If there's one thing San Diego is known for, it's... not the sports teams. It's probably the weather. And one thing San Diegans, especially us Padres fans, are not used to, is rain delays. Today's is only the sixth rain delay in Petco Park's almost-11-year history, and the first ever in July. It is, however, the second rain delay this season. (Side note: there have been seven overall delays in Petco Park history if you count the bees in '09.)
If you've spent any time at all in San Diego while it rained, you might notice that San Diegans quite often don't know what to do with themselves when water falls down from the sky. We're used to having waves crash down on us at the beach, but fresh water? From the sky? That's not something we have a lot of practice with. So we drive like we don't know how, and we wear shorts and flip flops because we don't own rain boots or umbrellas. (Okay, full disclosure, I actually do own rain boots. But they literally have eight layers of dust on them because I never use them.)
So on the rare occasion when it actually rains long and hard enough to delay a game at Petco Park, what do Padres fans do? They have a blast is what. Because craft beer or YOLO, or something.
We don't always have rain delays but when we do things get weird... pic.twitter.com/YTNcXnJ3Zh— San Diego Padres (@Padres) July 19, 2015
#RFM is going OFF!!! pic.twitter.com/6OvcR5HarU— Right Field Mission (@DancingFriar) July 19, 2015
Fans running onto the tarp at #Petco. Getting run down by security. pic.twitter.com/9zO9KZhMrz— Annie Heilbrunn (@annieheilbrunn) July 19, 2015
two nerds on the field pic.twitter.com/DJx6OUYFYl— ryan (@ryanmtweets) July 19, 2015
#padres #raindelay ....cocktaiiiiiils pic.twitter.com/wKcixlmGGP— James Buchanan (@powercrisis) July 19, 2015
What to do with a rain delay in San Diego? "Shut up and Dance". #SDinHD pic.twitter.com/6vOEKEChbH— Byron Ross (@OffRoadTimes) July 19, 2015
Hey kids, don't EVER change! #SDRainDelay https://t.co/0XwjWzvmgC— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) July 19, 2015
And here is an anti-example of having fun during a Padres rain delay:
Rainy day in San Diego. Time to learn about the team up north... pic.twitter.com/wwRgpp4AOp— Mitchell Stehly (@StehlyMitchell) July 19, 2015
I'm still waiting to see what the grounds crew has in store for us this time around. I'm not sure how they could top their performance back in May, though.
The rain delay at @PetcoPark was the perfect time for DANCING: http://t.co/Hn3iqB6gjO pic.twitter.com/N8V96Hw7Qm— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 15, 2015
Sunday Funday! pic.twitter.com/YFAj3X6Zb0— San Diego Padres (@Padres) July 19, 2015