In the past few days, it has been very easy to see the thumbprint that Padres GM Eric Byrnes has left on the Padres. In the offseason, in what may someday be billed as the best trade in Padres history (hopefully?), Byrnes sent the Padres ace pitcher, Mat Latos, to Cincinnati for a washed up pitcher and three prospects.
The "washed up pitcher" was Edinson Volquez, who has a 3.52 ERA (albeit a 5-7 record, due to poor run support from the offense) and seems to be having a rebound year (a la Jon Garland, Aaron Harang, etc.)
The prospects were Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal, and Brad Boxberger.
Alonso was the Pad's opening day first baseman, and has been streaky, but good enough to stay in the lineup. He's got a sweet swing, and there's no reason to believe that he won't continue to improve.
Boxberger is a relief pitcher who has pitched in a handful of games for the big club and has performed adequately, allowing one run in 6.1 innings.
Grandal burst onto the scene in a big way, homering from both sides of the plate in his first big league start on June 30th against the Rockies, and hitting two more in his first full week with the Friars.
So far, that looks like a great trade for San Diego.
However, the jury is still out on the Anthony Rizzo/Andrew Cashner deal.
Rizzo has had a spectacular start for the Cubbies, belting four homers in his first eight games, after only hitting only .141 with one homer in 128 ABs for the Pads last season. Cashner, on the other hand, has performed well out of the bullpen, and boasts Aroldis Chapman-esque flames. However, after pulling him from the bullpen to try him as a starter, Cash wowed the team with a spectacular first performance against Houston, only to get injured after two innings in his next start.
Regardless of how well Cashner does, I still think we could've gotten more for Rizzo, especially after what we were able to get for Latos (who's having a pretty good season so far, after a rocky start). Why did we trade Rizzo in the off season, when his stock was the lowest? Why not have him tear up the PCL for a little bit (like he did last year) before trading him?
Don't get me wrong, I'm okay with taking a chance on Yonder at first; he seems like he'll do just fine, but it hurts to see somebody that we gave up on very quickly, who seemed to have a lot of potential (remember, we got him in the Adrian Gonzalez trade?) start destroying it when they put on another uniform.
Oh well, such is life.
Anyways, it got me to thinking about a song by a San Diego band called Reeve Oliver. A very poppy, fun song by some local kids who everybody thought would make it big, but they never did. The song is called "I Want Burns", but it's funnier to me to think about it as a love song to the Padres GM called "I Want Byrnes"
I believe this video was partially shot at Tony Hawk's house. He's in the video a few times, and I think he's the guy in the hippo costume riding the bike.
Other interesting facts about the band:
* I've seen 'em live twice; good live, but too much banter in between songs (don't get me wrong, I love a little stage banter, but I don't need five minutes of "comedy" every time you finish a song).
* The drummer is really good despite not playing the type of music to showcase his talent. At the shows that I saw them at, he had Ninja Turtle designs on his drums, which matched some sheets that I had when I was a kid.
* The singer used to work at Sea World.
* They have broken up, and last I heard, the singer was starting a band called "The Big If" and the bassist was in a band called "The Makeup Sex".