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Fan Confidence Week 1: Padres fans cautiously optimistic, non-committal

All last year we ran and tracked our own Padres Fan Confidence Polls and this year is no different. In fact, most of you have probably noticed the fan confidence poll just sitting there... constantly begging you to express yourself in some way in regards to your confidence about the San Diego Padres.

I find myself watching the Fan Confidence and I noticed last week it dipped a bit, just before opening day against the Cardinals. Almost as if to say, Sure Padres. I was feeling good about Spring Training, but I ain't so sure you can beat a real team like my St. Louis Cardinals.

And now, here we are at the home opener and we got the best of the 3 game set against the Cardinals, at St. Louis, a place where Matt Vasgersian will remind you, we never win. And we won convincingly. Dropping double digits one night and coming juuuuust this close to a sweep.

Not bad considering we were supposed to throw Mat Latos in there somewhere for our single victory.

So I wonder how the next Fan Confidence poll will go. The polls re-tally on the 7th, which will give some late voters a chance to see how the Padres do against this weird little two game set against the Giants. I'm throwing my vote in early and confidently. I think that Aaron Harang and Tim Stauffer can keep us in it and if 2011 is anything like 2010, we're due to win a good 7 or 8 games against the Giants before they take one against us. So there's precedent for this kind of thing.

Of course, I don't blame you if you'd rather wait and throw your confidence in on Thursday after you get a better feel for the team. You have been conditioned to be doubtful, Padres Fan.

But wouldn't it be more fun just to be psyched for once? Don't be such a downer, Debbie. Sack it up, Sally.

Buuuut if you're not confident, then you're not confident. Be who you be.