Downtown San Diego’s East Village is still basking in victory and picking up the pieces after yesterday’s amazing Opening Day Block Party. An estimated 8,000 plus residents, business owners/operators, fans and sponsors all celebrated and basked in the beautiful San Diego sun as we all prepared to welcome in a new season of Padres baseball downtown.
The streets were lined with food vendors, local merchants, some offering games like bowling and an American Gladiator style joust sponsored by the Army. Unfortunately none of my team members were up for the challenge against me and I wasn’t about to go up against G.I. Joe. One of the highlights by far though, was the Red Bull X-Fighters, showing off their high-flying freestyle motocross tricks.
The air was thick with excitement leading up to game time and we headed to visit our office neighbors City Consulting Group, who were kind enough to offer me two tickets to the game. Thanks Jorge!
The pregame festivities were emceed by television play-by-play announcer Dick Enberg, and also a tribute to late bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds byTrevor Hoffman. The national anthem was sung by former Miss California, Arianna Afsar, while sailors from the USS Russell and the USS Boxer unfurled the Holiday Bowl’s giant American flag across the outfield. The first pitch was tossed by Padre veteran, Greg Vaughn, a member of the famed 1998 Padre National League Championship team.
The game was great homecoming for the Padres came off a road trip with a 1-5 record.
The Padres started the game on fire. In the bottom of the first inning, the first homerun by a Padre player in Petco this season, by Will Venable, was hit over the fence in right field, which was moved in during the offseason. Ironically, the ball would have been a homer without the renovations.
The final score was 9-3, highlighted by 4 total RBIs by Venable.