Former Padre Dave Roberts Inducted into San Diego Hall of Champions


Though no longer a member of the San Diego Padres and getting ready to embark on his first year managing the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, Dave Roberts was inducted this week into the San Diego Hall of Champions with several other San Diego sports stars as reported by MJ Acosta of NBC7.

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Roberts starred at Rancho Buena Vista High School, and he was inducted along with Patrick Henry high school alums Ricky Williams and Paul Vaden. Roberts played with the Padres for two seasons in 2005-6 following his famous 2004 stint with the Red Sox. That season his stolen base off of Mariano Rivera propelled the Red Sox to their  first World Series victory since 1918 and is considered by some one of the greatest moments in the history of sports.

He later joined the team as a coach and most recently served as a bench coach for the Padres but with the Padres hiring of Andy Green explored other opportunities and ended up with the Dodgers job. He thanked the San Diego community for their support:

“The people who didn’t know me well thought of me as an overachiever. But those who knew me intimately looked at me as an over believer. So for me I’m just feeling gratefulness and I want to let the people of San Diego know how grateful I am.”

Ricky Williams won the Heisman in 1998 and went on to a very successful NFL career over 13 seasons. Vader was a World Champion boxer and is thought to be the only such boxer born in San Diego. He had an impressive 346-13 lifetime record.

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While Dave Roberts has moved on to the Dodgers for this next chapter – San Diego fans hope he doesn’t become the next former coach to be immortalized with World Series victories with other rivals. It certainly worked out well for Bruce Bochy and Tim Flannery