My name is Christian Gange, and if there’s one thing I want readers of this site to know about me, it’s that I’m an overly optimistic, diehard San Diego Padres fan. Growing up in San Diego, aka America’s Finest City, was a blessing that I didn’t take for granted. The city has beautiful beaches, gorgeous people, mouthwatering Mexican food, and PERFECT weather.
HOWEVER, no city is perfect and despite all of the exceptional things San Diego has to offer, it fails in one key category… sports. San Diego is consistently ranked as the most depressing sports city in America. While Buffalo can certainly make a case for why they are the most depressed, they didn’t have one of their teams stripped away from them from a greedy, piece of shit, trust fund baby by the name of Dean Spanos who took away my beloved San Diego Chargers up north to a city that still doesn’t know that they’re there. Anyways, I’ll certainly share more about that in the future on this site, but back to the point of this post…
The day was April 30, 2018. The San Diego Padres had just blown a 2 run 9th inning lead to the San Francisco Giants to fall to 10-20 on the season. They were well on their way to their 13th straight season missing out on the playoffs, but as I’ve said earlier, I’m an overly optimistic fan of one of the worst franchises in professional sports history and decided to send out a tweet with a hashtag that I would come to regret…
— Christian Gange (@CGange6) May 1, 2018
For the next 2 years, I sent out well over 100 tweets with #2020WorldSeriesChamps included and truly believed that a franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2006, hadn’t won a playoff series since 1998, and NEVER won a World Series would accomplish that feat in 2020.
— Christian Gange (@CGange6) July 24, 2020
If you didn’t believe me for the past 4 years then you need to believe me now …. #2020WORLDSERIESCHAMPS ‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️
— Christian Gange (@CGange6) August 27, 2020
— Christian Gange (@CGange6) August 29, 2020
— Christian Gange (@CGange6) September 30, 2020
And for a while things were looking good! The shortened season certainly served as an advantage to the new look Friars in their FLAWLESS new brown uniforms. The Dads finished with the best win percentage in franchise history (.617), defeated the team that eliminated them from their last two postseason appearances in the Wild Card Series (St. Louis Cardinals), became known to many as the most exciting team in baseball, and took on a life of their own as the SLAM DIEGO PADRES.
History made in Slam Diego. pic.twitter.com/tLi9yZzSCz
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) August 21, 2020
But as all San Diego sports fans have come to know, just when things are looking up, bad news is coming. The Padres’ two aces, Mike Clevinger and Dinelson Lamet, were both injured in their final regular season starts, and while Mike “Sunshine” Clevinger tried to pitch in the NLDS, he was pulled in the 2nd inning due to the injury. Beating the Los Angeles Dodgers would’ve been hard enough with our horses on the bump. But without them, it was almost certain we’d have no chance, which is exactly what happened as the Boys in Brown were swept in 3 games to that team no San Diego sports fan can stand up north.
The dream was over. I was wrong. The San Diego Padres were not #2020WorldSeriesChamps and since the Chargers had left, we would have to wait 6 months to watch a team represent our beautiful city. Despite this, I was in high spirits! No one called me crazy for my prediction given the success of the team in 2020 that few saw coming. I was feeling good and confident for the future! There was literally only one thing that could happen that would make me wish I never even joined twitter dot com and tweeted that idiotic hashtag a million times….
THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS. pic.twitter.com/rlvVkSwXhp
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 28, 2020
LIKE ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!?!?!?
As I’ve said, I truly was fine living with the fact that the Padres came up short in 2020, especially knowing that we have a bright future ahead. But the fact that the team I hate most (minus the Chargers) in all of sports broke their 32 year championship drought the very year I thought my team would get it done, was my living hell.
For the rest of my life, even if the Padres win the next 10 championships, I will have to live with all of my friends who are Dodger fans mocking me excessively at just how bad my prediction ended up. If I had more of a following, Old Takes Exposed would have had a field day with the things I’ve put out to the world. But as many of my fellow San Diego sports fans can attest, we’re used to heartbreak and used to being LA’s “little brother” when it comes to sports. Make no mistake, we’re not happy about it and we are optimistic about better days ahead.
2020 will be remembered by most Americans for Covid-19, social unrest, and whatever the hell is going on in politics. But I will remember it as the year I made a predication that would backfire more than any other prediction I could ever make.
Fuck the Dodgers. Go Padres. #2021Wor… Nah, I think it’s best I hold off on that one for now.