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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.


  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.

  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!

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

  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!