It kind of seems fitting that the best ranked moment in the history of Petco Park doesn’t involve the team that actually plays there in the San Diego Padres.
As San Diego Padres fans we’re kind of used to being forgotten, left behind, or coming up short in the big moment.
But to rank the best moments of all-time in a team’s ballpark and not even pick a moment for the home team is the latest slap in the face.
That’s exactly what happened in this article from MLB.com.
When picking the best moment in Petco Park history they chose a home run robbing grab from Adam Jones in 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love that moment in baseball history and can remember going crazy when AJ caught that ball.
And if we’re going to pick the best moments in baseball history that don’t have to do with the Padres, then it has to be the Bartolo Colon home run.
But seriously, there has to be a better moment in Petco Park history that involves the home team actually doing something great, right?
I honestly can’t think of one off the top of my head.
Since the ballpark opened up in 2004 the Padres have made the postseason just twice (2005 and 2006) and both times they bowed out rather uninspiringly in the first round winning just one of seven games.
And there was nothing dramatic about their one postseason win. Russell Branyan (you remember him) had a 2-RBI double in the fourth to give the Padres the lead. They tacked on another run that inning and went on to win 3-1 over the St. Louis Cardinals.
My memory is not the best in the world, but there has to be something better than that in Petco’s history.
There is no doubt it’s one of the best stadiums in baseball, but we’ve really yet to have a big moment for the Padres in the stadium.
That seems destined to change over the next decade with the talent coming in.
What is your favorite Padres’ moment at Petco? And who do you think is most likely to give us that big moment going forward? Let us know in the comments below.