Two priests fittingly concluded their ballpark tour with a Padres game
The ballpark tour is a dream shared by countless baseball fans. It's on my bucket list, and I still have over half the parks to go. It began at the old Yankee Stadium, but I have no idea where it will end. Phoenix? Detroit? Who knows?
For two priests from Danbury, Conn., however, it couldn't end anywhere else -- a Padres game. Father Michael Skrocki called it "divine providence," and I'm not going to disagree with him.
Hey, look! Padres at the Padres game! pic.twitter.com/Jh7tBQqaY1— Cut4 (@Cut4) June 4, 2019
Father Skrocki and his pal, Father Linus Klucsarits, grew up together as fans of the Red Sox and Mets, respectively. After visiting each other often and attending various ballparks during these occasions, they made a pact in 2011 to visit all 30 MLB parks.
Monday marked the end of their journey, as they saw the Padres take on the Phillies at Petco Park. Perhaps due to the fathers' blessing, they got to see Manny Machado break the game open with a grand slam.
Maybe the Padres should keep these guys around. Just to be safe.
Andrew Mearns is a writer for Cut4 whose baseball obsession was born from the shattered dreams of Mike Mussina's perfect game attempt in 2001. He has a startling memory of World Series highlights that barely functions as a party trick.