Padres Opener Comes With a Shocker

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By BILLY RAY SMITH

Maybe I was a little too optimistic.
Maybe I was asking for the impossible.
But Wednesday was like a stinging slap in the face.
The Padres chance to be perfect in Peoria is over. They lost, 4-3, to the Mariners in 10 innings.
Crushing.
I was so sure that this season was going to be different.
The incredible amassing of talent that was done in the offseason now appears to be for naught.
Rymer Liriano (Padres right fielder) allowed Seattle’s Tyler Marlette to score on Patrick Kivlehan’s single in the 10th inning, and now the hopes and dreams of tens of millions of Padres faithful must be reassessed.
The Padres will not be perfect in spring training.
Maybe we were asking too much. To expect the Pads to be perfect might just be a product of the hype.
Or maybe, just maybe, it was manager Bud Black being the genius that he is.
Follow me here.
Buddy knows that everybody in baseball, if not the world, expects the Padres to win it all in 2015.
So why not allay their fears by getting their work done in Peoria without letting the cat out of the bag.
Perfect in Peoria is gone. But 162-0 is still attainable.
Keep the cat in the bag until April 6th.
Then let that rascal go.
+ Contact Billy Ray Smith at bsmith@bcaradio.com

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