Monday, September 2, 2013
It's worth noting that more than 8,000 people came out to Kino Stadium last Thursday for what most certainly will be the final minor league baseball game in Tucson in quite some time. It was a nice gesture from the local baseball faithful, although a backhanded compliment all the same because the attendance figure was nearly thrice the average turnout for this final season.
But the Tucson Padres now officially are a part of this community's sad professional sports history after they wrapped up the 2013 regular season earlier today, scoring twice in the top of the ninth to beat division champ Las Vegas 4-3 in Sin City.
Miles Mikolas closes out the 9th! Padres win 5-4!
— TucsonPadres (@TucsonPadres) September 2, 2013
The game drew nearly 5,100 fans for a day game in a city with at least 438 better things to do at that point in time (sleeping in not included).
It's unclear at this point if Jay Zucker, a one-time owner of Tucson's Triple-A franchise, will resurrect his independent league Tucson Toros club after the hiatus it took during the T-Pads' tenure at Kino Stadium (not to mention the University of Arizona's takeover of Hi Corbett Field as it's own). If that happens, we will technically be a pro sports city again. Technically.
The better bet is that, sometime in the next five to 10 years, the currently amateur level FC Tucson soccer club will ascend to a level of U.S. Soccer that includes professionals. Keep your fingers crossed, pro sports fans.