Five Good Things: #VedderCup Edition
As a San Diego sports fan that doesn’t let much bother me, it really takes only two things to put a smile on my face. One is our Chargers beating the Raiders twice a year. The other is winning the Vedder Cup. And the Padres did just that in a four game home on home series that started Monday in Seattle.
Though they split the series, Vedder Cup rules say in the event of a tie, the reigning champ retains the Cup, which the Padres won five games to one in 2012.
There were many glorious things during Vedder Cup play this week but here are the five that shined my trophy.
5. Jedd Gyorko
Gyorko kept on his hitting tear for the month of May with a big contribution in both of the team’s wins. He went 1-3 in both games and clouted his sixth homer of the year on Wednesday. After the series his line was hitting .270 with six bombs and 18 runs batted in. Not bad for a young man just finishing up his second month in the bigs.
4. Yasmani’s Return
Yasmani Grandal returned after his 50 game suspension on Tuesday and hit a pedestrian 1-7 in the two games he played since. But his presence makes the Padres everyday lineup one of the most feared in the league and it also must be noted he’s 2-0 in the games he called; including two of the Padres top pitching performances of the whole season.
3. Edinson Volquez
Volquez would earn made his best effort to be this years “Better Man”, the distinction for the series top player. He dominated Seattle with 7 2/3 innings pitched allowing just a run on only four hits. Though he did give up three walks, he fanned five Mariners to win his fourth game of the season.
2. Eric Stults
Stultsy probably pitched his greatest game as a Friar in the Vedder Cup’s deciding game, but unfortunately came out with a no-decision. He went eight innings allowing only three hits and just a run. He coaxed Seattle hitters with an even flow of fastballs and off speed pitches, helping keep the Friars alive in a tied game. The most amazing thing was that he walked none in his eight inning masterpiece.
1. #VedderCup went Mainstream.
After littering everyone’s timeline on twitter with an onslaught of #VedderCup tweets Monday, I was surprised to see a direct message to me from Fox Sports San Diego on my lunch break Tuesday asking if they could use some of my art on their broadcast as they will be featuring the Vedder Cup on social media Tuesday. I said of course and posted several pics with the hashtag and made sure I mentioned them.
I was unable to watch the first half of the game because of my softball game. But then I checked my timeline after and it had blown up. I got home and turned on my TV and in the last five innings I heard the phrase “Vedder Cup” uttered maybe 500 times. This was truly one of the most surreal nights of mine and many other Padres fans life to have one of our tongue-in-cheek jokes actually become a big deal. It was awesome.
So those are my five. Please comment on who you thought was this year’s “Better Man” and this year’s “Nothing Man” Mi picks are Will Venable (1-1, run scored as pinch runner and Vedder Cup winning RBI in game three) and Clayton Richard (gave up HR, BB, 2B, and HR to first four batter’s faced in game one).
As always, see you next week and go Padres!