This Week in San Diego Sports
Did you hear it? Did you feel it? Did your windows shake a little? I don’t think that was just a sonic boom the other day from a Navy F-18, it was a lot of San Diegans (San Diegites, San Diegans?) worlds’ getting rocked again by rumors of their beloved Chargers moving to Los Angeles which was their original home for a year in 1960 before moving to San Diego in 1961. Recently NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell sent a memo to teams about how they could apply for a transfer to move franchises to Los Angeles in 2013. L.A. has been team-less since 1995 after losing two teams and has been starving for the NFL after years of snubs other cities receiving teams (like Jacksonville, seriously?) So yes, that was not a sonic boom; it was fans in San Diego booing Roger Goddell (If you didn’t feel it, it was most likely blacked out in your area).
As we hit the all-star break coming up, the Padres (surprise, surprise) are dead last in a cellar battle with the Colorado Rockies in the NL West. Recently there have been break out players like Alexi Amarista (traded from the Angels for eventual AL All-Star Ballot candidate Ernesto Frieri). Amarista has been providing some surprising pop and speed the Padres needed after Orlando Hudson’s release. As expected OF Carlos Quentin has been hitting the ball well for the only power hitter on the team and catcher Yasmani Grandal (one player involved in the Mat Latos to Cincinnati deal) hit 2 HR’s in his debut a day after the club sent down slumping starting catcher Nick Hundley. On the bump Andrew Cashner and Huston Street have been bright spots with Cashner tossing a potential no-no against the Astros before running out of gas. So far it has been yet another disappointing season heading into the mid-summer classic and the only Padre that can help an eventual NL champion is Street making his first NL All-Star roster spot (hey, they had to send someone).
Look for the Friars after the all-star break to get into trade talks since it would take an absolute let down by the entire NL West for something to happen. The Pads as predicted to play spoilers again down the stretch as young players continue to develop and adapt to Petco Park. In other words all you Time Warner cable subscribers without FSN San Diego, you haven’t missed much.
Keep on truckin’