At the moment, the San Diego Padres (16-27) DO NOT have the worst record in baseball after beating the Seattle Mariners 6-4 last night in the opener of the WORST interleague matchup of the weekend. So maybe they're not the worst team baseball, being in a toss-up with the Mariners and the Rockies (15-27). It's a minor victory for a San Diego fan this morning to enjoy before first-pitch tonight of the series no one is paying attention to. And it gets me to thinking this morning here in pathetic New Jersey and the pathetic, arrogant, ignorant New York City tri-state area where Yankees and Mets fans (more than a few) are losing their minds over interviews, or players complimenting opponents' amazing players, that are some golden positives to being a Padres fan in New Jersey even in the midst of an awful season right now.
In no particular order, here's my Being a Padre Fan while living in New Jersey Top-10:
1. With home games and divisional games being played on the West Coast and ending at 1:30 EST, no one on the East Coast really knows how bad the Padres are playing anyway. So I'm fine at home.
2. ESPN doesn't know either. They haven't discovered the NL West exists anyway.
3. You tell me what's more exicting to see a home game, taking 5 hours to get through traffic from NJ to get to Shea or Yankee Stadium? Or the excitement of flying to San Diego for a flight of nearly equivalent time to see the Padres at Petco?
4. Speaking of stadiums, who wants a another hot dog in New York when you can have fish tacos at a Padres game?
5. Anyone in the NYC tri-state area can wear a Yankees or Mets hat around town. It takes true indiviudalism, pride and indepence to have a Padre hat on in the mall in New Jersey. (I'm the only fool in this NJ Padre fan category, right?)
6. When your favorite Padres are hitting so poorly, why even worry about trades to New York teams?
7. No one's asking me to borrow a Padres shirt or hat to go to the game and destroy it with sweat, beer, and the lipstick from a Queens or Bronx prostitute.
8. Hey, at least I garner more respect as a Padres fan in New Jersey than a Phillies fan (debatable depending on what part of New Jersey, I know).
9. While Mets and Yankees fans will be crying in their beer after late August/September failures, I'll be fresh and optimistic by then (when SD will 25 games out in the NL West) about a 2009 rebound (there'll be no where to go but up after this year).
10. I get to read intelligent, coherent, and reasonable sports sections as a Padres (San Diego Union Tribune, North County Times) while Yankees and Mets fans to read (or attempt to at their adult remedial reading night-classes) bird cage liners like the New York Post.