Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub. Especially when Andrew Cashner is dressing the Tiger–I mean–deer. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres defeated the Detroit Tigers 6-0 last night, led by Andrew Cashner‘s complete game, 1-hit, 11 strikeout pitching performance and Chase Headley‘s breakout performance at the plate. The Tigers’ Rick Porcello lasted 6 1/3 innings, giving up 5 runs on 10 hits with 5 strikeouts.

But the player of the game was easily Cashner, who struck out Miguel Cabrera to end the game.

Tomorrow, pits Ian Kennedy against Justin Verlander at 5:40 pm PDT. The Padres will be giving away long-sleeve t-shirts to all fans at the game.

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Some of you may be wondering, “The Padres’ season is over. What the Hell are you going to do now, Ghost? In-depth analysis of Mighty Wings sales? The history of the McNugget?”

To be honest, I wondered the same thing. Quite frankly, I’d love to take a break. But for some reason you people keep coming back. And I don’t want to disappoint any more than I already have.

We have some interesting ideas for the offseason that Padres Public will be rolling out over the course of the next month or so, but I figured I’d start with one of mine right away.

Say hello to the first of many polls to choose the first ever McRib Awards.

Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be leaving it up to you, my loyal readers, to select the winners in each category. Then I’ll have one post to announce them all at once. Just like the Academy Awards, but completely different, because the winners get nothing. Nothing at all. Unless you count bragging rights. And who would really brag about this?

Instead of categories like “Best Starter” or “Team MVP,” which every blog, sports website, network, guy/gal on the street, and family pet out there already does, I’m going to throw out some unusual categories. This first one definitely qualifies:

We’re going to pick the best Padres meme of 2013.

The only rules:

  • It had to be a hashtag-able meme. So, Kelly Crull constantly getting drenched with Powerade after walk-off wins doesn’t count.
  • It had to have caught on since the end of the 2012 season. So you will not see #VedderCup#MowMyLawn, #dickhats, or #Dickisms among the nominees.
  • #PPLive was not eligible, obviously. That would be unfair to all the other nominees. Because it’s the greatest hashtag in the history of hashtags!

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A couple of days ago I received a fantastic opportunity at the behest of the San Diego Padres: Come watch baseball with a bunch of your buddies and talk to new Padres CEO, Mike Dee.

Accepting the invitation was easy but I wanted to be sure that I also challenged the new guy when I met him so I began brain-storming. And as the tempest resided Andrew Cashner appeared.

My excitement during the 2013 season can be described as a tale of two halves.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking and Andrew Cashner was striking fear into the hearts of men. And deer.

Andrew Cashner was brilliant last night allowing just one hit while facing the minimum 27 batters in a complete game shutout. His effort pushed the Padres’ record to 27-26 since the All-Star Break and to 69-80 overall. Forget the guys on offense tonight – this entire post is about Cashner. I included a lot of commentary from the internet last night and I think it captured the feeling that the Padres might just have a special pitcher in Andrew Cashner. I hope someone writes about Cashner’s performance and how it stacks up against others’ in team history. Anyone? Anyone?

Eric Stults takes the hill today against Jeff Locke at 4:05 pm at PNC Park.


Cashner flirts with perfection, fires one-hit shutout – George Von Benko []

Two up, two down: Padres 2, Pirates 0 – Jeff Sanders [UT – San Diego]


“He’s a good, good young pitcher. A power arm — he had a three-pitch mix tonight … breaking ball, changeup — right on right — fastball command,” Hurdle said. “Not only was the stuff sharp, he was very efficient, throwing strikes all night long. There’s more there. Earlier in the season, [he] was dialing it up to three digits. Just a really good start by him.” [Von Benko]

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
My only question is: Who are “they”?

If a picture is valued at a thousand words, then a series of combined pictures depicting motion into a looping format must be valued at a gajillion* words!

*Pretty sure that’s not an actual number. I was told there would be no math when I was asked to join Padres Public.

Last night during the Padres game in Philadelphia, the Phillie Phanatic paid a visit to the Fox Sports San Diego booth to visit with Dick Enberg and Mark “Mud” Grant.

Let’s just say the results were both expected and surprising. And hilarious.

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With great anticipation I sat down to watch the Padres and Cubs last night. I informed my wife that this particular game was important, that it was must see TV.

I went on to explain, sure it was a game between two last place teams, but it was also a match-up between two young bucks who were traded for one another last season. This was important (in the context of my fandom) and she needed to know it for no other reason than to provide me license to sit on the couch and not move for the next three hours. On this night, she allowed it.

We all knew that the Cashner v. Rizzo 1.0 didn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. Would we have collectively vomited if Anthony Rizzo had jacked three HRs off the hairy Texan? Probably. But after nine innings of baseball we knew that nothing definitive would come from this game.

Personally speaking, It wasn’t the match-up that concerned me the most though. I just wanted to see Andrew Cashner build-upon his previous start. I wanted to see him pitch 6+ innings and to do it without injury.

So I come before you on May 2nd, 2013 to say, “Andrew Cashner was terrible last night. But at least he didn’t get injured.”

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In case you weren’t paying attention…

Always enjoy responsibly. Don’t read and drive.

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