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And my favorite baseball play is……..

The Walk Off home run. I mean, come on. You gotta love the walk off bomb. One swing, one win. It can’t get much better. You round first, pumping your fist. You round second, really happy. At 3rd, you slap hands with the 3rd base coach, and at home, get pounded with everyone jumping up and down. So where did the home run bounce at home play originate? I mean, you never see players in 1959 hit a walk off bomb and they jump up and down at home plate. 

 The home run bounce originated in Cincinatti in 1999. That roster included Mike Cameron, Greg Vaugn, and Barry Larkin. They originated it in 1999. 
The term, walk off home run, was used first by Dennis Eckersly in after giving up the home run to Kirk Gibson to win the game in game 1 of the 1998 world series. 
Here are some clutch players that always seem to hit the homer in huge situations.
1. Scott Hairston:

Seriously, this guy always comes up in the clutch. He’s hit 3 walk off homers in his 2 year career with the Padres. He has 2 in 2007 in a span of about a month. He surely is, Mr. Clutch for the Padres. 
2. Ryan Howard:
This guy is clutch, bottom line. He is one of the best hitters in the game, and his walk off bombs are amazing. He is my 2nd favorite first baseman in the majors besides Adrian Gonzalez. I always remember Harry Kalas when I was watching some baseball highlights calling Ryan Howard’s homers. R.I.P. Harry.
3. Albert Pujols
   Probably the best hitter in the majors, Pujols can hit bombs in clutch situations. Take his homer in the 2004 NLCS versus the Astros in the 9th inning as an example. He can change a game with 1 swing of a bat. 
I forgot a couple of players, so here they are: 
4. Andre Ethier:
Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits the ball against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium September 23, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
So this dude hit 4 walk off homers last year, a walk off double, and a walk off walk, as Emma said in the comment section. This guy was Mr. Clutch last year. Sorry, Emma, for forgetting him.
5. Big Papi:
This dude is beast. He wasn’t that clutch last year, but in 2004-2008, he was amazing in the clutch. He hit a walk off bomb to send the Red Sox to the ALCS in ’04, and hit a walk off bomb also in the ALCS versus the Yankees in ’04. 
A special mention to Joe Carter, who hit the homer that sent the Blue Jays to a World Series Ring: 
Also props to Aaron Boone, who hit the homer in ’03 to send the Yanks to the World Series.
Bobby Thompson, the guy who hit the “shot heard round the world”
There are a lot of other homers in history that have been ultra clutch. That is another exciting thing about baseball. One pitch or swing could decide it all. 
The walk off home run is my favorite play in baseball. What’s yours?
4 days till MLB 10 the show comes out!!!!
Go Padres!!!!!!!!!!

Breaking down the Padres-A’s trade.

    Yesterday, the Padres traded third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and Eric Sogard to the A’s for outfielders Scott Hairston and Aaron Cunningham. From what i’ve seen on Padres.com, facebook, and other places, there are mixed thoughts about the trade. I’m going to break this trade down and explain why the trade was made from the Padres perspective.

     With Kouzmanoff gone, that allows Chase Headley to move back to his former position, 3rd base. Now, before you start to say that Headley only has a .263 career average and only 21 homers in 2 full seasons, remember that Chase had to transition to the outfield, and was still working on his defensive skills. That might have taken more time away from practicing his hitting, and he hasn’t played a full season as a starter in the big leagues yet. It should be interesting to see Chase develop into an everyday big league third baseman.

     Another reason this deal was made is because it clears the outfield log jam in left field, and allows Kyle Blanks to play left field on an everyday basis. Scott Hairston will be the starting center fielder and will be backing up Adrian Gonzalez in the lineup, with Tony Gwynn Jr as his backup. In right field, Will Venable will most likely start, and Luis Durango, if he begins the season with the Major League Club, will platoon in all the outfield positions.

If no more starters are traded, the Padres 2010 opening day lineup will mostly look like this:









Pitching spot

Should be interesting to see what happens.

Go Padres!

BREAKING NEWS: Kooz trade to A’s for Scotty

Wow, I did not see this coming. The Padres have traded Kevin Kouzmanoff and minor leaguer Eric Sogard over the the A’s for former Padre Scott Hairston and young outfield prospect Aaron Cunnigham. Wow. I can’t believe it. I am still in shock. I guess this move will put Headley as an everyday 3rd baseman, and let Blanks play full-time in left. Venable will play right and Scotty will start in center, will Tony Gwynn Jr. as his backup. Kooz, you will be missed.

I’m glad that Scotty is back, though! He was one of my favorite Padres!Scott Hairston #21 of the Oakland Athletics heads for home plate after his solo home run in the first inning off a pitch by Josh Beckett of the Boston Red Sox non July 7, 2009 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  
Scott Hairston says that it is a dream come true for him to be back in San Diego. He said that his 4 year old son kept asking him when he was going to play for the Padres again. Scotty never said that it was going to happen, but he was wrong. It did! 
I wish Kooz nothing but luck with the A’s. While this trade isn’t official yet, it more than likely will be as Cunningham is reportedly heading to San Diego to take a physical with the team. This is a very interesting trade, and it should be interesting to see how it pans out. 
Go Padres!