Category Archives: Padres

CY Has Season Ending Shoulder Surgery

CY was off to a great start this year and had a 1.88 ERA in 24 Innings with 22 K’s, but a torn shoulder capsule required him to have season ending surgery.  Sorry CY.  You’re a class guy and you could scrap!  We hope you get better and return as the dominant pitcher you are when you’re healthy.

Hoffman and Bell Tied for Consecutive Save Record

The headline sounds good right?  Well the story is much shittier in real life.

The Padres should have won last night with ease, but some horrible umping and horrible defense cost Heath Bell the Save to take over sole position of the Padres’ consecutive save record.  The umpire was watching something other than the game last night because Heath was throwing strikes according to Pitch-Track, but the ump was sending them to first base via base on balls.  Bell was visibly pissed and rightfully so because he struck out four batters in my opinion.

The Padres got out of the inning with the game tied at 3-3.  I switched over to watch Fringe on my DVR because the odds of the Padres pulling this one out was slim to none.  I finished the season finale of Fringe which was really good btw, only to find the Pads had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the eleventh.  Headley was up and the count went full.  I stopped fiddling around in the fridge to watch us blow this opportunity because that’s what the Padres do with bases loaded or runners in scoring position… they blow it.  However, to my surprise the Padres pulled off another anticlimactic walk off walk to win a regular season game.  If you don’t remember, KOOZ did it his first year with us when he was batting .191 back in 2007.  I remember thinking, “PATHETIC”…. just like I did last night… “PATHETIC”.

I guess a win is a win, but the Padres wins taste worse than brussel sprouts.  Say what you want about the Padres and their awesome pitching, but this no-hitting shit has been going on since they moved in to Petco Park.  It’s goddamned horrid!  It’s pathetic fucking baseball to have a team that can’t hit water by falling out of a boat… EVERY FUCKING YEAR!

Do you remember when Sandy Alderson treated us like retarded people who didn’t know anything about anything when we asked why the Padres were spending money on their “Dominican School of baseball” instead of guys like Justin Verlander and Chase Utley?  Well, the Padres sold or dismantled that project.  Do you remember when we signed 1st rounder Allen Dykstra with our first overall pick who was a 1st Baseman that had hip surgery in college?  We released him a couple of weeks ago.  I’m not blaming that on the new regime at all, but it just goes to show how fucking pathetic the Padres organization was for so long after Larry Luchino left.  We miss you Larry!

Hey Padres, here’s a tip… go find out who the hitting scout is for the Texas Rangers and double his salary!  You want some fans in the seats?  Sign some fucking hitters that will entertain us and give us a fighting chance at bringing home RISP’s!

New Faces… Same Story

You may not recognize their face or their names, but you are probably familiar with the story, “The Padres can’t hit.”  We brought in faster guys that fit the ball park a lot better, but they still can’t hit.  I guess “it’s still early” but hitting below the Mendoza line(.200) is not a good thing and and we have several guys doing that a month in.  I think it has something to do with San Diego, but that’s my own curse theory.  I remember back when the Goatee Bros., Klesko & Nevin complained that they couldn’t pick up the ball very well there, but I haven’t heard the newer generations say that; and both Giles and Loretta ripped at Petco.  If you think about, Kahlil was better than these guys and he’s available.  I’m not trying to harp on these guys, I’m just stating the obvious.  I think its kind of weird that a lot of players can’t hit in San Diego.  Who knows what the deal is, but we do know these guys aren’t hitting and we too often load the bases with no outs or one out and don’t score runs.  C’mon Padres!  Let’s step it up a notch in May!

A Padres Prediction

Josh and I went to high school together and were on JV baseball together.  We used eat seeds and play baseball trivia on the bench.  Before the year started I emailed him to give him some props on the moves they were making.  I really felt like we were improving on our team which finished with one of the best records of the second half last year.

Hey Josh,

Nice work you guys!  I love bringing in Jerry Hairston and LOVE the Kooz for Hairston deal!
Kooz drove me nuts with his non-hitting until August routine not to mention his RISP avg.  Jon Garland is sweet and I hope Petco allows him to repeat his world series year #’s.  I really like our make-up this year and I think we’re a sleeper team.  Is Prior still on our wishlist payroll?  I hope that guy gets right… he was awesome!

Anyway man, keep up the good work!  I have been waiting several years for some level headed moves like these.

