Rewind back to June 2004 during the MLB Draft, moments after the Padres had chosen Matt Bush as the overall # 1 selection. Executives from other organizations and San Diego Padres fans were bewildered about this unknown pick, though only one person knew about Bush. That selection had depicted the BOTTOMING of the John Moores San Diego Padres Franchise in terms of baseball operations. It had an enormous impact from several perspectives of those who knew baseball.
- The Padres wasted a draft pick and were seen as a Cheap franchise.
- The collapse of 2008 and no help from that pick of 2004 where products of Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver, Philip Hughes, Stephen Drew, Jeremy Sowers, and Blade Dewitt taken in the first round afterwards had an impact on their respective franchises.
- Clearly Padres had no discipline baseball operations.
It is so ironic on the week when announced that John Moores is selling the franchise to Jeff Moorad, that Moores hand pick Matt Bush is given his assignment as well. Perhaps a few San Diegans are cringing at hearing the name of Bush. Many it meant one Bush has allowed Wall Street to steal the wealth of many San Diegans and the other Bush singlehandledly stoled the wealth of the Padres Front Office and fans as well. What were the odds beforehand, that the name of Bush would leave a legacy during the same time span ?
The door has closed and it’s about time to cleanse the hands from that huge mistake, move on forward. There is always a silver lining in every dark cloud. Now, let’s digest the current acquisition -Cliff Floyd-, who is a close and dear friend of Mike Cameron. I was at the game when Mike Cameron and Carlos Beltran had collided. The first person to rush to both men was Cliff Floyd. In various reports afterwards, Cameron always stated that Floyd was his man while he was in New York. If you dig deeper, a quality character and very professional player like Mike Cameron to make that statement about Cliff Floyd says alot. I mean alot…I know fans around San Diego thinks that Towers is up to his usual Pic-n-Save routine, but you have to give Towers some credit here. Kevin is trying to stabilize that clubhouse and restore some confidence with high quality and professional ballplayers like Cliff Floyd. Do not get me wrong, I think Floyd can play as well, he still swings a bat that fears opposing pitchers. Floyd is a tremendous upgrade from Tony Clark, because Floyd can play the corner outfield positions as well. Do not be surprise Padres Fans, I think the Padres are going to surprise alot of people ! How can they you might rebuttal ! Well, point blank…alot of San Diegans have already written off the 2009 season and there are no expectations of this ballclub. In simplicity terms, I would imagine an athelete would thrive under those types of conditions and prove everyone they are completely wrong. As with any wise investment in the business world, you look for things that no one knows about or have a lack of confidence in. Under those conditions is where a business investor gets a 5-bagger or 10-bagger for his initial investment. The same can be said here, in baseball terms. No expectations and this team can surprise alot of people, including those in the baseball. You only have to look back at last year….Padres had high expectations and the Giants had no expectations….where did both clubs finished out the year ???….
Enough Said…..Keep up the faith Padres Fans !….