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Padres fan watches his team from afar amid coronavirus pandemic

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Posted at 6:36 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 21:41:00-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The Padres are making their first playoff appearance since 2006, but unfortunately, no fans are allowed into Petco Park to watch thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, one big Padres fan will get to see the action from afar. You see Chip Messenger is able to watch the game from his fifteenth-floor balcony that overlooks the stadium.

"I tell you what, I love being here besides the concerts and the monster trucks, I love baseball season because it's the best especially winning baseball, which we haven't seen in a long time. It's amazing, as this building wasn't even here the last time the Padres were in the playoffs."

Chip is a huge Padres fan, and although he's about fifty yards from the field, he makes sure his voice is always heard.

"it's going to be loud, " he says. "Especially with all the other balconies, I anticipate it will be a home-field advantage. I have a megaphone and I can be as loud as I need to with the megaphone."

Chip normally watches about 80% of Padres home games from his balcony and while most seasons have been pretty tough, he says there is nothing better than playoff baseball.

"It's tough that we can't be in the stadium, but with the energy level they know we're here, they can here us we got horns and bells and whistles. The people who can see into the stadium are definitely supporting the team."