This Is The End: Casey Kelly Edition

‘Twas a Wednesday, the thirteenth day of March, 2013. Having reflected on the events of that day I feel it apropos to share with you the words of Jim Morrison:

This is the end

Beautiful friend

This is the end

My only friend, the end

Of our elaborate plans, the end

Of everything that stands, the end

No safety or surprise, the end

I’ll never look into your eyes…again

Yesterday was a rough one.

While Rick (RJ’s Fro), Geoff (Son of a Duck), David (Vocal Minority), and Mike (Padres Trail) were off having a blast doing the play-by-play in Peoria, Padres fans were dealing with a brutish and nasty reality. We had all heard, through Twitter, that Casey Kelly’s ailing elbow may require Tommy John surgery.

Tommy John has become the unwanted relative who refuses to leave. Tommy John is like Bill Clinton’s brother Roger: He’s an unfortunate part of  the family but GOD do you wish he would go away! Forever.

But Tommy John isn’t going away, folks. The UCL surgeries continues to mount: Casey Kelley, Rymer Liriano, Joe Wieland, Juan Pablo Oramas, and Cory Luebke, all in the last year.

Yesterday started innocently enough, a spring day full of promise. And then Peter Gammons tweeted the following:


How did Padres fans react? Let’s survey the twitter, a place for unadulterated ridiculousness, and off the cuff hyperbole. Did I mention it does utter despair quite dashingly as well?

Hey. I know that dude. // Gratuitous Fast Times at Ridgemont High reference.

It’s not the end but I won’t begrudge Padres fans their opportunity to wallow in what has become a recurring nightmare.

As for me: it doesn’t feel good wondering, and I’m paraphrasing here, if I’ll ever look into Casey Kelly’s eyes . . . again.

I contribute to Padres Public on Thursday mornings and when I’m feeling particularly inspired. I can also be found on twitter at @AvengingJM where I offer bite size strands of ulnar collateral ligaments 7 days a week.

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  • I love AJM and his strands of UCL wisdom. The Padres formula – 1) Trade for or draft awesome pitchers 2) see them succeed 3) Speed up their delivery 4) Get them some sweet Tommy John magic, 5)??? 6) PROFIT!

  • Nardfather

    This is just awful. Do we need new trainers?

    • Tom

      Or maybe new pitching instructors?

    • Axion

      thats the one.

  • VM David

    Previewing The Bar: Casey Kelly Needs Tommy John Surgery:

    Avenging Jack Murphy: Fuck!
    RJ’s Fro (sdpads1): Fuck!
    Vocal Minority (Nate): Fuck!
    Son of a Duck: (“Fuck!”, but more eloquently stated)
    Vocal Minority (David): FUCK!

    • Son of a Duck: For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge!

  • Melvin

    Kyle Blanks says “Wasssuuuppppp!”

    He also says “Check out this sweet tattoo!”

  • leila

    As a dramatic reaction/Doors lyrics association I submit that the Padres are experiencing “Strange Days,” unfortunately it’s kind of a never-ending succession of such. Also totes agree with the “Fuck!” sentiments.

  • Axion

    *politely pushes the jim morrison lyrics back across the table to you*

  • Are we sure Petco Park wasn’t built on the site of an ancient Indian burial ground?

    • Actually…

      http://www.sdrp.org/resources/dieguito/dieguito-number2.htm

      “…the Padres’ Petco Park: in excavating the site for the new ballpark, archeologists discovered pieces of dolls, lots of bottles, a metal toy train and remnants of dishes. Stankowski, the Center’s Director, says these artifacts can give us clues to the people who lived in that very spot.”