PHOENIX -- Jeff Moorad has been in plenty of Major League clubhouses before, though it's safe to say the new Padres' minority owner and CEO has never received the reception that he did Friday.

"I never had one clap before," Moorad said of the small cheers he received after being introduced to the players by general manager Kevin Towers.

On Thursday, Moorad assumed the role as minority owner and CEO of a team that he and his investors have taken 35 percent control of with the intent of purchasing 100 percent of the franchise during a period of up to five years.

The press conference announcing the sale was Thursday at PETCO Park in San Diego. Moorad was in Peoria Friday to meet with the baseball operations staff and the players.

What was his message to the team?

"Just to reinforce the fact that ownership as a whole is there for them ... to support them and the efforts of the baseball operations staff," he said. "I told them I was proud to be a part of the Padres family."

Moorad said there were a few familiar faces in the clubhouse -- David Eckstein, Scott Hairston (who hit two home runs on Friday against the A's) and Chris Burke, all who have played in Arizona in the past two seasons.

Moorad stepped down as chief executive of the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this year.

When pressed for a prediction for the Padres in the upcoming season, Moorad said "to exceed expectations. There's times when a low bar can be an advantage."