This Paul Sullivan Q&A got passed along to me via Twitter. Here's the relevant bit:
OK. So here's what I know:
FACT: It definitely was an "in your face" gesture. I'd go so far as to say questionable, but let's be honest, when else were we supposed to have a game that commemorated the 1984 team? The Cubs game obviously made the most sense.
FACT: I don't fault Cubs fans for booing during the presentation. Totally understandable. It was a tough loss. Should've been your year. Cest la vie.
FACT: I do think it's kinda funny that Cubs fan went into "two weeks of deep depression". I don't feel so bad laughing at that.
FACT: If the Padres had lost that game or the series, we would have never heard the end of it. Ballsy move by the Padres.
Here's Sullivan's response, emphasis mine:
FACT: Plenty of Padres fans and baby mamas made that same gesture.
Here's also my opinion about it being "classless". When the Padres play their games in San Diego, they have every right to cater to Padres fans while sticking it to out of town fans a little bit. As it is, San Diego is already one of the more welcoming organizations to out of town baseball fans. What are we supposed to shoot fireworks when your team does something good? Oh wait. We did that.
So, yes. Get over it Cubs fan. Feel free to boo, but take the ribbing once a season and recognize that when you're a visitor in our house, we might ask your opinion, but we'll be deciding what's for dinner.