Thursday, March 7, 2013
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.