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We’re seeing the #Padres host the Cardinals

Attention, Ron Fowler, et. al: you’re going to catch hell next season if you don’t open up your wallets and get guys who can hit.
As a Wisconsin high school kid, I got his autograph in Milwaukee after a game in the 1957 Series, along with that of many others, including Mickey, Whitey, Yogi (my hero then), Moose, Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn, Eddie Matthews and Lew Burdette. Getting Jerry Coleman’s was the most difficult as, in suit and tie and movie star handsome, he was surrounded by Milwaukee women.
Hang a Star on This One.
Lt. Col. Jerry Coleman, USMC

Hang a Star on This One.
Lt. Col. Jerry Coleman, USMC

This is The End

The Rockets moved to Houston; The Clippers left for Los Angeles. The Chargers were destroyed by the Forty-Niners in the Super Bowl. Twice the Padres were swatted out of the World Series. If you become a fan of the any of the sports franchises in San Diego, you recognize the tell-tale signs of the beginning of the end. That came late last month.

This last road trip showed all of the Padres flaws. If your team can’t beat…

  • the worst team in the game
  • the best team in the other league in the same game
  • a team that is the best of the rest in your league

…your team won’t be going to go far in the playoffs, assuming that they play perfectly for the rest of the season

The damage can’t be undone. The Padres were playing with as much talent as they are going to have this year. This new ownership regime shows no signs of picking up a couple gazillion dollar free agents to do a ⅜ Steinbrenner to pump up the bullpen.

San Diego sports fans know what defeat looks like. This year, the Padres’ just happen to come before the All-Star Break. Assuming that you’re not some vato who doesn’t have the self-respect to pack it away in January, it’s time to break out the Chargers gear.

They entered the series 6-15 and were facing the defending World Series champion Giants, who entered the series with a 13-9 record. I think many believed this would be a sweep, just not by the Padres. They never blew the Giants out, winning by one twice and two once, but getting a sweep in the first place is worthy of an A. And they even had a dramatic victory Saturday, overcoming a 5-0 deficit and getting a walkoff victory in 12 innings. Well done, San Diego. You get a much-deserved A here.