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Mat Latos doesn’t like San Francisco. Or something.

Feb 16, 2011, 9:55 PM EDT

Mat Latos

The Padres and Giants battled to a tight finish in the National League West standings last season.

It all came down to one final three-game series in San Francisco that almost saw the Giants blow a three-game division lead. They eventually wrapped up that series with a win in Game 162 and went on to win the World Series.

Both the Giants and Padres, whether thinking in realistic terms or not, are expecting a tight race again in 2011. Fuel: meet fire.

According to the Associated Press, via, a San Diego-area memorabilia store is selling three baseballs signed by Mat Latos that read “I hate SF” under the right-hander’s signature.

This probably won’t lead to anything. It’s just a case of Latos having a little fun, and the Giants’ players probably won’t want to start a war of words by making some kind of comeback remark. But that stuff between the Cardinals and Reds last season was pretty exciting and saying you “hate” a team is at least somewhat close to calling that team a “bunch of little b–ches.” Right?

So, uh, Fight!?

  1. cur68 - Feb 16, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    I can’t wait for this season to start. All this buildup and tension and rumor and now genuine HATE!? Gonna be a good year. I wonder what the odds are for when Latos plunks his first Giant? I got 2nd time he sees them.

  2. seeingwhatsticks - Feb 16, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    If he was a man he’d do it the first time, damn the consequences. But then again, if he was a man he’d have won game 162 with his team’s season on the line.

    Poll question: Latos won 14 games last year; is that going to be more or less than the Padres run total in 2011?

  3. xmatt0926x - Feb 16, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    Because of the Padres unexpected success last year , there were several times where the team was profiled and they did all the behind the scenes kind of stuff. Every story about Latos was essentially about him being a total jagoff from the time he was a young teen. Apparently he’s tried to be a better person lately but I remember the headshot that kept being used for him last season and you could see the arrogance oozing from every pore. Shockingly he wasn’t a very much liked teammate on every level he has played on, even the Padres. bottom line, he faded when it counted last year so he should clean that up first before worrying about anyone else.

  4. marshallnbrown - Feb 17, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    Mat Latos (Who?) doesn’t like S.F.? That’s too bad. The only other West team that really to the Giants (and their fans) is the Effing Dodgers. (Didn’t know thay had a first name, did you.)

  5. apbaguy - Feb 17, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    Matt may want to rethink his fightin’ words after he sees the SD lineup bat around without Adrian Gonzalez. “I surrender” might be the next words you hear from Latos.

  6. skerney - Feb 17, 2011 at 1:36 AM

    Kid needs to grow up. Remember last season when he said that it wasn’t fair that the Giants picked up new players? He said that there was some sort of honor in the padres keeping the team they broke camp with, and the Giants just trotted out a collection of players with “Giants” on their jersey. What a moron. Do you hear Halladay, Hudson, Cliff Lee or any of the other players the Giants beat in the playoffs bitching? No you don’t, because they are men, not bitchy little boys crying like Latos. Even his own teammates called his comments last season were stupid. When the Padres finish in 4th place I can only guess what he will cry about. Maybe he’ll say that it’s not fair that Kemp, CarGo, Posey, Tulo, and others are so good, that they hit his fastballs over fences!

  7. tomemos - Feb 17, 2011 at 2:12 AM

    And so the Padres’ search for a real rival continues. They continue to think that they are the Dodgers’ hated rival, as if anyone in LA could care less about San Diego.

    • DanM - Feb 18, 2011 at 5:07 PM

      The only thing anyone in LA should care about is why their overpriced, bloated team sucks so badly.

  8. clydeserra - Feb 17, 2011 at 3:16 AM

    geeze you guys, can’t it be a little fun? not some “pistols at noon” thing?

    • skerney - Feb 17, 2011 at 5:26 AM

      you’re right. latos just hit a nerve. it’s more fun when it’s funny.

  9. stlducks - Feb 17, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Why is this a story? someone hates their rival? Shocking!

  10. lanflfan - Feb 17, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Gotta love it when the children get uppity.

    Did someone remind Mr. Latos that he plays in the NL. Which means he bats at least once a game. And those giant pitchers, except for Zito, throw pretty hard.

    Just a thought.

    But by all means keep yapping, it’s entertaining.

  11. Jeff Ng - Nov 3, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    I wonder if he still has that tattoo in the form of “n.W.o. 4 life”

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