Embarrassing. Pathetic. Those were some choice words from Padres Executive Chairman to the Mighty 1090’s Dan Sileo (Full interview here) earlier in the week. We’ve all heard the comments. They’ve soaked in. The team then responded with a 14-6 rout of the Seattle Mariners at Petco Park on Wednesday night. Did Fowler’s words mean something? Did they light a fire? We thought maybe. Turns out we were dead wrong.
Trash. Ridiculous. Minor League. Unwatchable. Those are some words I’ll add based on the 16-13 loss the Padres endured on Thursday to those very same Seattle Mariners. In case you didn’t know, the Padres lead 12-2 at one point in the game.
“It’s one of those things that’s borderline inexplicable,” Padres manager Andy Green said after the 10-run come back by Seattle. Adding, “I’ve been around baseball a long time and you don’t see teams come back from 10. It’s just not something that happens very often…They were all clean hits.”
After ending April and starting off May with improved play, led by a top 5 pitching staff (over the course of three weeks to end April and start May), the Padres went from within three games of the division lead, to now being nothing more than an afterthought with a 21-34 record sitting 12.5 games out of first place.
Sure, losing nine out of nine games against the first place San Francisco Giants doesn’t help, but until recently that was the only real knock against the team. They had solid series’ against every other division they had played except for the NL West. Now, that can’t even be said.
Padres fans around the country aren’t holding their tongues either.
David Droegemeier of Temple, Texas, but a native of San Diego and a fellow San Diego Sports Domination contributor said “Giving up a  run lead in a professional game is reminiscent of little league. The players, and even more so the pitching staff should be extremely embarrassed of their futility.”
It only gets tougher.
Echoing comments from Ron Fowler, Kyle Marlow (Alpine, CA) didn’t hold anything back. “Ron Fowler has the right to say what he likes. We do suck but that’s because we’re rebuilding after a s**t ton of awful trades. He (Ron Fowler) approves every trade. When’s the last time we drafted a player worth a s**t? If he doesn’t like the club put better players on the field. Nick Vincent and Beniot shut us down…who we traded this year. Maurer continues to blow up.”
Fans are fed up. Ownership is fed up. The good news? Come August it will be really cheap to get really good seats at Petco Park.
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