I took today off so we could take in a game at PGE Park, home of the San Diego Padres AAA baseball team, the Portland Beavers. Quaint stadium, great seats. We were 6 rows behind the dugout on the first base side, close enough to get in a few jabs at the umpires, who by the way, seemed to be all midgets except the home plate umpire. He must have been nine feet tall. I’ll get back to Lurch in a bit. I’ve been to a bunch of games at Chavez Ravine but I can’t remember a game with this many home runs, 6 of them including back to back jacks by the Beav’s in the 3rd to tie up the game. The best part came in the seventh when it appeared the Redbirds rally had run short. After what seemed to be the final out of the inning, a foul tip strike three caught by the catcher, the umpiring crew had a conflagration at the mound to discuss the play. Some how, I’ll find out later, they over turned the play and the Redbirds had new life. This series of events set off Beaver’s manager Rick Renteria off doing his best Billy Martin imitation to the delight of the partisan crowd. It was great. The spectators started giving all their best taunts at Lurch, I wish I could have remembered them all, they were priceless. After it was all said and done, Lurch tossed the manager, the hitting coach and the pitcher from the game. All in all a great time on my day off. Here are some pics from the day.