Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Pepperdine Waves @ UC Irvine Anteaters

Pepperdine @ UCI
This was a double-overtime thriller that saw the Anteaters defeat the Waves 96-93. Jerry Green for the Anteaters had a career game. He scored 41 points, which was the third highest point total in UCI history. This is one of my favorite ticket stubs because somehow it just got really beat up despite it not being treated much differently from all my other stubs.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Montreal Expos @ San Diego Padres

Expos @ Padres

The Padres lost this game 2-1 because the starting lineup was no-hit. Only pinch-hits from Tony Gwynn, Dave Magadan, and Bubba Trammel were allowed by Expos pitching. Tony Armas came an out away from throwing a complete game. Graeme Lloyd and Scott Strickland relieved Armas, closing the door on the Padres.

Oakland A's @ San Diego Padres

A's @ Padres

Interleague baseball and the first time I got to see Eric Chavez in a game. I met him in 1996 the day after the A's drafted him because we went to the same high school. He promptly went 0-4 in this game. Sundevil pride right there for you. Tim Hudson pitched the A's to a 5-2 win over the Padres. Mark Kotsay came a triple short of the cycle for the Padres.

NAPA Auto Parts 500

Napa Auto Parts 500 - 2001

I went to this race with my brother and my dad. It was the first time they'd been to a NASCAR race, and my second. The most memorable part of the race for me was doing the Dale Earnhardt tribute during the third lap. He was tragically killed in the 2001 Daytona 500 two months earlier. For the entire third lap, we all held a hand up with 3 fingers out. He drove the #3 car. I also remember getting a call from my dad with about 10 laps left in the race to come join him because some people next to him left. Brian and I ran almost the whole front-stretch to get to him before the race ended. We saw Rusty Wallace win the race. Miller Time indeed.

Pittsburgh Pirates @ San Diego Padres

Pirates @ Padres

Ben Davis, one of the biggest Padres busts ever, actually hit a home run in this game. I can't believe I was there to see it. Adam Eaton was sharp, going 7 innings just allowing 1 run on 4 hits. The Padres offense, featuring classic Friars like Santiago Perez and Donaldo Mendez, put up 8 runs against Pirates pitching. The strangest thing about this stub is the choice to put Kevin Walker on it. He was just a relief pitcher, and ended up pitching 16 games in 2001 before arm problems got the best of him.

Vancouver Canucks @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim

A Canucks loss

This was the first time I took Joy to a Canucks game. I even bought her a Canucks jersey of her very own to wear to the game. It was a tie game late into the third period, but the Ducks scored a goal with just a few minutes to go, sending the home team's fans home happy.

Arizona Diamondbacks @ San Diego Padres

Old Padres - D'backs Stub

The Padres rudely treated the Diamondbacks to a 7-2 blowout, using 5 homers to get their victory. Reggie Sanders crushed two homers. Tony Gwynn came a triple short of the cycle. Woody Williams went 7 strong, easily outperforming an unimpressive Omar Daal for Arizona.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

UCSB Guachos @ UC Irvine Anteaters

Anteaters and Gauchos

The Anteaters won this game 80-56 over the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. It was their 7th win in a row, a streak that eventually reached 13. In this game, junior guard Jerry Green scored 23, and freshman center Adam Parada notched a double-double by scoring 16 and grabbing 15 rebounds.

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Birmingham-Southern Panthers @ UC Irvine Anteaters

Women's Anteater Basketball

I went to this game so that I could see Joy as a UC Irvine cheerleader for the first time. She was great. I think UCI lost this game to the Birmingham-Southern Panthers.

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"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"

The (really short) Tonight Show!

My dorm at Pepperdine went to this recording of "The Tonight Show" as a group. Unfortunately, also on September 20, 2000, Olympic summer games were being played in Sydney, Australia. When that happens, "The Tonight Show" is Jay Leno's monologue, and that's it. Jay was out there recording for only about 5 minutes. He also spoke a lot with the audience before filming started. After Jay was done, they filmed 3 unknown stand-up comedians that we were told they'd use as filler material on future episodes. It was fun, but I wish we could have gone to a normal taping, with sketch material and celebrity interviews.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

San Francisco Giants @ San Diego Padres

Giants @ Padres

In one of his final appearances for the Padres, Brian Meadows pitched a pretty decent ballgame. Unfortunately, Mark Gardner for the Giants was even better, shutting out the Padres for 7 innings while striking out eight. The Giants win 3-0 behind RBIs from Ellis Burks, J.T. Snow, and Doug Mirabelli. Joy got so cold at this game, that I had to buy her a Padres sweater. Now she's the ultimate fan.

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Air-Band Championships

Air Bands

Joy was lucky enough to be in an air-band group that made it to the San Diego finals. Their performance was called RAID! It featured dancers that pretended to be bed bugs that eventually had to be extinguished in order to bring peace to the bedroom: and it was all set to song and dance! This is still to date my only appearance at the Rimac Arena on the campus of University of California San Diego.
And here is the performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fVYPs2Iqrw

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1999-2000 WCHL Playoffs

Gulls playoffs

So I have no idea who won this game. I don't even know who the Gulls played. This ticket is fading pretty bad, just like that picture in Back to the Future. Maybe if it fades all the way, the game will have never existed.

