San Diego Padres news: Manny Machado, Xander Bogaerts, honoring a legend
By Kevin Henry
Let's take a look at some of the latest news involving the San Diego Padres, including the heroes of Tuesday night's 4-2 win over the New York Mets and the franchise honoring a legend at Petco Park later this month.
San Diego Padres news: Manny Machado comes through against Mets
In the second game of a marquee matchup against the New York Mets, Manny Machado showed why he is one of the most dangerous weapons at the plate in Major League Baseball.
With San Diego down 1-0 in the fifth inning, Machado lined a double down the third base line to erase the New York advantage, plating Luis Campusano and Brandon Dixon to push the Padres into the lead.
Machado has yet to find his consistency at the plate early in the season, recording at least one hit in six of the 11 April games where he has logged an at-bat. While he was just 1-for-5 against the Mets on Tuesday, that one hit was a reminder of what a difference-maker Machado can be.
San Diego Padres news: Xander Bogaerts blasts his fourth home run
While Machado did the damage early against the Mets, Bogaerts put the exclamation mark on the evening with a two-run, two-out shot in the ninth inning that left the bat at 104.7 mph and traveled 415 feet into the second deck at Citi Field.
San Diego Padres news: Honoring Johnny Ritchey on April 17
When the Padres host the Atlanta Braves on Monday at Petco Park, the Padres will be sporting Pacific Coast League uniforms to honor Johnny Ritchey as part of the franchise's African-American Heritage Celebration night.
While much of the world knows the legacy of Jackie Robinson (who will be honored across Major League Baseball on April 15 for breaking baseball's color barrier and eventually becoming the first African-American Rookie of the Year), the contributions of Ritchey are less known, but just as valuable.
In this article, the history of Richey, a San Diego native, is discussed. It's a good read, and a good reminder of how so many players played an integral role in making baseball the game that we all know and love today.