In a recent post (I can't remember where and don't feel like looking it up right now), I mentioned the idea that there are guys that play on the Padres, and then guys that are real Padres. My weird fandom has differentiated tiers, I guess.
Sometimes it's because they're only with the team for a little bit, or maybe they didn't do well as a Padre. Other times it's because I didn't like them personally or maybe I just wasn't a big Padre fan during their tenure in San Diego.
The criteria changes for each player. Probably.
One way of earning "Real Padre" status is hitting a game tying home run in your first at bat as a Padre. Seth Smith did just that last night, helping erase a 1-0 deficit with a solo shot to right in the bottom of the 8th. Chris Denorfia would have a 2 RBI single later on in that inning, which would help the Padres win their Opening Night game against the Dodgers 3-1.
So thanks Seth Smith! A great way to start the season.
A few more of those, and maybe Padre fans will be able to forget about that time that you played for the Rockies.