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Padres 2013: Hope Springs Eternal

Evening Edition

Bernie Wilson, a sportswriter for the Associated Press, talks to KPBS about the upcoming Padres season.

Aired 3/7/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


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.

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SteveObrother | March 7, 2013 at 2:33 p.m. ― 4 years ago

I listened to the Hope Springs Eternal segment on your Noon Edition program, and what a depressing experience it was. I do not expect the sports media folks to be pollyannish regarding the San Diego sports teams, but Bernie Wilson is obviously an unhappy camper to be relegated to this place in the sports universe. Morose, uninspired and depressed would probably understate his disenchantment with his current lot in life. Given his unhappiness with being in San Diego, I would suggest that he might find happiness again if he returned to Los Angeles or Boise. The only flash of positive interest came when he could acknowledge his pleasure with being credited in David Marver's documentary about the Padres.All fans, including David Marver, have the right to express their opinions. I would encourage your listeners to read the blog at for an unbiased review of Marver's documentary.

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