San Diego Padres Have Every Reason To Be Confident

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 06: Manager Andy Green
PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 06: Manager Andy Green /

Before today’s Cactus League game versus the Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Diego Padres’ manager had some interesting comments regarding the in-house expectations for this season.

Before today’s Spring Training matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres’ manager Andy Green had some eyebrow-raising comments regarding his team’s expectations for their upcoming season.

After the Padres signed Eric Hosmer to his eight-year, $144 million deal, it was clear this team was greatly improved on both sides of the chalk. With a young core in place and a veteran leader now present in the clubhouse as well, morale around the organization as well as the fanbase is understandably high, and rightly so.

I’ve done my best to transcribe Andy Green’s comments made to FOX Sports San Diego in the pregame segment leading into today’s game. Read these remarks and tell me it doesn’t get you completely fired up and ready for the season to begin. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

"“From this seat, in this clubhouse, we show up with the intent to play in the postseason. No matter what everybody else says about it, no matter how anybody else laughs at it or says it’s not possible.The people that suit up for us, they suit up with a conviction that you’re gonna get there. That conviction is building in our clubhouse.With some of the additions and the investments from ownership, it becomes an easier thing to believe within the clubhouse.When belief leads out to talent, you can do anything. We’re on the cusp of doing great things. We know there’s a lot of work left ahead but there’s no “let’s keep the bar low; let’s keep the expectations low” within that clubhouse. It’s about getting into the postseason. There’s really no other message now.”Padres’ manager Andy Green"

San Diego Padres are talking the talk

Was I right? After hearing these words I couldn’t be more excited for Opening Day. With the new identity of this team taking shape and the confidence in the locker room at an all-time high (at least in recent memory), Padres’ fans are practically frothing at the mouth waiting for these games to start counting.

The Padres’ young players have been quite impressive over the first week of Cactus League games. Carlos Asuaje hit a beautiful three-run triple to break the game open today.

Dinelson Lamet was far from encouraging in his first outing of the spring. When he was on, he was making hitters look absolutely foolish. Although, when he missed, he got clobbered. Every ball that was hit off of him was hit hard. But when he’s on…

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If there was any doubt left in anyone’s minds about the mindset of this Friars squad, hopefully, Head Friar Andy Green’s message was heard by one and all, loud and clear. The San Diego Padres are here to compete.