I can’t even begin to tell you how glad I am the Padres came back to win Thursday night. I’m not sure how much enthusiasm I could’ve faked if they’d lost to Shawn Chacon. Nice to see Khalil Greene render the umpires’ confusion regarding Josh Bard‘s 11th inning “double” irrelevant by driving home pinch-runner Rob Bowen from third.
Milestones? Mike Cameron knocked his 200th big-league homer (to win the game, no less), Trevor Hoffman nailed down save #498. And Bud Black’s ejection was his first as a player, coach, or manager. He’s now 129 behind Bobby Cox on the all-time list.
Also, it’s worth noting that the Padres finished May with an 18-9 record. Works for me.
Anyway, this is supposed to be a link post. Guess I should post some links, eh? Okay, then:
- Hoffman archiving his equipment (Padres.com, via Didi in the comments). Good read, if a little TMI in places: “Hoffman, though, said he had no plans to authenticate his underwear, promising to launder those garments in case he changes his mind.” Uh, thanks for that.
- Is Khalil a Bust? (Gaslamp Ball). Before you attempt to answer this question, bear in mind that by the end of the season, he likely will surpass Garry Templeton as the best shortstop in franchise history.
- Bush returning to the mound after struggles as a shortstop (San Diego Union-Tribune). Sure, why not. He was going absolutely nowhere as a position player. The fact that the Padres snagged him with the first pick overall in ’04 is never going to stop sucking. As long as he’s in the organization, they might as well try to turn him into something useful. Either it works and the Padres get a return on their investment or it doesn’t and, well, we’ve been resigned to that possibility for a while.
- Prospectus Q&A: Jack McKeon (Baseball Prospectus, via dprat in the comments). Former Padres GM Jack McKeon speaks. On Dick Williams: “He was a good manager with a world of experience, and he was a no-nonsense guy. He was the perfect guy for that ’84 club.”
- Deal or no deal (Yahoo! via LynchMob in the comments). Jeff Passan looks at the best and worst contracts in baseball. Jake Peavy and Chris Young represent the Padres, while Adrian Gonzalez also merits a mention.
- High school or college? Don’t lean too hard either way (ESPN, via Didi in the comments). Keith Law examines organizational preferences in the draft.
Onto the PPR:
by Peter Friberg
You will not see the original preamble in this location. It has been removed by popular demand. I wonder if you even noticed…
No notable performances…
No game scheduled.
David Freese: 4 AB, 1 R, 3 H, 1 RBI; 2B – doubles machine; 18th
Rayner Contreras: 5 AB, 0 R, 0 H, 0 RBI; SO
Cedric Hunter: 5 AB, 0 R, 0 H, 0 RBI; SO
Kyler Burke: 4 AB, 0 R, 0 H, 0 RBI; 2 SO
Ernesto Fieri: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR
It was the last day of May for Pete’s sake; of course the Padres came back to win…
The Padres head to Washington for a weekend series with the Nationals. No TV on Friday night, but for those who want to listen to Peavy pitch (swoosh!), we’ll have the IGD up and running around 3 p.m. PT. We’re crazy that way…