Hello Loyal Readers ! I have been away due to other commitments and glad to be back blogging about the Padres. Before I rattle on about the Padres, I would like to wish everyone Happy Holiday’s and Happy New Year as well !! Now, let’s get it on….
Much has transpired since the last time I had posted here on Snodgrass Muff. Though, the Padres did performed way better in the second half of the season despite having their starting pitching staff crumble to various ailments and injuries. The best news of all is the transfer of Ownership from Moores to the O’Malley/Fowler Group. I felt all along this was the most credible ownership available to purchase the Padres and within due time, I expect a winning franchise for the next decade to come. One of the first steps the new ownership group did was to keep the entire baseball operations group intact including Manager Buddy Black. This is very important, as moving forward cohesiveness is vital in any successful business organization. Yes, Padres Fans this may not seem big news, but in this world most of the successful moves are low profiles ones. Once in awhile big news equates to success but not always the case.
So far this off-season, the Padres have yet to make that big splash as many San Diegan’s have been anticipating despite the two neighbors in the North making all the news. Yes, I am speaking of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Though, it was proven with all those big splashes made by the Angels a year ago did not equate to a championship let alone a playoff appearance. So in my book, let those teams make the big splashes in the off-season. Though, when the bell rings let’s see what is the return on investment (ROI) on those franchises and did they make the playoffs. The Padres, on the other hand has been very low keyed and making a few low profile moves. Which to me, is great. It’s like that silent assassin, who studies it’s target and moves in a very stealth like manner yet you have no clue what they are up to until the shock comes and by then it’s too late. I will go out on the limb and say the Padres will make one move that could be a difference maker, though it will not be the attention grabber that most would like it to be. That wasn’t the Dodgers way back when O’Malleys owned the club. They always preferred to promote from within the farm system and plug in here and there a low-key free agent to solidify the club.
Oh My ! It’s that time again Padres Fans ! Do not fret over the lack of high profile signing of a Free Agent by the Padres. The Ownership and Baseball Operations have a master plan. Don’t worry by early 2013 season other franchises and fans will be saying “Who Are They?” And with that being said, here is a video of blues musician Mem Shannon with the song of “Who Are They?” We are the PADRES !