Taco Train Update: Dream On, 2018-Style

March 18, 2018

The other day in a strange city I awoke having dreamt about Jerry Coleman, amongst other things. In the dream, I didn’t recognize Jerry at first, and accused him, whoever he was, of falling down on the job, of not being “true” to the Padres’ cause. There was a third party there, at one turn, Don Orsillo, at another, Ted Leitner, who stared at me wide-eyed and slack-jawed, disbelieving that…


So Long, Hermano (A Goodbye to Yangervis Solarte)

January 8, 2018

The San Diego Padres traded the beloved Yangervis Solarte on Saturday to the Toronto Blue Jays for two prospects. The move was not a surprise, as the Pads have a backlog at second and third base stretching from here to El Paso, and our two best non-pitching prospects, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Luis Urias, play SS/3B and 2B, respectively, and they could easily be here by late 2018 or the…


It’s Christmas Eve on the Taco Train, Padre Fans

December 17, 2017

They say I shot a man named Gray and took his wife to Italy She inherited a million bucks and when she died it came to me I can’t help it if I’m lucky – Bob Dylan, Idiot Wind I can’t help it if I’m not feeling a little lucky these days. I’m like a kid with a huge tree in the living room and lots of presents underneath, each…


Taco Train Update: Learning to Fly

October 24, 2017

  Watching the Astros slay the Yankees, one is reminded that, for most teams, it’s a long road towards the ultimate prize. The Cubs bottomed out consistently before ascending to where they are now. The Astros were the worst team in all of baseball for three years running, and followed that up with a 90+ loss season, before ascending. Many smug, self-serving analysts argue the Astros are where they are…


Taco Train Update: Even the Losers Get Lucky Sometimes

October 8, 2017

Even the losers (get lucky sometimes) – Tom Petty, RIP There’s a long-distance train rolling through the rain Tears on the letter I write – Bob Dylan, Where Are You Tonight? So, another one in the can. All that’s left to be done is to edit the highlights, ruminate over the lowlights, and pour over the numbers. Yes, there’s always the numbers to be poured over. It could have been…


Framing the Friars: Spoiling for a Fight, Chacin & Padres Shut Out Rockies 5-0

September 24, 2017

The story of the night was twofold: Padre pitching, and the Padres playing “spoiler” yet again, looking more like a playoff team than the playoff-chasing Colorado Rockies, beating them 5-0. Jhoulys Chacin continued his torrid home pitching, throwing 5 and 1/3 innings of no-hit ball before yielding a soft single to center to DJ LeMahieu in the sixth, which Manuel Margot made a sterling attempt to get, but came up…


Padres “Taco Train” Update: Bound for Glory

September 7, 2017

This train is bound for glory, this train – 1920s American gospel song as sung by Woody Guthrie What began as a whisper has become a drumbeat. What started out as a far-fetched notion, has crept slowly into reach. What began in the middle of last year as a far-off dream has turned into full-fledged substance, tangible. The Taco Train is bound for glory. We’re one step closer every day….


Framing the Friars: The Taco Train Rises from the Dead

August 19, 2017

San Diego, California After a couple of forgettable nights to open a four-game series versus the Nationals, things again looked bleak in the top of the first Saturday night with Travis Wood on the mound for the Padres. Wood got the initial two outs, but then Anthony Rendon worked a 13-pitch walk and Ryan Zimmerman followed with an eight-pitch free pass. Howie Kendrick, hotter than an enchilada fresh off the…


Framing the Friars: Padres’ Mojo Risin’

August 5, 2017

Sometimes baseball teams must just get on their horses and ride them to the finish line. Headed into the middle game of a 3-game set with the Pirates, that’s exactly what the doctor ordered for the Padres, who were on a mini two-game losing streak and were facing the Pirates’ ace, Gerrit Cole, for the second time in less than a week. The big boys were going to have to…


Framing the Friars: McCutchen Strikes Back

July 30, 2017

Despite a four-game winning streak which included back-to-back wins over the Pirates, things didn’t look good for the Padres going into the finale of the series with Pittsburgh. On the one hand, Padres starter, Clayton Richard, since the end of June was 0-4 in five starts, having allowed 63 base runners in 27.2 innings. During that time, he had an ugly 8.78 ERA, the highest of any starter in the…


Framing the Friars: Ho-Hum Another Padres Series Victory

July 16, 2017

  It’s becoming blasé.  Another series, another series win. The starting pitcher gives us a solid start. The bullpen does their thing. The bats come through in the clutch. The defense, while not the 2016 Cubs, makes the plays they’re supposed to make. The Padres are not only not tanking, they’re elevating.   In Sunday afternoon’s contest against the Giants, like Cortez the Killer (Neil Young reference), Hector Sanchez, the…


Framing the Friars: A Tepid End to Successful Road Trip

July 9, 2017

Sunday afternoon it was a tale of two stories for the Padres in the series finale versus the Phillies, which ultimately ended in a 7-1 loss for the Friars. From the pitching side of things, Padre hurlers Trevor Cahill, Craig Stammen, Phil Maton, and Jose Torres gave up a combined nine hits through eight innings, with no base on balls, for a nice 1.125 collective WHIP, which normally would spell…