WWE superstar gives San Diego Padres a welcome gift for Mexico Series
By Kevin Henry
The San Diego Padres may be heading to foreign soil to take on the San Francisco Giants in the Mexico Series this weekend, but one of San Diego's native sons made sure the Padres felt right at home south of the border.
WWE superstar and Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio Jr., who hails from San Diego and is well known by WWE fans for his "619" move in the ring in honor of his hometown, gifted the Padres a special keepsake ahead of taking the field this weekend at Alfredo Harp Helú Stadium in Mexico Stadium.
San Diego Padres get a gift from a WWE superstar
It was clear that the masks, like the one that Mysterio wears in the ring, were a hit among the Padres players.
The masks could potentially help provide a lift for a Padres team in need of some kind of boost. San Diego enters the first game of the Mexico Series on Saturday with a 13-14 record. That's in the middle of the National League West standings and just a game ahead of the Giants in the division.
Mysterio and the 619 (the primary area code for San Diego) go back beyond just a finishing move as well. On June 19, 2018 (6-19 for those of you scoring at home), ot was proclaimed as Rey Mysterio Day in San Diego, just another way to show the link between the man who has drawn worldwide acclaim for his professional wrestling exploits and his hometown.
Check out Mysterio's 619 move below.
Now the question becomes can the San Diego Padres draw inspiration from Mysterio and figure out a finishing move to get rid of the slow start they have gotten off to in 2023? Padres fans are certainly hoping that there is some kind of magic in the masks that were delivered to Mexico City.