2017 has been a tough year for San Diego sports fans.
First of all, we lost our NFL franchise to greed. Now it seems that the Qualcomm Stadium site will be abandoned for the foreseeable future, because SDSU will only play there for the next couple of seasons and the city has no clue on how to get out of their own way and built something in Mission Valley.
The one thing that we do have is our baseball team. The beloved San Diego Padres. You could argue that most San Diegans are ready to embrace the Padres, as they once embraced the Chargers. But in my opinion, this Padre team needs to develop an identity.
A lot of fans expected some sort of retaliation on Tuesday, but manager Andy Green decided not to.
This is not to say that Andy Green is a bad manager or that he doesn’t knows baseball, but in sports, as in life, you want those close to you to stand up and show some character every once in a while. I know that millennials are not used to seeing fights on the field. But back when we fell in love with the sport of baseball, it was a pretty common thing. You stand up for your teammate, whether it’s right or wrong.
I must point out that I’m not advocating violence, and that I don’t want to see anyone get seriously injured. However, baseball is famous for its unwritten rules, and according to those rules, Rizzo should have been hit. But not only did he not faced retaliation, he hit a home run leading off the game for the Cubs. Talk about adding insult to injury.
I’m old enough to remember when Dan Fouts showed up to training camp with a hat that said “MFIC” (we all know what means) and everyone loved him because of that. It showed leadership. San Diego is dying for a team like that. A player like that.
Yes I know, these Padres are still young and finding their way, but it’s important that their manager stand up for the team when the reigning Champions are trying to bully them.
Look, I know that the future is bright, and I also still think that Andy Green is the right man to lead this franchise into what could be their most successful run in history. However, I think that Tuesday was a teachable moment for this young team, and the young manager didn’t come through. At least he has not yet. There is still one game to go in this series. The two teams will not face each other again this year. If the San Diego Padres’ franchise wants to progress, they need to show a backbone.