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

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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 NBCSports.com, 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!?