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Padres lose (another) rubber match, fall to Braves 6-2, and a look at the family waiting area

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SAN DIEGO - APRIL 15:  Manager Bud Black of the San Diego Padres looks on from the dugout during a game against the Atlanta Braves at Petco Park on April 15, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO - APRIL 15: Manager Bud Black of the San Diego Padres looks on from the dugout during a game against the Atlanta Braves at Petco Park on April 15, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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I missed the game because of work, but it looks like I didn't miss much except for some rad uniforms and everybody wearing 42.

I fully intended to try to finish up work early and catch the second half of the game, but it was not meant to be. Instead, I joined my wife's family late to seeing Brooks off.

Along the way, I ran into Steve Adler and we chatted a while about how childish and clownlike I am and how useless and self-servingly egotistical Steve is. Good talk. Good talk.

One thing I did get to do was hang out in the family waiting area by the buses that take the team to the airport. The Braves rolled out of the visitors clubhouse one and two at a time dressed in their fancy suits. I didn't see many Padres come through that way, though I did see Kyle Blanks and Will Venable, which was just fine by me.

When  Braves pitcher, Tommy Hanson, walked out, my mother-in-law gave him a real big hug. Hanson is tall and my mother-in-law is not so he had to bend over while she wrapped her arms around him. She then proceeded to chat with him in breathy tones for a while with her mouth dangerously close to his neck and ear. It looked really inappropriate.

Having said our goodbyes to Brooks and rounded up the kiddies, we walked out about the same time as Chipper Jones. None of us spoke to him even though we kept general pace with him for a good half minute or so.

Afterward, my mother-in-law said, "I should've said something to Chipper." We asked what she was planning on saying.

In her PTA meeting voice, as if reading from a script, she said, "Chipper, I want to thank you for being so nice to my son." As she said "son", her eyes got watery.

"Oh man, no way," we said. "That would've been really embarrassing."

"A boy shouldn't be ashamed of his own mother!"

I then noted that it was going to take a full week for that hickey to heal that she gave Tommy Hanson.

"You exaggerate!" she claimed.

"All I know is that you would absolutely not let him out of that hug. I'm going to see a photo of that on the news the next time someone does an expose on groupies who throw themselves at athletes."

She got a twinkle in her eye as she said, "I should've reached around and pinched his little butt. Come to momma!"

I gasped and yelled, "I'M BLOGGING THAT!!!"

Anyways, that's what happened to me. Go Padres.

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