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“If you love this game, the game will love you back.”

-Andre “The Hawk” Dawson

2010 HOF Speech

Today’s off day for the Padres allows us to reflect on where we have been, where we are, and where we are going.

The last week of July is always a nervous and exciting time for baseball fans, especially this year. Many Padres fans are busy with talks of trades and exactly how many wins it will take to make it to the post season.

For me, I like to consider how great the last four months of baseball has been for the city of San Diego. The Padres have played simply fantastic for their fans. Every one on the roster has contributed to where we are this last week of July. Names like Aaron Cunningham, Chris Denorfia and Yorvit Torrealba have contributed a lot with their bats while the Padres’ offensive staple of Adrian Gonzalez has remained strong.

But it has definitely been the Padres’ defense that has put the Padres into contention for the playoffs. Consistent pitching along with Web Gems from Tony Gwynn Jr. and the rest of the outfield has made for a very entertaining Padres fan experience this year.

And then this weekend, all baseball fans got a unique opportunity to reflect on the game of baseball. One of my favorite times of the year is the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies. The festivities have taken a special place in my heart and the hearts of the fans of the Padres after watching Tony Gwynn go through the process just a few years ago.

One of my favorite moments of yesterday’s HOF ceremonies was when umpire HOF Doug Harvey, nicknamed “God” on the field, said that he “stopped the rain” at the event.

I also liked Johnny Bench’s rendition of “Take me out to the Ballgame.”

Skipper Whitey Herzog compared being elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, “like going to heaven before you die.”

But as we enter the final stretch run of this Padres’ season, it is the words of Andre Dawson that have resonated with me.

Dawson said, “I didn’t play the game with this goal in my mind. But I’m living proof that if you love this game, the game will love you back. I’m proof that any young person who can hear my voice right now can be standing here as I am.”

Dawson’s words speak of the game of baseball allowing magical things to occur because of the love for the game and the playing the game how it was meant to be played. Unselfishly, as a team with each teammate contributing all that they can to make a difference in the game. To me, that sounds a lot like the 2010 Padres.

So here we are today 58-39 with 65 games remaining in the stretch run of this season. A significant amount of those games still to be played right here at Petco. The final stretch run begins this week with a very important homestand versus the Dodgers and the Marlins. Every game matters, but it seems to me this homestand matters a little more in my book. I am excited to see what exactly the game has in store for these 2010 Padres, their fans, this homestand and the final stretch run of the season.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Gaslamp Ball community and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Gaslamp Ball staff or SB Nation.