Day 33

Hello Padres

The drive from the Philadelphia area to DC was filled with tollbooths. I think they nabbed us for about $9 when it was all said and done.

We were excited to see the Padres for the first time all trip and they did not disappoint us. After getting down big early they rallied back for four runs in the 6th, then another in the 8th. Still, they were down 9-6 going into the top of the 9th.

Washington had brought in closer Chad Cordero in the 8th and sent him back out in the 9th for his second inning of work. Josh Bard led off the inning with a double and was plated by Adrian Gonzalez's single. Then Khalil Greene sent one over the wall and the game was tied. Khalil is starting to produce in the 9th inning on a regular basis. Mike Piazza then pinch hit and sent one flying off the signs surrounding the top deck. Everyone knew it was gone as soon as he hit it and we were going nuts in the stands, much to the shagrin of Nats fans. Linebrink came in to finish off the Washingtonians and we went away happy.

RFK was easy in, easy out, but the same cannot be said for the DC metro area. There is construction all over the place which caused us to go by our exit a couple of times and find alternate routes. We arrived at our cousin Lee's house around 5:30. After grilling up some steaks for dinner we spent the rest of the evening visiting with him, his wife Kim, and their kids, Kiley and Garrett.

It has been a couple years since we had seen the Hudson's and it was great to catch up with them and play with the kids. A great evening with the family.

Tomorrow we're going to head down to the mall area and check out some of the Smithsonians, some monuments, and whatever else is in our line of sight. Our schedule has been very structured so far, so it'll be nice to have a couple days to just cruise around and see what we want.

-Ty

  • Date: Sunday, 09 July 2006
  • Game: Padres at Nationals, 1:05pm
  • Ballpark: RFK Stadium (40.5)
  • Start: Bellmawr, NJ
  • End: Springfield, VA
  • Miles: 203 | Total: 8,685
  • Stayed: The Hudson's House
  • States: New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virgina

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