Alright, so we're a few weeks into the season, and well past Opening Day, but I don't feel like changing up the introductory paragraph. Trying to keep things uniform, alright?
The Padres won last night, on kind of a fluky inning where they managed two runs on zero hits. Three walks, followed by a wild pitch and an error on the same play, allowed the Padres to pull ahead in the 8th. Seems like usually the Padres are the ones gifting runs, so I'll take the "W", as sloppy as it may have been. That puts them a game under .500, after winning their first series over the weekend against the Tigers. You may have heard about Andrew Cashner's game. It was a gem.
Though Cash won't make an appearance in this post, I have included a quartet of Padre pitchers. Some powerful, some poised, some promising.
Mark Parent – 2
Jake Peavy – 39
Alex Pelaez – 1
Oliver Perez – 3
Gaylord Perry – 7
Roberto Petagine – 1
Gary Pettis – 2
Phil Plantier – 11
Mark Prior – 1
Johnny Podres – 1
Total cards - 68
Total players - 10
Most - Jake Peavy (39)
Least - Four are tied (1)
Oldest - Gaylord Perry (1979 Topps)
Jake Peavy starts us off with easily the best card of the bunch. LOVE LOVE LOVE the yellow Padre unis from the early 70s. Jake Peavy is the most recent Padre Cy Young Award winner. Here's hoping that Andrew Cashner can help San Diego fans forget about Peavy, who's currently on the Red Sox.
Against all odds, Oliver Perez is still in the major leagues. He's currently on the Diamondbacks, despite owning a career 62-75 record and a 4.55 ERA. Parents, teach your children to throw left handed. He actually wasn't that bad for the Mariners the last few seasons. So far, we're 2 for 2 in the awesome socks department.
Speaking of Padres Cy Young Award winners, here's the second of the four. Gaylord Perry was able to win his first with the Indians when he was 33 years old. His second would come with the Padres when he was 39. Not sure that there are many CYA winners who have as much gray hair as Perry has in this shot.
Lastly, we have a "zero year" card, featuring one time prospect Mark Prior. Mark is the only one of the bunch that is still with the Padres, though he's now a scout of some sort. Like current Padre Josh Johnson, Prior was an injury prone guy that the Padres took a flier on. He certainly didn't make as much as JJ did, and he never made it on the field (though Johnson started the season on the DL and doesn't look to return any time soon), but here he is in a Padre uniform showing off his fastball grip.
How long is this alphabet? I guess we've got ten letters left, though not all will be used in this series. Take care card collectors. Until next time.