We're only three-fourths of the way through the calendar year, but 2014 has already proven to be a rough year for San Diego Padres fans.
In January, longtime Padres announcer and real American hero Jerry Coleman passed away at the age of eighty-nine.
Five months later, baseball fans lost another legend... this time the greatest player in San Diego franchise history and my favorite player of all-time: Mr. Tony Gwynn.
And if those two losses weren't bad enough... the San Diego Padres just wrapped up their fourth consecutive losing season and eighth straight season without post season play.
But there's no way I'm going to wrap up the Padres season without mentioning a pair of positives. This year the San Diego Padres organization and their fans celebrate two major anniversaries.
2014 marks the 30th Anniversary of the San Diego Padres first appearance in the World Series.
That might not sound like a big deal to most baseball fans, but the Padres have only been to two World Series... and have never walked away World Champions. So for the time being... it's something to celebrate.
This season Padres fans celebrated another anniversary. This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Ray Kroc's purchase of the team. What's the significance of his purchase? The passionate owner kept the Padres in San Diego.
Yeah... it's been a pretty rough year for San Diego Padres fans. But at least we have some positive memories to hold onto as we push forward and wait until the 2015 season.
Happy Tuesday and sayonara!