This weekend over at Petco Park they started gearing up for the opening of the 2015 baseball season. The Padres held their annual Fan Fest and we attended so the kids (and Jake) could get a few autographs from the players.
It was a very early morning start on Saturday. We got the stadium about 7:45AM. We had one member ticket and were hoping they would let us in at the 8AM time slot but sadly that wasn’t the case. I let Jake go in early while I waited outside in the 9AM line with the boys. They were playing “Ninja” while waiting. What are the rules of Ninja, you might ask? I have no idea. It seemed like they took turns making ninja moves at each other. At least they were able to entertain themselves for an hour.
Once you got into the Fan Fest you could get a voucher for an autograph. Each one was for a different time slot and section. They didn’t announce what players would be at which spots like they did last year so it was just a guessing game.
On another note, doesn’t the guy blurred out on the left side of my photo look like the old guy from Jurassic Park??
Oh yeah he does!
The first players we saw were Carlos Quentin and Wil Nieves. I totally got yelled at for taking this photo so naturally I must post it. Actually, it was more like I got screeched at as the lady yelled “NOOOOOOOO PHOTOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSSS!” at me. I was like… geez, okay. Chill out. She probably thought I was going to try and take a photo with the players, but I wasn’t, I just wanted a photo of them. At other autograph sessions they were totally okay with people taking photos so I guess everyone got different memos.
I didn’t realize you could get both players to sign whatever you had (it was one item, not one autograph) so T and I just said hi to Quentin while we waited for Wil Nieves to be free. Quentin looked pretty sad that we didn’t want his autograph (we already got it last year). Sorry, Quentin. Didn’t mean to burn you like that.
Here’s a shot of the shiny new scoreboard they that installed during the off season. It’s now the largest scoreboard in the National League and looks like the biggest HD TV I’ve ever seen. Pretty sweet!
Here’s how daunting the scoreboard looks from when you’re standing underneath it.
We also had our first Tri-Tip Nachos of the season. The chips didn’t taste super fresh to me but otherwise the toppings were all tasty and good. I’m sure we’ll have this a few more times this season.
Okay, the boys don’t all look thrilled here but we basically had just spent the morning doing what I called “Disneyland for Autographs” aka stood in a bunch of lines for the small thrill of an autograph.
We did go to Lolita’s right across the street afterwards for belly cravings which did elicit a few smiles since the four of us were totally famished. Jake and the boys shared this plate of Adobada Chips (the guacamole was served on the side so I could eat it). The boys devoured this fairly quickly but I prefer my plain chips with guacamole and hot sauce rather than the big pile o’ meat.
Jake and the boys also had a 2-in-1 burrito. Have you ever tried this before? It’s a little insane. It has carne asada and cheese (and usually guacamole) plus two rolled taco are stuffed inside! You get a mild crunch from the rolled tacos with the shredded beef and then the chunks of carne asada as well. It’s a totally weird texture and mouth feel. I had a bite but I thought it was really dry without the guacamole in it. I prefer my rolled tacos to be on the outside of my burritos, thank you.
We’re looking forward to a new season of the Padres this year! We have season tickets, too, so expect some more ballpark posts from me.