Philosophy Makes My Head Hurt

My degree is in English (hey, it’s my native tongue), but I minored in philosophy. I finished six units shy of a double major. Then, just before my senior year, my head exploded.

We’re speaking in metaphors here. I’m okay, thanks for asking.

Philosophy isn’t without its uses. As a discipline, it can be a tremendous tool in developing one’s critical thinking skills, learning how to poke (and close) holes in arguments, and avoiding members of the opposite sex. It also gets pretty esoteric at times, and not in the “I can cite Kurt Bevacqua’s 1979 VORP from memory” kind of way.

That said, I learned some valuable lessons while studying philosophy. Here are a few of them:

  • If you quote Hume, Kant, Leibniz, or Locke at a party, you will get slapped.
  • If you find someone at a party who recognizes and understands those quotes, they will get slapped harder.
  • Tropicana Field is hideous.
  • Ontological arguments? Ugh, don’t go there. Seriously, I’d rather spend an eternity at Tropicana Field.
  • Cla Meredith is going through a rough stretch, but he really was unlucky Tuesday night.
  • He who smelteth it, dealteth it.
  • The official scorer in Tampa Bay is unclear on the concept of “error” as it applies to baseball. Add one to Delmon Young and subtract two from Adrian Gonzalez if you’re scoring at home.
  • If you expend enough energy and find the right audience, you can turn any position into one that seems sensible.
  • Nietzsche is dead.

There you go. Maybe Peter will have something more relevant for us this morning…

Padres Prospect Report

by Peter Friberg

[Group exercise: Mentally insert your own preamble here (psst, no one else is reading it)]


Jared Wells: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR – first R as RP


Chase Headley: 3 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 0 RBI; 2B, BB – 36th XBH
Cesar Ramos: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR – 4.13 ERA, 5.17 K/9, .263 BAA


Matt Antonelli: 5 AB, 0 R, 2 H, 1 RBI – .314/.399/.490
Jose Lobaton: 2 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 1 RBI; HR, 2 BB, SO – .258/.372/.448
Yordany Ramirez: 3 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 0 RBI; BB, SO, SB
Manny Ayala: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR – 1.86 ERA, 6.64 K/9, .236 BAA


Cedric Hunter: 6 AB, 0 R, 3 H, 2 RBI – .285/.349/.357
Kyler Burke: 4 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 1 RBI; 2B, BB
Aaron Breit: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR – 8.00 ERA, 5.50 K/9, .332 BAA


I have talked about promoting Headley, but a new idea occurred to me the other day. How good would Headley be if he had Antonelli and Freese batting in the same lineup with him? I think it’s time to start thinking about Freese or Headley in the outfield.

Cedric Hunter is starting to turn it on. In his last 10 games he’s gone 15 for 43. Unfortunately, he’s not hitting for much power; one extra-base hit in those 10 games — a double.

Thanks, Peter; I knew we could count on you! Padres and Devil Rays again this evening at 4:10 p.m. PT. IGD will be in effect about an hour before first pitch. Go Padres!

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  1. 35: The ballfield back then was nothing to talk about. Lots of chain link fences and concrete seats/bench and one vendor on wheels. The new one is still at the same spot right behind the parking structure next to Brent Event Center where the basketball teams play. About as nice as the Tony Gwynn Stadium with better scoreboard. I guess part of getting the baseball program back after a 10-year hiatus was getting the new ballfield. It’s a great place to watch a baseball game.

    47: No Lo Duca, please. I’ll take Barrett but he’ll probably will want a longer term deal. Why not try Pete LaForest next season? I thought Luke Carlin was going to be a pretty good backup to Bard. His OBP in AAA is not bad with a decent LD%.

  2. 49: I was particularly suprised with how Bowen’s OPS stacks up against Bard’s. Given that Bowen has just under half as many ABs as Bard (73 to 150), he would appear to project better on the long run (more xBH). You’d also have to guess that he’d throw out more runners than Bard since several of Bowen’s ABs have come as PH.

  3. Ex-Padres:

    Chris Oxspring, an old favorite from Lake Elsinore, is doing well. I hope he gets to the Show.

    Remember when Travis Chick was going to be great?

  4. 51: I walked past the ball field a lot, I could see it from my dorm window. But the team wasn’t good and I lacked school spirit. Which is strange, because I’m the only person I know who picked Irvine instead of using it as a fallback because I didn’t get into UCLA or UCSD.

  5. Worth noting with Bard is that his BABIP is about .030 lower than we’d expect it to be based on his line drive %. If you add those hits back into his line, he’d be matching or exceeding Lo Duca’s production.

  6. Bard OPS monthly splits:
    April – .731
    May – .586
    June – .871

    Bard has not been that bad he just had poor may when he got back from the groin injury.

  7. Branyan DHing tonight
    P-mac & Sledge are the corner OF

  8. Woohoo, the Padres have an actual Hitter Designated.
    Go PMac!
    Bocachica is still under the weather then?

    Go Padres!

  9. 54: Their English program was excellent from the national ranking, right? I only found out they have a baseball team since we used to play tennis/pick-up basketball close by.

  10. 59: Their writing program was top-notch. Michael Chabon is the best known graduate. Regular English Lit, regular Humanities anything, was not so much then. Don’t know what it’s like now.

    They did lure the philosopher Derrida to give that side of campus someone to compete with the scientists, but I always thought that was a French guy taking a huge sum of money to have an excuse to travel to someplace sunny every so often.