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Wednesday, July 27, 2005 | My old friend, Cecil Foofoonick, dropped by the dumpster yesterday with a brace of tickets to a Padres’ game. “Happy birthday, Dipsey,” he said. Bah, birthdays make me grumpy!

But my grumbling to Cecil was grumbling about a team in first place and one that just might stay there. If anybody in San Diego has a reason to grumble, what about the folks in Phoenix or that town up the road 100 miles? They can’t even overtake a team two games above mediocre. Can you imagine asking a mediocre team to challenge for a championship? Maybe the folks who make such decisions will save us the embarrassment and simply add another “at large” entry while ignoring whichever team ends up sitting atop the dung heap called National League West.

Dipsey Dumpster sometimes writes under the pseudonym Keith Taylor. He can be reached at

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