Green's message to Padres: 'Enjoy this moment'

On Opening Day of managerial debut, skipper takes nothing for granted

Green's message to Padres: 'Enjoy this moment'

SAN DIEGO -- Andy Green slept just fine on Sunday night. The Padres' manager woke up early for his club's opener against the Dodgers and headed to Petco Park, where he received a text message with a photo of his three daughters and the caption "Cheering for you, Daddy" written by his eldest, Lainey.

That text was one of a hundred or so that Green received on his first Opening Day as big league manager -- some from family, some from former teammates, some from former players during his tenure as a Minor League skipper in the D-backs organization.

The magnitude of the moment was not lost on Green, who ranked it at the top of his list of professional accomplishments.

"Honestly, you get some tears in your eyes once you realize how special it is, once you get the opportunity," Green said.

Green didn't have a unique message for his players before Monday's game -- a 15-0 loss -- saying that he set the groundwork for his clubhouse philosophy at the start of camp.

"The message we preach to the players is: 'Get lost in your work. Enjoy this. Enjoy this moment,'" Green said. "'Don't think about the 161 that follow. We've got one game to win, and it's today.'"

Green spent 11 seasons playing professional baseball, including four in the Major Leagues with the D-backs and the Mets. After his playing career, he spent three seasons managing in Arizona's Minor League system, before coaching third base for the D-backs in 2015.

This spring, Green has received mostly positive reviews, but he's well aware that he'll be judged on regular-season results. Addressing the media, he quipped, "the honeymoon period ends," before saying thank you in advance for all of the looming second-guessing.

Across the field in the Dodgers' dugout, Dave Roberts was also preparing for his managerial debut -- a prospect that wasn't lost on Green, who said he has "a real profound respect for [Roberts]."

"It's our first game out here on the field together, so we'll probably always share that moment for the rest of our life, and remember that together we shook hands with each other today -- and then tried like crazy to beat each other."

Buchter, Rosales thrilled to win final roster spots

Lefty reliever Ryan Buchter and utility infielder Adam Rosales earned the Padres' final bullpen and bench spots, respectively, when rosters were announced on Sunday morning.

Rosales' solo home run

"I about jumped out of my seat, started clapping," said Rosales, whose ability to play all four infield positions likely clinched his bench spot. (Four homers in his last five spring games didn't hurt, either.)

Said Buchter: "However they want to use me, whenever my name gets called, I'm ready."

Rea earns Friday start

The Padres completed their season-opening rotation, announcing that right-hander Colin Rea will start on Friday in Colorado (the home opener for the Rockies). Drew Pomeranz will get the ball on Saturday.

San Diego has an off-day Thursday and could have elected to shuffle the rotation. But Green opted to give each of his first three starters an extra day of rest instead.

AJ Cassavell is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.