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A Padre Fans’ Trip to the Dentist 

Just as I feared.

As much fun as the 90-win season was in 2010, it was unsustainable. Like the dot-com boom in the late 90’s; I knew the Padres were not perennial contenders, as did most of the pundits.

Unfortunately, the average to below-average Padre fan wanted to think the dark ages were over and the team was back to where it was in the first 4 years at Petco Park. I’m not one to criticize these fans, but their expectations did make me wince. Because most knew this year HAD to happen. The law of averages and all that.

The fact that Jed Hoyer had to wave a huge white flag this past weekend should not bother Padres faithful as much as it apparently does. This is part of the process. Even if the process is tedious, it is a process that can not be rushed. Think of this as dentistry. You may hate it, but you know you have to let the dentist finish before you can rinse and spit.

Some fans want to cry “foul” and other less-than-civil accusations aimed at Padres brass. While the Padres are a lot of things, a Triple-A team they are not. Nor are they liars, swindlers, con men or cheapskates. The Padres are rebuilding. Does it suck to write that? Sure. But I can no more ask the Yankees to give other teams a chance as I can ask the Padres to be the Yankees.

It was asked of the team’s G-M this past weekend, after the trade of Mike Adams and Ryan Ludwick, “Why should fans come to the ballpark?”

Ha ha ha. So snarky. So clever. I’m so impressed by the ingenious way a reporter tried to passive-aggressively paint Jed Hoyer as some sort of carnival barker, who’s trying to get people to come into the tent.

“Step right up and see the team abandoned by its fans!”

“See the world-class manager being asked to build a luxury home with paper clips and silly putty!”

“See the outfield walls and the impenetrable force field that only allows visiting team fly balls to pass by!

Let me say this with no ambiguity: Jed Hoyer and the Padres need to apologize for nothing.

Talk show hosts, facebookers and tweeters, and sour baseball writers can revel in the Padres misery and throw stones all they want, if that makes them feel better.

Personally, I like the fact that the Padres added two more potential big-league caliber starters. I like the fact they got another team to volunteer to pick up their albatross in left field. I like the fact the Padres finally have a farm-system fans could/should be excited about. And I like that the team has purged itself of its crappy contracts.

Complain all you want. I’m not sure how it will make you feel better. But hey, different strokes and all.

After John and Becky Moores decided they couldn’t be married any longer, the team went into a state of limbo. Until the new ownership group has full control of the team, the team will stay there. In the meantime, Jed Hoyer has done a fantastic job of acquiring talent. And he is doing so with no budget and very few bargaining chips. The team’s farm-system, consistently ranked in the bottom 5 in all of baseball for most of my adult life is now in the upper-half and threatening to break into the top 10.

The pieces Hoyer has assembled will start to produce. Then, the draft picks of recent years will start to produce. Then, the team will have the budget to add a free agent or two. Then the team will start winning divisions again. Until then, whether you’re angry and grind your teeth and accuse the team of stealing your money, or if you go to Petco Park to enjoy a baseball game, the results on the field will not change. So really, what does your teeth grinding really do? Buy you a trip to the dentist? Rinse and spit.



About the author: Richard Dorsha

The Padres above all others. There is nothing else in sports I want more than a Padres World Series title. My sports fandom begins and ends with the Friars. A San Diegan and Padre fan for more than 30 years now. Love to view the Padres from a historical context after reading about the team's humble beginnings to the dream come true of joining the National League. Been to more Padre games than I can count, seen more hours of Padre baseball than I care to mention.