Last night, the San Diego Padres clinched another trip to the playoffs. For years, I had waited through the really bad years for them to go to the playoffs. The first time they had done it was in 1984 (I was in the seventh grade) and they weren’t able to make it into the playoffs again until 1996 (where they quickly lost).
The second time in history that the Padres ever went to the World Series was in 1998–as fate would have it that was my first year in England and I sat bleary eyed in the middle of the night watching baseball (then trying to stay awake through the work day at Barclays Capital in London). They lost the series in four straight games.
Tonight will determine whether they’ve won the division or will be the wild card.
Now it’s back to the playoffs. It’s worth the fatigue.
The photo above is from Associated Press. Here’s the story: