Padres lauded for Out at the Park event

SAN DIEGO -- During the Padres' annual Out at the Park event this year, members of the Padres staff will partner with the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, the San Diego Women's Chorus and San Diego Pride to perform the national anthem.

The event will take place before the Padres' game April 21 against the Marlins at Petco Park.

Last year, a technical error resulted in a recording of a woman singing to play over the Gay Men's Chorus. It prompted a reaction from the chorus, which called for an investigation into the origins of the mishap. An investigation by Major League Baseball found the situation was merely "a product of human error."

A statement from San Diego Pride earlier this week lauded the Padres for their continued dialogue with the LGBT community.

"The Padres have now set the gold standard for LGBT inclusion among all professional sports," chorus director Bob Lehman said in the statement. "We are so proud to return to Petco Park to sing the national anthem together with them and our entire community."

Padres announce food and beverage lineup

The Padres unveiled the list of food and drinks to be available at Petco Park this season, and it has a distinctly local flavor.

Among the ballpark's new arrivals for the 2017 season are Carnitas' Snack Shack, Wonderland Ocean Pub, Resident Brewing Co., Iron Fist Brewing Co., AleSmith Brewing Co. and Cutwater Spirits.

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