I wandered into the team store at Petco Park the other day, curious about which players the San Diego Padres were promoting. Among the jerseys and T-shirts, you could buy a Tony Gwynn or a Trevor Hoffman, a Dave Winfield or a Goose Gossage, a Randy Jones or a Steve Garvey or a Garry Templeton or . . .
What the heck? A Kurt Bevacqua?
That Kurt Bevacqua, the career .236 hitter best known in Los Angeles as the guy Tommy Lasorda once said “couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a [bleeping] boat?”
Yep, that Bevacqua, a cult hero here for hitting a home run in the only World Series game the Padres ever have won, in 1984, and a community fixture and baseball commentator in...