The New York Mets have the uncanny ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. They also lead the league in tank job vs payroll statistics. No matter how high their payroll, and how low the Padres' payroll, the Padres always seem to beat the Mets.
On April 13, 2009 the Padres spoiled the opening of the Mets' new stadium by defeating them 6-5. In a stadium that became known for keeping balls in the park in 2009, Padres leadoff hitter Jody Gerut started the game with a home run. The Padres got the winning run in that game when Pedro Feliciano balked with a runner on third.
Petco Park is a house of horrors for the Mets, who have something like a .200 franchise winning percentage there.
- In December 1986, had to part ways with CF Kevin McReynolds who was destined for bigger money in greener pastures. They packaged him with minor league INF Adam Ging and P Gene Walter and got back five young prospects. Pitchers Kevin Brown and Kevin Armstrong never made the majors. 1984 #1 overall draft pick OF Shawn Abner saw limited (and unproductive) action with the Padres before being dealt. The same goes for OF Stan Jefferson, but at least his future trade would return 1B Jack Clark. 3B/OF Kevin Mitchell spent even less time in the majors with the Padres and was sent to division rival San Francisco in a blockbuster trade that returned a future Cy Young Award winner in P Mark Davis, but helped Mitchell become the league MVP in 1989 and go to a World Series with the Giants.
- In November 2005, the Padres needed a CF and the Mets had one too many so San Diego sent OF Xavier Nady to New York and got back Mike Cameron.
- A year later in November 2006, the Padres took on a pair of relief pitchers that had struggled with the Mets in Heath Bell and Royce Ring and gave up P Jon Adkins and promising OF Ben Johnson.