On the 2nd (Korean time) ahead of the third game of the series against the Colorado Rockies, Petco Park, the home stadium of the San Diego Padres, the spectators were excited before the game even started. What happened?
It was thanks to the semifinals of the NCAA College Basketball Championship held on the same day. Because San Diego State University, a university affiliated with the San Diego area, was playing the game.
As difficult as it is to climb, the entire San Diego area was interested in this game. The Padres team also opened the stadium earlier than usual and relayed the game through the Petco Park electronic board.
The game, held in Houston, Texas, ended with a dramatic come-from-behind victory by San Diego State University.
San Diego State, who had been drawn to Florida Atlantic University throughout the game, won a dramatic come-from-behind victory, 72-71, as Ramon Butler’s shot was sucked into the rim with the closing buzzer. It was the first time ever to advance to the ‘Final Four’ and rise to the finals.
The Padres team, which showed the game on the electronic display board, held a pre-ceremony event as the start time of the game approached. Because the game itself could not be postponed.
And the moment Butler’s buzzer beater went in, the starting lineup of the opposing team, Colorado, was being announced.
Fortunately, the audience at Petco Park did not miss this historic moment. The starting member of Colorado was announced on the main display board in the left outfield of the stadium, but the game situation was relayed on the auxiliary display board on the right. When the victory was confirmed, the crowd cheered in unison as if a walk-off home run had been hit.
The Padres team also seemed to share this atmosphere. Joe Musgrove, hometown of San Diego, and the team’s leading stars, Manny Machado and Zander Bogarts, wore San Diego State uniforms from the day before and practiced before the game. 메이저놀이터
Director Bob Melvin also joined the ranks. Appearing in a college uniform for the pregame interview, he smiled and said, “I know it’s a big concern for people in this area. I will also try to support them as much as possible.”
The opposing team’s coach, Colorado coach Bud Black, also wore the same uniform. Black, who also coached San Diego, is a graduate of San Diego State University.