see progress right about now.
On sort of a positive note, it’s not entirely the Padres’ fault for losing games. For example, Tony Gwynn Jr. He wasn’t the player that stood out the most last year in a Padres uniform, to be honest. He did provide great defense but not so much of offense. Now that HE signed with the Dodgers, I can’t seem to like him as much as he was with the Padres. HE’S A PADRES KILLER NOW! Like last night when the Padres played against the Dodgers. Ugh. When I went to a game on the 9th, Gwynn was pretty much fantastic when the Dodgers came to town. It really frustrates me that he is becoming so good as a Dodger.
The biggest issue with the Padres is still the lack of offense. You can’t win if you can’t score. I want to see the Padres improve ASAP.
I still love my team.
I admit that I haven’t been keeping track of the Padres over the past two weeks or so due to some personal issues. I finally got some time to check out what’s going on and I got these results: offensive struggles, disappointing performance by some players, and your San Diego Padres in last place of the National League West.
Talk about hitting. Oh my. Offense needs to wake up very soon or this mess is only going to get worse. It’s really frustrating when offense can’t support pitching, especially when pitchers do a fantastic job on the mound. You can’t win if you can’t score. Also, I don’t see any callups happening right now because it’s way too early. It’s not the best answer. Let’s give the Padres more time to shake things off and start progressing.
I tried not to mention names but there are few players who caught my attention, in a bad way. I really don’t like pointing fingers at my Padres. I really don’t. But out of the good, the bad, the ugly, I have to put Brad Hawpe on the ugly side as of now. His .116 average is just as horrible as his plate appearance. I really hope he can bounce back asap. I want the Brad Hawpe from Colorado in a Padres uniform.
I think Padres fans turned a bit. If not, more than a bit. You can definitely feel the frustration more so than before. I can’t say I’m disappointed in them because I admit I raged several times due to their performance. Fans go through these. We’ve all been there and done that. I’m still fine with the “believe” concept but I learned that at this point and so on, just believing is not going to cut it for me and the Padres fans. Here’s the thing though. I. Still. Love. My. Team.
The long wait is over and baseball has finally arrived. I know this post is delayed but better late than never, right? Get yourselves an all-year access to fun, tears, frustration and surprise because they will be available for every team, for 162 days. All thirty teams are in this competition and only number one team will win the ultimate prize.
2011 San Diego Padres is sure different from the year before. I know a lot of big names are missing from this team but I still have high hopes for this team. Last year’s chase to the playoffs got cut short because of, ahem, a certain team. I truly believe in my Padres. I say this over and over again because I really do believe. It’s not as easy as you think to stick to your team and be positive 99.99% of the time.
Padres were able to successfully accomplish their first task of the 2011 season at St. Louis. Friars came close to sweeping the Cardinals but I’m satisfied that they were able to take the series at road. It’s definitely a great feeling and a great way to start off a brand new year. Padres have a day off tomorrow and they will host the rival Giants at Petco Park on Tuesday. I guarantee that this will be an exhilarating home opener for the Padres.
Baseball also means I can interact with fellow Padres even more. ITFB, balls, and many more inside jokes with my Friar Faithul will make this baseball season enjoyable. I can’t wait to see them at Petco Park and catch Padres games together.
I really can’t believe baseball is here! I have this feeling like David Eckstein remembering me or opening presents on Christmas.
Buckle up folks, this is going to be a wild and fun ride.
On the field, he puts his heart out and just plays for love of his game.
Off the field, he doesn’t lose the belief that every second of life is worth giving the best.
This time, he is going beyond. He is ready to change someone’s life by donating a kidney.
The Ecksteins have been fighting hard in a battle against kidney failures. Two family members and a close friend have already donated kidneys. Only couple of months ago, David’s brother Rick, the hitting coach for the Washington Nationals, donated a kidney to their oldest brother, Ken. The way this family stays positive even in serious situations is beyond amazing. I applaud the Ecksteins for the strength and unity within the family and close friends. They have tremendous love, affection and most importantly, respect for life.
On a personal note, I am a huge Eckstein supporter. Not just because we know each other personally, but he also has so much heart and hasn’t been all about money unlike many ball players. Eck has done so much both on and off the field by giving for charities, signing autographs before every single games, and dealing with crazy fans like me. He made it to the majors in the hard way and played the game the right way. His hard work paid off and he got to play in the majors for ten years now. This winner finds a way to win games. I always liked Mr. Scrappy and now I have more reasons to. His character shows what an amazing man he continues to be.