A few months after Mickelson and a group headed by former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley bought the team, Mickelson confirmed to the San Diego Union-Tribune that he was no longer part of the ownership picture.
“I think to be involved with the Padres you have to be fully committed to the long term,” Mickelson told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I’ve been born and raised here, but at this moment I’m not able to make that kind of long-term commitment to the city and to the team.”
So much for Mickelson living out every fans dream and owning a stake in his hometown team. While it's hard to believe Mickelson wanted out of the deal after O'Malley's group landed the Padres, you have to give him credit for backing out before he got in over his head.
With the extra time, maybe he can work on that curveball and attempt to make the team as a long reliever. Because you can never have enough arms in the bullpen.
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