Tonight, the San Diego Padres will play host to the NL West division leading Arizona Diamondbacks with the chance to make seriously progress in making up their 5 game deficit. The Padres will also be honoring the 1998 National League Championship team. Players from that 1998 team will be present at the game signing autographs and NLCS MVP Sterling Hitchcock will throw out the first pitch. The Padres will be wearing the now retro 1998 uniforms and I imagine quite a few highlights will be shown between innings. So, for today’s post I thought we’d reminisce a bit about the 1998 club in preparation for tonight’s festivities.
First things first. 1998 is considered retro now? I’m not sure I’m ready to live in a world where that’s true but the facts are tough to disputed. Somehow it’s been 15 years since that 1998 season though for some reason I still consider the early ’90s to be 10 years ago. 1998 saw “Shakespeare in Love” somehow beat out “Saving Private Ryan” for Best Picture, saw “My Heart Will Go On” and “The Boy Is Mine” rule the airwaves and “Seinfeld” and “ER” be the highest rated television shows on the air.