Travel to San Diego and the Padres Game
Trip Start Apr 02, 2011
46Trip End Sep 29, 2011
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Sat next to a nice lady from Houston on my US Airways flight to San Diego. She has a son who had just received an appointment to West Point. She was very proud and I thought rightfully so.
Got off the uneventful flight and headed to Hertz. Jackpot! They threw me in another Cadillac DTS. What a great car. I know I'll enjoy driving up to Anaheim tomorrow in it. Minor problem...my Garmin quit on me. Very disconcerting. I actually had to find my way around the old fashioned way...via MAP!
I found a great place for breakfast (even though it was 11:15 by the time I got there), called The Broken Yolk. Had seen it on Tripple D or MVF, one or the other. Got seated right away...the place was busy. Asked the waiter what was his favorite for breakfast and he said, "Definitely the breakfast burrito." I don't want you to even think of those skinny little breakfast burritos you get at McDonalds. This was a huge burrito with beans, rice, chips and salsa. Very good and very filling.
I then headed up to my hotel. HI Express Airport in Old Town. Nice lady, Suzie checked me in, but said my room wasn't ready yet. Then she said, "Aw, what the heck, I'll just upgrade you to a suite." Sweet!!! Nicest room I've stayed in during all my travels. Two rooms, two tvs, walk in shower, whirlpool tub...as I said, sweet! Blogged some and planned out my route to Petco Park...without my Garmin! (More later.)
You know, you can find just about anything on the Internet. I was sitting there frustrated about my Garmin when I typed into Google "Garmin Nuvi 350 Quit." Sure enough, others have had the same problem and there was a simple fix of depressing the "reset" button on the back...who knew? And who even knew that little button was a reset button...not me. Had to use a pen, the button is so small, but my Garmin is back to normal now.
Headed to Petco Park. Just a ten minute drive. Parked about a block away in a garage...$10. Got a great seat for about $70 ten rows behind home plate. Walked around the park. Petco was built in 2004 and is a nice ballpark. I did find it a little difficult to get around, unlike most new ballpark, they have a lot of corridors that you don't find in other parks. And their large screen looks to be last generation, and not as flashy as many I've seen. Still a nice ballpark with a good view of downtown San Diego. They opened center field to make a nice green space where they placed the statue of Mr. Padre himself, Tony Gwinn. There's also a nice sandbox in center field for kids to play in. Again, nicely done.
Couple of things I forgot about yestereday's game at the Diamondbacks. They actually have a swimming pool in center field...very cool. And appropriately in Arizona, the folks who sang the National Anthem were a group of four singers called...are you ready, "The OK Choralle." You know, Tombstone, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, etc. They were as their name suggested, OK.
Still wasn't hungry after my brunch at the Broken Yolk, so I just had some peanuts and a beer at the park.
Lots of Mets fans, as there were yesterday in Phoenix. But these guys were louder than yesterday...several times chanting, "Let's go Mets!" in unison. The Mets broke on top with a couple of home runs in the third. But the Padres tied it in the 7th, only to lose 5-4 in 10 innings. This may have been my first extra inning game. Mets reliever, Jason Isringhausen got his 300th career save in the 10th inning...quite an accomplishment.
Saw a cute little Asian boy, maybe 4 years old walking with his dad. He looked like he needed a ball. When I handed it to him, he looked at his dad as if to ask, "Is it OK dad?" His father said, "Present. OK." It was a good moment. He thanked me profusely.
Tomorrow a drive to Anaheim to see the Angels play.