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Patience must be a Padres virtue

Someday, San Diego's youth movement will pay off. But now? Times are tough.

Originally Published: May 19, 2012
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

San Diego Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso has declared a truce with Petco Park. After several years of waiting in vain for a chance behind Joey Votto in Cincinnati, he's grateful for the opportunity to play every day, even if half his games take place in a venue where long fly balls that ought to come to rest in a bleacher creature's nachos more often than not land in an outfielder's glove.

"I've come to peace with that,'' Alonso says. "People may think I have a problem with it, ...

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