by Geoff Young on Aug 17, 2008
Padres vs Phillies
5:05 p.m. PT
AM 1090, FM 105.7, XM 187
I’ll bet ESPN is psyched to be broadcasting a Padres game in August this year, eh? Still, it’s an excuse to visit San Diego…
Tagged as: espn, mlb, padres, phillies
Was there even a game last night? The SD Union Trib didn’t even mention the Padres on their internet Sports page. Just Phelps, Olympics and Chargers loss. I know there was a game cuz it says so right here on Ducksnorts………=)
There was indeed a game. I know, because I was there.
Padres won, Rollins and Burrell (both on my fantasy team) didn’t do shite, and I drank entirely too much.
I think I managed to avoid offending Geoff’s wife, but Geoff and Didi were appalled at my conduct.
Lance, as far as bourbon goes, what do you suggest?
#3@Masticore317: I’m guessing Lance recommends at least a fifth and preferably a half gallon.
#4@Pat: Chrissakes, I wanna live to see tomorrow!!!
After the Phillies series, the Padres are playing contenders the rest of the season. This is good in that we get to see how the team is going to do in those games (6 vs. Snakes, 9 vs. Blues, and 4 vs. Brewers) and against the rest of the scrubs in SF, COL, WAS, and PIT.
I sure hope the Padres are able to go .500 the rest of the way.
I had a house warming party yesterday and I’m still working off the massive hangover.
In my haze after and In n Out binge, I wonder if Phelps can hit or pitch?
Let’s be professional tonight on National TV. Let’s go!
No Gerut tonight due to the LHP…
“Letâ€™s be professional tonight on National TV. Letâ€™s go!”
A little too much to ask for.
Anyone know what happened to Hundley? They were saying Carlin wasn’t in the original lineup tonight.
Hmmm…so who backs up Carlin tonight if necessary?
Joe Morgan is an imbecile. Miller is talking to him about some guy who watches their Sunday Night Baseball telecast every Sunday. Now, I don’t watch unless the Padres are on (few and far between), but I know it’s Sunday at 8:00 Eastern. Miller is going on about how the guy is in his 90′s and watches every week but sometimes falls asleep. Morgan responds that maybe for the West coast games he can’t stay up but for the East coast ones he could.
Dummy – the show is 8:00 Eastern irregardless. You think after years of doing the show LIVE he would know this.
Man, i don’t tune in to the game to hear about the Yankees and Red Sox. Shut up!!!!
Dude, almost spectacular catch by OG and breaks thru a wall!!!
#12@Masticore317: Or miller was implying his east coast bias and that west coast teams arent worth staying up for haha.
#15@SDSUBaseball: Could be!
#14@Oside Jon: I walk away for a minute and miss something good.
I wanna see Beak crush another homer…epic home run trot and all.
Giles could’ve made that at first if he wasn’t jogging.
#17@Oside Jon: yeah, it looked like he was gonna make it…
#16@Masticore317: Did you see the replay? It would’ve been on sports center if he caught it, probably because he broke thru a 15 foot wide door in the right field foul territory.
#19@Oside Jon: no, not yet – I’ll have to keep an eye out for it though because it sounds worth seeing. OG turning into the Kool-Aid Man or what?
Mad Dog’s 153 innings, leads the Padres this year.
Baek is having a good outing at home… either he likes the big stage, or he figured something out. This stuff has looked more “active” than normal tonight.
#20@Masticore317: Kool Aid man is pretty funny…..I like that.
#22@SDSUBaseball: Yet our wonderful announcers are commenting how Beak can’t throw his pitches for strikes…
#23@Oside Jon: Thanks!
#24@Masticore317: Well he is having trouble with his control, regardless he is pitching ok.
With 54 pitches thru 5, it looks like we’re gonna see Hamels for a while yet if the Padres cant get something going.
These ESPN announcers really suck.
This is where it gets ugly.
#27@Turbine Dude: not as much as your boy Cla….”) I didn’t get to respond yesterday about the demotion to AAA. I got nothing against the guy but I know he’s not on your friend list. Are we gonna come back and win?
wow. Lidge 29 for 29????!!!!!????!!!!!
You have to swing the bat to get on base Chase.
#3@Masticore317: As far as readily-available stuff goes, I like Knob Creek a lot, as well as Maker’s Mark. Some others that you’ll find at places like BevMo and some fine-dining establishments include Basil Hayden’s, Pappy Van Winkle’s 15-Year, Woodford Reserve, Michter’s Ten-Year, and Parker’s Heritage. Of particular note is George T. Stagg, which at (if I recall correctly) 140 proof requires a splash of water. Wonderful stuff, though.
If you’re at a top-shelf restaurant, ask for recommendations. And enjoy.
#32@Lance Richardson: Woodford Reserve is delicious and readily available at many places from BevMo to Trader Joes to Ralphs. I completely agree with you about “Nob” Creek and Maker’s (I cant believe “Nob” is a cencored word). Crown Royal is also pretty good.
I don’t drink much either but I did get hammered sitting in the rightfield ChiSox Bullpen Bar and watched the White Sox hit 4 consecutive homeruns when they played the Royals in a Thursday day game. Also gave a shout out to J.Soria who was sitting a few feet from me in the Royals pen.
Nice trip. I had no idea until this first visit to Chicago how fierce that ChiSox – Cubs rivalry is. Also broke up a fight at Harry Caray’s bar–some guy who was totally hammered ripped the shirt off the manager in a drunken rage and I felt compelled to help slam the instigator to the ground…….got free drinks and a meal out of the deal…mentioned that I was a Padres fan at least 100 times on the trip –baseball is the lifeblood of this town….
