No, it’s not scary. Yes, I was safe.
Jason played with the Tijuana Toros for almost 4 seasons. And let me just start by saying, you haven’t been to a baseball game until you’ve been to one in Mexico. We had at least 4 mascots to entertain, fans would would dress up like characters, and the music never stopped. It’s a huge party, but one you have to experience yourself! Vamos Toros!
These pictures are the thousands of fans who came out to support the Toros literally every night of the week. I rarely saw the stadium “empty”. Never have I seen a crowd, or fan base so passionate about their country and their city’s team. I admire this, they treat the players and us WAGS like family! They get to meet the guys almost after every game, take pictures with them and get their autographs. Some of the fans will even ask you for a picture or autograph! They’re basically celebrities there.
CROSSING THE BORDER
It’s not as scary as it seems once you get used to it, but PAY ATTENTION if you’re driving. It can be a very long line if you’re coming from San Diego, but be patient, you will get through. There are “lanes”, but no one seems to follow that. They basically drive around in circles until they find a line and yes, YOU WILL GET CUT OFF. Don’t pay any mind to it though, it’s not like the states where you could shout something or honk at them, it’s just how it is there. Once you cross over, if you’re in a car, you should be fine to keep going, but if you’re in a bigger vehicle or van, they will pull you to the side to check your car. It goes by quick, unless they find something suspicious where then you’re sent to secondary. I’ve never been personally, but I hear it’s not fun.
A lot of us WAGS lived in Imperial Beach during the season, so we would ride from IB to the game in the Toro Van, with their team driver, JC. He was so nice, even if I couldn’t understand a word he said. If we didn’t take the van, a few of them would drive their own vehicles and we would ride together then. As you can see, we always rode together! For your own safety, try and go with people! Tip: make sure your maps or navigation on your phone works, just in case you get lost.
P.S. FUNNY STORY
I took an Uber into Mexico in 2016 when I first came out to see Jason. Totally thought this was gonna be cool, safe, easy, all that good stuff! Well let me tell you, life wasn’t so peachy at that moment!
I called the Uber prior to picking me up asking me if he would be okay with taking me to the stadium from IB. He said it was fine and that he was up to an adventure! Everything was all good until we got close to the stadium and he FREAKED OUT. He couldn’t believe how busy it was, all the people walking around, like straight culture shock for this guy! So what does he do? Tells me to get out because he needs to get back before dark, and DROPS ME OFF AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS HILL BELOW THE STADIUM THAT IS AT LEAST 15% INCLINE! I mean if you saw this hill, you would be mind blown. I literally didn’t know where I was, barely had service, and had to basically crawl up this hill in flip flops, until I reached the stadium. 1 star for this guy. Thanks Ubs.
Moral of the story, if you take an Uber or cab into Mexico from the states, make sure they know what they’re getting themselves into and know exactly your destination. Forever traumatized of that hill.
Probably the worst thing about Mexico, is crossing back to the states to go home (unless you live in Mexico, which a lot of the players do). There are two types of lanes when crossing back: The Ready Lane and Sentri/Global Entry. GET YOUR SENTRI CARD! The Ready Lane can take hours to get back over, especially on a Sunday. The Sentri lane (once you have your Global Entry/Sentri card) is usually way faster. If you don’t get the card, which took me a whole season to finally understand to get it, you can get out the van and walk across and the van will pick you up on the other side. This is still way faster than the Ready Lane, but when it’s cold, you’ll wish you had it. By the way, if you do have to walk over, make sure to have you passport out and ready to show the guards on the way in. They’re pretty strict when crossing. Also, if you’re in the car going through, don’t be on your phone when they ask for your passports/cards, they find it disrespectful and you don’t want to get sent to secondary. And if you’re wearing a hat, take it off until you’re through. Note: You will need your passport to cross back to Mexico, and to get the card. Tip: register your vehicle too, even if you don’t think you’ll be driving over! (Thanks, Bridget!)
The card is good for 5 years, and also comes with TSA Pre-check. I think we paid around $100 for it, but it is well worth it. Once you apply and are accepted, you will receive an interview (usually at your nearest airport), and will receive the card in just a couple of weeks. It’s safer, and faster.
Things you’ll see when crossing the border can be shocking. There are a lot of homeless people, even kids walking around begging for money or food. People cross in the middle of traffic, wiping your windshield, selling food or flowers, anything to get money. It’s sad to see to be honest, but that is what life can be like there. Just be prepared and stay safe!
THE LANGUAGE BARRIER
I come from a hispanic background, so the language wasn’t hard for me to pick up. However, if you don’t know the first thing about spanish and are traveling to Mexico, it’s probably a good idea to learn some phrases to communicate.
The more spanish you know, the easier it will be. I recommend having the Google Translate App on your phone, as well. It will help when it comes to ordering food or drinks, locations, just basic communication! In my opinion, it’s fun! In a weird way, I felt more respected in their country when I was able to communicate in their language.
COMIDA Y BEBIDAS
I will be the first to tell you along with my #teambabe, the food is AMAZING in Mexico. My fave, the bean and cheese and nutella gorditas. I know you’re probably wondering what IS that. It’s a Mexican pastry filled with whatever you really want in it. I got them at almost every game. Yes, I’ve eaten the meat in Mexico. I got sick once from carne asada, but that’s basically out of a whole year, so don’t worry too much! I never really ventured out to restaurants around Tijuana, but some of the girls did and I saw nothing but good things!
Bring your own water, or only buy bottled water in Mexico. I drank mixed drinks from time to time at the games with their ice cubes, and nothing ever happened, but just be careful. The beer comes in bottles and not tap, so you know it’s pretty safe. Tip: the girls and I would just bring our own mini’s and stick them in our purses!
Overall, don’t be afraid when going into Mexico. It’s a beautiful country and if you get the chance to go, or your man gets to play in for any of their teams, embrace the experience and the culture! #wagsinreallife #lifespeachy #tijuanatoros