Timeout at the plate #2

Day 7


timeoutattheplate_copy.jpgWelcome back to the Timeout at the plate series and a look at a blog that comes from out west in the great United States. Pulling no punches in the critique of “her” team, this writer calls it like she sees it and doesn’t mind calling it real bad if she thinks it’s real bad…

In case you were asleep in history class or wandering eyes were on the cute blonde or dreamy eyed beefcake you may have forgotten the Spanish began to create the first missions in the San Diego area in the early 1770’s. Those missions were run by fathers or friars called “Padres,” hence the name San Diego Padres if you never caught the reason behind that. Just saying… San Diego translated is the name of a Spanish Saint Didacus of Alcala. 

So it’s somewhat fitting that teenage writer and student “Kaybee” as the autuserpic-68421-250x250.pnghor of Unfinished Business http://kaybee.mlblogs.com quotes a biblical line from Corinthians in her blogs header and sometimes her unabashed critique of the Padres can seem like fire and brimstone.

Like other one name celebrities Madonna or Prince, Kaybee  needs only one name and MLBlogs to make her point on the Padres. The title “Unfinished Business” comes from a quote from Padres general manger Kevin Towers after the 2007 season when the Padres fell in a heartbreaker in game 163 to the record setting Rockies. Kaybee has questioned changing her title but she hasn’t because the Padres still have that business to take care of… winning a World Series. 

So expect more straight up commentary and strong opinions this year, especially if Trevor Hoffman goes bye bye, yikes!

Kaybee first please explain the idea behind the name Kaybee!
Well, my mom actually suggested it. My initials are KB, so “kaybee” is my initials spelled out. (Don’t act like you didn’t want to know)

On your front page of Unfinished Business you reference Corinthians in your header. What significance does it represent to you having it there?
I’m a Christian. I have had problems with being too obsessed with the Padres, but that verse reminds me that sports aren’t everything. Winning the big championships is one of the most important things in sports. But just look at the players who have won the World Series or the Superbowl. Everyone’s super excited and happy for a while, but then it just fades away. Trophies collect dust. The fans turn to the next season, wondering what the team will do next. I really want the Padres to win the World Series someday, but I know I won’t be happy for the rest of my life when they do. I’ll always feel like there’s something more. This verse also encourages me to look ahead, to see that I am living for a huge gift, the gift of eternal life. I’m living for a crown that will last forever! 

You have written a great post on what maybe it meant to be a true fan. Do you think you now know what it means to be a true fan and what all it entails?

Yes, the response I got on that entry was incredible. We’ve got a great group of TRUE fans here at MLBLOGS!! Being a true fan is cheering for your team no matter what, especially when they aren’t doing well. It’s not easy, but you stick by them. Being a true fan doesn’t mean having season tickets and going to the ballpark all the time, but by following them in any and every way you can. Being a true fan is enjoying baseball, no matter what the score is.   

What would you like to achieve in your writing about the Padres on MLBlogs?

Well, I would like to cover the Padres in a reporting job someday, so this has been great practice. I just want to put my opinion on the Padres out there (and I’m not afraid to criticize them if they aren’t doing well), and give my readers something to enjoy and maybe even laugh at. San Diego has a good little team here, and I don’t want them to get pushed into a corner.

 
What does having MLBlogs mean to you?
This place has been an incredible blessing. Before I joined in June, I didn’t have anyone to talk baseball with. Coming here, I have a place to rant about my Padres when they are doing bad, and praise them when they are doing well. Best of all, I can interact with baseball fans all over the world! It has been so neat to tease other fans when our teams are playing each other, or to support each other when things aren’t going well. Without this blogosphere, I would probably be depressed!  (I think I would be depressed too..)
 
The Padres have had an up and down time in the NL west the last few seasons. What would you tell a first time visitor to your blog about the Padres and their future?
The Padres are a sad, frustrating team that has never won a World Series. They trade away very good players, and their payroll is ridiculously low. Plus they make very bad first round draft picks. But they have a beautiful ballpark in downtown San Diego, and they are able to give you good baseball once in a while. Hopefully, we will get a new owner before the season starts. This year we will have a fairly young team. The top guys from our system are making their way up. I’m hoping that they can get a decent season under their belts this year. In a few years, I hope to have a championship-caliber team here in San Diego. It’s very possible in this strange NL West. I think we can be a very good team in the near future. 
 
Lastly, where would you like to be as a person and a Padre fan at the end of 2009?
I would like to get my priorities straight. Sometimes we get so caught up in the busyness of life that we forget what’s really important. Sometimes, baseball needs to be put on the back burner if it means spending time with someone who’s hurting, or just taking the time to pray. I’m going to be pretty busy this year, with lots of new responsibilities, but I want to make sure I stay in touch with my friends, keep listening to baseball, and spend time with my family. As a Padres fan, I want to be as involved as I can, but keeping it in perspective. I’m really excited about blogging on the Padres this year. It will be a lot of fun.
 
So there you have it folks, if you didn’t know then you know now! Timeout at the plate #2 is a wrap. Thanks for reading and see you next series!                                                      
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10 Comments

Haha, that was very well written by both of us, I think, if I say so myself! I love the introduction! Thanks again for thinking of me, I really enjoyed it. Go Padres!
http://kaybee.mlblogs.com

Hey hey just because you have the “cool” one name doesn’t make you famous…yet! Looking forward to some great reads and representation of the N.L. West and the Padres this year. For sure when I’m around San Diego a “little” more of me will be rooting for them. Go Rockies!- tom

Great article Tom & Kaybee! You both did a great job. Tom it’s really great that you’re taking the time to let us get to know our fellow bloggers better! Thanks!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Thanks Julia it really is a blast for me doing it. It takes me back to when I would do fluff pieces for the newspaper and everyone got a giggle or smile from it and it’s a great way to know your neighbor! Like I said, one deed at a time, one post at a time…tom

I love these. I love getting to know the people who are commenting on my blog and whose blogs I’m commenting. :)
Jen
http://ajroxmywhitesox.mlblogs.com

Well jen you better tell all your friends because the Timeout is gonna be coming around your way soon enough and if you’re “un”lucky enough to get selected you are gonna get some super tough questions being a lot student and all! I.e ” please explain how interstate commerce was used to create a precedent in the legal battles of the civil rights and list one main case this was exhibited and the main dissentors arguments.” Yeah how’d you like that one?!- tom

That’s a terrifying question. One to which I have no answer since I’ve only got one semester under my belt! Although I wouldn’t be surprised if something like that appeared on a future exam. :)
Jen

Howdy, D here Rockpile Ranter. If you look back at your first blog entry, I left you your first comment welcoming you to MLBLOGs.com. Never heard back from ya?? Your all over this board, but I haven’t seen a thing from you at the Rant. Did I do something? Just curious..Good luck on your adventure, I wish you the best…D
http://baseballsnatcher.mlblogs.com/

These are some excellent interviews. Too bad about Hoffman though. He has been with SD so long.
http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

Extremely well-written, both of you. Great idea to do these and yes, it is nice to get to know our fellow bloggers.
Kylie — http://kylie.mlblogs.com

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