I know. I know.
Horrible pun to title this post with. I blame the lack of coffee in my house right now, forcing me to utilize pumpkin spice coffee left over from last fall.
Do you have any idea what it does to your brain to drink pumpkin spice coffee in June?
But, horrible puns aside, we have bigger fish to fry. It is safe to say that the 2012 San Diego Padres campaign has meandered between apathetic to appalling. A quick rundown of the suck that has been 2012 in Padres land (not an exhaustive list):
- Ownership in flux. Who writes the checks? Josh Byrnes doesn't know. And that seems like a problem.
- The San Diego U-T has chosen, for no apparent reason, to turn on Tony Gwynn, posting two unflattering and unnecessary articles on him. The logic behind this fails me.
- 416* players have been placed on the DL. And counting. *estimate
- Carlos Quentin, in 9 games, already leads or is in the Top 3 in pretty much every major offensive category. While this is good news, it is also ominous news for what the offensive output has been without him.
- Going on the road. 6-20
- Being 18 games back of first. On June 10th.
- The Mets no-hitter. Leaving San Diego alone as the only team without one.
But there is something that can turn this thing around. I think we all know and have grown to accept that this is likely a lost season. Josh Byrnes has said as much, calling this season "unsalvageable."
I beg to differ. Because there is a little matter of The Vedder Cup.
In college, there is a thought that keeps fans of even the lowliest squads going. "As long as we beat 'State U' this season was a success." Whatever that rivalry is, a season is salvaged by beating them. Ohio St. going 1-10 on the season? Fine, if that 1 was Michigan.
So it is for the Padres. 100 losses appears probable. The high point of 2012 may end up being the draft. But beating our "hated rivals" to the north will give me something to hang onto the rest of the season.
Is it petty? Yes.
Is it pointless and have no actual meaning? Yes.
Is it somewhat cruel to hope for bad things to happen to a city that is watching its franchise play in the NBA Finals...as the Oklahoma City Thunder? Absolutely.
I don't care. I need a reason to care about the outcome of a game this year. Even if it's a manufactured one.
Hold on to the thread
The currents will shift
Guide me towards you.
See you in Seattle.