If there’s one reason for me to be a Padres fan, this is one of them. Even one of my favorite sports team has some nerds on them!
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much for the Padres this year. New owner. New GM. Payroll at an all-time low. Talks of trading our best ONLY offensive player and our closer. Everyone picking us to be in the basement of the NL West. Yes, it was another year of low expectations for the San Diego Padres.
But I’ll be the first to admit and say the team has really surprised me so far. 75 games into the season we’re:
1) 45-30, .600 winning percentage
2) in 1st place of the NL West with a 4.5 game lead over the SF Giants
3) in possession of the best record in the National League and 3rd best record in all of baseball
4) all this while we have the 2nd lowest payroll ($43,734,200) in baseball, compared to the team with the 2nd best record and well as highest payroll (NY Yankees- $201,449,189): according to USA Today
People (in particular opposing fans) are waiting for our unexpected season to start crashing, believing we can’t possibly keep up our winning ways. And I’d be a naive fan to not have that in the back of my mind as well (comes with the territory of being a SD sports fan). But as long as the team is doing well and beating expectations, why not give props where props are due? It makes trash talking with others more fun.
Speaking of which, here’s special shout out to our rivals:
I don’t hate the Giants, but being in the Bay it’s really fun talking smack with them. It’s even more fun losing only one game to them so far. I was lucky enough to see Mat Latos one-hit the Giants in their own ballprk and it’s okay Giants fans, you’re just one of the many teams to get Latos-ed.
So our record against the Dodgers isn’t so great, but suck it Dodger fans. You’re not winning the division! Because if there’s anything myself and Giants fans wholeheartedly agree with, it’s: BEAT LA.
The other two NL west teams don’t count. Sorry.
Here’s to a good second half of the baseball season and the countdown to football in the Fall!