San Diego is the worst city ever to be a sports fan.
I’m serious. You’ve got a football team who’s been to ONE Super Bowl and lost, a baseball team who’s been to two World Series and lost, and now a college basketball game who won their first two NCAA tournament games ever but couldn’t make it anywere.
Welcome to our world.
It takes a ton of dedication to be a sports fan here. We’ve been disappointed so many times. I’ve only been a San Diego sports fan for about five years, and I’ve already lost track of the times that San Diego teams have let me and the city down.
It’s really, really awful. It’s so sad. It’s heartbreaking. It’s like being stuck in a never-ending rut. I don’t see how we’re ever going to get out. For some reason, we just have never been a winning city.
Tonight, the No. 2 ranked San Diego State Aztecs lost the No. 3 UConn 74-67. It was heartbreaking. We were trailing for most of the night, and we were no where near our best. We did have the most incredible season of Aztecs basketball ever, but it doesn’t seem to mean as much where you don’t get anywhere for it.
It’s so hard to watch and to cope with after it’s over. This city bonded with the team and followed it and cheered it on so hard. We wanted them to win so badly. We want them to do what no other team has done before (besides the Little League World Series): win a major championship for San Diego.
I’m heartbroken for the Aztecs. I’ll be the first to say that I was definitely a bandwagoner for this team. I didn’t follow the Aztecs all season long. I haven’t been a long-time Aztecs fan who’s been through the good and the bad. But even though I wasn’t there all the time, I’m still really sad about this loss.
But Padres baseball starts in a week. San Diego will have another team to root for. I hope with all my heart that we’ll do well, but I’m scared that they’ll let us down again. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a die-hard Padres fan. I don’t give up when it gets tough. I’ve stuck with the Padres through some of the most horrible games and stretches of games ever. But that doesn’t mean I have to enjoy it. I don’t have to like losing. I’m scared of disappointment.
I sure experienced that last year. We were in first place for the entire season, and then things fell apart. With no warning, we lost our lead to the stupid Giants. But then we won two games against them in the last few games of the season. That was hope. That was excitement. And then we lost in the last game of the season to give the Giants the West and ultimately, the World Series.
It makes me wonder when this drought is going to end. Are we going to have to endure 10 more seasons of disappointment? How long is it going to take for us to break through and have a team that can make it all the way to the World Series?
I’m so glad that I have hope in something bigger than baseball (JESUS!!), because if not, I would be so seriously depressed right now.
Sports can obviously never satisfy. San Diego sports definitely cannot satisfy. They all fall somewhere. I’m very thankful that because of God, there is meaning to my life that is way outside of cheering for a sports team.
Despite it all, San Diego is my city. It’s my home. Even though we can’t get our sports act together, I wouldn’t trade being a sports fan of this city for anything. It’s hard, but anyone can be a Yankees or Red Sox fan. It takes a lot of guts and a lot of dedication to be a fan of the Padres. I really, truly love it.
But for now, we’ve got a brand new season of Padres baseball to look forward to. We don’t know where they’re going to be at the end of the season, but why don’t we enjoy the ride? I’m looking forward to some good, solid, fun baseball. I can’t wait!
Ready to Go
It’s only 14 days until Opening Day, and I can’t wait!!!
Tonight’s game against the Rangers made me really excited for the season to start, because I can’t wait to see how we do.
We won 15-5, which always makes me happy. I love it when we have big blowout games like that. I mean, you can tell that it’s going to be a good game when you score your first 12 runs within the first three innings. Yeah. That definitely gives you a good feel for how the game is going to go.
We are opening the 2011 season two weeks from tonight. Two weeks!!!!! Do you have any idea how long I’ve been waiting for this?? Man, last October feels like forever ago!! Finally, we’re going to get back into Padres baseball.
We’ve got a lot to prove this year. I don’t think that people believe in us, even after what we did last year. I guess we weren’t good enough, but compared to what we were in the years past, last year was amazing. I just don’t get it.
