05/17/2011 1:30 PM ET
Padres Host Brewers, Mariners, and Cardinals for Fourth Homestand
Homestand highlighted by SDSU basketball tribute, Japan relief efforts and U.S. Navy Appreciation Day
The Padres return home Wednesday, May 18 for their fourth homestand of the 2011 season. The Friars host the Milwaukee Brewers for a quick two-game set, followed by a weekend of interleague play against the Seattle Mariners and a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Highlights of the homestand include a pregame ceremony honoring the San Diego State Aztecs men's basketball team, an autograph signing for Japan tsunami relief and U.S. Navy Appreciation Day.
Home action begins Wednesday, with a 7:05 p.m. start against the Brewers. In-ballpark voting for the 2011 All-Star Game continues this homestand, running through Friday, June 10. Fans are encouraged to cast their votes to send Padres players to Phoenix. Ballot collection bins will be placed throughout PETCO Park. Fans can also vote up to 25 times online at www.padres.com and www.padresbeisbol.com.
Thursday the Padres will honor the Mountain West Conference Tournament and regular season champion SDSU men's basketball team for an outstanding 2011 season, in which they made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. National Coach of the Year Steve Fisher will be joined by about 10 players from the 2010-11 team for a special pregame ceremony. Team captain D.J. Gay will throw out the Ceremonial First Pitch, and the SDSU Pep Band will perform the National Anthem and will play the school's fight song during an inning break.
Thursday is also Singles Night at PETCO Park, featuring appearances by Jesse Kovacs and David Good from ABC's Bachelor Pad. A special Singles Night ticket deal includes a seat in the Right Field Upper Reserved sections, two drink tickets (good for water, soda, house wine or draft beer) and access to a pregame Q&A session with Jesse and David for just $22. Fans who purchase the Singles Night ticket deal will also be able to take photos with the special guests during the first two innings. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.padres.com/singlesnight.
Friday's 7:05 p.m. interleague series opener against the Mariners marks Japanese Community Night at PETCO Park. In celebration of Japanese Community Night, a special selection of themed concessions will be available for purchase at Park at the Park, including sushi rolls (California Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll and Zen Crunch Roll) and bottled beer (Kirin Ichiban and Sapporo).
The game will be preceded by an autograph signing by MLB's All-Time Saves Leader, Trevor Hoffman and his former Padres teammate Akinori Otsuka. Hoffman and Otsuka are joining forces to help raise funds for the children of Japan affected by the recent tsunami. The tsunami destruction came within one mile of Otsuka's home in Japan, making this a very personal effort for him.
The signing will take place at Park at the Park beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Vouchers for the signing will be sold for $50 each, and will include a color photo of Hoffman and Otsuka and one autograph from each of them. Only 500 vouchers will be sold. To secure their spot, fans are encouraged to pre-purchase vouchers at the Gaslamp and Home Plate gates on Wednesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 19. Walk-up purchases on Friday will only be accommodated if the event is not already sold out. Fans who are not able to attend the autograph signing can purchase a pre-signed photograph of Hoffman and Otsuka for $40 at all guest services locations and at the Home Plate Club concierge beginning on Friday. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to UNICEF.
Friday night also marks the Padres' second College Night of the season, presented by Chegg.com, the #1 in textbook rentals. College students are eligible to purchase discounted tickets to Friday's game in the Right Field Upper Reserved sections. Those tickets, normally priced $13.50, are available for purchase at a 40 percent discount ($8.00) to college students with a valid school ID. Seating in those sections will be General Admission, so students can sit with their friends. A DJ will be spinning live music in the area from 6 p.m. until the end of the game.
Following Friday's game, fans are invited to stay to enjoy the second spectacular Friday Night Fireworks show this season, presented by Northgate Gonzalez Market.
A special note regarding Saturday's game: the start time will be 7:05 p.m., rather than the normal 5:35 p.m. Saturday start. This change has been made to be incompliance with FOX's Saturday night baseball broadcast exclusivity window.
The first 25,000 fans in attendance at Saturday's game will receive a Padres Auto Fan Pack, including a car flag, license plate frame and window cling, presented by Bank of America. Prior to Saturday's game, the Padres will highlight Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), the Padres Foundation's featured charity partner this homestand.
