Tour of Petco Park, June 20th, 2004

This year Petco Park celebrated it’s 10th anniversary, which you already knew. It a good time to talk about how old we all are, which you might have known but it will be brought to your attention every time someone mentions this was the 10th anniversary of Petco Park.

Inspired by jbox’s post from Opening Night 2004, published below for your viewing pleasure is a photo gallery from a trip to the ballpark with my parents and sister on June 20th of that year.

Baseball reference tells me Brian Lawrence of the Padres put together a nice outing, pitching 8 innings, striking out 6 with no walks, and allowing 2 runs.

Rod Beck was the opposite of that. He pitched two thirds of the 9th, continuing his crazy swing from living in the outfield of a minor league park in 2002, to dominating closer in 2003, then to not too good of a reliever in 2004. If only we knew about FIP at the time, as his 3.39 xFIP in 2003 indicated a somewhat hollow performance. Beck’s 5.35 xFIP the following year was, well still not great, but it was better than the 6.38 ERA made it seem.

I digress. Photos!


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  • Shaqapopolis

    Since I no longer live in SD, why did they close that little portion in left? I always thought that was a great feature and it sure looked good with a bunch of people behind the fence on TV.

    AT&T has a similar feature in right field, where you can enter and watch for free. If it’s crowded, they rotate you out after an inning. I used to walk down there at lunch when they were playing the Padres and catch a couple of innings while eating a hot dog (yes they had a concession stand for walk-ups.) It always makes for a great lunch hour.

    Here is hoping that the Padres are smart and re-open that to the public.

    • Sac Bunt Chris

      They covered part of it up with an ad banner for awhile, but you could still watch from half of the remaining fence area. I couldn’t figure out why they did that, other than maybe just wanting another space for ads. Now the Social Hour studio is there, so crowds milling about the area just wouldn’t work.

      • Shaqapopolis

        I’m sure the Social Hour could easily be moved. Wayne and or Mike Dee or whomever is in charge should get on that.