In the early 1970s, CKs bar in Pacific Beach continued with the infamous Gargle (My Balls) and EMB (Eat My Butt) bus trips to the San Diego Padre Games at San Diego Qualcomm Stadium. As noted below, by Doug, the trips were first organized at La Jolla High School.
The concept was simple; hire a bus, charge $10 for all the booze you could drink and a Padre ticket, get a bunch of people, get them primed with massive amounts of alcohol at the bar first, and have the bus take them out to the ball game and drink all the way there and back.
No 502s on this one … but it did cause a few problems. Here is a account by innocent bystander, Dan Dameron who happened to be going to the game(s). He could not believe what he was seeing let alone hearing. He had a hard time keeping a straight face.
In the beginning of Padres Baseball the outfield bleacher seats were a haven for La Jolla baseball fans. The seats were cheap and in the first two to three years they allowed the fans to bring in their own beer. Eventually there were guys bringing plastic gallon milk bottles full of their favorite flavor.
I remember riding out to a game (with the Dodgers) with Dave Bartlett and my brother Mark. We were a late couple innings into the game because they picked me up from the airport (just got back from The Ice).
We were listening to the game on the radio in the car and famed Dodger announcer Vin Scully was saying this; “It’s a beautiful Spring evening here in southern California and the crowd is sparse and lively and I do have to report on a contingent in the center field bleachers that seems to be having a lot of fun – they are right behind a banner hung from the guard rail that spells out “GARGLE and EMB.”
Vinny continued, “I have no idea what that means … but it must mean something to that group.”
When we got to the game we went to the center field bleachers where there were about 30 to 40 La Jolla’s hooting it up. I recollect some faces, but they may be from the “Falstaff Double Header League”.
Doug Moranville, Tom Damm, Robin Wood, Beachball, Lebos, Canning, Humes, El Distorto, Mullis, Steve Wyer, the Krug family, and many more … Obviously shit faced or on their way, heckling the Dodgers.
The security guys came along and made them remove the banner to a chorus of boos.
Another game against the Montreal Expos, this same group (or close) of La Jolla Heroes were chanting at the outfielders on the Expos and they got the crowd to do the wave and with a take off of famous Lite beer commercial, “Tastes Great … Less Filling,” chant suddenly became,
“Expose … Your … Dick … !!!”
The expression on the Montreal ballplayers faces was priceless ….
Photos by Dean Burriston…