The latest vacation home to San Diego was nicknamed #AllStarVacay the night before I departed and it sure became a fitting name.
San Diego was playing host to the baseball All-Star Game for the third time. I had attended the previous two but had no aspirations of being at Petco Park for the 2016 midsummer classic.
But a big sporting event in San Diego can’t go on without me inside the venue. I believe it is a rule if you are bored enough to sift through the City Charter.
Less than 48 hours before the start of the game, there was my mother on her computer buying two tickets.
One for her … one for me.
She requested I buy her a ballpark soda.
Yeah, no problem … might even twist my arm enough to get me to buy two … so yeah, thanks mom!
Being in attendance certainly became the highlight of the vacation. The American League won the game and Kansas City first baseman Eric Hosmer was the MVP. It was a terrific evening at the ballpark.
Oh yeah, can’t forget that the Padres were 0-9 against the San Francisco Giants this season before I arrived in town.
I show up to the ballpark and the fortunes reversed — the Padres beat Madison Bumgarner the first night I attended and won on a walk-off balk the next night.
There are many other highlights to share so now it’s time to get to the latest edition of vacation by tweets:
–Been so busy & never got around to naming this year’s vacation. Starts tomorrow. Let’s go with #AllStarVacay since a little game is in SD.
–Security checkpoint totally empty at #Boise airport. Sorry, not taking photos of TSA. #AllStarVacay
–Am I back on an #NFL beat? Flight delay … Will miss connection & sit in #Seattle airport for four-plus hours. Bad start to #AllStarVacay
–Wow, @AlaskaAir has rude baggage worker on tarmac at #SeaTac. Now I hang in airport for four hours due to missed connection. #AllStarVacay
–Have passed more people in #SeaTac over past hour than I have seen in #Boise all year long. Not Boise airport, but whole city. #AllStarVacay
–Not a single sighting of a #Mariners hat yet at this airport. Perhaps I’m in Tucson airport & not Tacoma. #AllStarVacay
–OK, old-school #Mariners T-shirt from Mark Langston era spotted. Or Alvin Davis if you prefer. #AllStarVacay
–Actually made it to #SanDiego … Doesn’t seem real … #AllStarVacay
–Famous Belmont Park roller coaster. #AllStarVacay
–Sunset at Famous Mission Beach #AllStarVacay
–Apparently, I’m going to All-Star FanFest for free. And, um, to the All-Star Game for the price of a ballpark soda. #AllStarVacay
–A must visit on #AllStarVacay — my dad’s grave site.
–Delicious pizza at famous Mona Lisa … #AllStarVacay
–Nutty woman yelling all kinds of stuff on trolley. Not sure what her deal is. Just yelled about sodomy with a child. #AllStarVacay
–At Fan Fest … Sure there will be some cool things to see #AllStarVacay
–Apparently I’m suiting up. Might be playing in the game. #AllStarVacay
–Hey, Jim Leyland & Tony La Russa. Should I ask for the microphone & throw out some steroid questions?
–Met another sports trophy. Not as famous as the Stanley Cup. #AllStarVacay
–Rollie Fingers & Gaylord Perry.
–Here is why #MLB teams can pay players $25 mil a year. Fans paying $40 for caps. #CanBeHadFor20BucksOnFriday
–Tim Raines … A couple baseball fans just said “Who?” #ummmmmm
–Wish I could unhear Berman saying “Let’s get ready to Trumbo.”
–Love all the replay shots where people sitting close at the #HomeRunDerby aren’t watching. One brunette seen texting multiple times. #Weak
–Pretty sure Pokemon Go is as dumb as The Macarena & as bad as the Philadelphia 76ers. And I won’t Google to see if I’m wrong. #PokemonGoAway
–On trolley. This #AllStarGame thing is really happening. For price of ballpark soda.
–Proof you can get into the #AllStarGame for the price of a ballpark soda!
–View from the outfield where Giancarlo Stanton was launching homers last night. #AllStarGame
–Joe Paterno lies! Duh. All college football & basketball coaches lie. And ADs. The hire the stakes, the greater the level of deception.
–My view at #AllStarGame … #AllStarVacay
–Randy Jones still has better control than most current MLB pitchers. #AllStarVacay
–Looks like Miguel Cabrera was only person in ballpark not holding up a #StandUpForCancer sign. Not surprised. #AllStarVacay
–Fans in #SanDiego got really excited last inning because… They were doing The Wave … HELP … #AllStarVacay
–Wow, really bad error by @USATODAYsports “Cubs All-Star third baseman Kris Bryant, who grew up in San Diego …” #RealAnswerIsLasVegas
–The highlight of every trip home — first In-N-Out burger of the year. #AllStarVacay
–Oh #Deflategate is back in the news? Sooo thankful to be on vacation & not having to waste carpal tunnel energy on that junk. #AllStarVacay
–Kept streak of not watching #ESPYs alive. So proud. Swimming in pool & watching The Lion King (Go Simba) with 9-year-old niece much better.
–No longer see #Chargers gear at the #Target in Murrieta. All #Rams now.
–If you start to become good & you’re on the #Padres, you must be traded. #MiserableFailures #PomeranzGiveaway
–Who the heck is Mike Pence? … Related to Hunter Pence? Bassist for SixPence None the Richer? Someone involved in SusPenseful marble games?
