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How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Padres Game for the 4th of July

August 25th, 2010 by admin | 2 Comments | Filed in Uncategorized
Jared and Justin Ready for the Padres Game

Jared and Justin are Ready for the Game!

I took a summer sabbatical from writing.  Not a great idea for a travel blogger ;) .  Still, I’m back with plenty of adventures to share.  One of the highlights of our summer was a trip to the Padres game at Petco Park  in San Diego for the Fourth of July.  We purchased a cheap package on Groupon, that included great seats, a hot dog lunch, and Padres hats.  I definitely recommend signing for Groupon and keeping up with the deals.  They can really save you money on a family adventure.  In previous years we have spent Independence Day at minor league games.  This is another affordable way to share baseball with the family.

I was worried that my wiggly  five and six year old wouldn’t make it through the game, but they did great.  Before the game we went exploring and came upon a great display about the construction of Petco Park and some of the Padres greatest players.  Jared and Destiny were particularly impressed with Tony Gwinn’s golden glove.

Tony Gwynn's Golden Glove

Tonny Gwynn's Golden Glove

We returned to our seats just in time to witness the pre-game festivities.  My oldest Justin had just returned from a trip to Washington D.C.  and was excited to see the Revolutionary War cast of characters come alive on the ball field.

Revolutionary War Salute

The entire family enjoyed the first few innings then the little guys and I headed to the ballpark playground to get some energy out.   I was able to follow the game on the nearby Jumbotron.

 

Petco Playground

 We scooted back into our seats in the 8th inning and were able to celebrate together as the Padres won over the Colorado Rockies.  The Smith Family went wild along with the rest of the crowd.  Here’s a picture of our happy tired crew.

 I was appalled to read yesterday, that High School English Classes are no longer assigning fiction in most of their curriculum.  In order to combat this ignorant and shortsighted trend I plan to start including where possible great books that reflect the theme of my posts.  Here are some baseball suggestions:

Jim and Me by Dan Gutman.  All of Dan Gutman’s  baseball adventures are amazing and teach kids about US history and Baseball greats.  This particular book is about a Native American Ball Playing Legend Jim Thorpe.

 What I Learned from Jackie Robinson by Carl Erskine .  I must confess I plan to bribe my 11 year-old to read this book.  Written by one of Robinson’s team mates it provides an inspirational and compelling look at the life of one of Baseball’s greatest and bravest athletes. 

Go Padres!!! I can hardly wait to go back.

Happy Trails,
Bridget

 

 

 

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