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Monday, March 31, 2014

A "Real" Padre?

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.

4 comments:

  1. That was a great game last night in front of a national audience, and Smith's home run was definitely a highlight. Unfortunately, the only thing making the morning news however, was the catch the ball girl made in right field on a foul ball. When will the Pads finally get the love they deserve.

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  2. I tend to think of "real Cubs" as guys that came up through the system. Sometimes it takes me a bit to warm up to some of the free agent signings, especially if they've come from rival teams.

    Congrats on getting out of the gate in the Win column!

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  3. Congrats on the big win in the home opener. Fasten your seatbelts for Greinke vs. Kennedy! (BTW, is Quinten injured again?)

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  4. I totally do the same thing with all of my sports teams. In this particular scenario... it was nice to see Smith go from one favorite team to another and get a pinch hit home run to win the game. Go Padres!

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