It’s rough to watch the team you love do nothing but lose, lose and lose some more. You watch as the team sells off its best stars for some faceless prospects that may or may not be able to produce for the big league squad one day. It’s painful to know that when the old Spring Training adage “Hope springs eternal” is mentioned your favorite team does not apply. This is the sting that fans of the San Diego Padres feel season after season. It’s a tough pill to choke down. But what can you do when the team you love rips your heart out every single season? What can you possibly do? For now, all you can do is have faith.
This season the Padres sold off a few of their best players. Third baseman Chase Headley was shipped off to the Yankees for a few young pieces. Outfielder Chris Denorfia was sent to Seattle for a few decent minor leaguers and closer Huston Street went to the Angels in exchange for a bundle of prospects.
The team’s old GM was shown the door, and replaced with a new regime which seemingly put manager Bud Black‘s job in jeopardy. The club saw some young players rise to the spotlight of the big leagues and impress the organization but the amount of production that can be expected remains to be seen.
Even with these players opening some eyes, the road to rebuilding a contender in San Diego is still a long one. The team isn’t going to start next season and all the sudden start to win while bursting out of the long shadow of the Dodgers and Giants in the National League West. 2016 probably won’t be any better and 2017 is a mystery all in itself.
The Padres will likely continue to sell off their stars. Joaquín Benoit will likely be traded before the end of the 2015 season. The fate of team ace Andrew Cashner is unknown at this point as well. The Major League roster will soon be cut up like a child’s arts and crafts project. Fans, these are tough times in San Diego. You have to weather the storm for now and deal with that sharp pain of rebuilding. It’s going to get worse before it gets better.