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Mike Dee: "We can be competitive in this ballpark and this market."

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Padres President Mike Dee told Chris and Ben on 1360 AM that he wants the Padres to be one of the gold standard franchises in baseball.  The changes in the organization they've made this year have been what they think are the needed ingredients to reach their goal.

"We don't want to have to apologize to anybody because of market size or TV deals.  We can be competitive in this ballpark and this market.  This is not a small market, it's a mid-market and we should run this franchise in a way that enables us to compete year in and year out.  That doesn't mean we'll make the post season every year but we should be on a regular basis if we are smart about the way we go about our business.  We're going to have a good motor, as I like to say, the RPM level of the organizations I've been fortunate to be a part of -- I've always thought they've out worked other organizations."

I think this may be one of the first times I've heard a Padres executive say that San Diego isn't a small market team.  If they can run this team without using the market size and the TV deal as an excuse when the team is losing, that'll be quite impressive.  Give me the kool-aid, I'll drink it!