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Open Thread: The Fourth of July, Friars vs. Fish

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Happy Independence Day!  I think this is my favorite holiday; summer, BBQ's, the beach, patriotism, baseball, it's got it all.

I missed the game last night because I went to the Del Mar San Diego County Fair, but as it turns out we both saw big turkeys.  The difference is that I stepped in goat feces while wearing flip flops, rode a humiliated elephant and was served food by toothless carnies.

Chris Young (8-3, 2.14 ERA)starts tonight vs. Josh Johnson (0-3, 10.97 ERA).

If CY wants the world's votes for the All Star game all he has to do is show us he can win... TONIGHT!  Do it for your country CY, do it for America!

The Padres have created a Chris Young Chain Letter that you can copy and paste into your email to send to all your coworkers, friends and family.  I think they got a little carried away with their threats to you if you don't send it out:

Once you read, this letter you must IMMEDIATELY (meaning within the hour) be sent to 25 people After you send it, make a wish and it will come TRUE

YOU MAY NOT WAIT FOR A CERTAIN TIME TO SEND IT........ REMEMBER, IT MUST BE SENT TO 25 PEOPLE WITHIN 1 HOUR, OR YOUR WISH WILL NOT COME TRUE!

IF YOU DO NOT PASS THIS ON, YOU'LL GET REALLY BAD BODY ODOR:

NOTE* THE MORE PEOPLE YOU SEND THIS TO THE MORE LUCK YOU WILL HAVE IN YOUR LOVE LIFE. IF YOU BREAK THE CHAIN LETTER

YOU WILL SMELL LIKE POO. THIS IS NO JOKE. GOOD LUCK

We were all happy to learn that Trevor Hoffman and Jake Peavy were named to the 2007 National League All-Star Team.  They both deserve the selection and will represent the Padres and the City of San Diego very well.

But we were also disappointed that Chris Young was not selected to the team. By any measure, Chris has had an outstanding first half of the 2007 season.  His performance through the end of June overshadows that of most of the pitchers named to the team and he is certainly most deserving among the five pitchers included in the internet voting for the last spot on the National League All-Star Team.

As a member of the Padres team, I am asking for your help in voting Chris Young to the All-Star Team between now and 3 PM PDT on Thursday, July 5th.  Please go to padres.com to vote or click here http://www.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2007/fv/ballot.html.  You can also text message "N4" to 36197 (standard text messaging fees may apply).

REMEMBER, THERE IS NO LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF TIMES YOU CAN VOTE!

HELP MAKE CHRIS THE FINAL VOTE BY FORWARDING THIS TO COWORKERS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY!