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Chula Vista, Calif. batter Bulla Graft points to the heavens as he crosses the plate after hitting a single homerun in the first inning against San Antonio during their Little League World Series United States Championship baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, in South Williamsport, Pa. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Could the Blue Bombers victory in the Little League World series be the start of a winning streak for San Diego County’s championship-free professional and college sports teams?
In case you hadn’t noticed, America’s Finest City has also been one of America’s Losing-est Cities for many, many decades now, points out Chris Ello of 619Sports.net.
The last time the Padres played in a World Series (and, of course, they lost it), Luke Ramirez was 2 years old (through probably already 6 feet tall). The Chargers last opportunity at a World Championship (a Super Bowl loss to the 49ers) came three years before any of the Blue Bombers from Park View Little League were even born. The SDSU football team hasn’t had a winning season since Kiko Garcia and Andy Rios were blowing out their 1st birthday candles (as if they could even have done so).
Mostly, for San Diego, it has been one bitter pill to swallow after another. Every now and again, hope would rise up before being swallowed hole by a bumpy Matt Holiday slide at the plate, a Marlon McCree fumble, injuries to LaDainian Tomlinson and Philip Rivers, or some other thoroughly frustrating trick of the gods.
But not this time. Not with these kids. A curse over San Diego’s sports teams? What curse? Next thing you know, the Aztecs are going to open their season with a win over UCLA, the Chargers are going to be sizing up for rings in February, and the Padres are going to be World Series contenders by March.
All right, all right. So maybe we shouldn’t get too carried away. But after the magic ride Chula Vista just took us on, you can’t help but think perhaps anything is possible. After all, what were the odds a bunch of 12-year-olds would be the ones to finally provide San Diego with a title?