One perfect day in San Diego …

… but if you’re thinking about driving down for the game tonight, don’t. First of all, it’s sold out. Second of all, the traffic around Del Mar is horrible, or at least it was yesterday, and one of my colleagues who is staying up there told me it was even worse today. A few of the Dodgers came out for early BP — Juan Pierre, Ramon Martinez, Wilson Valdez, Mike Lieberthal and Olmedo Saenz. The Padres have a new mascot this year, called Franken-friar. It’s a takeoff on the old standard Friar mascot, except this one has a green head that vaguely resembles Frankestein’s monster. It even has bolts sticking out of the sides of the neck. Right now, they’re testing the sound system by playing hiphop music — loudly — with the stadium empty, and Franken-friar and regular Friar on the field dancing to it, with the ballpark completely empty. You never know what you’re going to see when you go to a ballgame. Heading downstairs. Will check back later.

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