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Lake Forest, California
October 22, 2006
From journal Oregon
July 25, 2002
The Portland Beavers are the AAA affiliate of the San Diego Padres and play in recently renovated PGE Park. Ticket prices range from $2.99 on the Family Deck out in left field to $8.75 for box seats (which is what we chose). We were along the first base line behind the visitors dugout. The slope of the seats is much steeper than Safeco Field in Seattle and offers excellent viewing of the game instead of the back of the head of the person in front of you. There is also seating in a picnic area beyond first base and suites stacked up behind home plate. The seats are also wider than the ones at Safeco Field.
The park is easily reached via Tri-Met by a 10 minute ride from downtown and although it is outside the "fare-less" zone, if you buy your game ticket ahead of time, it doubles as your free Tri-Met ticket!
On the night we went, we not only enjoyed seeing the Beavers destroy the Oklahoma Redhawks 11-1, but we were also entertained by the legendary Famous Chicken. I've seen his shtick numerous times, but he never ceases to amuse. He's probably more effective in a minor league park because he can get away with more. He actually spent a whole inning in the first base coaches box - try THAT at a major league park! We especially enjoyed watching him get soaked by a barrage of water balloons hurled by the Redhawks from their dugout. The Chicken also signed autographs after the game and stayed until every child in line got one. I'd heard stories that he was arrogant, but he was pleasant to every child, and willingly (and hilariously) posed for photographs with every person who asked.
Food at the park is the standard fare - hot dogs, pizza, nachos, etc. at prices that are only slightly lower than the major league parks. The pizza and polish hot dogs were excellent. They also have those annoying ersatz ice cream particles -- they're called Dippin' Dots at Safeco -- here they are a little bigger and more jagged and called Frosty Bites. $4 for a small cup seems outrageous. Fortunately out on the Family Deck there is a stand that sells real ice cream for $2 for cone or cup. They also make real milk shakes and malts.
There's plenty to enjoy here, even for the non-baseball fan. Don't miss it!
From journal Weekend in Portland -- Embassy Suites Downtown