What more can we say about the San Diego Padres that hasn't already been said? Their World Series of taking down the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS last season hasn't aged well whatsoever, and they're somehow on track to miss the 2023 playoffs altogether.
They've had countless "players only" meetings that have brought no results. While AJ Preller's roster moves have been momentous, aggressive and constructive, the team hasn't been playing to its capabilities. It's gone as far as Juan Soto publicly saying the team "gave up" in its series against the Seattle Mariners.
And we perhaps know where it can all be traced back to ... or, at least, former Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti knows.
Following LA's series win over the Pads on Monday, in what ended up being a 13-7 rout after San Diego led 5-0, Colletti took to Twitter to flame the Dodgers' division rival in a hilarious rant nobody expected.
Colletti referenced the Padres' stunt on May 5 when they put a crying Clayton Kershaw on the Petco Park jumbotron after a 5-2 victory that put them at 18-15. Ever since then, the Padres are 37-45.
Former Dodgers GM kicks Padres while they're down in hilarious Twitter rant
Colletti has surprisingly been an active member of Dodgers Twitter, and it's quite fitting. Despite recently retiring from baseball (he recently had a role as a SportsNet analyst) to become a scout for the San Jose Sharks, Colletti's stayed up to date.
The 69-year-old served as the Dodgers' GM from 2005-2014 and saw his role change when Andrew Friedman was brought in to run baseball operations. Fans remember Colletti for his aggressive wheeling and dealing that saw the Dodgers acquire big names like Manny Ramirez, Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, Zack Greinke and others.
Under his reign, the Dodgers weren't exactly successful (they made the postseason five out of his 10 seasons), but he definitely helped them dig out of a dark, dark period from 1989-2004, which featured three postseason appearances that never went beyond the NLDS (LA made the NLCS three times under Colletti).
He might be a Dodgers figure of yesteryear, but Colletti's involvement in the community remains strong. His Twitter fingers know no bounds, too -- he tweeted from Italy right around the trade deadline to reminisce about the Manny acquisition.
And whatever you do, don't get him started on the Padres, who he's happy to kick down a few pegs probably because they tried to pull the same stunt years ago when they captured back-to-back NL West titles in 2005 and 2006 before falling off the map from 2007-2019. Colletti's certainly hoping history repeats itself.