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"THROW THE BUMS OUT? PADRES MAY HIT THE ROAD FOR THE GOP
Published June 21, 1995
The Republican Party, realizing that the San Diego Convention Center could be a "tight fit" for its national convention, is considering an idea to move the final night of the convention into Jack Murphy Stadium. Such a move would force the Padres to take a "lengthy mid-summer road trip," just as the Astros did in '92 when the GOP convention took place at the Astrodome. Even if the '96 GOP convention uses the stadium for just one night, the Padres would be forced to play out of town weeks before and after the event (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 6/18). The Padres, having only briefly "touched on" the subject of their temporary ouster, "mostly surprised" by the GOP's request. If the team is to vacate, Hank Wesch writes, "more contact with the powers that be is needed -- and soon" (S.D. UNION-TRIBUNE, 6/19).