The Padres are leading their division with only 7 games to go, but the Dodgers are close behind. The good thing is that the divisional championship is entirely within their hands - really they have to lose it now.
I've supported the Friars since Cathy and I went on our megatour of California and we saw them beat the Giants (complete with homerun king Barry Bonds) at Petco Park. Since then I've kept an eye on their results and now I'm nervously counting down the days till the end of the season. It's amazing that in a season of over 160 games, it can be quite so tight at the end of the year.
Baseball is, of course, the American game, which might be why the mayor of San Diego, Jerry Sanders, declared last Friday as 'Friar Friday' and told people to wear Padres gear to work to show their support. "And if your boss has a problem with that, tell him to give me a call!" At last! A politician with a sense of what's really important in life.