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Marquis Theatre, New York City
Annie Get Your Gun

Annie Get Your Gun

The final score of this game was... just kidding. I was in New York City with my high school choir. In between our festival obligations, we had time to catch a matinee showing of Annie Get Your Gun. It was a great show. The music was fun, the show was filled with humor, and supporting actors in the chorus were well utilized. Bernadette Peters starred as Annie Oakley, and Tom Wopat (of "The Dukes of Hazzard" fame) was the leading male, Frank Butler. After the show, they had an on-stage auction conducted by Peters and Wopat. When it came time to sell a broach on Peters' costume, her selling point was, "It's been on my right breast all afternoon." Then Wopat grabbed it, placed it on her left breast and said, "There, now it's been on both!" Good stuff!

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San Diego CIF Girl's Basketball Championships
Mt. Carmel High vs. El Camino High

Mt. Carmel girls win it all

The Mt. Carmel High School girl's basketball team had a great season my senior year. They won this championship in thrilling overtime fashion. They played the defending Division I champions, El Camino High School. I remember every girl on that team had her hair in cornrows, which looked pretty cool. It was almost like it was a part of their uniform. The final score was 55-54. This was also my first game watched at the beautiful Cox Arena on the campus of San Diego State University. I yelled so loudly at this game that my voice was shot for the next couple days.

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Denver Broncos @ San Diego Chargers

Broncos @ Chargers

Hey I love that ticket guarantee! The "CITY" you see on the ticket means this was one of the tickets the city of San Diego bought in order to make the game a sellout, thus ensuring this game would be on TV locally. Unfortunately, the 33-17 final score that favored the Broncos was not very ratings friendly. I went with Joy to this game, and we ended up leaving early in order to not be late for an appointing.

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Florida Marlins @ San Diego Padres

Tony Gwynn: Celebration 3,000

Celebration 3,000! There was a pre-game celebration recognizing Tony Gwynn's 3,000th hit, which he achieved a few days earlier in Montreal. When Gwynn finally got to speak, the first thing he did was apologize to the Marlins for delaying the start of the game. It didn't seem to effect them though, because the Marlins beat the Padres 4-3. Padres starter Brian Boehringer left with an injury and would not pitch again until the 2000 season. Joy and I went to this game and sat in the front row behind center field.

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San Diego Padres @ Anaheim Angels

Padres @ Angels - Interleague

To most, this just looks like another July baseball game. To our family, it was very special. All the Stoops boys went to this game. Grandfather decided we should all go to a game together. So there we were, 8 Stoops sitting in the upper deck on the first base line. The game was good too. In the 10th inning, Ruben Rivera smashed a 3-run homer that gave the Padres a 4-1 lead that Trevor Hoffman would preserve. A great way to end a game that ended up being the last I would watch with Grandfather.

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World Series - Game 4
New York Yankees @ San Diego Padres

1998 World Series - Game 4

What was the worst part of this game? It was having to watch the Yankees celebrate winning the World Series. That was awful. Other than that, what a game. We took the trolley from Dad's office to Qualcomm Stadium. At every stop along the way, more and more fans got on. It felt like a party trolley by the time we got to the stadium. During the game, it was the loudest I ever remember Qualcomm getting. I guess 65,427 people can do that to a stadium. Mark McGwire, sitting front row down the third base line, made a barehanded play on a foul ground ball hit his way. I nearly caught a practice ball that Greg Vaughn threw up into the crowd. Andy Pettitte started for the Yankees and was dominant, besting the Padres Kevin Brown who was pitching on short-rest. After the Yankees were done celebrating, no one went home, so the Padres came back out and saluted the crowd.

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Colorado Rockies @ San Diego Padres

Brian's birthday

Brian's birthday, and we went to a Padres game to celebrate! Matt Clement, making his second major league start, pitches almost 6 innings, allowing 1 run en route to his first major league victory. He did throw 2 wild pitches though. Trevor Hoffman notched his 51st save of the season. That's about it for this game.

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Montreal Expos @ San Diego Padres

Expos @ Padres

This was the 1998 NASSCO company game. They put on a huge tailgate party with all kinds of great food before the game started. Dustin Hermanson, the Expos starter, was facing the team that originally drafted him a few years earlier. He was apparently holding a big grudge against the Padres. Not only did he pitch almost 8 innings allowing only 1 run, but he also homered off Padres starter Sterling Hitchcock. Vladimir Guerrero also homered for the Expos in this 3-1 win over the Padres.

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Anaheim Angels @ San Diego Padres

A throwback night

It was 1970's night at Qualcomm Stadium. The Angels and Padres both wore uniforms from 1978. The Padres looked great in their brown with yellow trim uniforms. Cecil Fielder crushed a towering 3-run homer off of Padres starter Kevin Brown, but those would be the only runs he allowed. The Padres got 6 runs off of Angels starter Jason Dickson, including a Ken Caminiti home run. A lot of fans dressed for the occasion, making this look more like a massive disco party than a major league baseball game.

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Cincinnati Reds @ San Diego Padres

Reds @ Padres

Wow, not much happened in this game on the field. The Padres won 6-3 behind a strong start from Andy Ashby. Greg Vaughn hit his first of 50 home runs that season, a Padres single-season record. To wrap things up, Trevor Hoffman notched his second save of 1998. We got the NASSCO seats for this game, but dad couldn't go. Our friend Mr. Bill Knight was in town, so he took me. The best part of the night was when I asked the camera guy below us to put us on the jumbotron. A few seconds later, there we were. I also remember on the way home, Bill's really crummy rental car could barely make it up the hill out of Mission Valley on the 163.

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