As the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants prepare for a two-game series this weekend in Mexico City, Padres fans are already having a good laugh at some of the local artwork that is celebrating the arrival of the two teams.
San Diego Padres are already laughing about this Juan Soto statue
Take a look Juan Soto statue outside of Mexico City baseball stadium where Giants and Padres will play this week
by u/Blazingbee98 in baseball " target="_blank">at the statue posted on Reddit that is reportedly a statue of Juan Soto located near the site of the two-game series in Mexico City this weekend.
We are no art experts, but that certainly doesn't look like Juan Soto. Of course, Padres fans will argue that Soto doesn't look anything like the Juan Soto who was the main piece of an MLB-shaking trade deadline deal last year between the Padres and Washington Nationals. Soto enters play against the Giants this weekend slashing just .183/.345/.344 in 116 plate appearances this season. Compare that to his lifetime averages of .282/.421/.518 and it is easy to see why Padres fans are wondering what happened to the 24-year-old superstar once he arrived in southern California.
Soto's struggles have been one of the main conversation points for Padres fans since the start of the season. Those same struggles also have Padres fans and plenty of people around the country wondering if San Diego will invest in a mega-contract in order to keep Soto before he is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2024 campaign. Bob Nightengale of USA Today has theorized that the Padres may pass on Soto in order to pursue Shohei Ohtani if the Los Angeles Angels are unable to lock him up with a long-term deal by the end of the season. If Ohtani becomes available, will the Padres turn away from Soto?
Regardless of what's to come, this attempt at a Soto statue is enough to prove to Padres fans that things could indeed always be worse.