While Wednesday night focused on Blake Snell and his moment in history with the Cy Young Award, the southpaw also took time to reflect on his relationship with San Diego Padres chairman and owner Peter Seidler, who passed away earlier this week.
San Diego Padres: Blake Snell honors Peter Seidler after winning Cy Young Award
After officially becoming just the seventh pitcher in MLB history (joining Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Max Scherzer, Gaylord Perry and Roy Halladay) to win a Cy Young Award in both the American and National League, Snell was asked to reflect on Seidler's passing and his impact on the Padres.
"He was just the most genuine and pure soul. He was such a great man," Snell said. "And I know today, if he was with us, I know he would have called me and he would have said how proud he was in repping San Diego and and that means a lot."
Snell told reporters on the BBWAA conference call after the Cy Young announcement, where it was revealed thathe earned 28 of the 30 first-place votes to capture the honor, that one of his memories of Seidler was the first time he had ever talked to an owner "face to face on the field for an hour or two hours."
That was the kind of owner Seider was, Snell said, adding that Seidler was, "an owner who cared so much about winning and about the city of San Diego. He cared so much about the players that were on his team. He trusted his staff that was around him.
"It definitely hurts not to have him here. He's one of the best."
Snell is now a free agent and whether he returns to San Diego or not for 2024 and beyond remains in the air. However, it's clear that Seidler made an impact on him that will last a lifetime.