The San Antonio Spurs are the city’s only professional sports franchise, and they’re beloved by most residents. The team has been very successful in the ’00s, so it’s common to see Spurs stickers, banners, and T-shirts and hear the chant “Go! Spurs! Go!” across town, especially when they’re in the playoffs or NBA finals.
In their three decades on the court, the Spurs have won 15 division titles (the most in the NBA during that time) yet they’re often frustratingly overlooked as a basketball powerhouse on the national sports scene. The team plays at the AT&T Center in northeast San Antonio near the intersection of I-35 and Walters Street. Visit www.nba.com/spurs or call 210/444-5000 for information.
The San Antonio Missions are a minor league baseball team in a city that has a major affinity for baseball. Despite efforts to lure a Major League Baseball team to San Antonio, the only professional outlet for fans is the Missions, who play in the Texas League at the AA level (two below the big leagues) and are affiliated with the San Diego Padres.
The team remains a popular draw, with fans regularly filling 6,300-capacity Wolff Stadium just west of town, although a handful in attendance will admit to being there simply to see “Henry the Puffy Taco” race the kids around the bases during the seventh-inning stretch. For more information about the Missions or to find out their schedule of upcoming games (the team plays Apr.–Sept.) visit www.samissions.com or call 210/675-7275.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition