Looks like I'm not the only sportswriter who's due a motivational fee from the Padres. By writing down what Giants pitcher Jonathan Sanchez had to say, old friend John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle gave the Padres some reading material for their upcoming showdown with the second-place Giants.
"We're going to play San Diego, and we're going to beat them three times," Sanchez said on Sunday. "If we get to first place, we're not going to look back."
Funny, about the same time that Sanchez was talking, a veteran scout was telling me that the Giants "definitely" are the team to beat in the NL West.
With so much excitement for the orange-and-black, I thought it was Halloween rather than August.