Laura Dvorak 5:47 p.m., Dec. 6
Our Padres managed to leave Washington DC, with a sweep of the Nationals, now the team with the worst record in MLB. With a record of 61-95, the Padres still have a shot at losing 100 games. Playing the Dodgers in LA for 3 games, they also can be the spoiler on who wins the West. As usual, it seems nobody really wants to win the division. Right now the Dodgers lead is 2.5 games over the Diamondbacks. The Central division appears to belong to the Cubs and the East is going to be a fight to the finish between the Phillies & Mets.
The Angels have a commanding lead in the AL West. The Central is interesting as the White Sox have a 2.5 game lead over Minnesota & they go head to head the next 3 games. The East appeared to belong to Tampa Bay, but the Red Sox are clawing their way up to make it a race to the finish, only 1.5 games out. Tampa has a double header to play against Baltimore on Tuesday.
The Chicago baseball fans have much to be happy about. Their 2 teams may both be in the playoffs. But New York fans are saying goodbye to the "House that Ruth Built", knowing their beloved, highest payroll in baseball, team will not be playing in October. While the Mets are fighting to the finish, their fans are hoping they don't end up like last year, in second place. They are 1.5 games back, with the Phillies on top. So, races still going on every place except the AL West.
Padres season ticket holders received a postcard from the team this week, revealing their desperation at getting fans to attend the last weekend series against Pittsburgh. The ticket office is offering us the chance to trade in unused tickets for any of the 3 final home games. They are also referring to the final games as "Fan Appreciation" weekend. Friday they are giving away team calendars. It will be fun to see what players are featured! Saturday is fireworks night, & Sunday they are giving kids a pennant. The best promotion is the "shirts off their backs". That will take place on Sunday after the game. Buy a scratch off ticket to win your spot on the field. Someday, I will be a winner! The losing scratchers say "Sorry" and many fans have begun to hate that word!!!!!!
It is difficult for long time Padres fans to watch what is happening this year. The front office is silent about the future and John Moores has done a disappearing act. I have asked this question and will keep doing so, "who gets us??" in the pending property battle in the Moores' divorce. This is looking a lot like the Tom Werner (former Padres owner) fire sale. It is quite frustrating for the fans, wondering what the future will bring while watching minor league players try outs for the past several weeks. Shouldn't we be paying minor league prices??
One other issue is when does the contract run out on the vendor management (from the other coast)?? This is a small market team, with big market prices. Many of us have been boycotting the $8.25 beer. Hope they lost enough money to consider reducing the prices!! A roll back to the $5 per bottle would be great. Volume is the key to success!
Many of us are preparing for the annual baseball withdrawal depression. It might be a little easier this year as it has been a pretty lousy season from a fan's perspective. Watch for some changes in the off season. Without a visible owner, Kevin Towers and Sandy Alderson (what does he actually do?) will likely be the spokes-mouths for the team. Many season ticket holders have already decided not to renew. Only 5 years in Petco and it has been a disappointing ride. The Padres organization has been open and obvious about kowtowing to the moneyed people & corporate sponsors. Of course they matter but the REAL baseball fans are second (maybe third) class citizens to the Moores/Towers/Alderson team. If the team wants to save money, getting rid of Kevin Towers would be a step in the right direction. That is a fans perspective.