Baseball has been considered “America’s Pastime” since it was first called that by journalists in the mid-1850s. After a brief loss in popularity in the 1990s, the game continues to have high attendance rates and avid fans. It is still considered a rite of passage to attend a game, eat a hot dog and sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch.
Founded in 1969, the San Diego Padres have won the National League Pennant twice (1984 and 1998), but they have not yet won a World Series. In 2004, the Padres started playing downtown at Petco Park, an open air ballpark. Yesterday, we went to watch the Pads take on their rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers. The final score: San Diego 7 – LA 2!