We grew up in San Diego and for a local there’s a lot to be proud of: from our attractions, to our beautiful location, to our diverse population our city of over 1.3 million people tends to feel like a close knit little community of friends. One of our cities greatest friends died today, Mr. Padre Tony Gwynn died at the age of 54.
In his 20 seasons with the Padres Tony had an incredible career. He stepped up to the plate 10,232 times and struck out just 434 times, he had 8 National League Batting titles, 5 Golden Gloves, and played in the All Star Game 15 times. His batting average over the last 19 seasons was .300, second only to Ty Cobb. Without a doubt he was one of the greatest baseball players to run the bags. Greg Maddux once paid him a compliment when he said it was nearly impossible to assess the speed of a pitch, “No hitter can tell the difference in speed of different pitches, except that ****ing Tony Gwynn.”
It wasn’t his prowess at the plate that we remember looking back at our child hood. Tony was one of the nicest guys to ever play the game and he was damn loyal to his friends, he stuck with our city for 20 seasons despite earning much less than he could have. There are countless stories of his kindness to fans and I even remember a short interaction I had with him at a gas station when I told him how I had always loved watching him growing up, his sincere words of thanks were true to his character and even more endearing than his playing. I remember frantically looking for number 19 at every game we went to so I could try to ask for an autograph and wearing his number every time I was on a T-Ball team. A friend of mine who played for him at SDSU said talking to him about hitting, “Was like talking to god about religion.”
There has never been a more classy player on our fields in America’s Finest City nor one more beloved. He was our friend, our family and the brightest smile in the dugout. We’re going to miss you Mr. Padre, Oh Doctor are we going to miss you.
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The Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Yep, it’s back and this year with Zombie Paintball.
Paranormal Investigation Tours and Gaslamp Ghost Tours from the Gaslamp Museum. Ghosts roam the Gaslamp area and this tour will show you where.
Savage House in La Mesa. New this year and I totally appreciate the scary backstory (read the blurb on the website). They even have a scary characters museum, which I might actually be able to visit without losing my mind!
And for a few notable haunted areas just outside San Diego:
Here are 10 fun things to do in San Diego this weekend (September 28 and 29, 2013):
Enjoy community at the Bonitafest 2013 on Saturday. The annual Bonita shindig is in its 41st year and still going strong with food, activities and performances.
Exhibits. Opening this weekend: An Exhibition of Fine Art at Cabrillo National Monument. Closing this weekend: Car Toys at San Diego Automotive Museum and The Harp at Museum of Making Music (Closing Monday).
Get in free to Cabrillo Monument for National Public Lands Day on Saturday. The Cabrillo Commemorative Ceremony is happening later in the day so stick around to celebrate Cabrillo’s landing in San Diego.
Walk the Adams Avenue Street Fair on Saturday and Sunday. This is one of the largest free street fairs in California and here’s why: 90 musical acts, 4 beer gardens, over 300 vendors and giant carnival rides.
Have fun at the San Diego Tour de Fat on Saturday. Three words sum up the Golden Hill event: Beer, Bikes and Bemusement. You in?
Celebrate San Diego’s New Central Library with the Grand Opening Celebration and Sneak Peek. Yes, it’s finally open! And they’ll have a great dedication ceremony, activities and (of course) a chance to see the new building! Woohoo!
Eat up at the El Cajon Oktoberfest all weekend long. If you love traditional German food, you’re in for a treat at this celebration.
Chat with some artists at the Carlsbad Art Splash. The Saturday and Sunday event features performances and artists creating art on site. The chalk art will be amazing!
Play around at the Kids Free in October: Museum Mashup Party. October will be great for families: kids are free to many museums in San Diego. This kickoff party with activities, projects and performances will get October started right! It’s happening on Sunday.
Get in costume for the 11th Annual Vista Viking Festival all weekend. For those fantasy lovers in all of us, this is your event! Or if you love people watching while eating some grub and buying some crafty pieces, you will like it too…