Despite the later start time, fans are encouraged to get to PETCO Park early Saturday to enjoy a pregame concert by the Leftover Cuties, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Park at the Park. The Los Angeles-based band's Game Called Life is the theme song for the acclaimed Showtime series The Big C, starring Laura Linney. Sony Music, Sony Pictures and Showtime have partnered with Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) on The Big C soundtrack album. One hundred percent the net profits from soundtrack sales will be donated to Stand Up To Cancer, for collaborative cancer research.
Sunday, the Padres will honor the U.S. Navy in the first game of the 2011 Military Appreciation Series, presented by USAA. Continuing a tradition that began in 2010, the Padres and USAA are proud to honor each branch of the military with dedicated appreciation days throughout the season. Sunday's special pregame ceremony in honor of the U.S. Navy will include the National Anthem performed by Navy Band Southwest, a pregame flyover and the presentation of "God Bless America" by Ashley Monroig, USN, during the 7th inning break.
Prior to Sunday's game, fans with tickets are invited to enjoy Breakfast at the Park. Select gates will open to Season Ticket Holders with reservations at 10:00 a.m. Gates will open to the general public at 10:30 a.m. Special breakfast menu items will be offered for purchase along K Street at Park at the Park. In addition to seating at the Park at the Park, tables may be set up on the warning track, allowing fans to dine on the PETCO Park field. Field seating will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, barring batting practice.
From 11:30 a.m. to noon, Padres pitchers Mike Adams and Chad Qualls will sign autographs at the Park at the Park for Jr. Padres Sunday Signings. A Jr. Padres membership is required to participate in the signing event. Membership is free, and kids can sign up online or in-person on the day of the event.
The first 8,000 kids 14 and younger to arrive at Sunday's game will receive a Padres cap for kids, presented by Northgate Gonzalez Market.
Continuing Sunday is Aaron's Aces, Aaron Harang's charity ticket program, designed to honor the local military community and show appreciation for their sacrifices. Every Sunday home game this season, Harang will host 30 guests from the Armed Services YMCA to a behind-the-scenes day at PETCO Park. The experience will include a customized t-shirt and goodie bag, a private meet-and-greet in the Padres bullpen, complimentary tickets courtesy of the San Diego Padres and the MLB Commissioner's Community Initiative program, and concession vouchers provided by Aaron and Jennifer Harang.
Sunday also marks Little League Day, when thousands of local Little Leaguers will don their uniforms and live out their dreams of taking a Big League field with a pregame parade around the warning track. To purchase discounted tickets for Little League Day, visit www.padres.com/promo and enter the code BASEBALL.
Fans attending Sunday's game are encouraged to bring gently used baseball equipment, especially balls and gloves, for the annual Kids Gear for Baseball Collection Drive. Collection bins will be located at the East Village, Gaslamp, Home Plate and Park Boulevard gates. Volunteers will collect items until the conclusion of the third inning. The collected gear will be donated to schools, organizations, parks and recreation centers in need of equipment.
On Monday, the Padres Foundation and U.S. Bank will host a group of kids from the Make-A-Wish Foundation for a VIP (Very Important Padre) experience. The kids will have the opportunity to watch batting practice and meet players before the game, and will enjoy a fantastic view of the game from the U.S. Bank Dream Suite. Throughout the season, Padres partner U.S. Bank will host community groups and non-profits in its suite, which has been transformed into the U.S. Bank Dream Suite.
Tuesday marks 2-for-1 Tuesday, presented by Coca-Cola. For seven of the eight remaining Tuesday home games this season (August 2 vs. Dodgers excluded), fans can purchase two tickets for the price of one in the Right Field Upper Reserved sections. Tickets normally priced $13.50 each will be available for $6.75 each for those eight games.
With the final game of the homestand not scheduled to be televised by Channel 4 SD, Wednesday's 3:35 p.m. game will be available online, free-of-charge, to those residing in the team's home broadcast territory. The live video stream will be available exclusively on padres.com. In order to gain access to the free live video stream, fans will be required to complete a registration form on padres.com to validate their location. The online broadcast will feature video from the Cardinals' broadcast and play-by-play from the Padres radio network, XX 1090 AM, with the call from Jerry Coleman and Andy Masur.
Tickets for all remaining regular season home games can be purchased online at padres.com, at the PETCO Park box office, by phone at (619) 795-5555 and at the Padres Store in Tijuana. For a limited time, fans who purchase tickets in advance online at padres.com will get $5 off the price of each ticket priced $13.50 or more (excluding All-You-Can-Eat seats). The limited-time offer is available exclusively on padres.com now. It may not be combined with any other discount or promotion.