Couple things. First off, I’m pleased to announce that The Hardball Times Season Preview 2009 is now available (details from David Gassko, our editor). I contributed the chapter on the Padres. Buy the book. It rocks. And it’ll give you something to read while you’re waiting for my book.
Opening Day didn’t go so well. We lost to the Expos in 14 innings. Nate Colbert hurt his knee, so Rollie Fingers had to finish up at first base. Colbert is out seven weeks. Hey, it wouldn’t be the Padres without stupid luck.
Here are the games played so far:
- Expos 6, Padres 4: Jake Peavy works into the 11th, Scott Linebrink blows it.
- Padres 7, Expos 5: Steve Finley’s bases-loaded double highlights a five-run first, Andy Benes tries to give it all back, but Trevor Hoffman slams the door.
- Padres 9, Expos 3: Roberto Alomar homers early, Finley knocks four more hits, and Bruce Hurst goes the distance.
- Twins 9, Padres 5. Randy Jones gets shelled, late comeback isn’t enough.
You can follow the Portland Beavers, too, if you’re so inclined. Anyway, I’ll keep you updated as the virtual season progresses. Meanwhile, go buy the Hardball Times Season Preview 2009. Because I said so…