Well, it's November, and the World Series is over. The Giants already had their parade, and the other 29 teams are looking forward to next year. The Padres have been looking forward to next year for a while longer than others, but they had a somewhat respectable finish to the year after a horrid start.
When I was a kid, my dad and I would have a "cookie wager" with my grandpa on who was going to win the World Series. We found out that it was usually a pretty good bet to pick the team with the most former Padres (you know, those guys who stunk with your team, but once they went somewhere else, they flipped the switch and got it going?).
This year, the victors had two Padre greats that had a lot to do with how they performed on the field...
Still working on completing this 1984 Topps team set (only three more to go!). This was the year of two major events in Padres history: a) the Friars went to their first World Series (lost to the Tigers), and b) I was born! Boch is looking pretty slim in this shot, while Flan is looking pretty mellow in white and yellow. Not sure how/why the Padres got stuck with the pink background in the head shot portion of these cards.
As far as I can tell, the only two former Padres that were on either of the teams in the World Series were Clay Hensley and Xavier Nady (I could be wrong, but those were the only names that I recognized). Both played for the Giants, but neither made an appearance against the Tigers. To Nady's... er... credit, he did play in the Division Series, going 0 for 5 with a walk and three K's.
Anyways, congrats to two great former Padres who are now doing a number on the rest of the league. I wonder if Tim will write a song or two about it, or if Bruce will celebrate by ordering a special commemorative cap that fits his size 8 3/4 head (one of the largest cap sizes in all of baseball - look, even the hat he's wearing on that card doesn't hardly fit him!).
Have a great beginning of November everybody! Less than four months until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training (I feel like those crazy people who start decorating for Christmas before Halloween has passed).