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San Diego Padres, Stop Being Chicken

Bill MckillopCorrespondent IAugust 26, 2009

19 Sep 1996:  The 'Famous Chicken' of the San Diego Padres pleads with the umpire from the stands after making a call behind the plate during a play in the Padres 7-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California.  Mandat

The San Diego Padres in 2005 and 2006 went to the playoffs and now are dead last in the NL West.  In the last year the Padres got rid of icons Trevor Hoffman via free agency and just traded Jake Peavy to the White Sox.

The Padres are currently the second worst team in the National League behind the Washington Nationals.  In 2009, they started out with a $43 million payroll and that includes the Jake Peavy salary which was the second lowest in all of baseball.

Stop being chicken and put a good team on the field. The fans will support a good product.

The Padres did get bumped in the first round both years to the Cardinals, but they seemed like a healthy franchise with at least a chance to play in October. In 2005 the Padres were seventh in all of Major League Baseball in attendance and were averaging over 35,000 tickets sold per game.  

 

Average Attendance per Padres Game

2009—24,442       

2008—29,969     

2007—34,445     

2006—32,836

2005—35,429      

(seventh in MLB for attendance in 2005 ahead of teams like the Phillies, Mets, Red Sox, and Tigers )

The Padres are off about 10,000 fans per game from 2005 and the past two years they have not given fans much to cheer about by being in last place in the NL West. Besides Adrian Gonzalez smacking home runs out of the park and Heath Bell closing out the few wins the Padres get, there is not much to watch at Petco.

Are the Padres not spending enough to compete on a yearly basis?  

Can they bounce back and give the fans a product they can support and cheer for?

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