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Response to Bill Shaikin Article: You Can Win in San Diego!

The San Diego Padres last produced a winning record in 2010, and have not made the playoffs since 2006.  Bill Shaikin’s article from the Los Angeles Times is correct, it is a tough time to be a Padres fan.  However, it is upsetting how Shaikin quotes Quintin Berry, a San Diego native and current Red Sox player, to paint a defeatist picture of the San Diego Padres Baseball Club.  In my opinion, it is possible to win a championship in San Diego.

Berry says that you need to leave San Diego to win a championship, and right now, he is right.  He left San Diego, and his team is two wins away from a World Series Title.  However, the current players in San Diego want to win just as much as Berry does, which is something the article fails to mention.  The Padres (and Chargers) are cut-throat competitors that cannot stand to lose.  The entire organization is preparing for a new opportunity to win the NL West in 2014, and it would be pointless to think otherwise.

The goal next season is to make the playoffs, and goals are what motivate players to get in the gym each day, improve their mechanics, watch video, and become better baseball players.  All the teams eliminated from post season play are getting ready for 2014, and one organization will put together a winner.  It starts with being a competitor, and in that sense, I see no difference between San Diego, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Boston.  I know the Padres are playing to win in 2014, so stop the trash talk and play ball!


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  • Chris Calderhead

    As much as I wish wanting to win was enough, investing in some free agents and using our prospects to trade for some talent would probably help a lot more. Good on you for the optimism though… I guess.

    • Bernie D’Amato

      I understand your point Chris. I also believe the Padres have the attitude to win. I thought the article painted the Padres as an organization that lacks the desire to win. We are a smaller market team and have problems with signing talent that commands big money. However, because of the winning attitude, I believe guys like Venable, Gyorko, Cashner, Stults, and Denorfia will continue to step up, and challenge the rest of the team to step up with them. We also have to be realistic, and I would like the Padres to acquire another starting pitcher similar to Ian Kennedy’s ability.

      • Chris Calderhead

        But we’re NOT a small market team. San Diego is the 8th largest city in the United States. We’re almost twice the size of Detroit whose payroll is $148M this year. We need to stop buying into the small market nonsense ownership keeps feeding us.

        I think we’ve got some solid talent in Gyorko and Cashner. Denorfia and Venable are great too, but they’re both 4th outfielders on a good team. The Padres are a team of backups and back of the rotation starters and no matter how motivated they are to win, they’re not going to overcome that and we’re going to spend all of 2014 hoping Cameron Maybin is finally going to come around in 2015 , and talking about how great of a year Kyle Blanks would be having if he wasn’t injured for 93 games.

        Ownership needs to step up and pay for some real players. The fans will come out if they’re winning. Life will be good for everyone.

        • Chris Calderhead

          …and PLEASE trade Chase Headley while he’s still worth SOMETHING

          • Bernie D’Amato

            Let’s see what happens this offseason. I wouldn’t mind beefing up the payroll in order to win on a consistent basis.

  • Guest

    I see very few reasons