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WILL VAUGHN'S OUTBURST HURT THE PADRES' AT THE BALLOT BOX?
Published September 18, 1998
Following the Padres' 6-3 loss to the Cubs on Wednesday night, in which Padres fans cheered for Sammy Sosa after his grand slam (and MLB record-tying HR No. 63) gave the Cubs the lead, Padres OF Greg Vaughn said, "Sammy Sosa's a good friend of mine and he's had a great year. But what the (bleep) is going on? We're trying to do something for this city and the (bleep) fans are rooting for this guy to beat us. ... Everyone in this clubhouse feels like we have our road uniforms on. Are we the enemy? ... This is just (bleep) and you can tell the fans that" (Bill Center, S.D. UNION-TRIBUNE, 9/17). In S.D., Braun & LaVelle write that attorney Michael Aguirre, a co-Chair of the Proposition C ballpark campaign, "called the Padres to register his concern" about Vaughn's remarks, saying that "a few poorly chosen words would haunt the ballpark measure," which will be voted on in November. Aguirre asked a team official: "Can we have a big meeting with the players and explain to them the concept of killing public image? Because they are killing us." Padres Owner John Moores said that "there would be no such meeting," and that the "only apology would be from the front office to the players -- for using the scoreboard and fireworks to congratulate Sosa." Moores "went on to blame his own organization for the 'inappropriate' fireworks." Moores: "When Sosa hit it, I thought I was going to throw up, and then the fireworks went off and it pissed me off" (S.D. UNION-TRIBUNE, 9/18).