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A Boy Named Seo
Aug 10 2005 03:18 AM

...unfullfilling evening.

So I decided to make the 200 or so mile round-trip from Long Beach down to San Diego tonight really just to catch Pedro. I planned my trip to Shea in June around his schedule and he was scratched for his hip injury or whatever it was, and I got to see Kris Benson get shelled instead. I could've stayed home and watched this shit on tv tonight, but he's electric and a character and I wanted to experience it live so I got a ticket, filled up the Jetta with some $2.69 87- octane, and went.

It's my own fault really. The team was playing pretty well and had won 3 in a row. Pedro was on against Chan Ho Park. What the hell could go wrong?

Once you pop on the 5, the ride's pretty nice down to San Diego, as the freeway hugs the Pacific coast for a good while. Here's what it looks like at 80 MPH from a 2.0MP piece of garbage Fuji FinePix.

Here's me not paying enough attention to the road.

I got to the park around 6:00PM I guess, and dropped a ridiculous $20 to park in regular public stadium parking.

I'm in now. Here's the first shot I got as I moved toward the field from the

I had good seats, first base side, 12 rows up. Set me back about $47. The Mets were hitting BP, so I made my way that direction for a closer look. I saw Glavine throwing from the bullpen and thought I screwed up and bought tickets for the wrong night, but he was just getting his work in, I guess. Couldn't have been worse if he would've started tonight...

The Petco DJ played some good tunes while the Mets were hitting. I had to keep myself from singing out loud when "Veronica" by Elvis Costello blared. Same for "Pictures of You" by the Cure.

The ballpark is really beautiful. Aside from the quirky dimensions and the
Western Metal Supply Co. Warehouse in leftfield, the park feels clean and modern and doesn't seem to try for that throwback, kitschy retro ballpark feel, which was a plus.

There were a few towers that appeared between large sections of the stands. I don't know what those are, but peeps were lined up at various levels of the towers watching.

The top of the warehouse had Waveland Avenue type seats installed on the roof. The Omni hotel towered over the park on the third base side and folks who booked a high-floor room could watch the game from their window, I imagine. Jose Reyes popped one onto the second level of the warehouse batting right-handed during BP. Was a frickin' laser.

Here's a pic of a young David Wright fan with great seats and a really kick ass view of the third base area. Hope he wasn't peeing or getting cotton candy with say, one out in the bottom of the 7th.

I wanted to get a beer at this point, and spent my last $8 on a $7.75 12-ounce Michelob Freaking Ultra. Still trying to determine if that was more demeaning than the $20 parking thing.

I took my $8 beer and starting walking a lap around the concourse, from the first base side, behind home plate and towards the warehouse in left. The Padres bullpen is behind the left-center field wall, but the Mets is in foul territory along the right field line. Wonder why they did that...

During the game, a Met had to "stand guard" for foul balls any time someone warmed up. Danny Graves looked like he was kicking the fun vibe to one of the Padres PadSquad ballgirls. She looked like she was receptive of the fun vibe and may have been reciprocating.

Back to the tour...

Behind the centerfield batters' eye was a whiffle ball park. It was pretty cool. There was a slew of kids who played and the game was run by Padres staffers. Kinda neat.

On each side of the batters' eye was the general admission picnic areas. They looked like a great view and probably a pretty cheap seat.

Just cool. Or lame. I forget which.

It was getting closer to first pitch so I headed back to my seat. There's Pedro.

"Hey, Pedro, please don't suck ass tonight. Please?"

Thought it was a good sign that Pedro wiggled his way out of trouble in the first. I couldn't believe when Chan Ho finally checked out and my score card said he had 8 K's.

By the way, the scoreboards at Petco were really enormous and good. There's a scoreboard on the wall in left-center that keeps track of pitch counts and pitch speed. The gigantoid main scoreboard in left shows the lineup, linescore, count, current batter season stats, and even an "interesting fact" about the current hitter like:

Joe Randa: The 1st player to hit an opening day walk-off homer with his new team since Gary Carter, 85 Mets. Bah.

David Wright: Has not hit lower than .284 in any month his year.

Huh. Neat.

What else... They do fireworks after a homerun (thanks, Khalil Greene, you cocksucker, for helping me discover that one). They have clowns. Lots of clowns at the park. I don't like clowns at all. They were doing regular clown stuff before the game, in the stands and on the field, and then during the game, they were the ones who sling-shot t-shirts into the upper deck. I hate that, too, but hate the clowns worse. When Mark Loretta hits, they play "Lowrider" because I guess it sounds like "Loretta". Yeah. And that's about it for Petco.

Right field:

Center field:

Shot from the concourse facing the water:

There really isn't much to talk about in the game itself except for the fucking catch David Wright made in the 7th. That was so stupidly ridiculous, it was just wrong. Thanks for that, David. It was worth the $47 for the ticket, the $30 bucks for gas, the $20 for parking, the $5 for the program, the $8 for the beer, and the 9 hours of my life I would have felt like were wasted had you dropped that ball when you hit the ground and nothing at all remarkable otherwise had happened. I sound bitter, but I mean it. Cool shit.

Good night from Petco Park. I have to pick up cat food before I get home...

Aug 10 2005 06:23 AM

Great report, Seo!

Aug 10 2005 06:36 AM

Seo! It's always fabulous to see you.

Thanks for the great report - sorry that the game wasn't better for you.

Aug 10 2005 07:20 AM

I hate clowns too!

I but I like this report. It crossed my mind last night that you might be there, glad you were!

Aug 10 2005 07:51 AM

Great work Seo, cool pics.

Edgy DC
Aug 10 2005 07:59 AM

I hope they have the cat food available at the park.

The early part of your adventure put me in mind of this song by the 6ths.

Highway 405 will take you from the Boom Boom Room
To Interstate 5 which goes right to the San Diego Zoo.
San Diego Zoo... San Diego Zoo.

Welcome back. Your return is worth a loss.

Seo is back, and BNS is back. Everything's in place now.

Aug 10 2005 08:03 AM

Nice report!

No, I've never heard of the, but Pedro doesn't do
pre-game interviews. Now take your elite little rear end and go park it
in your seat please before I signal security.

Johnny Dickshot
Aug 10 2005 08:22 AM

That was like, totally awesome.

old original jb
Aug 10 2005 09:14 AM
Nice report and pictures but....

You act completely surprised that the Mets produce massive disappointment for you every time you travel great distances or plunk down huge amounts of money to see them play.

So my question would be, based on this conveyed sense of shock and suprise at their performances, and based on the past history of the Mets,
did anyone tell you anything at all about the Mets before you decided to become a Mets fan?

Aug 10 2005 09:18 AM

I flew 3000+ miles to see us getting beaten by Atlanta 10-1 once.

It wasn't fun AT ALL.

Edgy DC
Aug 10 2005 09:24 AM

Hold all other entries. I think duan wins.

Aug 10 2005 10:08 AM

Oh yes, Duan wins in a landslide.

Great report and I loved seeing all the photos too!

Aug 10 2005 02:30 PM

the visitors bullpen is in foul ground but the home team gets a protected one behind the wall????
thats fucked up, if thats allowed the mets should do it too....tell the padres we are spraying for rats in the visitors bullpen and they are welcome to warmup down the third base line.