Jeter Debuting and San Diego Sports’ Underachieving

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May 29, 1995 was Derek Jeter’s debut in the Major Leagues. Although he only played 15 games that year, it was safe to say he was in a good place because he was happy to just be in the league playing for the New York Yankees. On the day Jeter debuted the San Diego Padres defeated the New York Mets three to two with the help of Steve Finley’s dominating performance with three hits and a home run.

 

Sports Illustrated Photo

Sports Illustrated Photo

The city of San Diego was in a good place that year with Susan Golding as mayor, but improvement was needed for their sports. The Padres failed to make the playoffs that year with a record of 70 wins and 74 losses. Meanwhile San Diego’s football team the Chargers, finished their season with nine wins and seven losses. They did make the postseason, but they lost in the first round to the Indianapolis Colts.

 

Sports Illustrated Photo

Sports Illustrated Photo

 

Going back to the Padres, their season was disappointing not just because of their result, but because of how much talent that team had. If a team had Tony Gwynn, Steve Finley, Ken Caminiti, Brad Ausmus, Scott Livingstone and Bip Roberts in the same line up: they should be force to be reckoned with. Although they did come together and win 91 games in 1996, 1995 was a disappointing year for the Padres and San Diego sports as a whole.

— Zachary Buckwald

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