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Prior’s going to be a Padre!

Mark Prior is coming home to San Diego!

From http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20071226&content_id=2336601&vkey=news_sd&fext=.jsp&c_id=sd

Padres sign Prior to one-year deal
Right-hander will look to avoid injury bug for hometown team
Mark Prior is 42-29 with a 3.51 ERA in 106 starts covering 657 innings. (Rob Schumacher/AP)
 
The Padres signed right-handed starter Mark Prior to a one-year deal, bringing the San Diego native home in the hopes he regains his health and the mound prowess he once showed.

Prior, 27, has struggled with injuries in recent years and missed the entire 2007 season after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder April 24. He last pitched in 2006, compiling at 1-6 record and 7.21 ERA in nine starts for the Cubs.

“Mark Prior is a competitor and is working hard to regain the form that made him one of the great young pitchers in the game,” Padres GM Kevin Towers said in a club release.”We are confident he is going to help us in our rotation this season. It’s exciting that Mark is coming home to San Diego to pitch for the Padres.”

Over five Major League seasons (2002-06), Prior is 42-29 with a 3.51 ERA in 106 starts covering 657 innings. He has registered 757 strikeouts and 223 walks, while limiting opponents to a .235 batting average.

Prior was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft out of USC, having graduated from University of San Diego High. He made his Major League debut less than a year later, striking out 10 Pirates in six innings for the victory on May 22, 2002. He was an All-Star in 2003.

In his career, Prior has tallied 21 double-digit strikeout games and 65 outings in which he has issued two or fewer walks. He is averaging 10.37 strikeouts per nine innings over his career.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


Here’s one of the best car commercials ever!  It features the 1997 Nissan Maxima taking the highway to the danger zone!

Praise & Potenzas

It’s time again to give thanks to the Lord, our God and King…His love endures forever (1 Chronicles 16:34,41; 2 Chronicles 5:13, 2 Chronicles 7:3,6; 2 Chronicles 20:21; Ezra 3:11; Psalm 100:5, Psalm 106:1; Psalm 107:1; and more)!

Softball – Team Edmunds co-ed softball team (now 6-3) won their fourth straight game on Monday night 17-14 over the top team in the league (7-2) in eight innings (one extra inning).  I went 1-for-4 (pop up to the pitcher, line single between the first and second basemen (sure felt nice to rope), groundout to the pitcher, and reached on an error on a hard groundball I hit back to the pitcher) with 2 runs scored.  The error I reached on occured as I led off the top of the 8th inning.  We had a 12-10 lead going into the bottom of the 7th, but were unable to hold the home team to less than two runs as the balls they hit seemed to find all the holes.  It was a good, fun game.  The only bad thing that happened was I didn’t have to slide at all and get dirty.  This team was the team I had my worst game ever against.  They hold the tiebreaker over us as they beat us twice and lost to us once.  I hadn’t joined the team yet the first time we played them.  Any progress my injury made toward recovery was thrown away by playing and running the bases (and also basketball on Sunday nights).  I probably won’t be 100% until a few weeks after the softball season is over (3 games remain in the season with playoff games afterward).

I had dinner with my wonderful, old (not in age…old in that I’ve known the person for almost nine years) friend, Talene Lee, tonight.  It’s always nice to catch up with people you don’t regularly see!

I missed most of tonight’s (Tuesday night) 2007 MLB All-Star Game.  Padre pitcher Jake Peavy pitched an okay, scoreless first inning for the National League team.  Padre pitcher Chris Young was credited with the loss thanks to an amazing inside-the-ballpark 2-run home run by Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners.  At least Padre pitcher Trevor Hoffman didn’t get rocked again this year.


Puttin’ on the Ritz…Potenzas

I threw some old shoes back on to Devoted Dan tonight.  It took me about 90 minutes to do it all myself which wasn’t too bad.  I then took him for a nice, “spirited” spin for about 20 minutes.

Before

After

Why the change?  I can’t totally tell you all why I did it yet.  Let’s just say I felt I need to get a good feel for Dan’s capabilities again with “stock” all-season rubber (Bridgestone Potenza RE92 – 215/45R17…the tires that came off were Bridgestone Potenza RE-01R – 225/45R17 summer (read sticky/grippy) tires).

Here are a couple of hints:

Finally, Subaru has a new commercial that makes me want to drive!  Off the top of my mind, Mazda, Audi, and BMW have awesome commercials that have been evoking this feeling in me for years.

Subiesport magazine’s 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX preview

I spy STI!

Here’s another treat for you all!  The next-generation Subaru Impreza WRX STI has been spotted at the famed Nürburgring track in Germany.  Click on the photo or the link below to watch an exclusive video at Edmunds.com Inside Line.

Article and video here: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/GeneralFuture/articleId=121620


Thou shalt not steal

Photo: ©2007 Dann Chen – Russell Martin gets “owned” breaking the eighth commandment in the 11th inning of the game played on June 30, 2007.  As a result, the Padres won by scoring two runs in the top of the next inning off Brett Tomko and Trevor Hoffman shut the Dodgers down in the bottom frame to produce a 3-1 victory.

The Los Angeles Dodgers: Property of the San Diego Padres

The Pads lead this year’s series 7-5.  Who wants to see the Swingin’ Friars rough up the (other) Blue Crew on Wednesday night, September 12, 2007?  I’ll be there!  Will you?

Down But Not Out

Today a band of believers from our church left for Arizona to help jump-start a “Power Plant.”  Please keep them in your prayers.  Even if the going gets tough, pray that they won’t get going, but instead trust in our sovereign God to do as He pleases so He may be glorified the most.

2 Corinthians 4 (New American Standard Bible)

2 Corinthians 4

Paul’s Apostolic Ministry

 Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not reach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.

 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.

 For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you. But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I BELIEVED, THEREFORE I SPOKE,” we also believe, therefore we also speak, knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.

 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.


From one jump-start to another


(Actual car and battery in photo are not mine)

The original battery on “Devoted Dan” died on Thursday.  I should’ve thought it was on its last legs when I started the car for my morning commute.  I had to crank longer than usual for the car to come to life.  Instead, I thought nothing of it.  Thank God my friend and brother in Christ, Rex, who is a Senior New Vehicle Data Editor at Edmunds.com, was working late.  He carpooled in the morning and his wife Emily came to take him home after she dropped her sister off at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX for those who aren’t Los Angelenos).  Her vehicle, a Toyota Highlander, had a brand spankin’ new set of jumper cables in it they had for “just in case” situations.  I usually carry a set of cables in the trunk, but never put them back in since I went to the track (I emptied the trunk because it was something I thought I didn’t need = weight.).

Having never jump-started a vehicle myself before, but seeing others do it a few times (two handfuls or so), it was a good time to use some knowledge I got from…the Internet.  After all, if it’s on the Internet, it must be true (not!).  A few years ago, I thought it would be good for me to know how to jump-start an automobile with a dead battery.  So I searched and found an article with steps on how to jump-start a vehicle.  I made my own mnemonic “device.”  The first step in jump-starting a vehicle is to connect the cables to the red (positive, +) terminal of the dead battery.  So I thought, “Red…DEAD.  Red…DEAD.  Red…DEAD.”  “Red” rhymes with “dead.”

Here’s an article on how to jump-start a vehicle by Edmunds.com Editor-in-Chief, Karl Brauer.  There’s also a video on how to do it on that page as well.

Article – http://www.edmunds.com/ownership/howto/articles/43793/article.html
Video – http://www.edmunds.com/cgi-bin/videoed081.cgi

Quick Steps (Caution: don’t let the vehicles touch each other (duh) and don’t let the cable clamps touch each other):

  1. Red – Dead
  2. Red – Good
  3. Black – Good
  4. Black – Unpainted metal surface on the engine of the Dead vehicle (an unpainted bolt or bracket that is as far as from the dead battery as possible is ideal) – this serves as the ground

Since the OEM battery bit the dust, I figured it’s “Upgrade Time.”  The first thing I did was to search NASIOC.com (North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club).  It is believed to be the third largest Internet car forum (I don’t know what the top two are.  I’m guessing a Honda one and maybe VWVortex.com.).  The result of my search was that an OPTIMA® RedTop battery, Model 35, would be the best battery I could put into the car.  It’s quite a bit more expensive because it isn’t like a conventional lead acid battery.

