It’s the ugly side of baseball. You don’t want to see it, but it’s out there for consumption because we live in a growing digital world. If many were to guess, though, this kind of stuff would be happening at football games, not at Petco Park for San Diego Padres games.
One of the few trash talking points the Pads had over the Los Angeles Dodgers as this “rivalry” continued to intensify was unruly fan behavior. Even the most loyal Dodgers fans can admit their base gets out of hand fairly frequently and it’s almost always a spectacle. We’d rather not revisit the disturbing situations.
Instead, we’d like to shed light on how this is also now commonplace among the Friar Faithful, who have grown louder and louder these last five years as general manager AJ Preller has packed this roster with star players.
Perhaps this aggression is a result of the Padres still falling short despite the talent they boast. Not only just short, either. Twenty-three games short of the Dodgers, per the standings after play on Sunday. That’s unbelievable. Not only that, LA won the season slate 14-5 and have captured the last nine series against SD.
That”s still no excuse for this friendly fire in the stands over the weekend. It’s beyond deplorable and might’ve officially reached a point where they can no longer criticize Dodgers fans for anything of the sort.
Padres fan brawls give them no right to trash talk Dodgers over the same
Maybe it was anger directed at the Padres continuing to lose, as well as the playoff clinch not feeling as special as it should have? Limping into the postseason isn’t exactly a great feeling. San Diego’s scored 13 runs over their last six games and are now all but officially slated to match up against the Mets in the Wild Card round, where they’ll travel to New York for all three games (if necessary).
Not the best of matchups, since Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom and Chris Bassitt will be fuming after blowing this weekend’s series in Atlanta to lose the NL East.
This wasn’t the only physical altercation caught on tape last week, either. One Padres fan went absolutely wild on a Dodgers fan during one of the games at Petco Park in the final series of the season (as multiple other Dodgers fans tried to break it up).
In the end, disgusting acts like this from any fan base are unacceptable and should not be overlooked simply because it “happens everywhere.”
But now that the Padres have seen their supporters rocket up the power rankings for “Most Repulsive Behavior,” perhaps it’s time their vitriol directed at Dodgers fans for similar occurrences needs to stop. It’s time we all look within.