Debbie Donner's San Diego Padres Fan Profile
Teacher, Network Marketer, Writer, & Baseball Fanatic!
Who am I?
I am a teacher, network marketer, writer, and absolute baseball fanatic! In fact, I've been a little depressed lately thinking about another season of baseball coming to an end soon.
I follow several teams but remain forever loyal to the Padres. I'm also a fan of Bud Black and I think he will only continue to improve in his role as skipper of the Pads.
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Barmes' Unbelievable Catch - Was It Real? posted on 10/01/2009
Of course we all know by now that Barmes' unbelievable catch was just that. More of an acting job than catching. To his credit, he did make an outstanding defensive play, getting two outs off the pop-up by Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick, that would have otherwise tied the game. Seeing this catch brought back bad memories from two years ago, when the Rockies beat the Padres in a tie-breaker game for a play-off spot, because of a bad call at home plate. Did Holliday really touch home plate or not? I think not, after they showed the play over and over again. Those dang Rockies are always gettin' lucky. I'm real close to rooting for the Dodgers in this last series coming up between them and the Rockies. The bad call at home plate from two years ago just stings too much still. So what do you think? Should the MLB use instant-replay challenges like they do in the NFL? At least during post-season games? Hmmm.
San Diego Padres - Lookin' Good! posted on 09/22/2009
Woohoo! Lovin' my Pads these days! After taking three out of four games against the Pirates to win their fourth consecutive series, the Padres are headed to Colorado to hopefully continue their role as spoiler in the NL West. What a difference from last season, when the Padres were hard-pressed to come back in a game, any time they were down by two or more runs. This season, how many times have they been down by four, five, even six runs, and they fight back to win a game. I love it!
I am so proud of this 2009 San Diego team. They started off strong at the beginning of the season, in spite of having several inexperienced youngsters on the team They hit a long rough patch when they were suddenly inundated with injuries prior to the All-Star break, losing some key veteran players, and suddenly the San Diego Padres were more like the "San Diego Rookies." But man, have these young players stepped up! I mean, obviously they are going to be eager to prove themselves, and I think they have done just that. Cabrera, Venable, Headly, Blanks, Gwynn - they have been impressive. And of course our remaining veterans have done no less - Gonzalez, Eckstein, Kouzmanoff. Is Brian Giles still
San Diego Padres Break The Rockies 8-Game Winning Streak posted on 09/13/2009
Wow! It was another nail-biter last night between the Padres and Rockies. It was definitely a pitching duel, with Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer going up against the Rockies' rookie pitcher Esmil Rogers, in Rogers' major league debut. Rogers, who used to be a shortstop with the Rockies organization, faltered through his first two innings, allowing two San Diego runs, but went on to pitch three scoreless frames showing an ability to handle himself well. Stauffer had another strong outing, carrying a shutout into the sixth inning before Troy Tulowitzki hammered a solo home run to get the Rockies on the board.
Top of the ninth, the score is 2-1 Padres - enter Heath Bell. Brad Hawpe reached base on a jam shot and then that dang Torrealba struck again, hitting a ground ball up the middle to tie the game. Second blown save in as many nights for Bell, after being perfect in all 19 chances at home before this. Heading to extra innings, Jim Tracy decides to send in the big guns, Rockies' closer Franklin Morales, in an effort to hold the Padres. Will Venable hit a single off Morales and Luis Rodriguez followed with a sacrifice bunt to move Venable into scoring position. Morales then walked the next two batters - one intentionally - to quickly load the bases. Coming off the bench to pinch hit was Nick Hundley, who showed great patience at the plate, which still seems to be hard for this young catcher to do sometimes. But he hung in there, didn't try too hard to be the hero, and managed to pull off the walk-off walk to win the game for the Padres, putting the Colorado Rockies three games back from the first place Dodgers. Just keep on spoilin' Padres!
San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies posted on 09/11/2009
Woohoo! Taking the series against the Dodgers, taking the series against the Giants - the Padres are playing their role of spoiler very well. And now it's up to Heath Bell to save the Padres lead tonight of 1-0 over the Rockies. Nice solid start tonight by Edward Mujica. What do you think? Will we see Mujica in the starting rotation next season? He's done well as a long reliever, but I think he could definitely make the transformation to starter.
Overall San Diego as a team, has been hitting 22 points higher since the All-Star break. It may be coincidence, but this young team seemed to really get fired up, offensively and defensively around the same time David Eckstein came off the DL and the Padres replaced their hitting coach. As a talented, veteran player, Eckstein has provided a lot of leadership and motivation for the youngsters on this team.
Well the Giants hit the Pads hard today, taking the series opener by a score of 9-4. No doubt the Giants really wanted to win today, not just to keep pace with the second place Colorado Rockies, but maybe to soothe the sting of yesterday's loss to the Milwaukee Brewers in the 12th inning, on a Prince Fielder home run. Whatever the prevailing reason, their offensive performance was hot today, and they certainly seemed to have Padres pitcher, Clayton Richard's number. Maybe because it was one of those pesky day games. Richard's ERA for day games is sitting around 7.59, while his ERA for night games is only 3.99. Overall though, Richard has already proven himself to be an asset to the Padres club. Jake who?
On a more positive note, the Padres are making a last-ditch effort to spread the word about Kevin Kouzmanoff's outstanding defensive play at third base this season. The Padres overnighted a DVD highlighting some of Kouz's plays at third base, to the other 15 National League managers. The team also included a note supporting the team's push for Kevin to win the Gold Glove Award. Kouz has the highest fielding percentage of any third baseman in the Major Leagues right now (.990). He really does deserve this award. There's not much that gets by Kouz and only three errors in 296 chances is pretty much unheard of. Good luck Kouz, I voted for you and I'll be keeping my fingers crossed.