After we finished our grand tour, we drove back over to downtown San Diego and we parked the car by a meter within walking distance of Petco Park around 5:45PM. We arranged to meet up with another ballpark chaser, Steve Fekete aka The Padre Punk who drove down from Anaheim to join us. We met him for a pre game meal at Smashburger. He recommended it. It was the first time we've been in one of those. I know there's one near LIU in Brooklyn here in NYC but we've never gone in there. After we finished eating, we walked over to the ballpark.
We all went inside the park and wandered around before the game started. This was Duck's first time there. It was the fifth game for the King & I. We wound up sitting upstairs in section 301 behind home plate while Steve stood out in right field which is affectionately called the RF Mission. We told Steve we'll join him in the seventh inning. True to our word, we did indeed. By doing so, we got to see Corey Menotti again who arrived late due to work. He was in rare form doing his thing in the walk way. Like Steve says and I quote "you can't beat the entertainment out here." In addition, we were introduced to many of the regulars that go to Padre games. They included another ballpark chaser named Sean Meehan who told me he knows my pal Dave Block aka The Gratitude Guy. He usually sees him at the Delta Sky Club where he works since Sean travels a lot. We got to share some stories. We also got to meet a guy named Ismael who's known as the K dude. He puts up the K's when a Padre pitcher strikes out an opposing batter. He said he's been going to all the Padre home games for 17 straight years. We all enjoyed the time we spend out there with them.
|Me & Corey Menotti aka Dancing Friar|
After the game, we decided to join these guys at Lolita's which was a few blocks from Petco Park. I'm not a big fan of Mexican food but I decided to give it a try. I wound up having a chicken quesadilla there. It turned out to be really good. I'm glad I was daring enough to give it a shot. As a result, we got to enjoy these guys' company some more before we called it a night. In addition, we got to meet former Padre & Met pitcher Randy Jones who was there doing a talk show. That was cool. I remember seeing him pitch back in the late '70's. He seemed like a really nice guy.
After we said our goodbyes to everyone we drove to San Ysidro which was right by the Mexican border off the last exit of I-5. We spent the night at the Travelodge there.
Stay tuned for the next installment of this journey.
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