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Padres defeat Cubs 5-1, light switch goes off in America's head that this team is for real

At a certain point, we've gotta be in the heads of the teams that we play, right? I can totally understand some people - fairweather fans, foulweather fans, local media, national media, fans of other teams - who still don't take the Padres seriously because none of our boys have been on late night talk or TMZ or the Today Show. Nobody's been an MVP (except for our old version of Miguel Tejada) or a Cy Young Award winner.

If you're an actual player on an opposing team though, you had to have noticed the Padres well before now, right?

Oh that team that's had the best record in the National League forever is still there. We play them next week. I'm thinking we take that series super easy. From what I can tell they don't score runs, but we score runs all the time. We'll score on them.

Do other teams still think that way? At a point, I'm sure they did, but I can't imagine they do now (except for the Giants). I also imagine that the Giants looking past the Padres to the level that they did woke up some of the cockier members of opposing teams.

Still, for the most part, you can't be a member of a front office in a down economy and not notice what the Padres have done this season. It would be stupid to ignore and fans, media, players can afford to be stupid, but can whole teams be stupid? Heck I dunno.


Final - 8.18.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Diego Padres 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 11 0
Chicago Cubs 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 0
WP: Clayton Richard (11 - 5)
LP: Casey Coleman (0 - 1)

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