3 realities San Diego Padres fans need to accept and 1 fantasy that may yet come true

Nearly halfway through the 2023 season, the Padres aren't where they want to be. Here's the reality of their situation, and what they can still salvage.

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3) The consequences of going all-in this season will extend way beyond 2023 for the San Diego Padres

If underachieving this season despite fully committing to it is bad enough, then what the future holds will be way worse.

San Diego is smaller market, not to be confused with the likes of ... New York or Los Angeles, for example. And that means this current strategy of spending gobs of money to win now just isn't sustainable long term.

Crippling debt, Bally Sports' bankruptcy and one of the sport's highest payrolls? The Padres have dug themselves deep into a hole of financial instability that only the loftiest heights of winning can even begin to help cover.

Owner Peter Seidler may openly express a desire to win at any cost, but what he may not realize is that the damage is already being done. The incredible risk he's taking to field this "super team" isn't paying off, and that could spell trouble for the Padres and their fans much sooner than expected.