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.