Cry-Baby Foul

One of these teams can play ball. Care to guess which one?

If there’s one thing Phoenix sports fans are great at, it’s making excuses for our teams’ poor play. We’re all too happy to believe in the Boogeyman, whether he’s described as a substandard stadium, injuries, or – in the case of the Arizona Diamondbacks – a low payroll.

The San Diego Padres are a good model for fans looking for hope instead of excuses. The Padres, who open up a three-game series with the D-backs are a no-frills team that’s managed to fight their way into a late-season pennant chase. The boys from the 619 have pulled it off thanks to hustle and great pitching. Just about the only thing lower than their payroll is their league-leading ERA.

Fri., Aug. 6, 6:40 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 7, 5:10 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 8, 1:10 p.m., 2010
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