SAN DIEGO -- Trevor Hoffman's successful save conversion on Saturday night not only came at an opportune time for the Brewers, but also had personal significance given Hoffman's history with the Padres.
Having pitched for the Friars from 1993-2008, Hoffman made his first appearance in a save situation in San Diego as a member of the visiting club. Adding to the unfamiliar feeling of entering the game from the visitors' bullpen at PETCO Park, Hoffman's longtime entrance song, AC/DC's "Hell's Bells," was absent from the ballpark's sound system.
"There were no bells going," Hoffman said. "I felt like a visitor."
The differences obviously did not faze Hoffman, as he worked a 1-2-3 inning to recover from a stretch of two consecutive blown saves, but afterward, the game's all-time saves leader spoke of the nostalgia he feels when he returns to the city where he converted the majority of his 595 career saves.
"This game is a business, and as much as I enjoy coming back here and seeing good friends, people on the other side who were instrumental in my career, and well wishes from the fans prior to the game, it's very, very understood that I am wearing a Milwaukee Brewer uniform and I come into the ballgame trying to nail down a win for our ballclub," Hoffman said. "It's nice to be able to get it done from the other side."
Hoffman's current team was thankful he could put his personal history behind him, as he locked down a 2-1 win that broke a four-game losing streak.