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Monday, August 16, 2004

So Frustrating...

Sometimes I want to quit being a Padres fan. I want to like the Yankees or whoever, just not the Padres. Being a Padre fan is like having a nest full of hornets in your shorts. The buzzing feels kind of all right for a while, you might even enjoy it for a bit. But then the stinging sets in and you realize how painful it really is and you just want it to stop with all of your might. That's kind of how tonight's game felt. The stinging part at least...

I don't know what to think of Hitch. The guy is out there tossing around all kinds of junk, rarely topping 85 M.P.H. The team hasn't managed to put together a win in his first two starts and he seems to get hit pretty hard. For a team that isn't really scoring at home this could become an issue.

Now I am all for a junkballer throwing any puss he has at all kinds of major leaguers, but tonight the Braves were taking him to task. Who says you can't hit the long ball at Petco? Hitch managed to hold an extended batting practice session through the first four innings, as if a guy like "Chipper" needs to practice his home run trot for the 300th time. This was after the other Jones, Andru dropped a ball in the bullpen in the 2nd. Even Hampton banged one off of the wall for an R.B.I double. Finally J.D. Drew, Mr. Philadelphia, left the yard with the bullpen in charge, way to jinx those guys Chris. Let the bee stings begin...

Tough as they are the kids fought back against John Smoltz. A 5-1 deficit was erased and with two outs in the ninth the tying run was on first in the form of Khalil. After a battle to get back to 5-4, Rich Aurilia just got overmatched by Smoltz and the agony was finally over. Not a fun game to watch at all, just not fun. Two more games with the Braves and they are both must wins. There is to be no losing series in August or September. I am off to go sit on a block of ice now...
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