Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Baseball in PETCO Park

With the All-Star baseball game being played at PETCO Park in San Diego, it seemed appropriate to bring out our 3-ring Binder with information on games. Elaine and I flew out to San Diego in August of 2005 to see the Padres play the Rockies in the 2nd year of PETCO Park. We  had some expiring miles from earlier "frequent flyer" mileage and felt this was a way to use or lose. We were also motivated by this again making me current on seeing major league games in all 30 parks. I have since continued to keep  current by seeing: the New Bush Stadium in '06, Nationals Park, Citi Field and Yankee Stadium in '09, Target Field in '10 and Marlins Park in '15. Our flight got us to San Diego in time to check in to our Motel and get to the park in time for a 12:30 tour. A unique feature of the stadium is the inclusion of the 95-year old "Western Metal Supply Company Building" into the stadium. It has been renovated to include the Padres Team Store, Museum, Party Suites and a Restaurant. We spent some enjoyable time  there after the tour and checked in for the game at 5:00pm when the gates opened. We were among the early birds who received a "Jerry Coleman" medallion, who was honored during opening ceremonies for his 33 years as the voice of the Padres. Coleman's playing career was with the Yankees during their glory years. The Rockies won the game 4-2 on a Todd Helton Grand Slam Home Run. We took the trolley to the downtown terminal and a cab back to our Motel. It had been a long day, an interesting experience, and we flew home the next day.

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