The Padres had a day off after playing 20 games in 20 days in 4 cities and 3 time zones. It was a stretch that ended with a 10-game road trip that the Friars managed to get 4 wins out of. Could have been better.
Padres off-days have an unexpected side effect, however. And yesterday was pretty bad. Or good, depending on how you look at it.
Some of the fans get a little crazy with no baseball to distract them.
Even high-profile Padres fans were not immune to the off-day insanity. Major Garrett, the CBS White House correspondent, went on a Twitter rant to end all Twitter rants about his hometown team.*
*On a personal note, I’d like to welcome one of my newest followers on Twitter, Major Garrett.
Some even called for people to lose their coaching jobs. Specifically, Padres’ hitting coaches Phil Plantier and Alonzo Powell.
So let’s look at the Padres batting stats so far this season and see if a firing is deserved:
Pretty bad, right? But that’s a really small sample size. Let’s see how the last couple of full seasons have gone for Phil and Alonzo.