Forty years ago, the San Diego Padres were on the brink of becoming the Washington Padres. Thankfully Ray Kroc swooped in, purchased the Padres for a reported twelve million dollars, and kept the team in San Diego.
Now this might not seem like a big deal to you... but there's a chance my whole outlook on baseball could have been changed forever had they moved to Washington D.C. How, you ask? It's pretty simple.
Anyone who has seen the movie "Butterfly Effect" knows that one small change of events can result in much bigger changes down the road. For example... if both of my parents hadn't left Hawaii to attend college in Wisconsin, there's a strong possibility that they never would have met. Which means... I wouldn't have been born and this post wouldn't have been published. The same rule applies to the Padres staying in San Diego.
In 1981, the San Diego Padres drafted my favorite baseball player of all-time... Tony Gwynn. But had the Padres moved to Washington... things might have turned out differently. New ownership might have had a different draft philosophy. Maybe they would have been somewhere else in the 1981 draft order, which could have led to Gwynn being drafted by another team. Or what if the Washington Padres targeted a guy from the mid-Atlantic region of the country instead of this Southern Californian who attended San Diego State University.
Any of these situations would have changed my life forever... because Tony Gwynn is the only reason I became a San Diego Padres fan. Who knows... maybe I would have been a Cincinnati Reds or Los Angeles Dodgers fan. Wait. That makes me appreciate Mr. Kroc even more.
Thanks Ray Kroc! You literally changed my life.
Happy Tuesday and sayonara!