What's a little hate between rivals?
San Diego Padres pitcher Mat Latos is using that lack-of-love between the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants and the Padres.
If you remember, the Giants knocked the Padres out of the post season with a win the last game of the 2010 season. The Giants went on to win it all while the Padres went home.
Now, the San Diego pitcher has teamed with a nonprofit group to sell three autographed baseballs, all signed with the same message directed at the Padres' Bay Area rival: "I hate SF!"
The first of three baseballs sold Wednesday at 9:28 a.m. for $299.99 plus $8 shipping. Only one more baseball — penned “3 of 3” in blue ink — shows as available. It costs $499.99.
The autographs carry more substance than a simple shot at the defending World Series Champions. Half the proceeds will support the the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, which promotes baseball, youth involvement, community events and other charitable causes.
Latos, 23, paced the Padres rotation in 2010, posting a win in the first 14 of his 19 decisions with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. He struck out 189 batters in 182 2/3 innings pitched with just 50 walks.
Against the San Francisco Giants, Latos was 2-2 in six starts with a 2.37 and 0.92 ERA. He flirted with the franchise’s first perfect game at AT&T Park in May, allowing one hit and no walks in nine scoreless innings of a 1-0 win.