Leitner to honor Coleman, pull double duty

Leitner to honor Coleman, pull double duty

Leitner to honor Coleman, pull double duty
SAN DIEGO -- Longtime Padres broadcaster Ted Leitner was asked Monday how he plans to emcee Saturday's event at Petco Park to honor broadcaster Jerry Coleman and handle his radio duties as the play-by-play man for San Diego State Aztecs football that day.

Leitner thought about the question and then smiled.

"It's a very good question," he said. "You mean, driving above the speed limit?"

Leitner, who is in his 33rd season of calling Padres game on radio, will emcee "Jerry Coleman Day," which starts around 5 p.m., PT ahead of the game at 5:35.

He'll then get in his car to cover the eight or so miles to Qualcomm Stadium as fast as possible, so he can get to the Aztecs game against North Dakota, which has a 5 p.m. kickoff.

"The Aztecs asked what we do. I told them I'll be there late first quarter. I've never done that. I've done the other way many times, including flying, where I did a Chargers game in '98, and had a jet waiting to take me to Game 6 of playoffs that year against Atlanta."

The Padres game against the Rockies was originally scheduled for earlier in the afternoon before it was moved to 5:35. This will certainly make for a tough travel night, but Leitner said it's worth it for him to honor his good friend and longtime broadcast partner.

Even if the Aztecs said they weren't comfortable with him missing part of their game, the Padres would have been his first and only choice on this night.

"There was a never a doubt," he said.