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Baseball Playoffs | San Diego vs. Atlanta


October 10, 1998|Associated Press

The moment the Padres finished their workout Friday afternoon, a worker hurried across the infield and began digging up the pitcher's mound.

The Qualcomm Stadium grounds crew had some five hours to transform the baseball diamond into a football field.

Because of a San Diego State-Hawaii football game Friday night, several Padres were a bit worried about the condition of the field for today's game.

"Right-center field's going to be chopped up a little bit," Tony Gwynn said. "The infield will be fine, the outfield will be chopped up a little bit."

Pitching coach Dave Stewart wondered if the mound would be OK.

"If it's too soft, the guys will come down without good footing," he said. "But the grounds crew had done a pretty good job of getting it back in shape this year."

The Padres have shared the stadium with the NFL's Chargers since the baseball team's inception in 1969.


The Padres have a five-game NL championship series winning streak. San Diego lost the first two games of the 1984 series to the Chicago Cubs before winning the final three to earn its only World Series berth. The league championship series went from best-of-five to best-of-seven in 1985.

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