You cannot walk out the door in Diego these days without seeing someone wearing a brown and yellow shirt with SD on it and hearing people say, “Go Padres!,” to nearly every person they pass on the sidewalk.
The long-starving Padres fans had their wildest dream come true on Saturday night when the team beat L.A. The Padres advanced to the National League Championship Series (NLCS) against the Philadelphia Phillies. But no matter what happens, the team and fans always have the Dodgers series win to celebrate.
And celebrate they did on Saturday night, spilling out into the streets with honking horns in cars, flooding blocked-off Fifth Ave., in the Gaslamp and going crazy in the bars.
Padres Fans Celebrat Beating The Dodgers
@pubclub.com Padres beat LA and fans in a Gaslamp bar celebrate! #padres @Padres #celebration #celebrate @MLB #baseball #partytime #pubclub ♬ original sound – PubClub
I’m currently soaked and can barely text but they just played @blink182 at the @Padres game and I’ve never been so happy singing along with an entire crowd of fans before. 😭🙌🏼🎉 #GoPadres #BeatLA #LFGSD pic.twitter.com/ubzKK3uGqo
— Kaylynn Michelle (@KaysPromotions) October 16, 2022
San Diego … it has the goose 🎉 #GoPadres #BeatLA #CaptureTheMoment https://t.co/nk0DEXgMFL
— City of San Diego (@CityofSanDiego) October 16, 2022
The Gaslamp was Rockin last night! So nice to have Petco right next to it. Never could’ve done this at Qualcomm(will always be the Murph to me)👍 #GoPadres pic.twitter.com/0wMahXvVWo
— Herbert is Tier 1 (@SunnySideUp211) October 16, 2022
L.A. Fans, Media Reaction To Dodgers Loss
The scene was quite different for Dodgers fans. Take a look at what fans of both teams are saying after the series. We start with Bill Plaschke, longtime LA Times Sports Columnist. He called it the worst loss in Dodgers history.
“This is worse than being overrun by the Chicago Cub he wrote. “This is worse than Howie Kendrick’s grand slam for the Washington Nationals. This is worse than the front office’s pitching mismanagement against the Atlanta Braves.
“This is even worse than being cheated by the Houston Astros in 2017 and being whipped by the Boston Red Sox in 2018 because, well, at least both of those defeats were in the World Series. In each of those years, at least they won two playoff rounds.”
#Dodgers with a 310 million dollar payroll and the best record in the majors (111 wins) just for bounced. 🧢 pic.twitter.com/djmkfcFVPr
— Jchuck493 (@jchuck493) October 16, 2022
The 2022 #Dodgers could arguably go down as the biggest playoff failure in the history of #MLB
-Best run differential since 1939
-Biggest wins differential in playoff matchup (22) since 1906
-1-0 series lead, followed by 3 straight losses
— MLB Marathon (@MLBMarathon) October 16, 2022
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