SF Giants Rooting Interests: Padres vs Dodgers
I appreciate your continued reading, but we both know where our allegiance lies. The Padres are not only NOT THE DODGERS but actively tried to help the Giants into the postseason. San Diego pulled their starters and even bullpened a game in their final regular-season series against the Giants. Sure, San Diego ultimately won the game, but it wasn’t like Jayce Tingler was going out of his way to win.
The Dodgers have no former Giants on their roster, although manager Dave Roberts did sign a three-year, $18 million deal with San Francisco prior to the 2007 season (he was let go after just two seasons).
Zaidi and Kapler both spent time together in the Dodgers organization, but there’s no reason for fans to feel any less vitriol for the Blue Crew.
Aside from all the players on the Padres who are just fun to watch (and Wil Myers), former Giants Drew Pomeranz and Pierce Johnson have been two of the more consistent arms in San Diego’s pen. Since Pomeranz was key part of last July’s trade that netted San Francisco Mauricio Dubón, rooting for the Padres could be seen as a celebration of one of the Giants most exciting young pieces.
Even though the Padres have historically kept a small-budget, AJ Preller has spent big on players like Manny Machado, James Shields, and Wil Myers. Fernando Tatís Jr. will surely be due a record-breaking contract soon enough as well, so even their, they pass the test.
Besides, they’re playing the Dodgers. There’s nothing easier for most Giants fans to root against.
The ALDS will kickoff the divisional round on Monday October 5th. The NLDS will begin the following day.