Brothers Tim and Jon Foreman may root for San Diego, but don't call them fair weather fans
April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a team-by-team preview of their favorite squads.
The musicians: Our Padres experts are the brothers Foreman -- vocalist/guitarist Jon and bassist/backing vocalist Tim -- from the long-running Christian rock band Switchfoot. The pair of founding members hopped on the phone from the road, during their massive tour for this year's new album "Fading West." Both have Red Sox allegiances from being partially raised in Boston, though being San Diego residents, they most closely identify as Padres fans.
The team: The Padres are coming off back-to-back 76-win seasons, looking to rise above mediocrity. Typically, they're known as a team with solid pitching and weak hitting, compounded by the fact their home field, Petco Park, is extremely spacious and pitcher-friendly. The fences were moved in a bit last year, but for the Padres to contend for a Wild Card spot they'll need more than that -- inconsistent and oft-injured hitters like Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin and Chase Headley will need to produce big time.
There's a good amount of upside with your rotation.
Tim: Yeah, Ian Kennedy is definitely a better pitcher than he has been the last couple years and I think he’s gonna show that this year. Andrew Cashner, the first time I saw him pitch at Petco I was blown away. That was back when he was a relief pitcher so he was throwing 99, breaking 100, so it’s been cool to see him transition into a starter. He took a little off his velocity and added some pitches to his repertoire.
Previously in this series:
Dropkick Murphys Talk Boston Red Sox
Hold Steady & Baseball Project Talk Minnesota Twins
Jimmy Eat World Talk Arizona Diamondbacks
Yo La Tengo & So So Glos Talk New York Mets
New Found Glory Talks Miami Marlins
Asher Roth Talks Philadelphia Phillies
Asher Roth and the Baseball Project Talk San Francisco Giants
Joan Jett Talks Baltimore Orioles
Pete Wentz & The Mountain Goats Talk Chicago Cubs
R.E.M.'s Mike Mills Talks Atlanta Braves
David Nail Talks St. Louis Cardinals
City and Colour Talks Toronto Blue Jays
The Get Up Kids Talk Kansas City Royals
Thrice Talks Los Angeles Angels
What do you think about the lineup? It could all come together, but there are a lot of ifs there.