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petco park sunsetThe Padres rotation is at an interesting place. As Nate discussed in an excellent post about cat puke and other things, the Padres have a deep crop of potential starting pitchers lined up for the 2014 season. But while there are a slew of potential contributors, they all carry a form or two of unpredictability. On one hand there’s some recent major league success, good stuff, solid minor league track records, cuteness, and cuddliness. On the other hand we have a lovely mix of injury histories, extended stretches of poor major league performance, youth, and the risk of cat puke on a nice Ikea couch.

Enter Josh Johnson

Who is Josh Johnson? He performed like an ace in 2009 and 2010 for the Marlins, and contributed a solid year for the club again in 2012. He was included in the crazy internet forum trade proposal-like deal from the Marlins to the Blue Jays, which also involved Yunel Escobar, Jose Reyes, Henderson Alvarez, Justin Nicolino, and more. He’s an interesting pitcher, though he shows many qualities of the Padres’ current crop of starters.

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Two years ago, my wife and I adopted our first pet together as a couple, a cat named Chloe Marie. Chloe’s owner had passed away from cancer, and she needed a new home. I was hesitant to adopt her. I had never cared for a cat before. Several members of my family are allergic, and we’d just always had dogs anyway.

And anyway, Chloe was already an older cat, and I was worried about the complications of taking on the care of a pet already past the prime of its life. After much deliberation, I was convinced to go for it, and Chloe came home with us. Quite frankly, I love this damn cat and deciding to adopt her is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Read More…