Yesterday Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers received recognition as the best pitcher in the National League when he was awarded the 2013 CY Young award. It was Kershaw’s second CY Young, interrupted only by a second place finish to R.A. Dickey last season.

Kershaw finished with a 16-9 record for the National League West champion Dodgers but the W/L record barely does the lefty justice. He led the league in ERA (1.83), the lowest for a left-hander since Sandy Koufax posted a 1.73 ERA in 1966 during his final season. Kershaw also led the National League in strikeouts (232) and WHIP (0.915).

In 2013 Clayton Kershaw absolutely dominated Major League Baseball . . . unless his opponent was a little team from San Diego.

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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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Once in a great while, I struggle to think of topics to write about for this website. Actually, I think I’ve managed to struggle every other week this season. Half of my posts have been thought up the day before they’re due to be published.

Having said that, I think I’ve done an okay job, especially considering I’ve only been doing this since January of last year. That’s why I jumped at the chance when I was asked if I wanted to join Padres Public. Lord knows nobody else would bother to put up with my crap on a weekly basis.

I was sitting here over the weekend, once again struggling to come up with a topic, when it hit me. You people pretty much hang on my every word on Twitter. Why not ask you guys to come up with something?

I had a few great suggestions. But for the most part, you people wanted stuff that has already been covered by others here at Padres Public:

So what topic did I choose? Who’s getting both a mention and ice cream?*

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After particularly vexing losses, as fans wait for long-winded diatribes and dissertations, Bud Black will often simply remark, “That’s baseball.” While the triteness of Black’s comment often frustrates fans, it’s actually the perfect thing to be said because, well, baseball’s really weird.

When Chase Headley stepped to the plate on Saturday night to lead off the top of the 9th inning in a 2-0 game, his task was a daunting one – start a rally against Craig Kimbrel, one of the best relievers in baseball.

In the previous 28 games in which he had appeared, Craig Kimbrel had not allowed a run. During this streak, which dated back to July 4th, hitters had compiled a meager slash-line of .115/.167/.135.

Even more impressive than those numbers however, were Kimbrel’s BB% (4%) and K% (40%). In addition to those incredibly gaudy numbers, Kimbrel hadn’t allowed a HR since May 7th, a streak of 46.1 innings. Hitters didn’t stand a chance. Did Chase Headley?

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