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That Eric Thames walkoff home run was good for the Brewers, the Padres, and all of baseball

Milwaukee and San Diego have both been overachieving. That’s only good for one of them.

San Diego Padres v Milwaukee Brewers Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images

I confess, I haven’t been as good of a Padres fan this year as I have been in years past. This year is one of those years in which I have a garbage evening job that gets in the way of my viewing. Today I made it home in time to see Yangervis Solarte give the Padres a 5-4 lead with the team’s third homer of the night. That put me in the can’t-lose window, since I’d either get to see a fun victory, or the bully would blow it and work toward next year’s top draft pick. Win-win.

It was the latter! The Padres got off their useless winning streak while still giving the viewers at home a show. The fact that they forced extras shows they were in it all along, so we get to revel in the fight of the kids without being penalized a win that a harder resistance would have produced.

While I, as a full-on devotee to The Tank, am overjoyed by both the ends and means, I like even more that Eric Thames was the guy who put the Padres back in the loss column. You know his story by now: He became a superdupermegastar in Korea after faltering out in organized ball, then he came back a changed man. After he opened the season with dong on dong on dong on dong, MLB kept testing him. I hope they test him after this — the same way the NFL “randomly” tested Colts kicker Pat McAfee that time he made an impressive tackle — and he can throw the negative screen right in their faces.

As far as 2017 goes: Heck yeah, Eric Thames and the Brewers. You do you and do it well. I hope you guys sweep the series. But this goodwill expires in 2019 when the Friars’ window starts to open.