Heath Bell Doesn’t Appreciate San Diegans Having Better Things to Do
The San Diego Padres have surprised many by leading the NL West for most of the season, but a 10-game losing streak over the last few weeks that's only been salvaged by a visit from the Los Angeles Dodgers left them in a perilous position from the pesky San Francisco Giants.
Last night, the Pads and Gigantes kicked off the first of a long weekend series that will have a major say in the division result. With a tight Wild Card race that also involves the Colorado Rockies, Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves, keeping their losing ways could push the Padres right out of the playoffs completely.
The Padres have gotten by on pitching this year, and the home turf of Petco Park is to pitchers what many consider Coors Field to hitters. Eventually, the lack of offense would catch up to them (statistically in the bottom third in the majors in most hitting categories), but that doesn't mean the locals should abandon the squad as the team starts normalizing to their season expectations.
Honestly, when things are tight, that's when it's a nice time to head to the ball park and cheer your team on. And the fact the locals aren't there isn't helping anyone. Emotions and frustrations may be getting the most of team, and one of the stars of the bullpen, closer Heath Bell, didn't appreciate that San Diegans have been abandoning the team to go enjoy...well, San Diego. As he tweeted last night shortly after the Padres lost to the Giants, 7-3:
MLB Off-Season noted, Bell's tweet may have been the result of a few notable events:
Bad signs for the Padres:
1. The stadium was at its loudest when the Padres were down to their last strike.
2. They’re no longer playing the Dodgers, a team that saw Juan Uribe’s home run clear the fence on Saturday and decided that they might as well lose their last twenty-five games.
3. Buster Posey’s home run was caught by a fan wearing a Buster Posey jersey.
To think, back before athletes were on Twitter, we only had the baseball part of September to make Pennant Races exciting.
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