SAN DIEGO Who knows what emotions washed over Ernesto Frieri as he walked from the bullpen to the pitcher's mound Friday night at Petco Park?
This used to be his home, the place where he spent parts of the past four seasons working as a relief pitcher for the San Diego Padres. But when he entered the game in the ninth inning, he was an employee of the Angels.
And in a way, he was sad about that.
"It's tough to see your (former) teammates and then see yourself in a different uniform," Frieri said later. "I miss those guys. I was with the Padres for 10 years. I still can't believe I'm here, but this is baseball; it's business. One day you're here, the next day you're with another team. I've still got to keep throwing strikes."
Trades are part of the game, but they rarely come without some emotion for players. Frieri was the longest tenured player in the Padres' organization when he was traded to the Angels on May 3 for infielder Alexi Amarista and pitcher Donn Roach. He was 17 wh...