Yoda tells Padres: Do or do not, there is no try midway through the season

San Diego Padres player Ryan Webb wears a "Star Wars" Yoda doll on his back before the Sunday, June 27, 2010 game in Miami against the Florida Marlins. (AP/ Photo/J Pat Carter)

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:

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 13: Lance Zawadzki(notes) #2 of the San Diego Padres slides in at home after scoirng on a single by Mat Latos(notes) in the fifth inning as catcher Eli Whiteside(notes) #22 of the San Francisco Giant leaps for the throw during an MLB game at AT&T Park on May 13, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: Blake DeWitt(notes) #33 of the Los Angeles Dodgers makes a throw to first base in an attempt for a double play in front of Jerry Hairston Jr.(notes) #15 of the San Diego Padres during the game at Dodger Stadium on May 20, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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!


One thought on “Yoda tells Padres: Do or do not, there is no try midway through the season

  1. Wait a darn second… you and I both know that Webb is forced to wear that backpack along with the Chewbacca one (filled with various snacks and good luck charms for the relief pitchers) because he is the most junior member of the bullpen staff. As a Giants’ fan I will be the first to say, however, that Yoda is much cooler to wear than a pink backpack with the words “Princess” (no offense to Princess Bustos) printed on it. Anyway… fake nerd alert.

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