Padres Eliminate Dodgers and Advance to N.L.C.S. Bowl
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – For Carlos Peña, it was merely a chance to help his young team prepare for what lies ahead.
It was also a chance to play against a team from Mexico’s Liga de Básquetbol Profesional, one of the world’s best.
“It’s an honor,” Peña said, smiling. “It’s not something I dreamt about. I know it will be a good experience.”
With the No. 1-ranked team in the nation looking for a victory against a team from Mexico, this was Peña’s dream team in the Liga de Básquetbol Profesional, the world’s premier professional club level in football.
“A game like this, we all dream about, to play against our own and win it,” said Peña, a San Jose native who grew up in Mexico and attended the University of Southern California and the University of San Francisco.
Peña, who was named the 2006 Pac-10 player of the year, is back again for the first time since his junior year of college when he started 11 games for the Chivas de Guadalajara and threw for 1,539 yards and 14 touchdowns.
“I don’t think there’s an athlete that can compare him to,” Chivas coach Javier Aguirre said. “He’s the complete player that we need. He has an excellent career ahead of him.”
Peña will be making his second career trip to the N.L.C.S. Bowl this year, having competed in four other games in 2006 before helping Chivas qualify for the first time, beating the Houston Comets 56-24 in the second round of the playoffs.
“The most important thing is to play well and get a win,” Chivas coach Javier Aguirre said. “We needed Carlos to step up, to show us what