Padres Fan Day

I just found out that the Padres will be having a Fan Day at Petco Park on Sunday, April 5. It will be very similar to the FriarFests of years past, with autograph sessions and other activities. Even sounds like you’d be able to watch a special workout the players will be doing! This year, due to the economic situation, this one-day event will replace the two-day FriarFests that had taken place for the last three years. In addition, this event will be FREE. Last year, tickets were $5. “But it’s not free!” my dad objects. “There’s the cost of gas, parking, time…” OK, that is true. But just think of those $5 you would save! I’m sure it will be a very fun event, especially since it’s the day before Opening Day.

But I doubt I will be able to go. For one thing, it’s on a Sunday, and we don’t generally venture that far on Sundays. But it is Sunday afternoon…”Didn’t we do that last year?” My dad again. “Do we need to do it again?” OK, it’s not essential to life to go. But there are a bunch of new players, and it’s cool to get some new autographs. Plus, I haven’t been to the ballpark for six months. That’s torture for a fan like me! I need to get out there.

I’m keeping it open. If I get the chance to go, then great, I’ll have a blast. But if we don’t get to go, I’ll be OK with that. It’s just seems like a waste of a great opportunity. I mean, autographs, pictures, meeting famous baseball players, maybe even meeting some fellow baseball fans. We’ll see how it goes. 

Also, I wonder how many games I’ll be able to go to this year. I think the Padres are lowering ticket prices in some sections, which will hopefully be a big help. But I guess we’ll have to see. Last year, I went to one game purely on a close friend’s generosity. The other two games we went to were with friends. My whole family together only went to one game. We live about 45 minutes away from downtown San Diego, so it is a big commitment of time and gas to go to a game. We’ve found ways to get out there, though. The Padres will be doing their 2-for-1 days again this year, so maybe we can catch a few of those. They are usually day games where you can get two tickets for the price of one. Still pretty expensive, but better than what it could be. Last year we discovered the “Beach”. It’s an area right beyond the center field field, with sand and bleachers. It’s a really cool place, mostly because it’s field level and you can see the outfielders really closely. You also have the chance of catching a home run, and you can see the bullpen off to the side. Probably the best of all, it’s only $10 per ticket. Not as good as the $5 Park in the Park, but the Beach is much more enjoyable.

So, I guess we’ll just have to see what turns up. Who knows, I might meet Jake Peavy in a chance encounter and he gives me season tickets or something. Well, maybe not, but you know what I mean. I need to get out there a few times this season, and I am confident that a way will be provided for me to catch some games. I especially want to go to a game in the Brewers series at the end of September. But I will be thankful for any games I can go to.

Baseball is soooooo close!! I can’t wait!! GO PADRES!! 



  1. Lissi

    I hope you get to go! I won’t be anywhere near any of the Fan Fest things for the Indians or the Cardinals so I don’t get to go. 😦
    I also hope you get to go to games. Just tell your dad that there is an Indians fan from St. Louis on MLBlogs who will be traveling all the way to cleveland and Kansas city and maybe even LA (fingers crossed) to see the Indians so 45 minutes for one or two games shouldn’t be too bad. JK 🙂 I really hope you and your family get to go; it’s so much fun!

  2. juliasrants

    Kaybee – I hope you do get to go! I know how expensive tickets can be – especially when a whole family goes! Don’t know if you have a minor league team near you, but we enjoy going to the PawSox the Triple A affiliate of the Red Sox.


  3. AJRoxMyWhiteSox

    I hope you get to go. There’s nothing like meeting players and hanging out with baseball fans. If I knew more Padres/baseball fans here, I might make it out. Who knows…I still might try. I hope you get to some games this season. I have high hopes for the Padres since everyone’s expectations have been relatively low.

  4. Kaybee

    Just a quick Padres note: our current owner John Moores has signed a contract to sell one-third of the club to Jeff Moorad!! I am so excited!!! We need this new owner, and it will take up to five years, but he will get full control. This is wonderful news for Padres fans!! I’ll blog on this tomorrow…

  5. ohy22xd

    I want to go the Fan Day so bad! This is my chance to see our Padres up close. Plus, I’ve never went to any of those 😦 You should go there! Go Friars!
    Btw, John Moores needs to get out of this buisness now. Let Jeff Moorad clean this up! We need that guy! And he’s the right person who can handle it.

  6. rrrt

    The Padres Fan Day sounds like it would be a blast! And I’m sure April weather in San Diego is beautiful. Wish the Phillies had something like this, though they do have their Phestival during the season. Though not free, it is a fundraiser for ALS.
    Give your dad your best “pitiful eyes” and hopefully you’ll get to go 😉
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