Padres Host Dodgers, DBacks as First Homestand Continues

SAN DIEGO – The Padres’ first homestand of the 2012 season continues Friday, April 6 with the continuation of a weekend series against the Dodgers, followed by three games against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Highlights of the homestand include the first Friday Night Fireworks show of the season, as well as the first College Night of the year.

Home action continues on Friday, with a 7:05 p.m. start against the Dodgers. The first 25,000 fans in attendance will receive a Padres schedule cling and SD decal, presented by Aladdin Bail Bonds.

Friday’s game will be preceded by the first Friday Night Party at the Park event of the season, offering pregame music, drinks and entertainment at Park at the Park leading up to the first pitch.   Admission is included with a paid ticket to that night’s game. Gates open for all Party at the Park events at 4:30 p.m.

Friday marks the 17th Annual Padres Law Enforcement Night, when dozens of law enforcement agencies from in and around Southern California will be represented and honored on the field during the pregame ceremony. San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne will throw out the Ceremonial First Pitch.

Following Friday’s game, fans are invited to stay to enjoy the first spectacular Friday Night Fireworks show of the season.

On Saturday, the Padres will recognize SDSU Men’s Basketball Head Coach Steve Fisher and the 2012 Mountain West Conference co-champion Aztecs men’s basketball team during the pregame ceremony, as Aztecs senior forward Tim Shelton throws out the Ceremonial First Pitch.

Every Sunday at Petco Park is Military Sunday and family day, with military tributes and additional family-friendly activities. Padres players will don their Marine digital camouflage uniforms in tribute to the Armed Forces, while the club hosts Marine Recruits in the Upper Deck and honors various individual branches and military community groups for their service.

Prior to Sunday games, fans with tickets are invited to enjoy Breakfast at the Park. Special breakfast menu items will be offered for purchase 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. 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.

From 11:30 a.m. to noon, Padres pitchers Luke Gregerson and Joe Thatcher will sign autographs at the Park at the Park for Jr. Padres Sunday Signings. A Junior 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.

Following an off day Monday, the Arizona Diamondbacks come to town Tuesday for a three-game series. Prior to Tuesday’s game, the Padres will honor The Mission Continues. Once again in 2012, the Padres Foundation will highlight and honor one charity partner per homestand.  The Mission Continues was selected as the first featured charity because of its commitment to helping post-9/11 veterans rebuild a sense of purpose at home through community service. Coming up in the second homestand, on April 22, The Mission Continues’ Bravo Class will take their Fellowship Oath at Petco Park on Military Opening Day, marking the first time that the Fellowship Oath has been taken publicly.

On Wednesday, Padres organist Bobby Cressey will fill Petco Park with the sounds of traditional baseball organ music during the 3:35 p.m. game. Prior to the start, Roy Cox, celebrating his 100th birthday, will throw out the Ceremonial First Pitch.

Homestand No. 1 at a Glance

Padres vs. Dodgers – Fri. April 6, 7:05 p.m.

  • Giveaway: Padres schedule clings & SD decals (Aladdin Bail Bonds)
  • Friday Night Party at the Park
  • Law Enforcement Night
  • Friday Night Fireworks

Padres vs. Dodgers – Sat, April 7, 5:35 p.m.

  • Ceremonial First Pitch: SDSU Aztecs Tim Shelton
  • Pregame: SDSU Aztecs Basketball

Padres vs. Dodgers – Sun, April 8, 1:05 p.m.

  • Military Sunday
  • Breakfast at the Park – 10:30 a.m.
  • Jr. Padres Sunday Signings – 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Padres vs. DBacks – Tue, April 10, 7:05 p.m.

  • Pregame: The Mission Continues

Padres vs. DBacks  – Wed, April 11, 3:35 p.m.

  • Ceremonial First Pitch: Roy Cox (100 Years Old)
  • National Anthem: Bobby Cressey on organ

Padres vs. DBacks  – Thu, April 12, 7:05 p.m.

  • College Night