06/17/08 7:36 PM ET
Interesting trip to Cooperstown
Hall of Fame visit, stop at McDonald's highlight Padres' day
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
Not only did the Padres get a private tour of the Hall of Fame late Sunday after playing the last of game of a three-game series against the Indians, but they got a much-welcomed trip to McDonald's out of it.
That's right: McDonald's. Big Mac, anyone?
After their flight from Cooperstown to LaGuardia Airport was canceled because of bad weather, the Padres -- players, coaches, team officials and family members, a group that numbered 61 -- rode two buses nearly five hours to their Manhattan hotel on Monday.
The Padres weren't far outside Cooperstown when pitcher Jake Peavy placed a call to equipment manager/director of team travel, Brian Prilaman, who was riding in the other bus, imploring him to stop to get food.
"I told him, 'Me and the boys are hungry,'" Peavy said.
The team pulled over in tiny Cobleskill, N.Y., right off Highway 88, about 190 miles north of New York. They found a McDonald's and the two buses pulled up and dropped the players, staff and family off.
"I haven't been to McDonald's in a few years ... but I tell you what, it was pretty good," said Peavy, who was fourth in line. I even had me a McFlurry [ice cream]."
Ice cream aside, the biggest treat of the dizzying one-day trip was the tour of the Hall of Fame the team received.
Closer Trevor Hoffman had his three sons along for the tour, as did Tony Clark, who also had his wife, Frances, in tow. Clark estimates he and his family spent most of their nearly three-hour tour at Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience.
"It's one of those places where you're reading history and before you know it, hours have passed by," Clark said. "Getting there at 8:30 [p.m. ET] and literally not looking down at my watch until 11:15 and realizing there weren't many other faces left in the Hall.
"We enjoyed it. It was an opportunity for me to talk to my kids and show them some of the baseball history, in particular the Pride and Passion exhibit, those who fought to give me an opportunity to do what I'm doing."
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.