Padres vs. Braves — Qualcomm Stadium

I was in San Diego for an Evangelical Press Association convention. We had a free evening, so we (Don Hampton, Karen Kauffman 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, Karen and 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 (Karen thought he was a she) 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. Midway through the game, the lady we bought the tickets from came up to our seats and handed Karen her credit card that she had left on the counter. (I have to say that all the people I came in contact with in San Diego who were working — at the ballpark, at the hotel, in shops and restaurants, at the parks — were very friendly.)

The evening was relaxing, cool and fun. We stayed to the end and were back at the hotel 20 minutes after the final out.


Unfortunately, the film in my cheap camera was suffering from the heat and my photos came out lousy.

Padres vs. Braves - May 8, 2001

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