A New Stadium For SD? Not so fast!

What’s up fellow Chargers fans?!  With the Chargers ranked third in the NFL, 2nd in the AFC, and the best season in a couple years, we are undoubtedly going to face the “New Stadium” debate very soon.  While I absolutely want a new football stadium in America’s finest city, I must say that I am vehemently opposed to spending local tax dollars on the project.  I have pasted some excerpts from a 35pg study on the subject to give you an idea of why and linked you to a summary of the analysis.  From what I have found, this is consistent with reality as opposed to what the Chargers’ front man Mark Fabiani has been trying to sell SD.  I respect Fabiani and the chargers very much, but private companies need to pay for their own house just like the rest of us… unless they want to cut us in on a bigger piece of the pie such as ownership.

Unfortunately there is a Mt. Everest size pile of data on the subject and NONE of it is in favor of the local taxpayers.  In summary, it ends with us footing the bill for increased city services, higher ticket prices(You didn’t seriously think your season or individual tickets would cost less did you?), and “In general, the results of this study do not support a positive correlation between professional sports and job creation” (112).

There now exists almost twenty years of research on the economic impact of professional sports franchises and facilities on the local economy.  The results in this literature are strikingly consistent.  No matter what cities or geographical areas are examined, no matter what estimators are used, no matter what model specifications are used, and no matter what variables are used, articles published in peer-reviewed economics journals contain almost no evidence that professional sports franchises and facilities have a measurable economic impact on the economy.

Calls for subsidies at the local level come from interest groups and their consulting firms—which we call “promoters” of subsidization—who talk up local benefits of sports franchises, stadiums, and mega-events. As we shall see, promoters’ claims of such local benefits don’t hold up empirically. But such rationales can also be countered by simple economic intuition.  The prospect of a game being broadcast nationally or even internationally from the stadium or arena is touted as a wonderful advertisement of the city’s virtues. These benefits, which the teams cannot capture, are used to justify  a local government subsidy for the construction of the facility.

THANKS TO – Dennis Coates (Professor of Economics at University of Maryland, Baltimore County and President-Elect of the North American Association of Sports Economists) provides a nice survey of the academic literature on the economic impact of sports stadiums in The American.


PS:  On the same topic, SD spent $458,000,000 for the Padres franchise that promised to spend money on a “competitive team”.  Four years after we forked over the dough, the franchise slashed its payroll and John Moores sold his team for more than $500,000,000 after purchasing it for $84 million in 1994.  This will yield him over a 500% return on investment.

If the Chargers want to cut the taxpayers in on the ROI, then you have my vote!

A-GON is GONE in Regards to All-Star Votes!


Adrian Gonzalez is hands down the BEST first baseman in ALL of baseball, but is no where to be found in all star voting polls.  I am from San Diego and I realize he plays for the “AAA Padres” and no one pays attention to them except San Diegans, but this is getting ridiculous!  A-GON leads the majors with 22 HR’s and he plays in the most cavernous ball park in Major League Baseball!  Did I mention he won the Gold Glove last year?

Carlos Delgado is out for the season because of hip surgery and he is 5th in NL 1B balloting!  That is a complete JOKE!  It is not Carlos’ fault, its ESPN’s fault in my opinion.

As the only sports network in the country, which dictates how Americans think about sports, I place the blame squarely on their shoulders.  They continue to drool over AROD who is an admitted steroid user and a terrible sport, who is arguably one of the WORST role models in the country for our children.  They keep reporting on Brett Favre playing with high schoolers as if anyone cares outside of Minnesota.  And they love to create and perpetuate drama as seen with the latest LeBron refusing to talk to the media BS.  HEY ESPN, WE DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR FABRICATED NEWS AGENDAS, JUST KEEP US UPDATED ON CURRENT SPORTS EVENTS!!!!

If ESPN would just report the news instead of creating it, we would undoubtedly have a more balanced All Star ballot.  Unfortunately, ESPN is driven by ratings and San Diego is not going to give them much, so why hype the best 1B in baseball?  For some reason Kahlil Greene is a bigger story out of baseball for the Cardinals than A-GON is as the best 1B in baseball for the Padres.  Hmmmm!

Oh well.  If you are from SD, this is familiar territory for you and should not be upsetting, just laughable.  Especially since home field advantage for the world series is decided by the All Star Game.  HA!