Back in February, in the inaugural month of Padres Public, my third post to the site since our launch was a comparison piece about the offseasons of the Padres and the Cleveland Indians called A Tale Of Two Offseasons. Being a Cleveland area resident, I noted the similarities in the franchises, from market size to revenue to the inability of sports teams to win championships for the two cities as a whole.

I then described the completely different paths the two baseball franchises had taken in preparing their teams for the 2013 season. The Padres had made a few minor moves, but nothing major, the biggest being the addition of Tyson Ross via trade from Oakland. The Indians had made so many moves that in the end I missed some of the more important ones in my post. Read More…

One of the first things I learned when I moved from San Diego to Cleveland was how similar the two cities are when it comes to sports. San Diego sports teams have yet to win a major sports championship. Cleveland teams haven’t won a major sports championship since before San Diego had major sports teams. To root for the home teams in either city is to be a tortured sports fan.

As baseball towns, the similarities continue. Neither the Padres nor Indians are the main sports attraction in town. The Padres rank second in San Diego behind the Chargers. The Indians play third fiddle in Cleveland, behind the Browns and Cavs. Although both franchises have beautiful downtown ballparks, they also both struggle to fill their seats, mostly because of their inabilities to consistently win baseball games. Read More…