Originally posted on Padres Public  |  Last updated 7/30/13
There may be no more magical time for a baseball fan than the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. It’s like Christmas morning without the religion or messy package cleanup – it’s a holiday for everyone! Whether your team is at the top, the bottom, or languishing somewhere in the middle there’s a reasonable chance you’ll get to take part in the excitement come July 31st (or slightly before). While fans look forward and prepare for the dealings of the Byrnes Era, I prefer instead, to look back. This purist always defers to history to explain our convoluted present. My mentor at Grand Lakes University, Professor Turgesson, once remarked, “I hold history sacred. Sacred. The way a farmer looks at the earth and he holds it sacred”, a mantra which, I too subscribe. Therefore it is the history of trade deadlines past which we will examine, in an effort to help us understand today. The year was 2005. With first place loosely secured by an anemic offense, the Padres found themselves to be m...
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