My ship just got back in this afternoon. We went on a 25 hour underway which was both a) a nasty surprise to the crew and b) very tiring. Out of 25 total hours at sea, I stood over 16 hours on watch so I am rather exhausted. We had no internet available to us so I was out of the loop for a bit. So three big stories hit me went I rejoined the world of cyberspace. Turns out that the Padres didn’t trade a marquee pitcher, a familiar name returned to San Diego, and the Padres are in the midst of a 6 game winning streak.
First the Peavy trade. As a Peavy fan I am glad to see that he rejected going to San Diego. Despite his “down year” he’s still one of the top pitchers in baseball and a hell of a competitor. However, the thought of a Gordon Beckham and/or Aaron Poreda does seem intriguing. Still not sure who the four players the White Sox were giving up. With the economy and the team the way it is, I’m kind of resigning myself to the fact that Jake won’t be in San Diego much longer. I only hope the Padres can maximize his trade value.
Returning the Gwynn name to San Diego is brilliant. Not in the baseball sense, but in the PR sense. At this point Jody Gerut is a much better player. However, the team saves $1 million and they add a name familiar to most casual fans, the ones who haven’t been coming out to Petco.
Lost in all the excitement is the fact that the Padres swept the Giants and the Reds. Bring on the Cubs!