Our final full day in San Diego wasn’t without a full list of things to do. I myself headed into the MiLB Media Relations session to start my day while other members of the staff hit the trade show for one final day of ordering and the like for 2015. Just a few blocks down from our hotel was the USS Midway Museum and we would be remiss if we didn’t get a chance to go snap a few photos of the most visited naval ship museum in the world. It was the longest serving American aircraft carrier of the 20th century, serving from 1945 until 1992. It opened as a museum in 2004. We didn’t have a chance to get inside the museum, however, after getting there 10 minutes before they let their last visitors in.
Our final day in California also had us try one of these things called a California burrito. Three things: They’re huge; they’re delicious; they have french fries in them. This one was from the Azteca Taco Shop located just behind Petco Park.
After lunch, we hit the Eastern League Meetings back at our hotel before some of the staff brokeoff to attend a meeting for teams that were planning for their 2015 All-Star Games. One of the best things about the Winter Meetings is everyone in MiLB’s willingness to network and share ideas to grow our sport. This All-Star meeting was another example as we, along with the West Michigan Whitecaps, were brought into as sounding boards for questions/comments/concerns for other teams around the country who will be hosting All-Star Games.
From there we headed over to the Job Fair for a round of interviews with a group of possible marketing assistant faces in 2015. After a long day, it was time to rest up to go to where the pets go (and people in this case) in Petco Park…
After three full days of staring at Petco Park, the home of the San Diego Padres, we finally got to go inside the facility for the Winter Meetings Gala on Wednesday night. Opened in 2004, Petco Park is located right in downtown San Diego in what is called the Gaslamp District. During the holiday season, the park is converted into a “Holiday Wonderland” with thinks like reindeer, a 40′ Christmas Tree, spectacular lighting displays and even rides on polar express trains. This event, which is usually open to the public, was only open to the folks attending the Winter Meeting’s during the Gala. Reindeer in San Diego just seem…so out of place?
While most of the staff was over at the Gala event, some of them headed over to San Diego State University to watch the nationally-ranked SDSU Men’s Basketball team take on Long Beach State at Viejas Arena. For those fans who have watched college basketball over the past few years and have noticed many of the student sections with giant heads of celebrities, mascots, etc. behind the basket (or our big heads that hang out the press box windows at PNG Field), well that originated at SDSU. Full Story here from Sports Illustrated: http://www.si.com/college-basketball/2013/02/27/big-heads
A tightly contested contest, the Aztecs prevailed, 60-59 on Wednesday night.
An eventful and productive trip had to come to an end at some point and we boarded our plane back to Pittsburgh at 6:30 a.m. from San Diego on Thursday morning. Much to our surprise, Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle was on our flights back to The Steel City and just in time as we’ve got Pirate Fest this weekend! Our Carmen Sandiego like week will take us to PirateFest, which is now free, so if you’re in the area stop by and say hi!
I’ll leave you with this last sunset from a place near Tuna Harbor in San Diego (see what I did there. Tuna Harbor…Al Tuna…)