SAN DIEGO -- Rangers reliever Mike Adams met with a couple of his former Padres teammates over drinks Sunday night after arriving in San Diego for the teams’ interleague series.
Adams has fond memories of his time with the Padres. He posted a 1.66 ERA in 209 appearances over four seasons with San Diego before the Padres traded him to the Rangers for pitchers Robert Erlin and Joe Wieland last season.
“Hopefully, once I step on the mound, it’ll kick-start some old memories and I’ll have the same type of outing I used to have here,” Adams said.
The Padres have been discussing moving in the fences at Petco Park to help spur their offensive numbers. Even though Adams pitched well at the pitcher’s park, he is in favor of alterations.
“They’ve been talking about that for the last four years. Until they do it, it’s nothing new,” he said. “Do whatever’s going to bring players here. They’ve got to find some way to get free agents to come here, free-agent hitters. If the pitchers are good enough, they’ll make the adjustment and get outs.”
While he was with the Padres, Adams reportedly grew tired of hearing hitters complain about the effects of the ballpark’s dimensions while the team struggled offensively. According to an ESPN report, in a postgame rant Adams voiced that he wanted hitters to be more concerned with getting hits and scoring runs than about hitting home runs and worrying about the ballpark.
“It was true that I spoke up and kind of said something, but I think they accepted what I said and they understood what I was saying,” Adams said. “In no way was I trying to degrade any of those guys. There was never any kind of scuffle or anything like that.”
Returning to Petco was surreal, Adams admitted.
“We landed last night and it was a little weird knowing I wasn’t going to a house, but going to a hotel,” he said. “I’m happy where I’m at right now. I love the fact I’m back in San Diego. I’m just excited to be here.”