Originally published March 7, 2013 at 12:05 p.m., updated March 7, 2013 at 3:53 p.m.
Bernie Wilson, sportswriter, Associated Press
David Marver, Padres fan and filmmaker
John Fogerty's great baseball song "Centerfield" expresses the eternal optimism that baseball fans feel every new season: "We're born again, there's new grass on the field!"
In San Diego, the optimism that comes with the first "Play ball!" of the regular season is tempered with a good deal of uncertainty. The new ownership did indeed increase the team's personnel budget for this year, but failed to sign a major acquisition. There have also been injuries and drug-use allegations.
And perhaps most mystifying to all Padres fans north of Interstate 8 is the inability of Time Warner Cable and Fox Sports San Diego to come to an agreement to broadcast the games to a large percentage of the county.
Pat Finn contributed to this report.