Marty Graham 4:30 p.m., Feb. 24
Remember the Alamodome?
Padres and Rangers set to play a pair in the Alamodome, ghost of Davy Crockett to toss out the first pitch.
Baseball in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas? Why not? After all, they've hosted football and basketball games, and the Padres AA affiliate, the San Antonio Missions have been a pretty good draw over the years.
And so it shall come to pass, that in a press release issued on Friday, the San Diego Padres will play a couple of exhibition games with the Texas Rangers at the end of March. It seems fitting, what with the Padres having that Mexican connection being so close to the border with Baja California, and the Rangers, well, not having that exact connection, but what the heck, what happens in San Antonio stays in San Antonio.
It will be the first baseball game ever played in that venue.
Built in 1993 as the new home of the National Basketball Association's San Antonio Spurs, the team played there for a decade before demanding a new stadium elsewhere (where have we heard this before?), but the facility still entertains college basketball (including the NCAA finals) and college bowl games and hockey and other attractions.
Add baseball to that list of events.
Here's a good bet though: Both the Rangers and the Padres will likely want to toss out a couple of left-handed pitchers or more seeing as how the right-field fence is only 280 feet from home plate. Sure, there will be a wall of between 15 and 20 feet or so, but really? Who wants to watch left-handed hitters swinging from their heels for at least 18 innings?
Apparently, baseball fans. And the tickets are affordable, according to the press release.
“We want as many people as possible to be able to witness this event. Although these games will feature two major league teams, we made every effort to keep tickets affordable and a great value for baseball fans in San Antonio and for those coming in from out of town,” said Reid Ryan, CEO and President of Ryan-Sanders Baseball, Inc., a group which owns the Class AAA Round Rock Express and Class AA Corpus Christi Hooks, in the press release. Reid, as you might have guessed, is the son of Nolan, and we don't have to tell you who that guy is.
Tickets go for between $10 and $55. The configuration for baseball in the Alamodome will accommodate over 50,000 fans. We here at the Reader Sports Desk may or may not be budgeted for the trip, but we're guessing that plenty of Padres and Missions fans will take up the slack if our travel request doesn't go through.
If you want tickets, get there here for the game on March 29th, and here for the game on March 30th. San Antonio is a nice town, one of the few in Texas that I can handle without copious amounts of tequila. It's also one of the few places outside of Mexico that one can find some decent comida Mexicana.
Might make for a nice get-away. And, remembering how short left field was at the Los Angeles Coliseum when the Dodgers played there while bulldozers were ripping apart Chavez Ravine, this right field wall might prove to be interesting as well.