Thanksgiving is a time when we Americans pause to give thanks for all of the good things we have in our lives. This year, there are three things we are adding to our list of things to be thankful for when it comes to the San Diego Padres.
Thankful for Peter Seidler's vision moving forward
With the recent death of the beloved Padres owner, there has been a recent push from within the Padres organization to not only pay tribute to what he has done for the franchise and the entire San Diego region, but also to make sure that Seidler's passion and desire to win a World Series isn't pushed aside or forgotten.
While Seidler may be with the Padres in spirit, it's clear his vision for winning isn't being clouded in the days after his death. That's something that every Padres fan can be thankful for, today and every day.
Thankful for the hiring of Mike Shildt
Sure, the quote above says a lot about the importance of hiring someone internally for the Padres, but there's also a feeling that Shildt is the right person to connect with San Diego players and get the most out of them in 2024 and beyond.
While Shildt was the rumored favorite for the job for quite some time, seeing A.J. Preller secure him as the next manager after all of the dysfunction with the Bob Melvin situation brings a bit of calm and peace after what seems like weeks of unrest.
Shildt was successful during his tenure with the St. Louis Cardinals, and Padres fans are hoping he can recreate that magic within Petco Park.
Thankful for Fernando Tatis Jr.
It's hard to believe that one year ago today Padres fans were unsure of exactly what El Niño would bring to the lineup in 2024. Well, it is safe to say that Tatis certainly proved he could not be a key part of the batting order, but also show out in the outfield, making his debut in right field with a Gold Glove and Platinum Glove.
Still just 24 years old, there is plenty for Padres fans to be excited about for years to come. Now that's something to be thankful for.