If theres one thing Phoenix sports fans are great at, its making excuses for our teams poor play. Were all too happy to believe in the Boogeyman, whether hes 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 thats 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.