I was glad to read on page 16 of the Chicago Tribune that the Pads will find out a little about Sean Kazmar. How has he looked in very limited sample ?
Lincecum took the ERA on Sunday, 2.60 to 2.61.
#32@Lance Richardson: Thanks for the tips. “Knob Creek” – the name alone is funny.
Re: Whiskey – Buffalo Trace is good, also. Not sure if you can get it in San Diego, but where I live, Southern Indiana, it’s available.
Re: Padres. As an aforemntioned hoosier, I rarely get to see the Padres play unless they’re playing The Cubs or Reds or on the occasional, like tonight, ESPN game. (I can watch on MLB.com but the picture quality is poor on my computer). SO despite the loss, it was nice to see this team last night, just to watch them. Some observations:
1) I was wrong about Gerut. He can play. As he’s 30 years old and coming off major knee surgeries, I don’t think he should ever be a regular, but he’s a fine platoon outfielder.
2) I was, sadly, right about Edgar Gonzalez. No range, bad hands and no clue at the plate. He had a nice little run there for a month, but he was a 30 year old minor leaguer for a reason.
3) This team has no offense at all from the shortstop or catcher position. Carlin shouldn’t even be in the majors right now, and yet he had to bat at the end of the game with a runner on because the Padres literally don’t have a single backup catcher.
4)Scott Hairston has hit 17 home runs this year and driven in 31 runs. When you look at the game logs he has 23 RBIs on homers. That means he has 8 RBIs this season on hits other than a home run. Considering his low OBP, that makes him a non-entity as far as I’m concerned. he’s a fifth outfielder. If you’re starting Scott Hairston 140 times a year, your team just might lose 100 games. Oh wait….
5) I like the stuff of Adams and Ledezma. I know they both have had lots of shots, but I think they’re worth hanging onto in a revamped bullpen next season.
6)Baek pitched well, but he’s not a real pitcher. He throws junk, and last night he got away with it. This team is still missing, for next season a #3-4-5 starter.
7) There’s a reason this team is terrible, and it won’t be fixed by chalking this lost season up to bad luck and hoping we can go out next year and luck into the playoffs. With the Padres presumably cutting their payroll in half, lets see if, for once, we can get real prospects for all the dead weight on the roster.
8)It was still a great game to watch. When you’re a fan, despite the records, you root and root whole-heartedly. I was hoping hard for Carlin there at the end, despite the numbers. I guess it’s called faith.
Sorry for the double post. Itchy trigger finger…
“Irregardless” is not a word.
I think you simply meant “regardless”.
I was a little surprised at the censorship gone wild.
I like Crown Royal, too, but it’s not bourbon.
#39@David Coonce: Buffalo Trace is quite good. The Pappy Van Winkle’s and George T. Stagg that I recommended are both products of the Buffolo Trace distillery.
1. Gerut’s been a terrific hitter this year, closing in on Agon for the team lead in OPS +. His performance against lefties may be a fluke, but there are lot of starting outfielders who have some platoon splits. I don’t see how he’s not a starter.
2. Egon’s defense is what keeps him from being a regular, probably.
3. In fairness, Hundley was a late scratch before yesterday’s game. The Padres do have a backup catcher; his name is Luke Carlin. Last night they only had one catcher on the roster. It still might have been smarter to pinch-hit with….who, Iguchi, I guess?…. and then use Egon behind the plate. At least he’s worn the gear before. Bochy used to drive me crazy with that every so often – so worried about what might happen in the 10th inning that he reduces the team’s chances of even getting there. Unfortunately, Iguchi vs. Lidge isn’t a terrific matchup for us either.
4. Shrek would be a nice fit as a platoon player.
7. The reason(s) this team has been terrible are also fixable. Whether they’ll have the will and / or money to do it is a different story. They’ve had good luck finding relievers in the past, and the bullpen has been by far the weakest link. They need one good SP and a league-average innings-eater, and they have the money to get that. And they need to get something at the plate out of SS and C, which would have made this year’s offense well above-average. It’s far more likely that Green and Bard regress to the mean than that they have another terrible year.
#42@Lance Richardson: I know… but their cousins and I wouldnt want to leave Crown out of the recommendations.
#44@Tom Waits: If they can resign Maddux (for a more reasonable price say… $6M) Isnt he your league average innings eater? Then throw some money at AJ Burnett and I think you can turn this team around very quickly next year.
#46@SDSUBaseball: If the Padres see Maddux as a league-average 200 innings guy, and if he’d take 6M, that would work. The problem the last 2 seasons has been that the Padres have built the rotation around the proposition that Maddux is much better than that and have paid him on that miscalculation.
I’d rather throw the money at Oliver Perez, myself. Significantly younger and possibly cheaper, with SD ties. IIRC, when he was traded he said he’d love to come back someday. And that was before the pitching nirvana of Petco. But the specific name isn’t as important as the Padres finally realizing that the rotation needs more attention than it’s received most years since 2003.
#38@David Coonce: I generally drink Fighting Cock when I drink whiskey. As you can surmise, when I don’t know what to get, I go with the funny name.
#44@Tom Waits: This has been a lost year for Bard – no doubt. I hope you are right about a ‘far’ more than likely bounce back. Bard had a stretch of 500 at bats over 2 seasons (playing in a platoon situation) that with above average production and really that has been about the extent of his top play. Coupled with the fact that he is in the lineup for his bat and not his defense, if he doesn’t hit at the 90-100+ OPS level than he doesn’t bring much value.
Now 31 years of age, it seems clear that he is not an everyday catcher. Therefore, should the Pads look to add a proven veteran catcher in case Bard does not bouce back ? I am not sure that Hundley could take the majority of the load as an everyday catcher.