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Open Thread: 8/20, San Diego Padres vs. Rattacatcoons

I'm a little bit worried about Peavy's start tonight. He's really sad that Maddux is gone. He's trying to be strong and says he's happy for him, but deep down he's still in mourning. I heard Peavy was the reason Maddux left, just sayin'.

Peavy moves on without mentor

"He was awesome," Peavy said. "There's too much to put my hand on one specific thing that I learned. He was a student of the game. He knows so much about all aspects of the game of baseball. I think we all took bits and pieces almost daily from Greg, just watching him and listening to him."

"He's been in the game as long as those guys have, it seems like," Peavy said. "You can't have a better coach than somebody who does exactly what you do and can relate to you in that regard.

"He was under a great manager in Bobby Cox [in Atlanta] for years. He's watched and learned so much about the game. He's just like another coach, absolutely."

Poor little fella.

Jeez, I haven't looked at the standings in awhile, we're 17 games back from the lead. We were stuck at 10 for a long time, but I guess if you just continue to lose it'll happen. Anybody know the most the Padres have ever been back from the division lead since the current divisions were created?

Go Padres!


San Diego Padres @ Arizona Diamondbacks

08/20/08 6:40 PM PDT

San Diego Padres Arizona Diamondbacks
Jody Gerut - CF Stephen Drew - SS
Tadahito Iguchi - 2B Augie Ojeda - 2B
Brian Giles - RF Conor Jackson - LF
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B Adam Dunn - RF
Kevin Kouzmanoff - 3B Chad Tracy - 1B
Chase Headley - LF Mark Reynolds - 3B
Nick Hundley - C Alex Romero - CF
Luis Rodriguez - SS Chris Snyder - C
Jake Peavy - P Dan Haren - P