The OPTIMA RedTop – Info – Cool technology stuff after the jump

(Click to enlarge image)

Now that I knew which battery to get, the next thing to do was to get the battery.  As ESPN’s College Football Analyst, “The Coach” Lee Corso would say, “Not so fast, my friend!”  I couldn’t locate one (the Model 35 with top posts only) yesterday and this morning at SEARS Auto Center, Auto Zone, or anywhere else.  At KRAGEN Auto Parts yesterday, I was introduced to the EXIDE Select Orbital battery which supposedly uses the same or similar technology.  Because it wasn’t a Group 35 top posts-only battery, I thought it wouldn’t be compatible with my vehicle.  I did a little more research last night and the KRAGEN web site said the 75 model with top and side posts would work with a 2004 Subaru Impreza.

I went back to the KRAGEN in Alhambra this afternoon only to find the one I had seen last night was a 78 model.  Next, I drove to the KRAGEN in El Sereno because the guy (manager?) at the Alhambra store called them when I was there last night and asked if they had those.  He said they did last night, but when I went there this afternoon they didn’t.  They hadn’t had any for a while.  The parts consultant there was kind enough to check what stores might have the 75 model in stock.  The computer said the Montebello store had them in stock.  She gave them a call to confirm for me and I headed on my way.

I took the Eastern to the 710 South to the 60 West only to find our friend “traffic.”  I exited on Findlay and went East on Via Campo until I hit Vail, which I then went South on.  I find it interesting that I know the streets of Montebello a little bit better because of the convalescent home my maternal grandmother was until she passed away.  It also helped me find the batting cages two weekends ago.  I finally arrived at the KRAGEN in Montebello and they indeed had the EXIDE Orbital Select 75.  Great!

As I headed back to my uncle’s truck to retrieve the old battery I would turn in (if you don’t bring your old battery, you have to pay an $8.00 core charge – it’s not a bad charge because it helps ensure batteries are properly disposed of), an old friend from Pilgrim School, Ken Takahashi, spotted me and said, “Hey, Loren!”  He bought whatever it is he came for pretty quickly because he was leaving as I was bringing the old battery into the store.  He was kind enough to hold the door for me to since I was using both hands to carry the battery.

Exide Select Orbital – Info
 
Specs and Features (Pretty cool technology stuff)
KRAGEN part page

At $159.99 plus sales tax and a core charge (a charge you have to pay if you don’t bring your old battery in), it isn’t cheap.  Yes, I could’ve dropped a conventional battery into the car.  But I wanted what I thought was best for it and was gladly willing to pay for it.  What makes the RedTop and Select Orbital batteries so much better than conventional lead acid batteries?  Click on some of the links above and you’ll soon find out why!

I was a little concerned with how the battery would fit into the car because I already knew (thanks to NASIOC) that the battery cables in the Subaru Impreza aren’t very long.  As a result, I had to install the battery so it sat crooked.  No worries, friends.  That sucker isn’t going to go anywhere as I made sure I was securely in place by tightening the battery tie-down.

Devoted Dan’s New Power Plant

Tip of the Day: Always use gloves when working with automobile batteries.  Even though you can’t see it, there could be lead acid on the battery’s casing.


Down but not out – The San Diego Padres


Padre pitcher Jake Peavy hits an RBI double to support his own cause on Thursday night

The National League West first place San Diego Padres rallied from four runs down in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Los Angeles Dodger$ on Thursday night.  The Padres now lead this year’s season series 5-4.  Perhaps we may see Padre dominance of the Dodger$ for the second straight year as the Dodger$ started out with the lead in last year’s season series only to became the property of the San Diego Padres – they got OWNED.

The Padres also rallied from a five-run deficit against the Seattle Mariners last night to tie the game before losing the game in the 11th inning.


Thanks to and praise God we have a new physical place to worship Him at church!  Of couse that doesn’t mean our worship to Him is limited to that room in any way.

Warning: Short rant ahead

Am I the only one who thinks the stage is way too high in the new “Praise Center?”  It’s distracting to see the worship team so high up there.  They’re at the same visual level as the screens displaying the lyrics to the songs we’re singing as our worship to God.  Whoever’s preaching that’s normal to tall in stature (fyi: 5’9″ is considered average for an adult male) is almost at the same height of the cross.  That’s not cool in my opinion.


I saw the 2008 Mercury Mariner commercial featuring the “OK Go” song again.  I’m pretty sure it was filmed at VKC on campus at USC.  I’m surprised that commercial isn’t on YouTube, but the 2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid “Tree” commercial with Jill Wagner is. :shrug: