Let me start off by saying that I love padres baseball. I am a 21 year old native of north county san Diego and for as long as I can remember the padres have been a part of my life. I remember the great teams of the 90's, when I was only 10 years old, going to the world series and getting swept by perhaps the best baseball team of all time, the 98 Yankees. I have been too many games and I attribute several incidents as to have formed the man I am today. I will never forget the time I caught a Greg Vaughn home run, the time sterling Hitchcock took a moment of his time to talk to me and my brother, and the time I asked Ricky Henderson for an autograph during warm ups and received nothing but a "Ricky will not sign this ball" and several tears from my brother. that all being said I am done with the padres for now and maybe forever until some drastic changes are made. the fact that we are putting a team of double a players, has beens, a few never was, and Adrian Gonzalez on the field and calling them a major league team is atrocious. once again the padres have failed to sign any key players. our biggest acquisition was a hairston brother. this team has turned into a joke full of nothing but publicity stunts. it has turned into the business of putting a terrible product on the field yet somehow maximizing money made for the owner. for the past several years the padres have put the Gonzalez brothers together, another tony Gwynn, and now the hairstons... all players that are living off of someone else's legacy, not talented enough to make their own, but almost talented enough to pass off as a baseball player. yet, these moves put people who know nothing about the sport in the stands. hoping to get a flash of the real tony Gwynn, hoping for a feel good story from a pair of brothers, but going home after watching another loss, another game where we have 3 hits or less, another game where we strike out 10 times, can't lay a bunt down, don't move runners over. the past years we have let Jason bay and Oliver Perez leave in maybe the 2nd most one sided trade in the history of baseball, we let Jake peavy go, we let kooooz go (although he was hardly a legit 3rd baseman he was the 2nd best player we had), and we fired maybe one of the best general managers in the game, someone who could do more with nothing than I have seen in my 16 or so years following the game. and now to top off everything, we are considering our 1 all star caliber player, a legit mvp candidate, a hometown hero and an all around good guy. the bottom line is you have to spend money to make money, there is a reason the yankees, red sox, dodgers and other "big market teams" are always at the top of their divisions... they spend money. if an organization brings in talented players, puts a winning ball club on the field more fans are going to come watch. those fans are going to buy their teams gear, jerseys, hats, etc. then the team is going to make more money and have more money to spend on even better players. for the padres owner to come out and say he doesn't have money is ridiculous, dude you own a baseball team... you have money. you just refuse to spend it and are happy putting a lackluster product on the field for as little money as possible. so that is it for me and padres baseball, I will no longer follow you, I will not waste my money and time coming to your games, I will not buy your apparel or memorabilia, and I will certainly not support you and the 24 minor leaguers (with minor league contracts no less) any longer. im sure you will make your millions this year without me, im sure the David Eckstein contract is going to bring you in 20 million while you only pay him 750,000, and im sure you are going to be the worst team in all of baseball this year. I wish you all the luck in the world, but just know that you have lost a lifelong fan.