I was in San Diego for a convention. We had a free evening, so two coworkers and I decided to go to the Padres game at the nearby Qualcomm Stadium. If going to a baseball game was always this easy, I’d go all the time. We caught the trolley across the street from our hotel and paid $3.50 for a round-trip ticket. After a 10-minute ride, we were dropped off right in front of the stadium.
At the ticket window, we asked for upper-deck seats between the bases. We ended up in $9.00 seats in the second row of the upper deck right behind home plate. We had a fantastic view. Before the game started, I wandered around the stadium. I wanted to walk around the upper deck to take pictures, but an usher yelled at us because nobody was being seated in the upper deck in the outfield. I explained what I wanted to do and he (told us to take the pictures quickly and come right back.
I bought a hot dog and a Coke for $7.00. (My total expenses for the night — trolley, ticket and supper — were $19.50.
The Padres played the Braves and beat them 7-1. We saw three future hall-of-famers: Greg Maddox pitched for the Braves, and Tony Gwynn and Ricky Henderson played outfield for the Padres. I also got to watch White-throated Swifts flitting overhead and a pair of Western Kingbirds that hung out on a cable right in front of us.
The evening was relaxing, cool and fun. We stayed to the end and were back at the hotel 20 minutes after the final out.