I went to my first baseball game of the season last night, and what a game to go to! In case you haven’t heard, it went 22 innings and ended at 1:21 am. Sadly, the Padres could not pull it out.
We lasted ’til the 13th inning, which is pretty good. We tried to watch the rest of it when we got home, but fell asleep during the 20th inning.
There’s nothing like an evening at the ballpark. We chose to go to the “Park at the Park”, the best deal in baseball. For $5, you get into the park, then you can either set up a blanket on the hill (which we did), or wander around and take up space in any of the designated standing areas. Plus you can bring in your own food. That’s a bonus. So we found the friends we were meeting, set out our blanket and enjoyed Submarina sandwiches as the game got underway. A couple other friends joined us a bit later, too.
It’s been pretty warm here lately, but usually down at Petco, when the sun goes down and the breeze kicks up, it can get rather chilly. Not last night. It was downright pleasant all evening, I didn’t even put on my jacket! It probably helped that we spiked our sodas with vodka that we’d snuck in via small flasks in order to avoid paying $9 for a Miller Lite. Yay!
Peavy was on fire. 11 strikeouts, 4 hits, no runs in eight innings. He’s 3-0 with an ERA under 2.00! But even when he sat down in the 8th inning, little did we know that they had almost two games’ worth of innings still to play. He ended up with a no-decision. I fear for their skills when they play the hottest team in baseball tonight, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Yikes.
The Padres are not outstanding. They’re pretty inconsistent with a measly 8-8 record, which still places them at 2nd in the NL West. But so far, there doesn’t seem to be a real stand-out team yet, save for maybe the D’backs.
But even with all that, I’ll take a night out at the ballpark, or an evening at home watching the game, over pretty much anything at this time of year. It’s fun, it’s exciting, it’s baseball!
I’ll leave this baseball post (which my mom will not understand at all) with a photo of the new statue that graces the Park at the Park. Go Padres!