One of the great things about Twitter, in my experience, is that it works as a sounding board for opinions and thoughts that come through your mind that you aren’t 100% sure about. Something happens, you have a reaction, you ponder your reaction on Twitter, and the community can help you decide whether your reaction is valid or not. As podcaster Alison Rosen might say, Twitter is great place to ask is it just me or everyone?

Some might say that’s one of the problems with Twitter, that it gives validity to every half-baked thought or theory that comes across a weirdo sitting on his couch watching Naked And Afraid, but hey, you gotta take the good with the bad, am I right?

Last week, the Padres put in a waiver claim on out-of-options catcher Hector Sanchez, who had been waived by the White Sox, who had signed him in the off-season after he had been non-tendered by the Giants at the end of last season. By claiming Sanchez, the Padres, who had two seemingly healthy better catching options already on the active roster, were either forced to move one of those catchers to make room for Sanchez, or carry 3 catchers for at least a short time. Read More…

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an afternoon at Sycuan Casino hanging out with the Fox Sports Girls and other great Padres fans. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were on Daycation.

The Padres (77-85) lost 9-3 to the San Francisco Giants (88-74), finally ending one of the most disappointing seasons — on and off the field — in the 45-year history of the Friars.

Robbie Erlin (4-5, 4.99) left after just one and two-thirds innings with four runs allowed on four hits, two walks, and a strikeout.

Chris Heston (0-0, 5.06), making his first Major League start, lasted only four innings while surrendering three runs on six hits and two walk with two strikeouts.  Tim Lincecum (12-9, 4.74) pitched two innings in relief of Heston and came away with the win.

The Padres have the next 189 days off until the 2015 season opener in Los Angeles against the Dodgers on April 6th.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an an afternoon at the pub.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (39-49) were defeated by the San Francisco Giants yesterday in the rubber game of their three-game series at PETCO Park.  Jesse Hahn (4-2, 2.34) was saddled with the loss despite allowing just three earned runs in seven innings while striking out five on five hits and two walks.  The problem once again was Tim Lincecum, who allowed just one run in 6 1/3 innings, striking out six with four walks and three hits, one of which was a solo home run by Brooks Conrad with one out in the seventh inning.

Yasmani Grandal got the Padres to within two runs with a two-out, tw0-run home run in the eighth inning off of Sergio Romo, but that was the extent of the Padres scoring.

The Friars travel to Denver to face the Colorado Rockies for three games starting tomorrow at 5:40 pm PDT.  Ian Kennedy (6-9, 3.87) starts the first game against Tyler Matzek (1-2, 4.25).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after Easter morning brunch when you pass the time waiting for the game to begin by jamming Cadbury Eggs and Peeps into your mouth. Ooooooh, the rush. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were eating candy (and drinking).

The Padres (9-10) were oh so close to sweeping the Giants and going over .500 for the first time since Opening Day but it was not to be. Young lefty Robbie Erlin got off to a slow start giving up four quick runs and the Padres offense never fully solved the riddle that is Tim Lincecum. Do they ever? The Padres tried to make a game of it when Chase Headley cleared the bases with a double but the final run was negated when replay negated Xavier Nady‘s run. Nick Hundley later hit a HR to inch the Padres closer but 4-3 is what the scoreboard read when it was all said and done.

The Padres are on the road today beginning a series against the Milwaukee Brewers. Andrew Cashner faces Wily Peralta at 5:10 PM today as the Padres begin a road series that will take them to Milwaukee, Washington D.C., and San Francisco.

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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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mcribThe final category of the 2013 McRib Awards is here.

You have had the opportunity to vote on the Most Valuable Meme of 2013, your favorite amongst the Fox Sports San Diego Girls, and the Padres grittiest player of 2013.

Now it’s time to select the Most Padres Moment of 2013.*

What is that supposed to mean? I’ll tell you.

Over the course of the last couple of seasons, some of us have used the #ThatsSoPadres on Twitter. Usually when something stupid happens to or involving the Padres. Sometimes they’re good. Many times they’re just depressing and sad. Like losing Game 163 when Matt Holliday never touched home plate. Or 1997 when Andy Ashby lost a chance for a no-hitter in the ninth.

The only stipulation: It couldn’t have anything to do with a player getting seriously injured. That means no Yasmani Grandal‘s knee or the elbow of Jason Marquis.

*(Not to be confused with the Padres Memorable Moments event that SABR held in August.)

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