(11:05 a.m.) Join us in the excitement and pomp and circumstance of Opening Day at PETCO Park. The three of us will be contributing to this entry from pregame festivities to pos- game celebrations or disappointment. Colleen will be at the game, Kaity will be sitting in front of her radio listening and Matt will be in class keeping up to date via Twitter. Join us in chanting “BEAT LA!”
(12:20 p.m.) Colleen wants me to let you know that since she will be at the game, there will be no copy editing done to this live blog. Don’t be surprised if I make some grammatical or spelling errors and don’t blame her.
No idea what Kaity is doing; she isn’t returning my smoke signals…
(3:33 p.m.) Colleen via text: “Opening Ceremonies were good. Great tribute for Akerfelds.”
(3:45 p.m.) I’m stuck with refreshing the MLB Gameday feed, because I don’t have a real radio handy and MLB hates everybody.
(3:52 p.m.) It’s only the top of the first inning and I’m already looking up the Padres worst record in a season (52-110 in 1969). I have this feeling nothing is going to go the team’s way this year and we’re going to come close to that. YES I’M OVERREACTING ALREADY! LEAVE ME ALONE.
(4:04 p.m.) Just walked across campus to my next class, apparently I missed a lot. I recant my previous overreaction. We’re totally making the playoffs this year!
I’m falling behind in the group MMS chat that Kaity, Colleen and I are having (it doesn’t help that iMessage is down), but the ladies brought up the whole booing Adrian Gonzalez thing, so I’ll transcribe their thoughts:
C: “Super unclassy crowd booing Adrian again.”
K: “Ohh! We should have an argument about that because I disagree.”
C: “The guy in front of me agreed. Adrian didn’t want to leave, but the Moorad, Moores, Towers era wouldn’t pay him.”
K: “I don’t think Padres fans were booing him because he’s Adrian… I think the only reason they were doing it was because he’s wearing a Dodgers uniform. I would boo him if I was there.”
C: “He did not choose to go to LA. He went where he was told.”
M: “Honestly I think the whole thing is silly. He said some stupid things and who can blame him for wanting money?”
(4:11 p.m.) Meanwhile, the Padres realized they were playing a competitive game and managed to score. I can hear the “Beat LA” chants from the North County.
Just realized that since iMessage is down, my next class is pretty much in a nuclear missile silo, and AT&T’s signal can barely penetrate a paper wall, it’s going to be hard to continue receiving their messages…
(4:22 p.m.) To recap Kaity is now doing math homework (seriously), I have no cell service inside a building (seriously AT&T?) and Colleen is the only one at the game. Good times on Friars in the Outfield!
(4:32 p.m.) Just thinking about how terrible the Padres have been thus far, and I remember reading a subhead about the team’s batting average, which was .204 at the start of the game. I found it funny and terrifying because my last year playing little league baseball I hit around .210 AND I WAS TERRIBLE AT BASEBALL.
Text Message from Colleen: “And Maybin lowers his batting average… When it was already .059.”
(4:49 p.m.) Matt is taking a break to actually listen to what his professor is talking about, so I (Kaity) will be taking over for a bit from my home.
Colleen says (via text): “Thanks to the moved in walls and umpires who are apparently on the Dodgers payroll, it’s 2-2.”
(4:53 p.m.) Colleen reports that Jedd Gyorko’s walk up song is Jason Aldean (she reported this because she may absolutely love Jason Aldean).
(4:54 p.m.) I’m actually quite sad that I didn’t make it out to Opening Day this year. I have only been to one Opening Day ever. I kept waiting for tickets to fall into my hands from the sky, but it didn’t happen. Oh well.
(4:56 p.m.) Half-game update: The Padres and Dodgers are tied at two going into the top of the fifth inning. Pretty good game so far.
(4:59 p.m.) Colleen has been keeping close track of Cameron Maybin’s batting average this game. He’s 0-for-2 so far and went from a .059 to a .056 average. That’s got to be miserable.
(5:03 p.m.) Clayton Richard is in the 90′s with his pitch count and it’s the fifth inning.I don’t see him staying in much longer.
(5:08 p.m.) Well, Clayton made it out of that inning. I don’t see him coming back. P.S. Gameday’s Geico commercials are really creeping me out.
(5:11 p.m.) YEEAAAAAH NICK HUNDLEY! YOU GET US THAT LEAD!
(5:13 p.m.) I’m a big fan of Nick. I’m pulling for him to have a solid season. 3-2 Padres and Clayton Richard had a pinch hitter, so he’s out of the game.
(5:20 p.m.) Oh yeah, I almost forgot that Josh Beckett’s pitching for the Dodgers today. I was a big fan of his when he was with the Red Sox. Would I be happy if I saw him during a game? Yes I would. Would I take pictures of him? Yes. Would I cheer for him? I hope not.
(5:21 p.m.) Uh oh, we’ve got a pickoff up in here. Everth Cabrera…he’s usually faster than that.
(5:22 p.m.) Just checked my Instagram and found five likes on my Opening Day photo of my phone alert and radio tuned to 1090. That makes me popular right?
(5:25 p.m.) The Beard aka Andrew Cashner is now pitching. Does he still have the beard? Only reference point I have is his Gameday picture.
(5:29 p.m.) Josh Beckett is out of the game.
(5:35 p.m.) Whoa sorry…dazed out there for a few minutes. And when I say dazed out, I mean I almost got lost in the Internet. This is the problem with not being about to watch the game on TV. I get so distracted when Gameday is taking 12153895943 seconds to refresh and let me know what’s going on.
(5:36 p.m.) Guess what? This is my sixth season of being a Padres fan! So when I became a fan I was 13 years old…yeahhh.
(5:37 p.m.) I don’t actually remember being 13 years old. Those homeschool days are actually a bit of a blur. But I remember how much I loved the Padres and how incredibly passionate about the game I was. I miss those days of not having to worry about passing classes or making money or actually doing something with my life.
(5:38 p.m.) Still 3-2 Padres going to the top of the seventh.
(5:52 p.m.) Oh goodie. Dodgers tie in the top of the seventh. Thanks a lot, Joe Thatcher, for coming in in relief and giving up a run WITHIN THE FIRST TWO PITCHES. Ugh.
(5:54 p.m.) Actually, I would hate to be Joe Thatcher right now because he only threw two pitches, gave up the tying run, and then was taken out of the game. That’s got to be rough.
(5:58 p.m.) Last update for a while. Colleen is engrossed in the game, Matt is being a dutiful student and I have an obligation. Peace out and GO PADRES!
(7:35 p.m.) PADRES WON 9-3. That was awesome.