LOS ANGELES — It was 27 years ago this summer, one of my first days of work at the Los Angeles Times, and I was hopelessly lost. While walking into the San Diego Padres clubhouse to introduce myself as the new beat guy for the Times’ San Diego County edition, I was stopped by a wave of angry noise. Larry Bowa, the manager, was howling in his office. Goose Gossage, the veteran reliever, was grumbling in front of his locker. Garry Templeton, the longtime shortstop, was waving his arms in front of another locker. The air was filled with hostility.