by Jim Nintzel
Well, the Padres might have had one the weirdest rain-outs ever yesterday when the Colorado Springs Sky Sox got stuck in Vegas, but the team has made it to Tucson for tonight's game, which starts at 7:05 p.m. at Kino Stadium.
But you can get into the ballpark as early as 6 p.m, since it also happens to be the last Thirsty Thursday of the season (co-sponsored by your friends at Tucson Weekly), so why not get out to a ballgame for some cheap drinks and plenty of fun? Details on tickets here.
Lots of other fun is on tap this weekend as the Padres wrap up their final homestand of the season, including a big giveaway on Friday night (which will now be a double-header to make up yesterday's game), fireworks on Saturday night and the final Bark in the Park on Sunday night.
As an added bonus. two local Olympians will be throwing out the first pitch. From the Padres' Tim Hagerty:
The Tucson Padres are welcoming two local Olympians from the recently concluded Summer Olympics in London to throw out ceremonial first pitches before Thursday’s game against Colorado Springs. Women’s swimmer Alyssa Anderson and Men’s swimmer Clark Burckle are both former University of Arizona swimmers who competed for the United States teams last month.
Anderson earned a gold medal as part of the United States 4x200-meter freestyle relay team. Anderson swam in the preliminary round and qualified the United States for the final, swimming the third leg of the relay. The 16-time All-American during her collegiate career (2008-12) was also a team captain and a recipient of the Ruby Award, given to Arizona’s outstanding female athlete.
Burckle competed in the 200-meter breaststroke in London after qualifying at the 2012 United States Olympic Trials. Burckle has also competed in the World University Games, NCAA Championships, ConocoPhillips National Championships and 2008 United States Olympic Trials. He is from Louisville, Kentucky and swam for the University of Florida before joining the Wildcats in 2010.