Timeout at the plate #2
Welcome 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 author 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.
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!
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!
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. 🙂
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. 🙂
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
These are some excellent interviews. Too bad about Hoffman though. He has been with SD so long.
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