Opening Day thread …

Hey folks, people are still finding their seats here at PETCO Park and the Padres are already losing 2-0. I’m sure there’s a joke there somewhere but I’m not going to touch it.

Anyways, Jake Peavy allowed singles to Rafael Furcal and Orlando Hudson to start the game, got two outs, walked Russell Martin and allowed a two-run single to James Loney.

Regardless of the score, it’s great to see how full this place is. Haven’t seen it like this since, well, last March, also Opening Day. Anyways, Opening Day is great, a lot of pagentry, former players, optimisim, etc.

A bit of news today, Cliff Floyd’s strained right shoulder is still giving him fits. He’s on the DL, retroactive to April 5. Drew Macias, who I have said on here countless times that I’m a big fan of, has been recalled from Portland.

I’ll be back with some more thoughts during the game. Let me know what you think if you’re watching this, Twittering it, whatever.

First inning update (4:27 p.m.) — Hey, so much about PETCO Park being a tough place to score runs, right? It’s 2-1 Dodgers, going to the second inning. Jody Gerut had a double to start the game and newcomer David Eckstein moved him over with a sacrifice bunt. I have to think we’re going to see Eck do that quite a lot this season. Brian Giles RBI ground ball for the first Padres run of 2009. Let’s see how Peavy fares with the bottom of the order.

Third inning update (4:52 p.m.)
— Peavy got back on track quickly in the second inning, as he needed only nine pitches to dispense with the Dodgers. He was his own worst enemy in the third inning, walking Manny, throwing away a pickoff attempt and then watching Manny race home on an Andre Ethier single. Henry Blanco has been active behind the plate. He just threw out Ethier trying to steal second base. Peavy, who for my money is one of the best hitting pitchers in the game, gets his first at-bat here this inning.

Ninth inning update (6:54 p.m.) — OK, the in-game thread hasn’t been a real hit. Guess we won’t try that again. Peavy is out of the game, seven innings, three runs, eight strikeouts. He probably deserved better, at least more than one run of support. Looks a lot like last season. Newcomers Ed Mujica and Luke Gregerson are getting some looks today, which is good. The Padres have to figure out what they have in these two and what they’re capable of.

Cheers, Corey


What I like about the Opening Day so far:
– Manny swinging on the first pitch with two runners on…and flying out to center
– Pads playing small ball, advancing and scoring Gerut after his leadoff double
– MLB’s first replay controversy occurs in BAL against the Yanks, on ESPN!!! I cant wait for the debate to kick up again…

Dopadres: I noticed that about Manny as well. So much for working the count, right? I have to think he’s a better hitter when he sees more pitches. I guess that one must have looked pretty fat to him, right? I like what Eckstein brings to the team. I think he’s an ideal No. 2 hitter. We’ll see moving forward how it all works. — Corey

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