Is there reason for optimism?
San Diego Padres fans are used to preseason predictions of failure. After all, this is a franchise that has made it to the postseason five times. The lowly Kansas City Royals have made it into the playoffs more (seven times).
Padres fans should not be surprised. The team finished 18 games back last year and 23 back the year before. The 2010 season, where San Diego went 90-72, is the only time in the past five years the Padres finished above .500, and they *STILL* missed the playoffs.
But things are not as grim as they seem in Petco Park.
There are four legitimate reasons San Diego Padres fans have to be optimistic headed into the 2013 season and beyond.