The Astrodome, from its conception and construction through its grand opening, represented the pinnacle of architectural achievement, the height of ambition, and the synthesis of civic innovation, national pride, and economic optimism.
This year's Padres aren't a very good baseball team. But what's been truly bad and sad about them in recent years, and the reason they've lost a fan base that seemed ready to love them, has less to do with baseball than how business gets done in San Diego.
John Rawls, one of the greatest American philosophers, was also a pretty serious baseball fan. Still, there are some serious holes in his recently unearthed argument for baseball as "the best of all games." Also, though, there's some basic emotional truth about being a fan.
The 1984 San Diego Padres were the best and most interesting team in franchise history. Which is sort of the same thing as saying they were too interesting to fit into an '80s-style highlight video, even one this heavy on Ray Parker Jr.
"I’m not really sure why I got the job. It seems they recruit often from SABR and are not really in the business of giving jobs to newspaper stringers that might later write about it. I was told they don’t even really like to hire writers, because they tend to stop paying attention after the seventh inning." On life as a baseball stat-stringer.