Padres Fourth Homestand Highlights

SAN DIEGO – The Padres return home Wednesday, May 16 for a five-game homestand featuring two games against the Los Angeles Dodgers and a weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  The homestand will be highlighted by the first of three Retro Nights this season and Salute to the Military Child presented by TriWest.

Home action begins today with a 3:35 p.m. start against the Dodgers. Bobby Cressey will fill Petco Park with sounds of traditional ballpark organ music.

The weekend starts Thursday with Padres College Nights, featuring special ticket discounts for college students with a valid student ID ($9 in advance or $10 on game day in Right Field Upper Reserved College Night section). A DJ from Channel 93.3 will be spinning at the Budweiser Patio in Right Field from 6:00 p.m. until the conclusion of the game. For more information on the four remaining College Night events this season, visit www.padres.com/college.

Prior to Thursday’s game, the Padres will recognize the Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego, the Padres Foundation’s featured charity partner for this homestand. Padres players will take part in a pregame ceremony, presenting a donation to the Boys and Girls Club on behalf of the Padres Foundation and Sony.

On Friday, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim come to town for their first-ever regular season visit to Petco Park. Friday marks the first of three Retro Nights this season: 70’s Night. Padres players will wear the 1978 home uniforms, as chosen by a pre-season online fan vote. For information on the two remaining Retro Nights, visit www.padres.com/retro.

Friday’s game will be preceded by a Friday Night Party at Park at the Park presented by Verizon. The 70’s Night party will feature food and drink specials from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., as well as entertainment provided by the Disco Pimps. The party will be highlighted by a special appearance by members of the 1978 Padres team, including 1976 Cy Young Award Winner Randy Jones, Broderick Perkins, Jerry Turner and Derrel Thomas. Hall-of-Famer Dave Winfield will throw out the Ceremonial First Pitch. Admission is included with a paid ticket to Friday’s game.

Prior to Friday’s game, the Padres will honor the club’s winner of MLB’s annual Honorary Bat Girl contest, which recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment to “Going to Bat” in the fight against the disease. Sandy Sibley, of Pacific Beach, is this year’s Honorary Bat Girl. Sibley, a first-grade teacher at Birdrock Elementary School and a Padres Season Ticket Holder since 1996, was nominated by her son, Scott. Sibley will be honored during a special pregame ceremony on Friday. In addition, the Padres will host Sibley and five guests for an exclusive experience, and will provide her with pink ribbon MLB merchandise.

The first 25,000 fans in attendance on Saturday will receive a Padres rally towel presented by TaylorMade. Sailors of the Year from the USS San Diego will be honored during a special ceremony before Saturday’s game. EM1 Nathan Burnett of the USS San Diego will throw out the Ceremonial First Pitch to mark the ship’s commissioning Saturday morning. The USS San Diego is the fourth U.S. Navy ship to be named for San Diego, Calif.  The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock will be home ported at Naval Base San Diego.

Sunday’s series finale against the Angels marks Salute to the Military Child, presented by TriWest. In recognition of our military families, pregame ceremonies will honor military children. The Ceremonial First Pitch will be thrown out by Operation Homefront’s Navy Child of the Year Nate Richards and military children will participate in Military Take the Field presented by USAA. In addition, the pregame ceremony will feature a performance by the Leap Frogs U.S. Navy Parachute Team.

The first 9,500 kids 14 and younger in attendance on Sunday will receive a baseball-themed book donated by Pearson Foundation, in partnership with United Through Reading, the nation’s first nonprofit to promote the read-aloud experience as a way of bonding military families facing physical separation.

Prior to all Sunday home 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. Seating will be available at Park at the Park, and a limited number of tables may be set up on the warning track for field dining. 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.

Jr. Padres Sunday Signings will not be held this week, due to Jr. Padres Photo Day. From 11:00 a.m. to noon, Padres players and coaches will pose for photos along the warning track with kids 14 years of age and younger. A Jr. Padres membership is encouraged to participate in the event. Membership is free, and kids can sign up online or in-person on the day of the event.

Prior to every Sunday home game, the Padres conduct a FriarFit Instant Recess fitness break out at the Park at the Park. The sessions, open to children and adults, begin at noon and often feature guest leaders who are fitness professionals from branches of the YMCA of San Diego County.

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.