Giants and Padres will play a two-game series in Mexico City next season originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
SAN FRANCISCO — The long lockout in the offseason has come at a hidden cost for the Giants. It kept them from having their most interesting road trip in years.
The Giants were supposed to face the Miami Marlins in Mexico City earlier this season, but the series was canceled by the lockout. On Wednesday, Major League Baseball announced it would get its chance in 2023. The Giants will face the San Diego Padres for two games at Estadio Alfredo Harp Helu Beisbol in Mexico City on April 29-30.
The games replaced a previously scheduled series at Petco Park, but both teams had long known it was likely. The Giants sent a contingent to Mexico City last offseason to start the planning process and that work continued after the Marlins canceled the series.
The games are part of an international push by MLB and MLBPA into the new collective bargaining agreement. These will be the first regular season games played in Mexico City, but the Padres have already been there for exhibitions. They have visited Mexico four times, including an exhibition series in Mexico City against the Houston Astros in 2016.
The Giants will be playing on the international stage for the first time. Their only previous similar experience was a three-game series against the Montreal Expos in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2004.
This series is part of a trip to Mexico City and then Houston, and it comes with a day off Friday before the Giants and Padres play Saturday and Sunday. The Giants expect to participate in MLB activities to develop the game, but also to discover a new culture. Manager Gabe Kapler said he plans to travel to Mexico City this offseason ahead of the series.
“Hopefully we get a chance to have a meal there,” Kapler said. “Food in Mexico City is something I’ve always wanted to experience. I’m definitely excited to be a part of international baseball and really looking forward to seeing Mexico City.”