Nick Canepa: Dare it be said? Padres winning the World Series is possible.

SAN DIEGO — The Padres not only can get to a World Series without buying tickets. They can win a World Series. If they can possess all their physical faculties into October, they are no worse than the second-best team. On bloody paper. Sounds so insane. But it’s possible. Because … Baseball has become a ham-footed defender and the Padres are Gale Sayers, cutting on a blade of grass, serpentining, turning upfield and scoring. Just like that — presto! — this franchise, for so long baseball’s S.S. Minnow, lost without compass, its crew motley, has become the model speedy warship, with arms and …

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