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Barrett puts 2007 in rearview mirror

Discussion in 'All Other San Diego Sports' started by wrbanwal, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    Padres catcher endures trade, injury and, of course, 'The Play'


    PEORIA, Ariz. -- It's not the least bit difficult for Michael Barrett to reconcile everything that happened to him in 2007 -- those events he can remember, the ones he can't and even the moments he wishes never occurred at all.

    "It was a different year for me," Barrett said as he pulled a jersey over his head last week. "But for everything that happened, if I had to reconcile the year, it was one great learning experience for me."

    A learning experience, at 30 and nearly seven full seasons into his Major League career? No, Barrett never saw 2007 coming. And even if he had, the Padres' catcher would not have believed any of it, nor, likely, would anyone else.

    He can laugh now, but there were certainly few blissful moments that occurred during a season for Barrett, aside from the birth of a son in November that, he said, changed his perspective moving ahead toward 2008, while packing the less-than desirable memories from a year ago away once and for all.

    There was the much-publicized dust-up in the Chicago Cubs' dugout with his teammate, Carlos Zambrano, and the trade to San Diego that followed. There were the struggles he had with his new club, trying to fit in and prove himself to his teams, both new and old.

    There was a fleeting moment when he felt at peace that was quickly replaced by a month-long blur, as he suffered a concussion when a foul ball ricocheted off his facemask and the subsequent blow to the head he received trying to break up a double play days later.

    Then, of course, there was that wild finish in Colorado in the Wild Card play-in game, a game Barrett started on the bench but ended up in the spotlight when Matt Holliday slid home safely with the winning run as Barrett couldn't corral the throw from right fielder Brian Giles.


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