Taco Train Confession: We Jinxed Eric Hosmer

July 15, 2018

Three or four weeks ago, the Taco Train wrote a sort of smart-ass ,midway report which (if read) was best forgotten by the time your brain tendrils had been distracted onto their next meal. One of the assertions of the piece was that Eric Hosmer was the perfect complementary player for the Padres. If other players were doing their part, we KNEW Hosmer would be doing his, and his efforts…


Taco Train Update: The Midway Report

July 1, 2018

Report from the Train. Premature rumors of the death of the Taco Train are false. Full stop. False alarms, ring merry bells of spring in the taking. True. Wounded Knee at home plate, just because a man can turn around the young bats of the Phillies doesn’t mean it’ll take hold out West in the bat of an eye. Well, what can we say. The illusions of the Taco Train…


Framing the Friars: Erlin On Point, Lauer Was Not in Disappointing Loss

May 28, 2018

Petco Park- San Diego, California Nobody said the Taco Train’s ride to and through the Promised Land was going to be easy, and today was no exception. Item #1 in the we always knew there’s be obstacles along the way department: young pitching, and having to rely on it. Eric Lauer, with nary half-dozen starts under his belt, was coming off a fine start against the Nationals but didn’t have…


Framing the Friars: Padres Win, Continue Sailing Along

May 19, 2018

Pittsburgh, Pennslvania The Padres, winners of seven of their last 13, have been sharp as of late, and came out even sharper than usual. It started off with a small thing, like so many of these things do, a walk to Eric Hosmer in the first inning. He’s had a lot of those this year. Seems like such a simple thing, but that’s how it got going in the top…


Framing the Friars: Not Much to See in Padres 6-2 Loss

April 22, 2018

Phoenix, Arizona This was another game to forget. The Padres lost 6-2 to the Diamondbacks as Clayton Richard got roughed up a bit and the bullpen couldn’t toss up a zero behind him. Meanwhile, if you’re a Padres fan, the most interesting part of the game took part in the top of the first inning. The Padres put two men on with two out and up came Franchy Cordero. Franchy…


Framing the Friars: Nausea Strikes Padre’ Fans in 1-0 Loss

April 8, 2018

It was a street of nausea actually Jack Kerouac The Padres played a great game Saturday night. If you want pitching and defense, the backbone of any good championship team, it was in abundance for the once-again ultimately losing Friars, who took it on the chin 1-0 in 10 to the champion Houston Astros. The infield continued their flying start, turning in three double plays along with eleven ground ball…


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…