–If you fall off a cliff playing silly Pokemon Go, I sure hope you are wearing a helmet. Just sayin’.
–Glad to reveal I survived 70 miles of driving chaos on I-15. One woman cut me off & returned to her lane just in time to avoid contact.
–Hard to believe I used to drive in that junk daily. Don’t ever see real traffic where I live now. What they call traffic isn’t traffic.
–Got email from @SouthwestAir about $59 one-way #SanDiego sale. Um, this is like SIX one-ways. LOL Trip Total $344.45
@MrSportsBlog Hey, Mike. We fight tooth-and-nail to have the lowest fares. But due to demand, it can’t be every seat, every time.
Except it is every seat, every time NOT for sale from #SanDiego to #Boise. Every single flight. #NotFightingForBoise
—#Deflategate is over? Like really over? Not pretend over? Not Brady faking us over? Like over over OVER? Now let’s end #PokemonGO
Live at #PetcoPark … Could see my third no-hitter … Madison Bumgarner vs #Padres … Aka #MiserableFailures
–Fan sitting next to my friend asked who is #Giants pitcher. My pal said Bumgarner. Fan asked “Is he good?” Ummmm, kinda sir. Kinda.
–Read the “Fun Fact” for Christian Bethancourt. Would rank as embarrassing fact for most MLB teams. #Padres
–Not making this up — Brandon Maurer is the #Padres closer. No grand entrance necessary.
–Yangervis Solarte dives into stands to catch foul pop. Ball had nacho cheese on it when he emerged. #Padres
—#Padres win … 1-9 vs #Giants this season.
–This was awesome. Great play and even better emergence from stands. #ThirdBasemanInMyNachos
–@TerryBlas If you’re sick of hearing about Pokemon Go for the past week let me tell you what hearing about sports is like for the past three decades.
Wait? This person doesn’t like sports? Ummmmm.
–They somehow still let me on the #SanDiegoState campus. #SchoolLegend
–My college geology teacher used to insist “Earthquakes don’t kill people. Buildings do.” I think he works for NRA. #ApplyNRALogicToAnything
–Back at Petco Park with the much-appreciated free tickets & preferred parking. Can #Padres beat #Giants again?
–Some guy named Schimpf owns Samardzija … SCHIMPF … Might have been found in a rec baseball league. #Padres #Giants
–Pitching isn’t working out for this Villanueva guy. Serving up BP homers. #Padres #Giants
–Buster Posey just homered in 10th & I realized I actually went to a game in #SanFrancisco tonight, not #SanDiego. #Padres #Giants
–Walk-off balk. Seen it all. #Padres beat #Giants again.
–Dang, my research displays #Dodgers won on walkoff balk just last season. Would’ve thought a longer span since it happened. #Padres #Giants
–Police killed in #BatonRouge? Night of Dallas shooting I saw dude on #CNN saying, “Why Dallas? Why not Baton Rouge?” Got your way, sir.
–Nearing the point where people in this country who want to live will never again go outside — except the folks playing #PokemonGO.
–Starting to sink in that #AllStarVacay ends tomorrow. Will miss highs of 72 & lows of 64 every day. Not ready to get back in mid-90s furnace.
–Not watching #Obama speech. More entertaining just to type in Obama in Twitter search & watch people go nutso in both directions. #FreeFun
–The #Padres have never thrown a no-hitter. Nobody anywhere wants that first guy to be Edwin Jackson. Nobody.
–Getting exercise at #LakeMurray. Gal just stopped a guy & asked if he was playing #Pokemon. She then told him where one is located. #Absurd
–Whoa! I just witnessed two people who didn’t know each other talking in SoCal. Used to go months without someone exchanging hellos. #Pokemon
–Dear Lake Murray, want to move to #Boise? The Idaho natives are threatened by Californians but they would like you.
–People at Lake Murray all have the Madison Bumgarner look going — lot of glares, no smiles or friendliness. #AllStarVacay
–OMG … Just passed a DAD & 20ish son & Dad said “Do you see that #Pokemon over there?” Both had faces in phones & we’re in sheer delight.
–3.51 miles of exercise at #LakeMurray … Matched a personal record with 0 hello exchanges. Exchanged eye contact with 1 person (20ish gal)
–Vacation ends tomorrow. Seems like it just started. Why does it have to go so quick? Then football starts & boom, year over. #AllStarVacay
–I hope I don’t accidentally find out what Kardashian/Kanye/Taylor Swift junk is about. Pretty sure I’d rather get run over by a bus Monday.
–Just saw this brouhaha about the Salt Lake soccer team & a columnist nobody outside of Utah knows. It reminds me M in #MLS stands for minor.
–Suitcase packed. #AllStarVacay nearly over. Going to be hard to leave the land of 72-high, 64-low every day for the #Boise furnace.
–@mshusa New post: “Astros hacker sentenced to 46 months in prison”
He got a much stiffer sentence than those female school teachers get for having sex with 14-year-old boys.
–Three people in front of me at TSA at SanDiego airport – repeat THREE – instead of the usual 300. This doesn’t even seem real. #AllStarVacay
–Hey, my flight isn’t going to depart on time. Knew there would be price to pay for there being only three people at TSA.
–Know I am back in #Boise. Copper Toyota LP 1A 7831G swerved to right four times in less than a mile on Chinden. Drunk, texting or #PokemonGo