First Sweep of the Season!

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I went to the game yesterday. Upon entering the ballpark I made a stop in the Men's bathroom. When I was leaving a guy was leaving a stall with his young daughter, taking her directly to the exit. She was probably 3 years old. He had to take her into the Men's room since he obviously couldn't leave her outside by herself.

As soon as we all stepped outside onto the crowded concourse his daughter said precociously "Daddy! Why didn't wash your hands?" He mumbled something to her, trying to get her to quiet her down. As it is with kids, the few times when you desperately need them to be quiet, they get even louder, "DADDY! YOU DIDN' T WASH YOUR HANDS!!" Everybody looked at him with a disgusted look on their faces. I snickered saying "It's true, he didn't" under my breath to the guy next to me.

I also went over and introduced myself to Bobby who is the Padres' organist. We tweet at each other occasionally, we're kinda friends... no big deal. He's a nice guy. He was playing the Cantina Theme from Stars Wars at the time of this picture.

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Anyway, the Padres completed their first sweep of the season yesterday. I went back through Baseball Reference and manually checked all the Padres seasons to see when they swept their first opponent in at least a 3 game series. There is probably an easier way to figure it out, but I can never find the stats I need when looking through B-R's play index.

TRIVIA Which season did the Padres never get a 3 game sweep of their opponent?

Find out after the jump!

This is a table. The table shows the date the Padres completed their first sweep of the season and the opponent that they swept. As I say, I did all this research by scanning the schedule and results from each season so if you see a mistake let me know.

Season

Date

Opponent

1969

10-Apr

Astros

1970

13-Sep

Reds

1971



1972

3-Aug

Braves

1973

5-Jul

Dodgers

1974

28-Apr

Phillies

1975

21-May

Cardinals

1976

8-Aug

Astros

1977

19-Jul

Cardinals

1978

23-Apr

Braves

1979

31-May

Braves

1980

30-Jul

Cubs

1981

14-May

Mets

1982

18-Apr

Dodgers

1983

23-Jun

Dodgers

1984

25-Apr

Giants

1985

23-Jun

Giants

1986

16-Apr

Dodgers

1987

9-Aug

Braves

1988

24-Apr

Astros

1989

17-May

Expos

1990

15-Apr

Giants

1991

14-Apr

Dodgers

1992

17-May

Pirates

1993

18-Apr

Cardinals

1994

14-Apr

Phillies

1995

30-Apr

Reds

1996

7-Apr

Astros

1997

22-May

Dodgers

1998

9-Apr

Reds

1999

20-Jun

Pirates

2000

23-Apr

Astros

2001

8-Apr

Rockies

2002

10-Apr

Diamondbacks

2003

3-Jul

Dodgers

2004

29-Apr

Expos

2005

4-May

Rockies

2006

8-May

Cubs

2007

27-May

Brewers

2008

8-Jun

Mets

2009

12-Apr

Giants

2010

18-Apr

Diamondbacks

2011

29-Jun

Royals

The answer to the trivia question is 1971. That's fascinating right? It took me like 45 minutes to make that chart. Maybe I should have made a graph instead.

Anyway if you were at the game yesterday, I hope you weren't getting food or in the bathroom during the 3rd inning, because that's when all the scoring took place. I was in my seat eating soft serve ice cream and happy as a pig in sh_t. If you did miss the 3rd inning you're still okay because you saw Tim Stauffer put on a pitching clinic the rest of the game.

Must win games from now until the All-Star Break! Go Padres!


Final - 6.29.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City Royals 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 1
San Diego Padres 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 X 4 8 0
WP: Tim Stauffer (4 - 5)
SV: Heath Bell (23)
LP: Bruce Chen (4 - 2)

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