- There was a noticeable change in the mood every time Ryan Ludwick stepped in. A 'geez, this guy's terrible, here comes another strikeout' vibe. Ludwick absorbed a smattering of boos after popping out to CF to end the sixth (with Venable on third, the only Padre to make it that far yesterday). In the ninth, the fans got up for Tejada's leadoff at-bat, stayed up for Gonzo's, then got quiet, resigned to Ludwick making an out. Which he promptly did. It's very frustrating watching Ludwick. He's trying, but he's in a horrific slump.
Amazingly the blow did not draw blood. Eventually, EMT's showed up to evaulate his condition.
Count seven rows of seats from the left side of this photo, and look for the bald guy just to the right of the guy in the white t-shirt standing with his arm raised. That's where the kid was. You can see it's 30 feet easy from there to the grass, where the ball landed after it bounced off him.
The kid stayed another 2 innings, then he and his dad left. Some of the fans in that section applauded the kid as he walked out, which was cool. He looked pretty dazed to me, even 30 minutes later. I hope his dad found his common sense and took the boy to a doctor for further evaluation.
I'm not a moralist, and I'm probably the last guy to give parenting advice, but hey dads - your primary function when at a baseball game with small children is to protect your children. Letting your son/daughter get clocked by a foul ball? FAIL. Get in the way next time. I'd rather take a line drive off the balls than see my son struck because I was more concerned with getting a souvenir than protecting him.
The kid did at least get to keep the ball. Small consolation in my mind today, he might feel differently about it later on.
Padres got shut out, it rained, and a little kid got struck with a foul ball. Pretty much sums up a lousy day at the ball park. Oh yeah - for my 20 home games the Padres went 7-13. Depressing.
It all comes down to this weekend. San Diego should not focus on winning all 3 games. They need to focus on beating Matt Cain tonight. It really quite simple - if they don't win today, tomorrow's game doesn't mean anything. So focus on the now.
Granted, there is also the very real possibility the Padres could be eliminated tonight, if they lose and the Braves win. But let's not think about that. San Diego is 2-0 against Cain this season when he's paired with Clayton Richard. Focus on that.
It should be raucous in Pac Bell Park tonight. Hey Padres - Feed off that. Reach deep inside and stop the tide.