Like gas prices, the Padres fall from the top has been rather slow. You don't see gas prices coming down very quickly and the Padres, once on top, they made a long stance and watched the other teams around them make moves to improve their chances at the pennant. The question though, is what happened against the Giants? They were in last place. The Padres should have made their move on this last home-stand. Instead, the price of a barrel of oil has fallen, just like the Padres.
What do the Padres do? Do you sit back and wait for next year, pick up a player or two?
What ever happened to the Wells deal early in Spring training? That might help at this point in time. Maybe not. With an excess of catchers, maybe use one of them in a trade? I think that's the scenario we'll see play out. Piazza has stated he'll play another season and his output has been a lot greater than I ever expected but he's still getting up their in age. You might choose to keep the catchers you have looking towards 2008 but the situation at third has to be resolved. This will be a dilemma for sure.
It's sad to see really.
As the Chargers seem to be moving in the right direction, it may distract from the fans going to the Padres games and trying to help the team. Like the Padres, the Chargers' (on paper) time was last year. Mixture of veterans and young players and we saw what happened. The Padres aren't getting any younger and I thought that was their Achilles heel this year.
The time to turn this thing around is now! I'm willing to pay a little more at the pump if everyone else will step up to the pump. Unfortunately oil prices seem to be dropping a bit and that doesn't bode well for the Padres!