Sometimes it’s tough to be a Padres fan. After Monday night’s game, which had a rain delay in the 8th inning despite the home team Colorado Rockies being up by 7 runs, I started thinking about strange things that have happened at Padres games I’ve been to or watched.
The idea started out as a list with a possible poll included. Then I realized that a list with only a couple of things on it wasn’t really a list. And an even worse poll.
So, here’s the weirdest Padres games I’ve witnessed, either on TV or in person. Or both, in the case of the first one, technically.
Two explosions in the light tower at Qualcomm Stadium caused the game on July 18th against the Arizona Diamondbacks to be suspended in the third inning.
Then stadium manager Bill Wilson said “35-year-old equipment” at the multipurpose stadium, which opened in 1967, was to blame.
2001 was Tony Gwynn‘s last, injury-marred season, and he was making his first start in right field since May 9.
“We’re the Pads,” said Gwynn, “I get out there for two innings, and the transformer blows.”
The game was suspended after a 1-hour, 11-minute delay, and was to resume at 12:05 p.m. the next day with Arizona leading 1-0.
I purchased a ticket for the second game at the gate the next day, because the conclusion of the previous day’s game was included. Basically a double-header.
Randy Johnson, originally scheduled to start that July 19 game, “relieved” Curt Schilling in the continued game, which the Padres lost, 3-0. Johnson was credited with the win, pitching the “final” 7 innings.
The second game was started by Robert Ellis, which the Padres won, 8-4. Nothing blew up. As far as I remember, that is.
Rain delays led to the suspension of the Padres’ game with the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 8, 2011.
The first delay caused the game to start 28 minutes late.
Play was then stopped for over 90 minutes in the second inning.
And again in the sixth inning for over one hour.
The score was tied at 2-2 in the top of the 9th when play was finally suspended at 1:40 am PDT April 9 after a fourth rain delay.
The game was finished later on April 9, with the Dodgers winning in 11 innings, 4-2.
I stayed up until 1:40 am on April 9. Only to have my loyalty rewarded by Tony Gwynn Jr singling in the eventual winning run with two out in the 11th inning that evening.
The rain delays totaled 3 hours and 36 minutes. Actual play was only 2 hours and 59 minutes. Which means that technically I saw more old Cox Channel 4 programming than game action that day.
1,000 or so
sorry sons of bitches loyal fans who actually stayed at Petco Park to watch were rewarded by being allowed to sit on the Field Level between the dugouts, which was a nice gesture from the Padres.
I bet you thought I’d have “Blame It On the Rain” by Milli Vanilli. Didn’t you? Screw that.
What the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen at a Padres game? Any of you at the infamous Chub Feeney “Fan Appreciation Night” game? Or even “my” PA announcement in 1974? Tell us all about it in the comments.