I’ve never been a supporter of Garvey’s number being retired by the Padres, so when I saw the photo of Sarah Silverman rocking number 6… this was inevitable. I’ve been over this before in a previous blog: “Funny thing about Garvey… people think that because I’m opposed to Garvey’s number being retired by SD that I didn’t like him as a player. That’s not the case at all. Somewhere behind Mickey Mantle, Bo Jackson, and Tony Gwynn… Garvey sits as one of my top 10 favorite ballplayers of all-time. Just feels weird that a self-proclaimed lifelong Dodger has a number up on the batter’s eye at Petco. (He spent 14 seasons in LA, and 5 in SD… the Dodgers have NOT retired his number.) Want to hear the most compelling argument that I’ve ever heard for retiring Garvey’s no. 6? Tony Gwynn once said that Garvey’s home run in ’84 was the most memorable moment of his career. With that career, the most memorable moment of Tony’s career wasn’t even one of Tony’s moments. Incredible. That alone tells me that maybe I should just shut up, let it go, and accept that the Padres retired his number.”
Regardless of your position on Garvey’s number, one thing all Padres can agree on is the optimism we hold for 2015. I’m fired up for this season with all the off-season moves by AJ Preller, Rockstar GM. I even checked Titanbet and the Padres odds of winning the World Series this year. I’ve never checked World Series odds like that… whether they win or not, isn’t it cool to feel like they’ve got a shot? Yes, yes it is.
[Joe from Gaslamp Ball found the Sarah Silverman photo, taken by Jonathan Daniel/ Getty Images]