From Joshua trees to palm trees, Geoff and I made our way back down the 15 to the base of the San Bernadino Mountains, scanning the AM dial for the Lakers game against the Spurs. Saturday night and a comet somewhere on the horizon, we listened as the Spurs played "hack-a-Shaq" to no avail. We made it to Rancho Cucamonga and our hotel room in time to catch the final few minutes of the game, and then highlights of Marcus Giles being plowed over by Andrew Jones, landing him on the disabled list with a broken collarbone.
It was nice to be back in civilization, nice to have choices for our breakfast/lunch. After watching a show about the nation's best BBQ that morning, we needed food and fast. Denny's being packed, we headed to a Chinese buffet. Great choice. $10 for all-I-could-eat variety that included sushi, and I didn't even dent the Mongolian BBQ. Then to the park where we discovered that we had the start time wrong. Instead of 1:10, the game was a scheduled 2:10 first pitch. So we watched a co-ed softball game, figuring out the rules: the required male:female ratio, the fact that a male got two bases on a walk and that everyone started with a two ball, one strike count. After a few innings, they opened the gates to the Epicenter, and we made our way to our front row seats.
The Epicenter (Home of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes)
Capacity: 6,615 seats
Team affiliation: Anaheim Angels
Date of visit: May 16, 2004