3 Cities, 3 Timezones
The Royals final road trip before the All Star break took them to three of America’s great cities: San Diego, Denver and Chicago. As has been the case too often this season many games were close, but the wins were not as plentiful as we would have liked.
There are many beautiful, new ballparks throughout the Major Leagues, but Petco Park in San Diego is hard to beat. Built in downtown San Diego not far from the water in the Gaslamp Quarter area, it opened in 2004. Hitters don’t like the large dimensions, but fans love it. And all those buildings you see beyond the outfield walls have sprung up the past 8 years, with many condo-dwellers having the chance to see baseball from their living room.
Nothing says baseball in San Diego like Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. Tony is not only a part-time TV analyst for the Padres, but the Head Coach at San Diego State University. Among the guys who played under his Gwynn: Stephen Strassberg. Tony’s hall of fame induction was in 2007, the same year as Cal Ripken. That was also the year in which Denny Matthews received the Ford Frick Award. Tony is one of the true ambassadors of our game.
The water and waterfront is beautiful in this coastal community. The Seaport Village next to this marina has lots of restaurants, shops and great views of the water. Also nearby is the USS Midway, an aircraft carrier that was in service from 1945 until 1991. It’s a great spectacle to visit, as is just about anyplace in San Diego.
The 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver is a great area of restaurants and shopping. It opened in 1982. A free shuttle bus service….known as Mallride helps those who don’t want to walk up and down this great shopping district. Further down this road….maybe a mile….is the State Capitol building.
pionship ring. This one belongs to Gene Honda, longtime public address announcer for the Chicago Blackhawks, as well as the White Sox and the Men’s college basketball Final Four. Pretty impressive.