ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Adrian and Heath's Excellent Adventure 2010 sure was a lot more tame than the 2009 All-Star version.
But last summer, when the Padres closed the first half in San Francisco and the game was in St. Louis, their journey turned into a fiasco.
They had a late flight out of San Francisco and were delayed on their lengthy layover in Las Vegas, which caused them to miss their connection to St. Louis. So they wound up flying into Indianapolis and renting a car.
Except, because of a convention, the rental cars were scarce and the only thing left was a van. So Gonzalez and his wife Betsy, Bell and batting practice pitcher Ray Krohn (Gonzalez was in the Home Run Derby last year) piled into the van and Gonzalez drove most of the 250 miles from Indianapolis to St. Louis. The quartet stopped for a meal at Steak 'n' Shake somewhere along the overnight journey and arrived around 10:30 Monday morning following an 18-hour trip.
"We sang, we talked ... ever seen the movie Dumb and Dumber?" Bell said. "It was that."
After the Padres beat the Rockies in Colorado on Sunday, the team chartered home. And then both Bell and Gonzalez drove the 90 miles from San Diego to Anaheim with their families.
"Hey, it wasn't that easy," Bell quipped. "We had a baby crying and three kids in the back going, 'Are we there yet?'"