Hopefully Padres fever will catch this city again. We’ve got the Best Aztecs Team Ever (GO AZTECS!!!) playing right now, and man, I hope they go all the way. That would fire up this city like nothing else. I think this is exactly what San Diego needs. We need to get fired up about our sports, and if we can get fired up about the Aztecs, I know that we can get fired up about the Padres.
I can’t wait to see how my boys do. Every team has a blank slate at the beginning of the season. Every team has an equal chance. It’s going to be such a good season. I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!
This is kind of random, but I wanted to put out a quick plug for The Telescope, Palomar College’s student-run newspaper, which I am working on. There’s all sorts of sweet stuff on the website, but especially check out the Watercooler, which is our Palomar sports blog. There is some great stuff there, including the exploits of a certain sports editor competing against a certain women’s track and field team. Keep an eye out for that video, you are not going to want to miss it.
Opening Day is Not Far Away!!
- 5-2 Indians
This was a game that kind of went over my head. I listened to the first half of the first inning, where the Padres got one run, then I decided to see if I could listen to the game and read a facinating book at the same time. Well, the book won. I actually turned off the radio and just read. By the way, if you’re into thick adventure books, you have got to check out this series by Stephen Lawhead. It’s called the King Raven Trilogy, and it is excellent. I’m working on the third book right now.
Where was I? Ah yes, the game. Well, Kevin Correia started, giving up three runs on five hits in five innings. He also walked three batters. So, it was a decent outing, but he hasn’t had a spectacular outing at all this spring. Frankie De La Cruz threw two innings, giving up one run. Greg Burke threw an inning and allowed a run. So, the pitching was average.
The hitting was average. We took a 2-0 lead, but the pitching gave it up. Five hits and six left on base, you know. AVERAGE. This roster is shaping up, though. We’re getting so close to Opening Day!
Kyle Blanks was sent to Minor League camp yesterday. The best player of the spring, he will start the season at Triple-A. But as I recall, something very much like this happened last spring. The Padres’ most prized prospect, Chase Headley, was sent to Triple-A after a stellar spring. He joined the major-league team in June. Blanks has it harder, though, since he doesn’t have a position to play on the club. He plays first base; there’s another guy named Adrian Gonzalez who has first base taken care of. But the Padres will find a place for him to play.
Guess what? Trevor’s going on the 15-day DL!! Look what the Brewers have done to him!! This is really sad because this is only the second time in his 16-year career that he’s been on the DL. He never should have left the Padres! He needs to be with the trainers who know how to take care of him, the ones who have been working with him for years! Argh. Brewers, take care of the old man. Please. The Padres need him next year!!
I am so excited for Opening Day! It’s going to be so much fun to be able to hear some “real” baseball – games that matter. It’s going to be so much fun to hear Jake Peavy’s performance. He’s going to be good, especially against the Dodgers.
I need to get out to an Opening Day game someday. It would be so neat to be in that atmosphere, to be at the very first game of the season. I would love to see Jake pitch for the first time of the season. I think I’ve seen Jake pitch three times, and it’s so much fun to watch. He’s just getting strikeout after strikeout, and he’s not giving up anything. It would be so much fun to be out there on Opening Day. I must do it someday!!
Tonight is my brother’s eighth game. It will be very fun to watch, and let’s see if those Pirates can win their sixth game in a row!
Tonight is also a big playoff game between the San Diego State Aztecs and the Baylor Bears. Go Aztecs!
And the Padres are playing tonight against the Brewers. They should pound Milwaukee for hurting our Trevor. Well, at least Trevor won’t be pitching. Walter Silva, who will very likely be in the rotation, is pitching for the Padres.
We only have two more Cactus League games after tonight’s game! Then we have the SoCal series against the Angels on Friday and Saturday, and then Fan Day on Sunday, and Opening Day on Monday!! Very exciting!!
(photo credits: blog.brandhatchery.com, pe.com)