El Paso Chihuahuas take on San Diego Padres in spring exhibition
The El Paso Chihuahuas took on their parent club, the San Diego Padres, for a spring exhibition at Southwest University Park.
"We're thrilled to bring a Major League team to El Paso and Southwest University Park for the second time in our history," said MountainStar Sports Group President Alan Ledford. "Fans will get to see some of their favorite former Chihuahuas while getting the first glimpse at the 2018 team. The Padres have some of the best young talent in the Big Leagues, and we're excited to introduce them to our fans."
The two teams played their first exhibition game on March 31, 2016, and the Padres won 13-9.
Monday, a lot of people were keeping an eye on El Pasoan Joe Galindo who came down with the Padres.
"It's something new, something big. It's amazing," Galindo said. Galindo didn't get play time, but did get a lot of love for his family and fans.
Galindo graduated from Montwood High School and played for New Mexico State University.
Having the parent club come to El Paso helped fans attach to the big league club.
“I’m happy for both because our Chihuahuas are now Padres,” said one fan.
“For like the past two or three seasons, we had seen Margot, Hedges, Jankowski, and now to see them play with the Padres,” Diane Lozoya said.
The love for both teams was clearly visible. One young fan was wearing a Chihuahuas sweatshirt on, pulled it off and he had a San Diego Padres jersey on.
The Chihuahuas lost to the Padres 8-6. They are headed back to Peoria and finish spring training before starting the season in Las Vegas.
They are are back-to-back Pacific Coast League Pacific Conference champions, and in 2016, the team won the PCL Championship.
There are 36 Chihuahuas players on the 2016 championship team who played for San Diego.