The Padres were sketchy going into the All Star Break but they came out of it like a bat out of hell, sweeping the Diamondbacks in three games. They even managed to pick a few fights with umpires and overly dramatic third basemen. This is how you entertain a crowd and increase attendance.
I watched The Hills series finale this past week and I realized that the Padres and The Hills have something in common. Everybody is wondering if they are real. Every time the Padres win they out perform expectations and every time they lose critics declare the team a fraud, picking at problems that existed even when the team was winning. Like in The Hills, nobody complains that all of the dramatic conversations seem to take place in picturesque locations, until they see something that pisses them off and then the all declare the show a set up. Do you see the common theme? Do you see that this kind of analysis can't be found on other Padres blogs? Anyway back to baseball...
This week the Padres also signed Buddy Black to a 3 year deal, stabilizing the coaching staff for years to come. A cool and calm demeanor to keep all of our young, hyperactive players in check.
Usually when I hear about Jed Hoyer making a move before the trading deadline I cringe. I wouldn't mind making fine adjustments, adding depth or picking up an extra arm, but I'd hate to try and fix something that isn't broken. I get nervous like Hoyer is playing Jenga and any move he makes might cause the pieces to collapse.
This morning while reading about all the prospective trades I took a deep breath and put my faith in Hoyer in the same way that I used put it in Kevin Towers (no, faith is not a euphemism for wang). It was then that I realized I have confidence in Hoyer. My San Diego Fan Confidence has increased.
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