“Obviously it didn’t work for us. Now, it’s the standard for the organization to be post-season, not quit. “Couns” talked about it after the game. We’ll be back. We will reorganize. We have learned a lot from this year. “
As for the Cardinals, they can rest assured that the Dodgers are pulling for them to bounce back and upset the Padres.
Here’s what people are writing about this crazy postseason:
Bob Nightengale, USA Today: “It’s been nearly two hours since Thursday’s game, and even though the stands are empty at Petco Park, the streets of the city of San Diego are hopping: cars blaring, horns and screams of euphoria reverberate from the Gaslamp Quarter. Nobody wants to go home. Also, who can sleep? Fans of the San Diego Padres, who have spent the past two days watching their team silently fade into the winter, witnessed the most incredible lightning bolt they have ever seen, shaking the city like a tremor. Era Fernando Tatis Jr. And then it was Manny machado. And then it was Wil Myers. And then it was Tatis again. And then it was Myers again. Three-run Homer. Home run alone. Home run alone. Two-run home run. Two-run home run. It was perhaps the most pulsating, thrilling and exhilarating moment in the 16-year history of the baseball field. “
Jeff Passan, ESPN.com: “You’re looking at the wrong thing. It is comprensible. A bat flies through the air, from end to end, thrust into the night in a rush of passion, and inevitably draws every eye to it. There’s something magnetic about a bat stroke, and what Fernando Tatis Jr. unleashed Thursday night – the night he showed up in baseball’s postseason with his signature vigor – exudes polarity. After looking at it once, twice, or 500 times (any number is acceptable, honestly) make sure you check the side view. And on the first half turn or so of the 3 ½ revolutions of the final club travel, stop it, slow it down, scrub it at quarter speed. Look at the eyes of Fernando Tatis Jr. For someone so jovial, so full of joy of life which is practically contagious, there is another side to Tatis. It rarely reveals itself. It is not that it hides or subvert it. No. Quite the contrary, actually. He saves it for when he needs it. And as Tatis’s San Diego Padres were on the verge of post-season elimination on Thursday, the serious side of him came out: the menacing, the radiant intensity, flirting with anger. This bat throw was not an expression of glee as much as a flying placard for his teammates to glance at. This, he was saying, is what we must be. “