Mental patient now holds deed to Padres’ stadium, nobody can figure how to get it back


The highlights, for those who can’t be bothered to click all the way through to the original San Diego Union-Tribune story:

Derris Devon McQuaig took legal title to the downtown ballpark away from the city and the Padres two years ago by walking into the San Diego County Recorder’s Office and submitting a properly filled-out deed transfer.


This is apparently known as a “wild deed,” and county officials are required to file them even when they are, for example, submitted by someone who clearly just wandered into the recorder’s office and painstakingly researched how to claim title to a major city property. The recorder’s office did notify the district attorney’s office, but the DA’s legal action against McQuaig was tossed out after he was ruled mentally incompetent and involuntarily committed to Patton State Hospital.

The actual impact of the deed transfer is expected to be pretty much nothing — one title lawyer worried that “if the report shows that this goofball over here put his name on your property, the bank is not going to lend you money,” but it didn’t cause problems when San Diego recently refinanced the Petco Park bonds — and eventually the city attorney is expected to be able to nullify McQuaig’s deed. So there’s not much here other than the hilarity that the Padres‘ stadium is now officially owned by a mental patient. That’s good enough hilarity for a Monday, though.

3 comments on “Mental patient now holds deed to Padres’ stadium, nobody can figure how to get it back

  1. If the title is now held by a non-city entity, does that insane person now owe property taxes that the city was exempted from ?

  2. @ chef Joe. Yes your correct , however if the county generates a bill and that bill isn’t paid law requires it be put up for public auction. The winner would get property if mental guy fails to redeem taxes within a stated time. The city lawyer’s won’t take that chance.

  3. *sigh* This really should’ve been the Cubs and Wrigley being owned by a mental patient. More in character for that team. Though the Pads are by no means lofty