I have been a Padres fan for a long time, since 1985 to be exact. In that time, Over the course of the last 30 years, I’ve seen a lot of things. I’ve seen some great things. I’ve seen things not so great. I’ve also seen things that left me scratching my head and wondering “what the heck just happened?”
However, looking back on my own fan history, I think about all of the things that I have still not seen from this franchise. These are things I see other teams do, while I watch their fans bask in the glory of their respective teams. I want that. I want to revel in the glory and success of the Swingin’ Friars.
So, I’ve compiled a Padres bucket list. These are the things I would like to see from San Diego before I shed this mortal coil and go into the Great Beyond.
World Series Title
Let’s face it. Who doesn’t want to see this? And this team hasn’t exactly been on the verge of making this dream a reality. Two times, 1984 and 1998, the Padres made it to the Fall Classic, but the dream ended just as fast as it began both times.
A world championship is long overdue. This team has been overshadowed by the success of the San Francisco Giants and the financial superiority of the Los Angeles Dodgers. It’s time for San Diego to stand up and say “Hey, we’re a sports town, too.”
Just imagine the scene: Petco Park, national television. Joe Buck (unfortunately) talks television viewers through the final three outs, before the stadium erupts and the players celebrate on the field after the final out. San Diego needs this. We’ve been stuck with heartache and despair for far too long. This town is ready for a title.
Along with never winning a World Series, the Padres were a team known for wearing the triple crown of losing: no title, no-hitter or cycle.
One of those milestones was met last season, when Matt Kemp hit for the cycle on August 15 against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
Now this team needs a pitcher to throw a no-hitter. And this can’t be a combined no-hitter that teams have accomplished before by using multiple pitchers. This needs to be a legitimate no hitter.
This team needs a no-hitter. The New York Mets were the only other team besides the Padres to not have one, but they ended their drought. Padres, please give us a no-hitter.
All Star Game MVP
I hate the concept behind the All Star Game. This game is not supposed to count for anything. This is meant as a night for players to let their hair down and goof off on the diamond. It’s a show for the fans, and it should be a chance for the players to play without trying.
I remember when Larry Walker stepped up to the plate with his helmet on backwards. He went through an entire at bat like that. I want that again. I want the All Star Game to be fun. This time, it shouldn’t count. Thanks, Selig.
I also want to see a Padres win the All Star Game MVP award. No reason behind it, I just think it would be cool to see.
Other things include seeing a Padre win the Home Run Derby, and visiting every MLB stadium.
What are some things you would like to see? Write it in the comments below.
Mike is the sports editor for the Fayette Advertiser, and has been with East Village Times since 2015. His work has appeared on Bleacher Report. He is an avid Padres fan who is keeping the faith and trusting the process.