With football season now underway and having just gotten back from a heart-wrenching loss by the San Diego Chargers, it makes me wonder why does it feel so wretched to be a San Diego sports fan? Baseball has always been my preferred sport. Yet I do feel that more people favor football, but to them I say - that hat you’re wearing? Yeah? It’s called a baseball cap. The Padres had a good weekend series against the Colorado Rockies, earning the home sweep for a great feeling for the fans. The Padres players are definitely playing hard and battling out these match-ups. There’s still about 20 games remaining of solid Padres baseball to be appreciative of before it disappears again for another year. Yet, for the Padres, I’m left wanting to root for a winner. As a fan, and it is our right to be impatient and expect more from a team. As a fan, which if you really get to the gritty of it, that helps subsidize the cost for players to play a game as their career and make a very good living off of it – there are expectations. The Padres will end this season, much like they started. Good character, good effort, a lot to stand up and root behind as a fan, but at the end of the day, overmatched and in the middle of the pack.
It’s not at all easy to win, with only one winner out of thirty teams. I’m sure we San Diegans have numerous brothers and sisters that share in this suffering in cities all across the states. Here’s to hoping that Padres fans can catch something exciting with our young players this month. In a way, I feel our hitters can hold up against others and a few of them grew very nicely this season. If we can actually match them up with all this young pitching talent we’re supposed to have, well then, that is a team that can do more than just compete, as well as one us fans can get behind.