This season obviously hasn’t gone the way we wanted it to. The San Diego Padres entered the season as one of the World Series favorites. Fast forward to the last week of the season and they aren’t even going to make the postseason.
With that said, there were still some special moments that happened at Petco Park this season and I’m sure we all have different moments that stand out to us. So let me know in the comments which moments were your favorite that went down at Petco Park in 2021.
Here are mine (not in any order):
Padres sweep the Dodgers—June 21-23
As you all know, the Dodgers have essentially owned the Padres for the last decade. Los Angeles is the eight-time defending NL West champions and many of those wins came against some bad Padres teams.
The Padres were finally able to flip the script on the Dodgers in June for a three-game stretch. They won 6-2 in game one, 3-2 in the middle game of the series, and 5-3 to cap off the series sweep.
I attended the final game of the series so I’m going to remember Jake Cronenworth roping a homer down the right field line, Trent Grisham walking with the bases loaded and the stadium going nuts (it was shaking), and of course, Manny Machado starting a tremendous double play to finish the game in the ninth with Mark Melancon on the mound.
You can relive that series here:
Fernando Tatis Jr.’s 3-HR game
The Padres were playing the Diamondbacks on a Friday night in June so it wasn’t necessarily a must-watch game. However, it became one when Tatis started off the game with two home runs—one to left center field and the other to left field. The big question for me sitting in Petco Park that night was if he was going to get a good pitch to hit in order to get to three home runs on the night.
Sure enough, he did. And it happened in just the fourth inning.
The third home run was the most impressive to me because he hit it to one of the deepest parts of the ballpark the other way. Even more impressive, those were just three of his 41 home runs on the year (so far).
If I was making a list of the top Petco Park moments in 2021 instead of just grouping them all together, this one might be number one. Not only because the Padres were able to come back from an 8-0 deficit to win on a Trent Grisham walk off single but because Daniel Camarena, a reliever, hit a grand slam off a future Hall of Famer.
Daniel’s brother’s reaction still gives me chills to this day.
Into a sea of San Diegans!
The Padres welcomed back a full stadium for the first time since 2019 on June 17 against the Cincinnati Reds. If you remember, this series came after the Padres had just finished a 1-5 road trip, which included getting swept by the Rockies at Coors Field. In other words, the team needed a pick-me-up of sorts. And the fans provided it.
Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. homered early on in the game so everything was going smooth...until it wasn’t.
Mark Melancon gave up four runs in the ninth so it looked like the night was going to be spoiled but Eric Hosmer of all people tied the game in the bottom of the ninth before Victor Caratini had his signature Padres moment!
Here’s Don Orsilo with the call:
Those are my top Petco Park Padres moments this season but what are yours?