Rant and Raves from a Displaced Padre Fan

Luck. It's a strange phenomenon and baseball players, as much as many other people, have it along with certain superstitions. Sometimes you have it and sometimes you don't. Lately, I've been rather lucky and I'd say the Pads have been too. Whether or not you believe in luck you have to agree that Pads have been in the right place and the right time.

Last month I wasn't sure where I'd be at this stage in my life. It looked like I'd be part of the brain drain from the U.S. to oversea workers but alas at the last minute, I was pulled from the agony of defeat.

Now, how does that relate to the Pads?

I'm sure you see the connection but let me elaborate.

The Pads have been very lucky. They are playing in a division where no team seems to want to step up to the plate (sort of speaking). The Pads have been terrible over the last month yet hang onto first place.

At the beginning of the year I predicted them to finish in 2nd pending a healthy team. Healthy? The Pads look like a MASH unit with all the "key" players going down this year. The fact that they continue to hold onto first in the standings is remarkable.

How long do the faithful expect this to last?

Well, I guess it depends on the other teams in the division and their overall health but if one team can put together a string of wins (only a small one), the Pads will drop fast.

Now, don't get me wrong, I hope that doesn't happen but the Pads must all be gripping the lucky rabbit foot quite tight right now. The thing this club does have though is spirit. They haven't given up and they continue to battle. From a distance though, I wish they could put together another month like May. I just don't see this lead holding up over the second half.

Some of the injured are and have come back and hopefully they can step in and pick up where they left off but let's be a bit realistic. It takes time generally to get back where you were.

If it was easy, why have spring training?

I think, too, the Pads will have to make some decisions soon if they really want to make it past the first round of the playoffs. Some players are looking at playing themselves out of the organization while others are looking for a big contract based on their output in the final year of their contract. Can you say Burroughs and Giles? The team has stuck with Burroughs all these years and really protected him from trade bait over the years and I can't see them abandoning that philosophy at this point UNLESS it's to make a run at the Series. It's doubtful though that the current lineup will get them very far unless they are really lucky.

Well, luck has been on my side and I hope the Pads can keep theirs going too. The next few weeks are critical to the season and let's cross our fingers that they get their regular lineup going and that some of the other teams in the division continue to walk under ladders or break a few mirrors. If you have any voodoo powers, now would be a good time to use them.

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